The face of employment law is changing. No longer a union-management practice for most attorneys, the area has become broader and much more diverse. Many high-flying technology companies say they need lawyers in this field almost as much as they need deal-makers – but not for the traditional reasons that companies turn to employment specialists. Jonathan Groner, editor of, interviewed Rosemary Collyer, a partner at D.C.’s Crowell & Moring and a Republican who was general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board under President Ronald Reagan. Collyer, a 1977 graduate of the University of Denver Law School, is a frequent speaker and writer on labor law topics. The following is a transcript of the interview.

Q: As the economy has shifted in recent years and the number of unionized employees has continued to decline, how has the practice of a management-side labor lawyer, especially one with a background at the NLRB, changed?

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