It’s shaping up to be a busy season for labor and employment moves.
Fisher & Phillips has landed two partners from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete and another lawyer as of counsel from Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, while Constangy has recruited a batch of seven lawyers in different offices from Jackson Lewis and several regional labor and employment firms.
Both Fisher & Phillips and Constangy are national labor and employment firms based in Atlanta.
Fisher & Phillips has recruited Constangy partners Theresa Connolly, who will become the managing partner of its Washington office, and Boyd Rogers in Charlotte. The two work closely together.
The firm also hired Paul Greco in Philadelphia as of counsel from Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, where he co-chaired that firm’s trade secrets and restrictive covenants practice.
“Attracting three powerhouse attorneys practicing in important areas of labor and employment law, all at once, is a testament to the experience, knowledge and dedication of the attorneys at Fisher & Phillips who have built our nationally recognized practice,” said the firm’s chairman, Roger Quillen, in a statement.
Connolly is an experienced employment litigator who defends employers in all aspects of workplace litigation and advises them in employment matters. She also handles matters before the National Labor Relations Board.
She had joined Constangy in April 2015 from Isler Dare, a labor and employment boutique in Virginia. “Fisher & Phillips offers an expanded ability to handle complex litigation,” Connolly said in a statement. “I wanted to provide this platform to the clients I serve now and in the future.”
Before joining Constangy two years ago, Rogers worked in-house for Republic Services and Jeld-Wen, where he was vice president for human resources, employee and labor relations, both in Charlotte.
Meanwhile, Constangy has made a few hires of its own. Neil Wasser, the chair of the firm’s executive committee, said in a statement that the additions were to “strengthen our presence in key markets.”
“Over the past few years, we’ve put a strong focus on attracting and retaining attorneys who combine diverse perspectives with outstanding legal skills that help us meet our clients’ unique needs,” Wasser said.
The firm recruited Kathleen Barrow as a partner in its Austin office from Jackson Lewis, where she’d spent the last 11 years. Barrow handles ERISA, tax and executive compensation matters.
In Birmingham, Alabama, it added two partners from Tuscaloosa firm Rosen Harwood, Tom Scroggins and Brooke Nixon. Scroggins advises employers on labor relations, including union avoidance campaigns, and defends them in employment litigation. Nixon advises clients in employment compliance and defends them in litigation. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.
Constangy added Dana Nelson in Atlanta as senior counsel from an in-house position at Zurich North American Insurance, where she served as lead attorney for workers’ compensation matters.
In Los Angeles the firm added two lawyers: Anthony Sbardellati, also as senior counsel, joined from LTL Attorneys, and Matthew Gurnick joined as an associate from Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young.
Constangy added another associate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Gerard Clodomir, from Saul Ewing.