Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner John Ring, the latest Trump pick for the National Labor Relations Board, on Friday reported $2.7 million in partner and bonus income and disclosed a host of big-name clients, including Google, Amazon.com and Marriott International, as his nomination advances to the U.S. Senate.
Ring, nominated this month to the labor board, would resign from Morgan Lewis, where he’s practiced since 1988, if he is confirmed. He said he would receive a pro rata partnership share—estimated at between $500,000 and $1 million—for fiscal year 2018 before he joins the labor board. Ring identified the value of his anticipated bonus at between $100,000 and $250,000.
Ring’s financial disclosure, a mandatory public filing by many executive nominees, identified 29 clients, including Xerox Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Maersk Line Inc., Russell Stover Candies Inc., and the American Trucking Association Inc. He said in an accompanying ethics agreement he would not participate in any matter involving these parties in which he knows the firm or a party he represented for a period of two years, unless a written waiver is granted.
If confirmed, Ring will join the five-member board as a solid pro-management vote, joining Trump’s nominees Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel and Democratic members Mark Gaston Pearce and Lauren McFerran. Ring was nominated to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Philip Miscimarra, a former Morgan Lewis partner himself.
Ring’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has not yet been set.
During his confirmation process, Emanuel said he would recuse himself in dozens of cases pending before the board and identified 49 clients in his ethics agreement. Emanuel’s recent vote to undo the Obama-era standard on “joint employment” liability has led to calls from worker-rights advocates that he should not have participated in the case. His firm was involved in a similar case, but with different clients.
Emanuel’s ethics dispute is playing at the NLRB and in a case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Ring’s disclosures are expected to face similar scrutiny from labor advocates.
The NLRB last month moved quickly to undo various Obama-era standards, an effort decried by labor advocates and Senate Democrats.
The largest U.S. labor groups, including the AFL-CIO, have vowed to fight a string of business-friendly decisions handed down by the new Republican-led board. AFL-CIO general counsel Craig Becker told Reuters that those decisions would face legal challenges.
Ring’s financial disclosure is posted below:
And his ethics agreement is posted here: