Baker & Hostetler, which continues to grow its West Coast presence, has picked up Michael Chamberlin from Winston & Strawn’s Los Angeles office, where he served as the co-chair of the office’s labor and employment practice.
Chamberlin’s arrival follows his former Winston & Strawn colleague Eric Sagerman, who joined Baker & Hostetler earlier in the year as its Los Angeles office’s new managing partner. Chamberlin came to Baker & Hostetler as part of Sagerman’s recruiting effort on the West Coast
“The Baker employment practice is a very strong employment practice, particularly in the LA office, and Baker has a real emphasis on labor employment work, which is very attractive,” said Chamberlin, who joins an 88-member labor and employment group at the firm.
Chamberlin is the 11th labor and employment attorney to be based in Los Angeles for Baker & Hostetler. The firm’s Los Angeles office, which opened in 1990, has a total of 41 lawyers, according to the firm.
“Michael is an established leader and brings a wealth of experience to the Labor and Employment group,” Sagerman said in a Monday announcement. “I look forward to continuing to grow our West Coast presence by adding attorneys across practices including complex commercial litigation, corporate transactions, intellectual property and privacy and data protection.”
Chamberlin has practiced as a labor and employment attorney in LA for more than 25 years. He moved to Winston & Strawn in 2013, along with a group of labor and employment lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright. Prior to that, he was an associate at Morrison & Foerster, where he practiced for over a decade.
Winston & Strawn didn’t respond to request for comment regarding Chamberlin’s departure.
Chamberlin said he was attracted to Baker & Hostetler because of the broad reach of the firm’s labor and employment practice. “The biggest change has been the proliferation of wage and hour class actions, those have become a huge part of the practice,” he said.
Chamberlin’s practice also involves defending employers against claims such as unfair labor practice and labor contract violations, sexual harassment, various types of discrimination, whistleblower lawsuits and trade secrets matters.