FELLOWS IN THE NEWS

  • Fellow Robert Goldich, who practices with the Philadelphia and Phoenix offices of Greenberg Traurig, was recognized on the 2022 City & State Pennsylvania “Fifty Over 50” list. The list is compiled of “leaders who have a record of achievement worthy of recognition,” providing an overview of some of the commonwealth’s most steadfast leaders aged 50 or over in various industries. Those who made the list were celebrated on October 11th at an event which took place at Philadelphia’s Moshulu restaurant.  Goldich, a member of GT’s Labor & Employment Practice, has more than four decades of experience as an employment lawyer and litigator, and labor lawyer.
  • Judy Droz Keyes, a partner in the San Francisco office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has been named “Employment Lawyer of the Year” in San Francisco by US News and Best Lawyers. The annual Best Lawyers list is drawn from detailed, confidential evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Based on those surveys, Best Lawyers compiles its list of the country’s best lawyers and designates a single” Lawyer of the Year” in each of several high-profile practice areas in major legal markets. This is Judy’s second time receiving the honor in the past decade. She was elected as a CLEL Fellow in 2001.
  • Fellow Cynthia Nance, Dean and Nathan G. Gordon Professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law, will receive the AALS Women in Legal Education’s annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award. The purpose of the award is to honor an individual who has had a distinguished career of teaching, service, and scholarship for at least 20 years. The recipient is someone who has impacted women, the legal community, the academy, and the issues that affect women through mentoring, writing, speaking, activism, and by providing opportunities to others. For nearly 30 years, Dean Nance has had a distinguished career of teaching, service, and scholarship. She will be honored at a ceremony at AALS in San Diego on Friday, January 6, 2023.
  • Fellow Emeritus Catherine Pepe has published her next installment of The Granma Gang Mysteries Series which is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookstores. The second book, Donny, Mary Grace and the Dognappers, follows the adventure of Donny and Mary Grace as dogs have started to go missing around the siblings’ adopted west coast hometown, including Grandma Cathy’s two dogs – Krug and Kansas. The local authorities suspect that dognappers are responsible for all the missing pets. Who are the dognappers? Where are the dogs and how can they be brought back home? It’s a mystery that only Donny, Mary Grace, and the Grandma Gang can solve!  A great holiday gift for kids.
  • Fellow Cynthia N. Sass with the employee rights law firm of Sass Law Firm, is the Editor-in-Chief of the most recently published edition of Employment at Will, A State-by-State Survey. This treatise is updated annually by the American Bar Association and Bloomberg Industry, providing a comprehensive summary for each state of its employment at will case law, including new cases, changes in laws and regulations, as well as to previous precedent. Additionally, Cynthia spoke at the 12th Annual South Florida’s Premier Labor & Employment Law Conference on August 23, 2022, sponsored by The Seminar Group on the topic Current Trends in Technology, which included a discussion of the legal implications of the most current use by employers of AI, the Metaverse, Cryptocurrency, and NFTs and what to expect in the future.
  • Fellow Michael Schmidt, vice-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s national Labor and Employment Department, has been named to the 2021 Employment Law Trailblazer list by The National Law Journal. The Trailblazers represent agents of change who have moved the needle at their respective firms, making significant marks on practice, policy, and technological advancements in their areas of legal practice. Schmidt was recognized in the use of digital and social media. He is the founder and host of the award-winning podcast “Employment Law Now,” which features the latest trends and developments in employment law and employer liability issues and ranks among the country’s most listened-to podcast on the subject, winning JDSupra Reader’s Choice awards in 2020 and 2021.
  • For the third year in a row, Daily Journal has named Fellow Eric Akira Tate in its 2022 list of “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers.” Eric, who co-chairs Morrison Foerster’s Global Employment and Labor Group, was recognized for his work on bet-the-company trade secrets and employee mobility disputes across the United States and internationally. Eric also represents boards of directors in sensitive internal investigations and disputes with executives, and companies in whistleblower, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, wage-and-hour, and other employment litigation. Profiles for the winning lawyers were featured in a special Top Trade Secrets Lawyers issue of Daily Journal published on October 5th.
  • Fellow Anna Wermuth, vice-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s national Labor and Employment Department, has been named to the 2022 list of Chicago’s “Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s Chicago Business. This is the fourth time Wermuth has been honored by Crain’s Chicago Business. Wermuth and the other honorees were featured in a special section of the September 5th edition of Crain’s Chicago Business magazine. The 2022 list highlights over 140 women attorneys nominated from across the Chicago legal community recognized for their professional and civic contributions.
  • Aaron Agenbroad, the Partner in Charge of Jones Day’s San Francisco office, was named to the Daily Journal‘s list of “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers,” a list that recognizes California lawyers who have made significant contributions in labor and employment law. Named to the Daily Journal‘s list for the third consecutive year, Mr. Agenbroad focuses his practice on employment litigation and strategic labor advice.
  • George Avraam was named the Managing Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Toronto office, effective July 1, 2022. He previously chaired the North America Employment and Compensation Practice Group and is recognized as one of Canada’s leading labour, employment, human rights, administrative and public law litigators.
  • Congratulations to Paul Donnelly and Laura Gross who were recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for labor and employment law. They are Principals in the Donnelly + Gross firm with offices in Gainesville and Ft. Myers, FL.
  • Charles Fischbach, a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, served as a member of the NAA Special Committee that researched and formulated a “Strategic Plan to Achieve Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging” which embraces an all-encompassing approach and commits to nurturing an all-inclusive culture within the Academy that encourages the nomination and active participation of a diverse membership across race, ethnicity, sex, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity. The noble objective here, subsequently approved by the NAA’s governing body and membership and now subject to fruition under the auspices of the NAA’s DEIB Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, will enhance the Academy’s standing and reputation in the labor-management relations, employment law and alternative dispute resolution communities.
  • Congratulations to Jill Schwartz whose firm, Jill S. Schwartz & Associates PA in Winter Park, FL, was recognized as a 2022 Winner for “Best Companies to Work for in Florida” by Florida Trend magazine (floridatrend.com). A quote from the article stated, “We maintain an environment that fosters the physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of our invaluable team.”
  • Nancy Shilepsky, a partner in the Boston office of Sherin and Lodgen LLP, was selected for inclusion in the fifth edition of the 2022 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers Guide guide. Nancy was noted for “Employee & Civil Rights.” She is also named in the Lawdragon Hall of Fame, which recognizes past members of the Lawdragon 500 who have made notable contributions as leaders, litigators, dealmakers, power brokers, judges and innovators.
  • Congratulations to Darrell VanDeusen who has been named by Best Lawyers as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” in two categories: Labor Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment. Darrell received this recognition previously in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2019. He practices at the Kollman & Saucier PA firm in Baltimore, MD.
  • The College congratulates Doug Dexter, who assumed the office of Chair of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law at the close of the Annual Meeting of the Section earlier this month. Most of the newly elected Officers and several newly elected and re-elected Council Members are also College Fellows, and we recognize them below:

    Doug Dexter – Chair
    Denise Clark – Chair-Elect
    Joseph Torres – Vice Chair
    Louis Lopez – Secretary
    Cynthia E. Nance – Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates
    Samantha C. Grant – Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates
    George L. Washington, Jr. – Section Governance Liaison
    Joseph Torres – Chief Diversity Officer
    Danny Kaufer – Council Member
    Anna Wermuth – Council Member
    Mark Mallery – Council Member
    Hope Pordy – Council Member
    Michael Subit – Council Member