FELLOWS IN THE NEWS

  • The Association of Labor Relations Professionals recently recognized Raymond Morales (San Juan, PR) with the Raymond J. Compton Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contributions to the labor relations field.  This award is given annually to an individual who has distinguished his or herself in this field in Puerto Rico.
  • Daniel Nielsen (Lake Bluff, IL) was awarded the ABA’s Arvid Anderson Award, as the 2021’s Public Sector Labor and Employment Law “Attorney of the Year,” during the ABA’s Section of Labor & Employment Lawyers’ Annual CLE Conference in Beverly Hills, CA.  The Award is given annually to an attorney whose career has substantially contributed to the development of public sector labor law in the United States.  Dan’s career has included work as a mediator with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, an Assistant Professor of Labor Relations, and as a private mediator and arbitrator.
  • On October 29thCynthia Nance (Fayetteville, AR) received the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service in the Western District of Arkansas by the 8th Circuit Bar Association. Presented during the 8th Circuit Judicial Conference in Colorado Springs, the award is given to ten deserving individuals based on nominations provided by the chief judges of each district in the Circuit. Margaret Sova McCabe, current Dean of the University of Arkansas’s School of Law, was quoted as saying that “this award is a tribute to Dean Nance’s leadership in legal education, her demonstrated commitment to justice and her continued service as a role model to our law students and wider community.”
  • Congratulations to Fellow Nancy Shilepsky (Boston, MA) who was named to Benchmark Litigation’s inaugural national list of “Top 20 Labor & Employment Litigators.”
  • Don Slesnick (Coral Gables, FL) was recently voted by his South Florida peers as Best Lawyers 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor Law – Union.
  • Cynthia Sass (Tampa, FL), founder of the Sass Law Firm, co-presented on the topic, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) – What Senior Lawyers, Other Lawyers, and Law Firms Should Know About the Protections and Obligations of This Law, to the Senior Lawyers Committee of the Florida Bar on October 15, 2021.Cynthia also presented at the Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference sponsored by the ABA on November 10, 2021 in Beverly Hills, CA.  She was moderator and panelist for a discussion on Preparing for the Next Crisis: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Joe TilsonAnna WermuthJeremy GlennSusan Eisenberg and Mike Schmidt have been named by Lawdragon to its 2021 list of the “Top 500 Leading US Corporate Employment Lawyers.”  Joe Tilson was also named to the Lawdragon Hall of Fame, which recognizes attorneys who have made remarkable career-long contributions as leaders, litigators, deal makers, power brokers, judges and innovators.
  • Congratulations to Fellow Thom Cope who was recognized by the Arizona State Bar Labor and Employment Section with the Outstanding Achievement Award, Rogers/Hayden Award (formerly the “Member of the Year Award”), which is given annually to a section member who has helped the Labor and Employment Section and exemplifies outstanding contributions to the labor and employment practice in Arizona. Thom is a partner in Mesch Clark & Rothschild’s Employment and Labor Section in Tucson.
  • Fellow Kelly Dermody was featured in a Bloomberg Law article, titled “How Civil Rights Lawyer Kelly Dermody Fights for ‘the Underdog’.”  Ms. Dermody, who has practiced at Lieff Cabraser since 1994, is a power in civil rights litigation, carving out a reputation for her work on pay discrimination and representing workers alleging sex discrimination, as well as incarcerated individuals, victims of human trafficking, and consumers preyed upon by mortgage lenders.
  • Fellow T. Warren Jackson of Signature Resolution received the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Lloyd M. Smith Award at the CRF’s 2021 Annual Celebration which was held virtually earlier this month. Noted as being a deeply committed advocate of CRF who generously supports its work and mission, Warren has served on the Board of Directors and in multiple other positions over the past two decades. Constitutional Rights Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization, which seeks to inspire lifelong civic engagement through interactive programs and resources for teachers and youth.
  • Fellow Pamela Jeffrey, from Levy Ratner in New York City, was named “2022 Union-Side Labor Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers of America.
  • Fellow Wendi Lazar, from Outten Golden LLP in New York City, was recognized by Best Lawyers as a “Lawyer of the Year” for 2022, her 10th year on the list.
  • Fellow Mark Gaston Pearce, who is the Executive Director of the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown Law Center, was interviewed on CNBC’s “The Exchange” about why workers are striking in so many sectors.  He was joined by Bill Rodgers who served as the Department of Labor’s Chief Economist under President Clinton.
  • Fellow William Powers (1939-2020) was inducted in the Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section’s “Hall of Fame.” Bill’s wife and children were present for the ceremony which was presided over by Fellow Don Slesnick. Fellow Tom Brooks was also in attendance (pictured below). The recognition is a posthumous honor and is given to someone with significant involvement in both the Section and the active practice of labor and employment law in Florida for a substantial part of his or her career. You can read more about Bill and the Hall of Fame by clicking here.
  • Fellow and College Vice President Arlene Switzer Steinfield was recently appointed by the Dallas City Council to serve a three-year term on the City of Dallas Community Police Oversight Board, which evaluates citizen complaints of excessive force and police misconduct.
  • 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.
  • Fellow Anna Wermuth, vice-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s national Labor and Employment Department has been named the 2022 Chicago Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America.  The only Management Employment lawyer from Chicago to be named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2022, Wermuth received the highest annual ratings in her practice area from peer attorneys nationwide.