Workflows: Akerman’s Employment Group Has Growth Spurt

Akerman is continuing to expand its labor and employment practice group, welcoming 13 practitioners during the past seven months. With these additions, the firm’s labor and employment roster exceeds 50, more than double its size just two years ago.

“As the firm continues to grow, our clients have a need for labor and employment lawyers,” Eric Gordon, chair of Akerman’s labor and employment practice group, told Bloomberg Law. “Our clients are busier, and hiring. Any time you have an economy where your clients are adding employees, you’re going to have an increased number of claims,” he said.

As recently as two years ago, the firm had no labor and employment lawyers in California. Lawyers would fly there from other Akerman offices when necessary. “That can work, but it’s not the best solution,” Gordon said. “My choice would be to bring in lawyers, preferably those who have some of their own business, and grow teams around them.”

Akerman now has seven labor and employment lawyers in Los Angeles, with an eighth scheduled to start by the end of the month, Gordon said. “As long as the need continues to be there from our client’s perspective, we’re going to continue to grow,” he said. “We’re not going to add lawyers just to build up numbers, but we will add lawyers in places where our clients need us.”

The new lawyers include partners Zachary Bulthuis, Michelle Lee Flores, andJeffrey Horton Thomas in Los Angeles; Jeffrey Kimmel in New York; and Jessica Travers in Jacksonville, Fla.

Akerman also added several labor and employment associates in recent months: Zoe BekasSteven Gallagher, and Jade Brewster in Los Angeles; Chris Eby in Denver; Tiffany Hendricks in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Melissa Overbeck and Paul Rutigliano in New York; and Sasha Segall in West Palm Beach, Fla.

More News About Worklaw Attorneys

Barnes & Thornburg added two partners in its labor and employment department: Gray Mateo-Harris in Chicago and Amy Zdravecky, who will work from the firm’s offices in Chicago and Grand Rapids, Mich.

David M. Sawyer joined workplace law firm Jackson Lewis in Miami as a principal in its employee benefits practice group.

Paul L. Porretta joined Pepper Hamilton as a partner in the employee benefits and executive compensation practice group in New York.

Audry Casusol joined Sidley in New York as a partner in its tax and employee benefits and executive compensation practice.

Taylor English Duma welcomed Tamika R. Nordstrom in Atlanta as a partner in the employment and labor relations practice group.

In memoriam: Julius Turman, the head of the San Francisco office of labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, died May 13.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gayle Cinquegrani in Washington at gcinquegrani@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peggy Aulino at maulino@bloomberglaw.com