In response to an ever-increasing demand, Benchmark Litigation will publish a specialized study of the labor and employment litigation practice, with print and online editions to be issued in September 2018. Keeping consistent with Benchmark's approach, this study will focus specifically on the litigation and disputes exponent of the practice. The methodology will mirror that of all Benchmark studies, with rankings for firms and individuals provided, as well as accompanying editorial analysis. These rankings will be a result of a study of firm questionnaires, peer review generated through partner interviews, and client review (where possible), as well as independent sources. For the inaugural edition, we will be focusing on several key geographic markets: New York; California; Washington, DC; Texas; Florida; Massachusetts, and Ohio, with the remaining states contained within regional chapters (for an example of this approach, you can refer to our Top 250 Women in Litigation guide.) We will also be providing coverage for firms representing employees as well as those representing employers.

Benchmark's Labor and Employment guide aims to cover all standard labor and employment issues that have historically driven disputes work, as well as more recent and novel ones. Some examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Wage-and-hour disputes
  • Discrimination claims
  • Sexual harassment
  • First Amendment/freedom of speech issues
  • Social media and its effect on employment
  • Medical marijuana - navigating the landscape
  • Effects of the "gig/freelance economy"
  • Mandatory arbitration - questions about its fairness to employees
  • FCRA disputes
  • Privacy and data/cyber security issues
  • Issues regarding accommodation for the global office and/or the home office
  • Immigration challenges to employment
  • Religious freedom in the workplace
If you would like to participate in the research process for this study, please contact the reporter dedicated to this project, Brittany Sharoff, at Brittany can provide your firm with a dedicated labor and employment questionnaire, as well as conduct interviews with any interested labor and employment partners at your firm.