Drinker Biddle Enhances Labor And Employment Practice Group

Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 01:00

James G. Murphy has joined Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP as counsel in the Labor and Employment Practice Group.Murphy will be the first lawyer in the firm's New York office to focus his practice on employment litigation.

Mr. Murphy has years of experience litigating a wide variety of workplace claims, including discrimination, harassment, noncompetition, employee benefits, executive compensation and wrongful termination claims.He also counsels employers on the Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, reductions in force, manager communications, contracts, employee privacy issues and Equal Employment Opportunity matters.Mr. Murphy joined the firm from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

In the past two years, Drinker Biddle's Labor and Employment Practice Group has added more than 20 new lawyers, including 13 litigators in Chicago from Connelly Sheehan Harris LLP and six lawyers in Washington, D.C., from Thelen LLP.The group has also welcomed lawyers in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Partners Charles A. Reid, III, and Robert W. McCann each were named as one of 10 Outstanding Healthcare Litigators for 2008 by Nightingale's Healthcare News, a bimonthly newsletter for professionals serving the healthcare industry. Mr. Reid was recognized for his work representing hospitals in licensing, privileges and Certificate of Need litigation.

In addition to healthcare litigation, Mr. Reid focuses a substantial part of his practice on commercial litigation, including corporate governance and insurance matters.

Mr. McCann's efforts on behalf of clients undergoing U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations are what caught the attention of the award committee. The investigations were of two in-market merger transactions and both were concluded without a challenge from the FTC.

Mr. McCann has represented clients in more than 50 mergers and acquisitions and in many federal investigations.

Nimesh M. Patel, an associate in the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group, has been recognized as one of the 2008 Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He was selected because he has achieved prominence and distinction in his chosen legal field, as well as demonstrated a commitment to community and public service, particularly in the Asian Pacific American Community.

Mr. Patel focuses his practice on diversity and legal vulnerability assessments for large corporations and government agencies.