The past decade has seen a renaissance of employment-related class actions involving wage and hour, discrimination, ERISA, and other employment issues. Enabling employers to manage risk in a cost-effective manner while threatened with class claims requires counsel to have a unique combination of employment law know-how and class action defense experience. Reed Smith’s employment lawyers bring this combination to bear when their clients face class action challenges.
Our class action practice has involved the defense of more than 300 putative class actions filed across the country, often by the leading national plaintiffs’ class action firms. Our successful track record handling all phases of such litigation, including dispositive motions, class certification motions and hearings, discovery, and trial, ranks us among the preeminent class action defense practices nationally. And unlike many firms that have defended class action litigation, Reed Smith has substantial experience trying class action matters to successful outcomes. Moreover, our experience includes – in several significant instances – the national coordination and organization of the defense of multiple actions in different jurisdictions where overlapping issues are raised, including proceedings before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.