SAN FRANCISCO – Global law firm Reed Smith today announced the addition of two partners from Polsinelli to its Labor & Employment practice in San Francisco. Michele Haydel Gehrke was formerly chair of Polsinelli’s Traditional Labor Relations Practice. She maintains a dual-practice focus on labor and employment matters on behalf of management. Anne Cherry Barnett ‘s practice focuses on employment, with an emphasis on assisting clients with navigating the complexities of California state and federal employment laws and regulations.

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“Michele and Anne bring us an outstanding record of success representing clients in U.S. and California labor and employment law matters,” said Mark Temple, global leader of Reed Smith’s Labor & Employment practice. “Working with clients of all sizes across a range of sectors, they have proven track records in high-value litigation, and providing advice and counsel that helps clients stay abreast of constantly changing labor and employment laws to avoid costly disputes.”

Gehrke’s practice includes defending wage and hour class actions and other types of employment claims, such as wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Gehrke also handles traditional labor matters, including defending airlines in claims brought under the Railway Labor Act, and other employers in claims under the National Labor Relations Act. Her counseling experience extends to matters involving workplace investigations, wage and hour audits, and advising on terminations, leaves of absence, and other compliance matters.

“I am excited to become part of Reed Smith’s Labor & Employment practice,” said Gehrke. “Its national scope, strong California presence, reputation for exceptional client service, and a supportive culture provides an excellent platform for me to expand my practice, as well as to enhance the services and capabilities available to my current clients.”