“It is one thing to work with people who keep you busy and take the time to evaluate your work product, but far more valuable … to also work with people who care about your career.”
- David Baron, Senior Associate, New York
My practice is best described as labor and employment litigation and counseling. Although this is arguably a more narrow substantive focus than general litigation, my practice is actually quite broad. I not only litigate across a vast number of employment-related issues, but also provide day-to-day counseling on employment matters, represent clients in labor negotiations and union election campaigns, and advise on corporate transactions with respect to issues concerning labor and employment.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
Based on my law school experience, I knew I wanted to practice in labor and employment, and sought out only firms with reputable practices in that area. Hogan Lovells on paper easily fit the bill. But what stood out most to me about the firm was the culture of the New York office. I found that the personnel here, lawyers and staff alike, were likeable, approachable, intelligent, driven, and academically curious. I was immediately drawn to this environment and never seriously considered working anywhere else once I was exposed to what Hogan Lovells had to offer.
I began my career here without expectations, but I did have goals. My goals were to develop an expertise, learn how to practice law, develop strong professional and personal relationships, and consistently challenge myself. Although my goals do not lend themselves to completion, I am thrilled with my progress thus far, and could not have predicted that my work here would be as fulfilling and challenging as it has been, nor how strong my relationships with my colleagues would come to be. I am very grateful for my experience here so far.
My responsibilities include research, writing, strategizing, case management, and counseling. I spend some of my time at my computer, some of my time in meetings, and some of my time on the phone. I’m not certain I could describe a typical workday, because every day and every matter bring new situations and new challenges. Because my practice is focused on the relationships between employers and employees, I have had the opportunity to work across a large variety of industries, including some I did not even know existed. This has been one of the most interesting facets of my practice.
My team currently consists of a relatively small group of approximately five partners and five associates. Since joining the firm, I have been given the opportunity to earn the trust of those I work with, and have taken on more responsibility as that trust has grown. My experience has been very organic in that way.
While our group is small, it has global resources at its fingertips. At one point, we were asked by a client to advise on how pressure from a German labor union could conceivably impact unionization at a U.S. facility. Within minutes, a partner and I here were connected with a labor partner in Germany who was willing to take as much time as necessary to educate us on German labor law so that we could properly advise our client. Experiences like this still humble and astound me.
I have been very fortunate to work with partners who have demonstrated an interest not only in my work, but in my professional development. It is one thing to work with people who keep you busy and take the time to evaluate your work product, but far more valuable in my opinion to also work with people who care about your career.
Hogan Lovells is strongly committed to pro bono projects, community, and diversity. These values pervade the culture of the firm and are always present. Pro bono work is not only encouraged, but demanded, and the opportunities are seemingly endless.
Another associate and I are currently representing two young girls in removal proceedings in immigration court. Although the matter has not yet been finalized, we have secured relief for these clients in the form of administrative closure, which means that the government will no longer actively pursue their removal. Representing two young girls whose lives depend in large part on the outcome of this case has been incredibly stressful, but also incredibly rewarding. We overcame the challenges of a language barrier, two young and blurry memories, and an unfamiliar forum to secure a positive outcome for our clients. We are very proud of this result.
I served as a 2010 summer associate in our New York office before joining Hogan Lovells as an associate the following year. Today, I practice labor and employment litigation, arbitration, and counseling, and have successfully defended clients across several industries against claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations before federal and state courts as well as in arbitration.
My other legal experience include internships with the New York Office of the Attorney General, Division of Appeals and Opinions; The Honorable Jose L. Linares of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey; and The Honorable Garry S. Rothstadt of the Passaic County Superior Court in New Jersey. I also served as an intern to Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.
I am a 2011 graduate of the New York University School of Law, where I worked as a staff editor of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Outside of launching my legal career, I devote time to my family, enjoy sports such as snowboarding and basketball, and play the guitar and piano.