Corporate Employment Lawyers Hall of Fame for 2019

By March 23, 2019July 17th, 2019Guides

For the seventh year, we have selected legends for the Hall of Fame of the corporate employment bar whose contributions to the field as well as their firms are unparalleled. Very few lawyers are considered for Hall of Fame status — which begins with 35 years in the employment-law trenches and requires consistent recognition for all-around excellence in counseling clients, contributing to the bar and serving as a visionary to improve workplaces. Lawyers will be added to the Hall of Fame each year and retired from future consideration.

Full Name Law Firm Location
Charles S. Caulkins Fisher Phillips Ft. Lauderdale
Vincent A. Cino Jackson Lewis Morristown, N.J.
William L. Cole Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp Los Angeles
Catherine A. Conway Gibson Dunn Los Angeles
Harriet E. Cooperman Saul Ewing Baltimore
Louis P. DiLorenzo Bond New York
Steven G. Eckhaus McDermott New York
Jerry M. Hunter Bryan Cave St. Louis
D. Ward Kallstrom Seyfarth Shaw San Francisco
Jay P. Krupin BakerHostetler Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey Londa Ogletree Deakins Houston
Stuart Newman Seyfarth Shaw Atlanta
Melanie Nussdorf Steptoe Washington, D.C.
Kevin O’Brien Ivins Phillips Washington, D.C.
Paul J. Ondrasik Jr. Steptoe Washington, D.C.
Denyse Sabagh Duane Morris Washington, D.C.
Richard C. Shea Covington & Burling Washington, D.C.
Charles R. Smith K&L Gates Pittsburgh
Steven W. Suflas Ballard Spahr Denver
Stanley Weiner Jones Day Cleveland


Below are the 2018 Inductees to the Hall of Fame:

Name Law Firm City
Paula A. Barran Barran Liebman Portland
Barbara Jean D’Aquila Norton Rose Fulbright Minneapolis
Kim F. Ebert Ogletree Deakins Indianapolis
Robert Fleder Paul Weiss New York
Josie Gonzalez Stone Grzegorek Los Angeles
W. Carl Jordan Vinson & Elkins Houston
H. Ronald Klasko Klasko Immigration Law Partners Philadelphia
Ira J. Kurzban Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt Miami
Donald R. Livingston Akin Gump Washington, D.C.
Steven McCown Littler Austin
Theodore Ruthizer Kramer Levin New York
Robert Siegel O’Melveny Los Angeles
Jonathan Sulds Greenberg Traurig New York
Marc Van Der Hout Van Der Hout Brigagliano San Francisco
A. Martin Wickliff Jr. Cozen O’Connor Houston
John Wymer Sherman & Howard Atlanta

Below are the 2017 Inductees to the Hall of Fame:

Name Law Firm Location
Fred Alvarez Jones Day Palo Alto
Ned Bassen Hughes Hubbard New York
Greg Braden Morgan Lewis Washington
Lawrence Dinardo Jones Day Chicago
Brian Greig Norton Rose Fulbright Austin, Texas
Ellen Kearns Constangy Boston
John Langel Ballard Spahr Philadelphia
John Lewis Baker Hostetler Cleveland
Michael Lotito Littler San Francisco
Michael Patrick Fragomen New York
Lawrence Rosenfeld Squire Patton Phoenix
Bernie Siebert Sherman & Howard Denver
Richard Simmons Sheppard Mullins Los Angeles
Allan Weitzman Proskauer Boca Raton
Kirby Wilcox Paul Hastings San Francisco

Below are the 2016 Inductees to the Hall of Fame:

Name Law Firm Location
Brian Clemow Shipman & Goodwin Hartford, Conn.
W. Melvin Haas III Constangy Macon, Ga.
Mark A. Hutcheson Davis Wright Seattle
Charles C. Jackson Morgan Lewis Chicago
Thomas G. Kienbaum Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton Birmingham, Mich.
Thomas Y. Mandler Hinshaw Chicago
Armin J. Moeller Jr. Balch & Bingham Jackson, Miss.
Angelo Paparelli Seyfarth Los Angeles
James R. Redeker Duane Morris Philadelphia
Jeremy Sherman Seyfarth Chicago

Below are the 2015 Inductees to the Hall of Fame:

Name Law Firm City
Jeff T. Appleman Berry Appleman & Leiden San Francisco
Lynne Deitch Duke Durham, N.C.
Zachary D. Fasman Proskauer New York
Baruch A. Fellner Gibson Dunn Washington
James C. Franczek Jr. Franczek Radelet Chicago
Willis J. Goldsmith Jones Day New York
Hunter R. Hughes III Rogers & Hardin Atlanta
Stephen A. Ploscowe Fox Rothschild N.J.
Ronald H. Shechtman Pryor Cashman New York
Gary R. Siniscalco Orrick San Francisco

Below are the 2014 Inductees to the Hall of Fame:

Name Law Firm City
L. Robert Batterman Proskauer New York
Barbara B. Brown Paul Hastings Washington
Francis X. Dee McElroy Deutsch Morristown
Mark S. Dichter Morgan Lewis Philadelphia
Charles C. Foster Foster Quan Houston
Howard Ganz Proskauer New York
William J. Kilberg Gibson Dunn Washington
Demitrios M. Moschos Mirick O’Connell Worchester
Stephen A. Ploscowe Fox Rothschild Roseland
Michael Reiss Davis Wright Seattle
Peter Wolfson Zinober Greenberg Traurig Tampa

Below are the 2013 Inductees to the Hall of Fame:

Name Law Firm City
R. Lawrence Ashe Jr. Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs Atlanta
Austin T. Fragomen Fragomen New York
Alan V. Friedman Munger Tolles & Olson Los Angeles
Theodore R. Groom Groom Law Group Washington
Paul Grossman Paul Hastings Los Angeles
C. Lash Harrison FordHarrison Atlanta
Garry C. Mathiason Littler San Francisco
Bettina B. Plevan Proskauer New York
Patrick L. Vaccaro Jackson Lewis White Plains, N.Y.
Jay W. Waks Kaye Scholer New York

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