| Although our attorneys
cover the full range of employment issues, our representation in
each area is built upon these philosophical foundations:
We believe that all labor relations must be approached within the context of
a strategic plan, defined by the client's long term business objectives and
its labor and employment environment. From major decisions (such as the protection
of your distribution network) to the less complex decisions (like distributing
handbooks to non-union employees), all labor and employment decisions should
be made within this comprehensive framework. Although our clients' goals vary
widely, we work with each to develop an overarching set of principles to guide
all other decisions in both their union and non-union environments.
Continuity of Representation
Although our firm has the professional depth to deal with any contingency that
may arise, we believe that it is important for our clients to have access
to attorneys who are intimately familiar with their operations and are ultimately responsible for meeting their strategic goals. Particularly in geographically-dispersed
businesses, our attorneys are often some of the few persons familiar with
both the labor history and the larger strategic implications. To this end,
when our firm commits a team of attorneys to handle your work, these attorneys
will remain with you throughout our relationship.
In the same spirit, we recognize that the urgency of most labor and employment
matters demands immediate access to your labor counsel. Thus, our attorneys
are accessible day and night and are prepared to respond to your needs immediately.
When we commit an attorney to you, our goal is to respond as if you were
that attorney's only client. We invite you to consult our other clients on
this measure; many have been startled by the immediacy of our response.
Although different clients prefer different mixes of services, our firm's goal
is for our clients to use our services efficiently and effectively. In developing
a labor and employment strategy, our role includes identifying areas where
our involvement is not needed. With appropriate training and development,
many of our clients need to call on us only for the strategic and the complex.
To reach this level of efficient representation, we work with our clients
to develop their human resources staff to handle those issues which do not
warrant the expense of an attorney.