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Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, Expands to Northeast, Opens Office in Boston

May 5, 2009

ATLANTA - Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP (Constangy), a national leader in labor and employment law, has announced its expansion to the Northeast with the addition of a Boston office that opened on April 16.

Ellen C. Kearns, labor and employment attorney formerly of the law firm of Foley & Lardner, LLP, will serve as the Boston managing partner. Kearns is one of the country’s foremost experts in wage and hour matters, having authored the BNA Treatise on The Fair Labor Standards Act, the legal community’s most comprehensive publication on wage and hour law.

Kearns, who represents clients in wage/hour class actions, is actively involved in publishing the second edition of that Treatise which should be available to the legal community by the end of 2009. She works with clients to take their wage/hour “temperature” and to consider remedial measures where necessary.

“I am looking forward to working with James Coleman, a Constangy partner and General Counsel of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, in growing the firm's wage and hour litigation practice," said Kearns.

Jeffrey M. Rosin, a partner of the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, who has advised clients on employment litigation matters for nearly 15 years, will also join the firm. Rosin will bring to Constangy a successful record of employment litigation verdicts, representing clients in public and private sectors in industries ranging from technology to healthcare.

Formerly selected for inclusion to Super Lawyers’ list of Massachusetts’ “Rising Stars,” Rosin will serve as an integral partner in both Constangy’s litigation practice group and wage and hour practice group as well.

"Constangy differentiates itself from other labor and employment firms because it prioritizes client service and development in innovative ways that speak to both large and small companies," said Rosin. "I look forward to introducing clients and others in the region to the Constangy platform."

Also joining the Boston office are Christopher Pardo, formerly an associate in the Miami office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Erin Russ, an associate in the Boston area firm of Zerola & Associates.

Constangy, which opened new offices in Greenville, S.C., Chicago, Ill., Milwaukee, Wis., and Southern California in 2008, anticipates continued growth in 2009. “Our firm is excited about the addition of Ellen and Jeff. They’re a great fit,” Neil Wasser, chairman of the firm, states. “With this new office in New England, Constangy now has a physical presence in every major region of the country, and we expect to continue to grow, adding more lawyers of the same caliber to our offices across the country.”

Currently, the labor and employment law firm has 19 offices nationally and specializes in employment litigation, class action defense, employee benefits law, labor law, immigration, affirmative action, workers’ compensation, and OSHA, among others. The 63-year-old firm is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.


About Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP:
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP has counseled employers on labor and employment law matters, exclusively, since 1946. A “Go To” Law Firm in Corporate Counsel and Fortune Magazine, it represents Fortune 500 corporations and small companies across the country. Its attorneys are consistently rated as top lawyers in their practice areas by publications such as Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States. More than 100 lawyers partner with clients to provide cost-effective legal services and sound preventive advice to enhance the employer-employee relationship. Offices are located in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Missouri, Illinois, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Texas and California. For more information, visit www.constangy.com.

April 23, 2009

Contact:
Elizabeth Neeland Fetzer
Public Relations Coordinator
404-230-6724
eneeland@constangy.com

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