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McDermott Brings on New Labor and Employment Chief

July 19, 2016, 7:19 PM

McDermott Will & Emery has hired Kerry Scanlon in its Washington, D.C. office to head its national labor and employment practice.

Scanlon, a litigator who works on wage and hour class actions, discrimination and other complex cases, arrives from Kaye Scholer with fellow partner Jeremy White and two associates. He had been co-head of Kaye Scholer’s labor and employment group.

In his nearly two decades at Kaye Scholer, Kerry Scanlon said he had never answered a recruiter’s phone call but recently felt it was time to leave, framing it as a personal decision. He interviewed at McDermott Will & Emery and found the collegial atmosphere to his liking. This week Scanlon started at the firm, joining White who started earlier this month.

“I’d never worked that long anyplace before and I thought 19 years was a long time,” he said about his reason for departing Kaye Scholer.

Earlier this year, Kaye Scholer was rumored to be in merger talks with Arnold & Porter, which ultimately did not materialize. Scanlon said his departure was unrelated.

Before entering private practice, Scanlon was a deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department during the Clinton Administration, and also worked at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and as a staff attorney at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

“I’ve done both sides, and that’s something that has given me a lot of credibility,” said Scanlon.

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