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Morgan Lewis Again Raids Sidley Austin Employment Ranks

Feb. 5, 2020, 7:06 PM

Morgan Lewis has again scooped up labor and employment partners from Sidley Austin with Ami Wynne and Jonathan Lotsoff the latest to make the jump.

Wynne was Sidley’s labor and employment practice head and advised companies on employment counseling and litigation issues that included #MeToo matters. She and Lotsoff, an employment litigator, will join Morgan Lewis in Chicago.

Morgan Lewis’ labor and employment practice includes some 300 lawyers.

A major part of Wynne’s practice centers on conducting internal investigations, including at the board and C-suite levels, regarding allegations of discrimination, harassment, conflict of interest, and other misconduct.

Such issues have become more visible in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

“How people are being treated in the workplace is an increasing focus of employers as they navigate the MeToo movement,” Wynne told Bloomberg Law.

“For companies and organizations, these issues are front and center because they care about their culture. These issues directly impact that and can create legal exposure and can have monetary repercussions,” she said.

A former member of Sidley’s diversity committee, Wynne helped lead the firm’s recruiting and associate mentoring initiatives. As part of her practice, she negotiates complex executive separations, advises on human resources initiatives, and counsels on executive compensation and corporate transactions work.

Morgan Lewis Chair Jami McKeon said in a statement, “Comprehensive and business-oriented labor and employment law advice is critical to our global and U.S. corporate clients, each of whom deals with talent challenges.”

“We are excited to welcome such world-class lawyers to help our clients navigate these issues and best serve their business goals,” she said.

Lotsoff litigates complex employment matters, including class and collective actions at the trial and appellate levels. He has experience counseling and litigating restrictive covenant and business tort matters, including noncompetition and unfair business practices, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Morgan Lewis a year ago snagged a group of attorneys from Sidley that included a three-partner labor and employment team led by Douglas Hart, a class action litigator. Hart and Jennifer Zargarof, who co-led Sidley’s global labor and employment practice, and Max Fischer joined in Los Angeles.

Sidley did not immediately respond to a request for comment on departures to Morgan Lewis.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson in Washington at egolson1@gmail.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com