Squire Sanders has significantly expanded its Labor & Employment Practice Group with the addition of a team of lawyers from Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office, including the former national co-chair of its Labor and Employment Group, Lawrence Rosenfeld.

Rosenfeld and fellow partner Daniel B. Pasternak join with senior associate Laura Lawless Robertson. Rosenfeld, Pasternak and Lawless Robertson join an already strong Squire Sanders Phoenix labor and employment team, featuring veteran partner D. Lewis Clark, Jr.

Rosenfeld is one of the leading senior employment practitioners in Arizona. He has more than 35 years of employment law experience, particularly in the defense of federal and state statutory employment claims including individual and class action defense of Title VII and wage-hour claims as well as restrictive covenant litigation and client counseling. Rosenfeld also specializes in health care and administrative law. He served as co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s national labor and employment group for 10 years. Last year, he was elected as a fellow to the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and was this past week recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2013 as Phoenix Litigation Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year. He has received a number of additional individual accolades, including being named by Human Resources Executive magazine and Lawdragon as one of the “100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in America” in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  He is ranked Band 1 in Chambers USA.

Pasternak was co-leader of Greenberg Traurig’s traditional labor practice group. He has a wealth of experience representing employers in a wide range of labor relations matters, including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice charge and representation case proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and federal appellate courts, and grievance arbitration proceedings, and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as a top management-side labor attorney and in Chambers USA. He frequently speaks at legal and industry seminars advising on current labor and employment issues. In addition to his labor practice, he also represents clients in employment litigation matters, and advises employers on employment law compliance issues. In addition to Arizona, Pasternak also is licensed to practice in Illinois, where he actively handles litigation matters and advises Illinois clients.

Lawless Robertson is a labor and employment litigator and counselor who defends employers in the entire range of employment litigation matters. She was listed as a 2012 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine’s Southwest Super Lawyers.

Commenting on the additions, Susan M. DiMickele, Squire Sanders’ labor and employment co-practice group leader, said: “We are extremely excited to bring Larry, Dan and Laura to Squire Sanders. Not only do they possess formidable experience, technical know-how and acumen, but they command a reputation in the market that is second to none.”

Phoenix office managing partner John M. Welch added: “This team reflects Squire Sanders’ commitment to establishing a market-leading labor and employment practice, and is part of a wider plan to pursue strategic growth in Phoenix. In addition to labor and employment, we are looking to expand our services in a number of key areas where we are experiencing client demand. We want to add high-quality, productive lawyers who are good people and who share our enthusiasm for a national and international platform.”

Rosenfeld said: “Squire Sanders’ strong and growing local presence and global platform were key factors in our decision to join the practice, and its collaborative and collegial culture also was very attractive. We look forward to working with our new colleagues to help serve clients in innovative ways.”

Squire Sanders’ expanded Phoenix labor and employment group is in the process of planning an all-day seminar in early 2013, at which it will provide updates and timely information about key labor and employment law issues and developments.