US Nationwide

Country Leader, US NationalRafael Nendel-Floresusa@laborlawplus.com

Rafael has more than 17 years of experience in labor and employment law. 

Other Areas of Practice:

  • Labor litigation

Professional Experience:

  • LeClairRyan, Los Angeles, California, 2018 - present
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Steward, P.C, Costa Mesa, California, 2012 - 2018
  • Fisher & Phillips LLP, Irvine, California, 2005 - 2012
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, San Diego, California, 2004 -2005
  • Fisher & Phillips LLP, Irvine, California, 2002 - 2004

Education:

  • B.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 1998
  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2002

Languages: English

Professional Memberships:

  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (President 2015)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • American Bar Association

Listings/Rankings:

  • Best Lawyers in America (2015 - present)
  • AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Southern California Super Lawyer (2016)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011 - 2015)

Overview:

The United States is home to some of the most important multinational businesses and one of the world’s most favored markets for inward investment. Our US team, based throughout the States, has the capacity to assist US and non-US companies looking to become established and trade across the pond. 

Given its size, geographic reach and deep bench of experienced attorneys, our US national affiliate is equipped to handle a full spectrum of issues related to labor and employment law as well as the full spectrum of business law through its 23 offices and extensive state correspondents. The firm emphasizes collaboration with in-house counsel to deliver high-quality, predictable and cost-effective legal services designed to help clients achieve their business objectives and minimize their legal risks, difficulties and expenses. 

Labor and Employment Practice:

Our affiliate’s labor and employment attorneys work closely with clients to develop effective strategies and policies to avoid employment litigation, resolve employee disputes, and successfully dismiss labor and employment claims when litigation is filed.  

Attorneys on this multi-disciplinary team focus their practices on all facets of labor and employment law, including matters related to workplace liability, wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination, retirement plans, health benefits, executive compensation, employment contracts, union avoidance, collective bargaining agreements, business immigration, workers’ compensation, and occupational safety and health matters.

Our affiliate’s attorneys have a depth of experience representing clients before the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the US Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board as well as in state and federal courts across the United States, including the United States Courts of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. 

Representative clients include multinational corporations as well as national and regional clients across industries – from automotive and banking to retail and telecommunications and everything in between.

The Plus – Business Law Capacity:

Our US affiliate is a full-service law firm offering clients the talents of approximately 375 attorneys in more than 80 practice areas. 

We can therefore offers clients an impressive breadth of business law capability that spans a full spectrum of industries. Representative clients include corporations of all types and sizes, plus public institutions such as universities, trade associations and not-for-profit organizations.

Members of the firm have fluency in numerous foreign languages, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Swedish, Chinese dialects of Mandarin and Hakanese, Portuguese, Japanese, Hindi, Kannada, and Bengali. Our US correspondents have collectively represented clients in connection with disputes being litigated in more than 30 countries across six continents.  

The firm’s business law practices covers among many other areas: Affordable Care Act; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Antitrust; Appellate work; Banking; Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights; Class Action Litigation; Commercial Law; Commercial Contracts; Commercial Leasing; Communications Law; Compliance, Investigations and White Collar; Construction Law Consumer  Law; Corporate Governance; Corporate Services; Data Privacy and Security; Education; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Protection; Franchises; Food and Drug Law; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; Government Contracts; Government Relations; Healthcare Litigation; Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation; Intellectual Property and Technology Law; International Dispute Resolution Land Use Law; Medical Products Liability; Mergers and Acquisitions; Occupational Safety and Health; Patent, Trademark and Copyright; Products Liability; Professional Liability Defense; Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning; Securities Law; Sports and Entertainment Law; Sustainability Law; Tax Law; Telecommunications Law; Transportation Law; Utilities Regulation and Governance; Venture Capital; and Workers’ Compensation. 

Key Facts:

Locations: Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut; Annapolis, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Detroit, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Newark, New Jersey; New York City and Rochester, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas; Alexandria, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke and Williamsburg, Virginia; Washington, D.C.

Size: 375 lawyers

Business Law Practice Areas: Labor and Employment Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; Commercial Law; Commercial Contracts; Commercial Leasing; Data Privacy and Security; Intellectual Property and Technology Law;  Alternative Dispute Resolution; Antitrust; Appellate work; Banking; Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights; Class Action Litigation;  Communications Law; Compliance, Investigations and White Collar; Construction Law Consumer  Law; Corporate Governance; Corporate Services; Education; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Protection; Franchises; Affordable Care Act; Food and Drug Law; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; Government Contracts; Government Relations; Healthcare Litigation; Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation; International Dispute Resolution Land Use Law; Medical Products Liability;  Occupational Safety and Health; Patent, Trademark and Copyright; Products Liability; Professional Liability Defense; Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning; Securities Law; Sports and Entertainment Law; Sustainability Law; Tax Law; Telecommunications Law; Transportation Law; Utilities Regulation and Governance; Venture Capital; and Workers’ Compensation. 

Languages: 'English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Swedish, Chinese dialects of Mandarin and Hakanese, Portuguese, Japanese, Hindi, Kannada, and Bengali

Listings/Rankings:

  • Skill and knowledge breed success, as proven by the recognition our affiliate continues to receive by various organizations and publications, including:
  • Best Lawyers in America – For the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 82 attorneys from 16 offices and 56 practice areas were selected by their peers for inclusion. 
  • Best Law Firms – In the 2014 edition of US News & World Report and the Best Lawyers listing of best law firms, 54  practice areas were selected for inclusion nationally and by metropolitan area. National recognitions in 2014 include: Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law; Construction Law; Corporate Law; Litigation (Bankruptcy, Construction, Environmental, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate); Communications Law; Energy Law; Information Technology Law; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants; Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law; Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation; and Venture Capital Law. 
  • Super Lawyers & Rising Stars – For 2013, 128 attorneys have been named “Super Lawyers” or Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” in the preceding 12 month period. The total for all of 2012 was 106 – up from 100 for 2011. 
  • Chambers USA – In 2014, Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers recognized our affiliate for its Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Healthcare, Labor and Employment, and General Commercial Litigation practices. Nine of the Firm's partners were also individually recognized in 2014, up from seven in 2013 and six in 2012. 
  • Benchmark Litigation –  Our affiliate was honored as State Firm of the Year - 2013 & 2012 for Virginia. Survey results placed our affiliate as “highly recommended” in Virginia and “recommended” in Massachusetts in 2013. 
  • AmLaw200 – In 2013, The American Lawyer included our affiliate in its AmLaw 200 survey. The Firm ranked 166th among the second 100 firms. 

Contact: usa@laborlawplus.com