By Brendan O'Brien
Feb 8 (Reuters) - Proskauer Rose has hired Washington
employment lawyer Connie Bertram from Cooley.
Bertram will help lead the firm's labor and employment
practice in Washington and will co-head its government
regulatory compliance and relations group and its
whistle-blowing and retaliation group.
Bertram has defended employers in whistle-blower and
restrictive covenant cases as well as trade secret claims and
disputes involving executives. She has also counseled federal
government contractors and subcontractors on whistle-blower,
affirmative action and compliance issues.
"In addition to her demonstrated skills as a litigator and
trial lawyer, Connie is a highly regarded authority on
government contractor compliance and whistle-blower issues,"
said Elise Bloom, co-chair of Proskauer's labor and employment
law department. "Given the recent surge in federal labor laws
and regulations, Connie will play a key role in helping clients
navigate Washington's legal waters."
Bertram joins a number of high-ranking women in Proskauer's
labor and employment law department, including Bloom, former
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vice chair Leslie
Silverman and former senior White House appointee Carolyn
Also joining from Cooley is Guy Brenner, who will be senior
counsel and co-head of Proskauer's non-compete and trade secrets
group. Brenner has particular expertise in independent
contractor, restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation and
counseling as well as in resolving executive claims and
disputes, Proskauer said.
Proskauer's labor and employment law department has 160
attorneys and 13 offices around the world.
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