FOUNDING PARTNER, PAYNE & FEARS 

WHY: Co-leads business litigation, insurance, employment law firm with Daniel Fears, representing Fortune 500 firms. Represents companies in all aspects of employment law and related civil litigation, including wage and hour litigation and consulting, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, labor management relations and union arbitrations.

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RECENT: Firm has pushed more into cybersecurity and data protection.

NOTABLE: Firmwide client list has included Lennar, Safeway, Walmart, Kohl’s. Firm’s name once used as joke on “The Tonight Show.”