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Covington’s international employment group advises a wide range of multinational companies on strategic, day-to-day and transaction-specific employment, employee benefit and global mobility issues.

Our expertise encompasses legal aspects of M&A, restrictive covenants, codes of conduct, HR policies, employment and atypical worker contracts, and compensation plans.

Our U.S. employment lawyers have an outstanding record of success in U.S. employment litigation—defending against nationwide class actions, resolving employment disputes privately or through mediation, and negotiating resolutions with federal agencies.

Our global reach gives us a deep understanding of the various models of employment regulation, and our lawyers possess in-depth knowledge of discrimination laws, collective employment rights, redundancy laws, working time compliance/overtime issues, and employment civil and contract claims that multinationals face. We also are able to call on a trusted network of employment counsel across the Middle East, Asia, South America and elsewhere, to provide the local expertise that our clients require while ensuring that advice is responsive, business-oriented and meets Covington’s standards.

We have investigated sensitive sexual harassment claims, conducted extensive employment audits, advised companies on the adoption of global and domestic employment policies appropriate to their business culture and drafted executive employment, share incentive plans, bonus and other compensation agreements.

Our U.S. employment litigation team includes a former Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor and our lawyers are recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in employment and ERISA law.

  • Chambers UK (2012-2015)
    • Employment - Employer: Christopher Walter
  • Chambers Global (2014)
    • Employment - UK: Christopher Walter
  • Best Lawyers (2017)
    • Employment - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment: Jeffrey Huvelle and Tom Williamson 
  • Law360 (2010)
    • Employment Group of the Year
  • Legal 500 UK (2014-2016)
    • Employment - Chris Bracebridge and Christopher Walter
  • Legal Week Awards, shortlisted for Commercial Team of the Year (2010)
  • The British Legal Awards, shortlisted in the Commercial Team of the Year category (2014)
  • The Lawyer Awards, shortlisted in the Employment Team of the Year category (2008, 2009 and 2015)
  • The National Law Journal - Tom Williamson recognized as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" (2008)   
  • Wiley Branton Award for Lifetime Commitment to Equal Justice presented to Tom Williamson by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (2007).