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Employment Law's Darling Section

Connie Bertram

An "enormous area of expansion" in labor law is whistleblower litigation, says Connie Bertram, who justjoined Proskauer as its DC labor and employment practice co-chair. (You may remember her as Cooley's former employment & labor and government contractor compliance head.) Nearly every act recently passed by Congress has included a whistleblower protection component, from Dodd-Frank to Consumer Product Safety Act to SOX (if that's up your alley, look out for Connie's presentation before the ABA this month). Other growing topics: employment mobility--with a slight uptick in the economy late last year, folks moving into new opportunities are looking for ways out of restrictive covenants like non-competes; and compliance--on which the Obama administration is very focused. Proskauer's 160-lawyer labor employment group is one of the largest, and it's recently boosted its presence in DC, LA, Chicago, and Paris.