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Joan Ackerstein Named Jackson Lewis LLPís National Director of Litigation

Date: 1.24.2013

WHITE PLAINS, NY (January 24, 2013) - Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Boston Partner Joan Ackerstein will serve as the firm’s National Director of Litigation.  Ms. Ackerstein succeeds Firm Chairman Vincent A. Cino, who was the National Director of Litigation since 2006.  

“We believe Joan is an excellent choice for the firm’s next National Director of Litigation,” said Mr. Cino.  “Having served in that role previously, I understand what is involved, and I have full confidence in Joan’s ability to coordinate and monitor our litigation matters with immense skill and dedication.  Joan’s talent as a litigator, her experience managing the Boston office’s litigation practice for many years, and her tenure on the firm’s Management Committee make her well-qualified for this position.”

“I am honored to take on this wonderful professional opportunity,” said Ackerstein.  “After working closely with Vincent over the years, I feel well prepared for my new role. Our litigation practice already has been well recognized, including being named both a “Powerhouse” and “Standout” in employment litigation by BTI Consulting Group in its Litigation Outlook Report 2013.  I look forward to working with our litigators to ensure that we continue to provide the highest quality representation and the incomparable client service which are hallmarks of our firm.”  

In addition to her new national responsibilities, Ms. Ackerstein will continue to counsel employers on the full range of workplace issues and litigate employment claims on their behalf.  Ms. Ackerstein has substantial trial experience, including service as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston from 1983 to 1986, prior to joining Jackson Lewis in 1987.  She began her career at the Boston firm Goodwin, Procter & Hoar.  

Ms. Ackerstein has been recognized for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA and, since 2004, selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers, including being named one of the Top 50 Women Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2009.  Ms. Ackerstein is a graduate of The Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an editor of The Georgetown Law Journal, and of the University of Vermont, where she received a B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  She also holds a Master of Urban Affairs degree from Boston University.   

About Jackson Lewis

Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis, dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law, is one of the fastest growing workplace law firms in the U.S., with 750 attorneys practicing in 51 locations nationwide. We have a wide-range of specialized practice areas, including: Affirmative Action and OFCCP Planning and Counseling; Disability, Leave and Health Management; Employee Benefits Counseling and Litigation; Immigration; Labor, including Preventive Practices; General Employment Litigation, including Class Actions, Complex Litigation and e-Discovery; Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition; Wage and Hour Compliance; Workplace Safety and Health and Corporate Diversity Counseling. In addition, Jackson Lewis provides advice nationally in other workplace law areas, including: Reductions in Force, WARN Act; Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations; Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management; International Employment Issues; Management Education; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Public Sector Representation; Government Relations; Collegiate and Professional Sports; and Privacy, Social Media and Information Management.

For the 11th consecutive year, Jackson Lewis has been recognized for delivering client service excellence to the world’s largest corporations, once again earning a spot on the BTI Client Service A-Team. Jackson Lewis has also been recognized by in-house counsel in a comprehensive survey by BTI Consulting Group as both a “Powerhouse” and “Standout” in employment litigation. In addition, Jackson Lewis is ranked in the First Tier nationally in the category of Labor and Employment Litigation, as well as in both Employment Law and Labor Law on behalf of Management in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” and is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500. As an “AmLaw 100” firm, Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the United States, with a current caseload of over 6,500 litigations and approximately 415 class actions. And finally, Jackson Lewis is a charter member of L & E Global Employers’ Counsel Worldwide, an alliance currently of 14 workplace law firms in 14 countries.

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