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Jackson Lewis Expands Presence in Austin, Texas

WHITE PLAINS, NY (October 5, 2011) - Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, announced it has opened a new office in Austin TX.  The Austin office is the firm’s 47th office nationwide and its 3rd office in Texas.  Three immigration attorneys from the Austin office of Greenberg Traurig have joined Jackson Lewis.  A. Robert Fischer, a long-tenured Jackson Lewis partner from Stamford CT, will relocate to join the new office in Texas and Michael DePonte, a partner in our Dallas office will split his time between the two offices.

Kevin Lashus will be the Managing Partner of the Austin office.  Mr. Lashus, formerly Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig, focuses his practice on U.S. Immigration and Nationality law.  He will be joined by his fellow immigration law colleagues Maggie Murphy and Sujata Ajmera.  Ms. Murphy will join as a Partner and Ms. Ajmera will join as an Associate. Mr. Fischer will continue as co-chair of the firm’s Trade Secret, Non-Compete and Workplace Technology group and focus his practice in this area.  All four attorneys are graduates of The University of Texas School of Law.

“We are very excited about our strategic expansion in Texas,” said Patrick L. Vaccaro, firm-wide Managing Partner.  “We had been considering a move into Austin for some time and with Kevin and his team, we found the right group of laterals to make it happen.  We are honored these distinguished practitioners have joined our firm and will be working closely with our Global Immigration Group.  They will ably serve our clients in Texas and throughout the Southwest, as well as expand this practice area throughout the U.S.  The importance of having Rob Fischer, a Jackson Lewis senior litigator, join this group from the very beginning cannot be overstated. Kevin gets one of our best to help him and Rob gets to fulfill his desire of practicing in Austin, Texas home of his alma mater – The University of Texas.”

Added Mr. Lashus, “Maggie, Suj and I are very enthusiastic about joining Jackson Lewis and embarking upon the next chapter in our careers.  We are very familiar with the firm’s immigration practice and are looking forward to joining forces to strengthen our presence throughout the state and region.  With Rob joining us, we not only join forces with an expert in one of the firm’s major practice areas, but get one of the firm’s most accomplished employment litigators.  We are also looking forward to working closely with Mike, who is a very experienced employment litigator with a wide range of workplace law experience.

In addition to his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law where he is also an Adjunct Professor, Mr. Lashus received his B.A. from Stanford University.  He is designated as a 2011 Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star.  He is a published author who writes frequently about immigration issues in numerous distinguished legal journals.  Ms. Murphy, who received her B.A. summa cum laude from St. Edward’s University, is also a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star.  Ms. Ajmera received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin.  All three of the Austin-based immigration attorneys are Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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 over 660 attorneys practicing in 47 cities 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, including Complex ERISA Litigation and Executive Compensation; Global Immigration; Labor, including Preventive Practices; Litigation, including Class Actions, Complex Litigation and e-Discovery; Trade Secrets, Non-Competes and Workplace Technology; Wage and Hour Compliance; Workplace Safety Compliance 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, including e-Based Training; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Public Sector Issues; Government Relations; Collegiate and Professional Sports; and Privacy, Social Media and Information Management.

For the 10th consecutive year, Jackson Lewis has been recognized for delivering client service excellence to the world’s largest corporations.  Representing a decade of excellence, we have once again earned a spot on the BTI Client Service A-Team.  Jackson Lewis has also been recognized by in-house counsel of Fortune 1000 companies after a comprehensive survey, as “the single highest-ranked firm clients want by their side in employment battles.”  In addition, Jackson Lewis is ranked in the First Tier nationally in the categories of both Employment Law and Labor Law on behalf of Management in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms.”  Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the United States, with a current caseload of over 5000 litigations and approximately 300 class actions; over 2100 litigations were brought to the firm in 2010 alone. And finally, Jackson Lewis is affiliated with L & E Global Employers’ Counsel Worldwide.
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