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In the News Weekly Roundup: Lawyers and the Gig Economy

Locke Lord is expanding its London office; Bodman attorney elected to The Federalist Society; Comings and goings at Schiff Hardin.

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June 15, 2018 09:38 AM

Comings and Goings

Schiff Hardin: Michael K. Moyers is joining Schiff Hardin’s Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Practice Group, the firm announced June 11. Moyers will come on as a partner in their Chicago office, in a return to the firm he once worked at and left 20 years prior. “Having grown up as a lawyer at Schiff Hardin, I am excited to return and contribute to this thriving practice group,” Moyers said in a press release. “The firm has always been known for its exceptional client service and experience in legal issues affecting affluent families. The deep bench of lawyers practicing in this field, and thought leadership on tax and estate planning issues demonstrated by Schiff Hardin, are becoming ever less common among full-service law firms.”

Locke Lord: Nicholas Dent is joining the firm’s labor and employment practice in their London office, as partner. “Nick is a talented and entrepreneurial lawyer, and we are delighted to have him on board to complement our expanding team in London,” James Channo of Locke Lord said in a press release. Dent will focus on the media and financial industries, advising clients on employment and discrimination issues. Dent’s hire is one of several in Locke Lord’s growing London expansion.

Joseph, Hollander & Craft: The firm announced on June 5 their merger with Law Office of Roger L. Falk, the solo practice of attorney Roger L. Falk. As written in the firm’s press release, this is the second merger in three years for Joseph, Hollander & Craft, which now has 16 attorneys and offices in multiple cities. “In the legal community, the Joseph, Hollander & Craft firm has held a decades-long reputation for being technologically innovative and meticulously prepared for every situation,” Falk said in the release announcing his hire. “I’ve always had great admiration for this firm – both as professional colleagues and as adversaries – and I’m honored to become part of this great legal team. I will no longer, ‘stand alone,’ when representing my clients, but will have the full support of 15 other lawyers, who will be there to help.”

Awards and Honors

Bodman PLC: Thomas J. Rheaume Jr. was elected president of The Federalist Society – Michigan Chapter, the firm announced June 7. Rheaume Jr. practices litigation and alternative dispute resolution at Bodman. The society of which Rheaume Jr. is now president is a conservative organization that began in 1982. “Being an active member of the Federalist Society is extremely rewarding,” Rheaume Jr. said in a press release. “I’ll continue to engage the next generation of leaders who share the same passion for public service.”

Industry News

Seyfarth Shaw: Camille Olson, an employment attorney at the firm and the co-chair of their National Complex Litigation Practice Group, offered her statement on new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey, titled “Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements,” looks at gig economy employment.

“This report offers new, hard data on workers in contingent and alternative employment arrangements which will help guide the broader debate on the pros and cons of the so-called 'gig economy.' Certainly, the numbers overall remain confusing, and the more hard data we have, the better,” Olson said.

“The report makes many findings but it’s important to note that it {p.6} concludes that, ‘independent contractors overwhelmingly prefer their work arrangement (79%) to traditional jobs. Fewer than one in ten independent contractors would prefer a traditional work arrangement.’ Not surprisingly, we see similar levels of satisfaction of those who participate in other forms of alternative work arrangements. Still, the report clearly reveals continuing concerns over compensation and benefits which deserve further examination by our nation’s policymakers.”

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