Seyfarth’s Brian Ashe, Jon Meer and Angelo Paparelli Named to Daily Journal’s 2019 List of “Top Labor & Employment Attorneys”


Seyfarth Shaw’s Brian Ashe, Labor & Employment partner in San Francisco; Jon Meer, Labor & Employment partner in Los Angeles; and Angelo Paparelli, Immigration partner in Los Angeles, were recognized as top lawyers in their field by the Daily Journal.

The Daily Journal detailed Ashe’s leadership role on the team representing San Francisco Digital Realty Trust Inc. at the U.S. Supreme Court in an important whistleblower case. The outcome was a 9-0 win for the client. Ashe told the Daily Journal that the case was a bubbling, boiling cauldron of circuit splits. The high court granted Ashes’ cert petition, and he headed to Washington for oral arguments.

“I was there with the icons of our practice, helping to frame new law,” Ashe told the Daily Journal.

The Daily Journal showcased Meer’s representation of major brands in class actions, such as Nike Inc. and Converse Inc. Meer’s cases will answer the question of whether “off-the-clock” time need to be compensated to the second. Meer told the Daily Journal that human nature just doesn’t let you manage people by the second. The Daily Journal also covered Meer’s win of a favorable ruling which says that the arbitration agreement an employee signs with a staffing agency also applies to a joint employer as a third-party beneficiary.

“So many employers today hire staffing company workers for short-term jobs, and they don’t have those workers sign their own arbitration agreements because if you’re onboarding somebody for a short-term assignment, you don’t want to spend the whole time filling out paperwork.”

The Daily Journal covered Paparelli’s work on newly developed problems with sponsored worker immigration laws. Paparalli told the Daily Journal that this is a time of historically unprecedented executive branch opposition to the legal, employment-based process for sponsorship of highly skilled noncitizens and intense immigration-related work site enforcement.

“Employers nationwide have seen increased immigration agency demands for additional evidence, refusals to extend work visas for existing workers, the revocation of current employees’ work visas and denials of employment-based visas and green cards on newly articulated but legally improper grounds, “ Paparelli told the Daily Journal.