NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce it has expanded its Labor & Employment practice with the addition of Sharon Parella as partner and Leah Ramos as senior counsel in New York.
Parella has a unique practice concentrating in employment issues specific to the financial industry. She focuses on defending employers, including domestic and foreign financial institutions and their boards of directors, against discrimination, compensation and breach of contract claims in state and federal courts, and in front of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), fair employment practices agencies and other regulatory agencies. She has vast experience in employment issues related to financial industry mergers and acquisitions, significant restructurings and downsizings.
In addition, Parella regularly advises on employment issues related to discrimination, sexual harassment and workplace bullying claims and investigations, and employee misconduct, and provides training on these and related topics. She also drafts and negotiates employment and separation agreements, retention and consulting agreements, and employee handbooks and policies, and provides guidance on issues related to U.S. employees working abroad and on the application of U.S. employment laws to expatriate employees working in the United States. She is a frequent lecturer and author on topics including investigating sexual harassment, discrimination and workplace bullying claims, and on innovative workplace practices.
“We are delighted to welcome Sharon and Leah to our New York office,” said Katherine D. Brandt, office partner-in-charge. “Sharon is recognized nationally as a forward-looking employment lawyer with a wide-ranging and impressive practice. There is an increasing need for lawyers with Sharon’s experience in handling the most significant and timely employment issues for financial institution clients, particularly in the New York market. Her substantial experience will be a great asset to our firm and our clients.”
“I was attracted to Thompson Hine’s innovative approach to serving clients,” said Parella. “Our clients will benefit from the firm’s dedication to providing progressive and comprehensive solutions to clients in the financial services sector and its strong focus on transactional work. In addition, I was excited to join a firm undergoing major growth in New York.”
Parella is the fifth partner hired by the New York office in less than nine months. Others who have joined include Tammy P. Bieber, who focuses on shareholder litigation and securities enforcement; transactional finance lawyer Christopher A. Bordoni; Maranda E. Fritz, who focuses on white-collar criminal litigation; and Michael W. Jahnke, who focuses on antitrust matters.
Parella and Ramos join from the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP.
About Thompson Hine LLP. Established in 1911, Thompson Hine is a business law firm dedicated to providing superior client service. The firm has been ranked among the top four in the country for “Value for the Dollar” and “Commitment to Help” by in-house counsel, and among the top ten firms for client service excellence, according to The BTI Client Service A-Team: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance. With offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, D.C., Thompson Hine serves premier businesses worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ThompsonHine.com.