Four FordHarrison Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year 2021 by the Best Lawyers in America

Date   Aug 20, 2020

FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is proud to announce that four of the firm’s attorneys were selected as 2021 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Louis P. Britt III, partner in the firm’s Memphis office, was named Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law – Management for the Memphis area. Paul R. Beshears, partner in the firm’s Atlanta office, was named Lawyer of year for Labor Law – Management for the Atlanta area. Andrew S. Hament, partner in the firm’s Melbourne office, was named Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law – Management for the Orlando area. Allen J. McKenna, partner in the firm’s Orlando office, was named Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Labor and Employment for the Orlando area. Their honors will be published in a special edition of Best Lawyers.

Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. Best Lawyers compiles its list of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluated their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year’ have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for the abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Louis P. Britt III is the regional managing partner for FordHarrison's Memphis and Nashville offices. Louis has extensive experience on employment litigation and advising public and private employer clients on legal issues related to employment discrimination and harassment cases (Title VII, ADA, ADEA and FMLA), wage/hour matters, enforcement and defense of restrictive covenants contained in employment agreements, and employment-related torts. He also has extensive experience in public sector representation in both litigation and collective bargaining. Louis is an expert in complex and class action litigation, and has tried cases in state and federal courts across the country.

Paul R. Beshears is a skillful attorney with experience in all aspects of labor and employment law with a concentration on collective bargaining, strikes, union organizing campaigns, labor arbitrations, and NLRB unfair labor practice cases. He also regularly advises companies on labor and employment issues, including those that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions, reductions in force, plant closings, and those dealing with the labor law aspects of government contracting, such as compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act.

Andrew S. Hament has worked in all areas of labor and employment law for almost forty years representing management. Andy’s experience in advising private and public sector employers is extensive, but especially in discipline and discharge, reductions-in–force, collective bargaining, union grievance/arbitrations, discrimination issues, sexual harassment investigations, executive employment and severance agreements, trade secret and non-compete issues, drug abuse and drug testing, the Family and Medical Leave Act and violence in the workplace. Andy regularly represented employers in state and federal courts and in investigations and charges before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission. Andy is also a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law.

Allen J. McKenna is FordHarrison’s Managing Partner, overseeing the firm’s strategy and operations for all of its office. He is also Board Certified as a Specialist in Labor and Employment Law by the Florida Bar and has represented management in all aspects of employment and labor law since 1983. Al devotes his practice to working with companies on a broad range of labor and employment matters, but concentrates his practice on representing hospitals and long term care facilities. He also has extensive experience advising clients on the legal issues related to union campaigns, collective bargaining, arbitrations, and hearings and trials before the National Labor Relations Board. 

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