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Neal D. Mollen

Partner, Employment Law Department
T 1(202) 551-1738
F 1(202) 551-0138

Neal Mollen is a partner in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings and a co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. Neal represents employers in a full range of labor and employment law matters with particular emphasis on complex and appellate litigation and traditional labor law matters, including matters under the Railway Labor Act. He has served as special labor counsel in a number of bankruptcy proceedings, including the pending American Airlines’ Chapter 11 matter. He regularly represents employers and employer associations as parties and amici curiae in labor and employment law matters before the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal courts of appeals and state appellate courts throughout the country. In the trial courts, Neal’s practice is primarily devoted to complex, class and collective action litigation, and has particular expertise in the use of expert testimony in labor and employment cases. He also gives advice to clients on the labor, employment, and benefits law implications of corporate transactions and reductions in force, conducts internal corporate investigations, and provides guidance on collective bargaining and labor relations issues.

Experience

  • In re American Airlines: Trial and appellate counsel for American in its Chapter 11 proceeding seeking rejection of the company’s nine collective bargaining agreements
  • Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham: Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline in the Supreme Court's first significant examination of Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions in decades
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Counsel for the Chamber as amicus in many cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and the federal courts of appeals including Smith v. City of Jackson, Brady v. National Football League and Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Testified before Congressional committee on Ledbetter legislation
  • Chen-Oster v. Goldman Sachs: Trial and appellate counsel in gender discrimination class action
  • Dukes v. Wal-Mart - Trial counsel responsible, among other things, for social science experts and class briefing 
  • Grosz v. Boeing - Trial and appellate counsel in gender discrimination class action

Accolades and Recognitions

  • One of five attorneys nationwide designated in 2013 as "Employment Law MVP" by Law360.
  • Named American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” for his work in in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham
  • Listed by Chambers USA as one of the preeminent employment lawyers in the nation each year since 2005
  • Listed among the Best Lawyers in America and Who's Who Legal
  • The Washington Post recently called him one of Washington’s “SuperLawyers”

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Editor, Employment Discrimination Law (often known as “Lindemann and Grossman)”
  • Contributing Author, Employee Benefits Law (ABA/BNA)
  • Lectures extensively on a wide variety of labor and employment law issues

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bar Associations

Education

  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S., 1981