O’Melveny Expands East Coast Labor & Employment Capabilities with Addition of Aparna Joshi

8月 08, 2012



Piper Hall                                                            Susan Self
O'Melveny & Myers LLP                                  O'Melveny & Myers LLP
202.220.5022                                                      213.430.6391
phall@omm.com                                               sself@omm.com



WASHINGTON, DC -- AUGUST 8, 2012 -- O’Melveny & Myers LLP is pleased to announce that Aparna B. Joshi, a well-respected labor lawyer, has rejoined the Firm as a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group.  Joshi will be based in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office.


“We are thrilled to welcome Aparna back to the Firm and expect that she will help grow and strengthen our national labor and employment capabilities, especially our Railway Labor Act practice, as we continue to build on our 35-year history of handling the most important and high-profile matters in aviation,” said Apalla Chopra, chair of O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. “Aparna’s broad skill set and national reputation will deepen the bench of our prominent and very busy team.”


Joshi began her legal career at O’Melveny in 2002 and quickly established an active practice in employment-law class actions and labor-law representation of airline clients under the Railway Labor Act (RLA).  She has an impressive track record of successes for clients, including being part of O’Melveny teams that obtained a precedent-setting dismissal for US Airways in the Fourth Circuit in a case brought by the Air Line Pilots Association; won an appeal for US Airways before the Third Circuit in an action alleging that the outsourcing of aircraft maintenance constituted a “major dispute” under the RLA; and obtained a preliminary injunction for United Air Lines against the pilots’ union and individual pilots to prevent a job action by pilots followed by successful representation of United in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld grant of preliminary injunction against the union and pilots. 


In addition to her labor work in the aviation industry, Joshi has substantial experience in employment discrimination matters, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wrongful discharge, and ERISA-related litigation, and she has litigated several significant matters in this area.


“I am delighted to be returning to O’Melveny and to its world-class labor and employment group,” said Joshi.  “The opportunity to work with a team that I know and respect on exciting matters for a great roster of clients is something I very much look forward to.”


Joshi earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in 1996 from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D., with honors, in 2000 from the University of Chicago Law School.  She is a contributing editor to the preeminent treatise on airline labor law, The Railway Labor Act  (BNA 2012),  and has published a number of articles on various aspects of airline labor law.  Joshi rejoins O’Melveny from an international law firm.


About O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Labor & Employment Practice

O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment lawyers practice in virtually every area of labor and employment law—from litigating in federal and state courts across the country, to working with O’Melveny’s Transactions deal teams as employment, labor and employee benefits specialists; from drafting and negotiating of senior executive employment contracts, to conducting “best practices” training of our clients’ supervisors and managers; from representing clients in union organizing drives, at the collective bargaining table and in collective bargaining related arbitrations and court litigation, to advising and counseling clients on virtually every aspect of employment and labor law. O’Melveny’s labor and employment lawyers provide this work to clients across the US, in virtually every state and in a myriad of industries and business lines. With over 40 labor and employment lawyers in six offices on both coasts, O’Melveny’s practice is both national in scope and local in focus.


About O’Melveny & Myers LLP

With approximately 800 lawyers in 15 offices worldwide, O’Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy.  We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship.  Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession.  For more information, please visit www.omm.com