Michael Best has hired an employment law veteran to start its labor and employment practice in Denver, the firm has announced.
Emily Hobbs has joined Michael Best's Labor and Employment Relations practice as a partner, the firm said on Sept. 1, presenting Hobbs with the "opportunity to become Michael Best's first employment law partner in the Colorado legal market," she told Law360 on Wednesday.
"I hope to grow an employment law practice in the Colorado market that is known for its innovation and excellent client services," Hobbs said, adding, "I was attracted to Michael Best's considerable bench strength in virtually all aspects of management, labor and employment counseling, and litigation."
Hobbs previously worked at Holland & Hart LLP, where she was a partner on the labor and employment and employee benefits litigation team. She advised companies of all sizes on employment matters such as hiring and firing, family and medical leave, pay practices and anti-discrimination compliance.
She will lean on that experience as she joins Michael Best in a moment when companies face unique employment law questions.
"My clients are facing ... a maze of new laws recently enacted in Colorado and at the federal level regulating the employment relationship," she said. "The speed with which these laws are being enacted by local governments and legislatures is unprecedented, and much of that is of course in response to the pandemic."
Before Holland & Hart, Hobbs was an associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLC and a longtime editor of the Colorado Employment Law Letter. Hobbs received her law degree from the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law and her bachelor's from Smith College.
Hobbs has specialized in advising companies in the natural resources, retail and service industries. At Michael Best, she will also advise start-up companies "seeking to grow their workforces during these really unprecedented times," she said.
"It's a great opportunity to work with managers and supervisors and human resources professionals to understand what's going on right now with all the changes in the employment law area, but also just empowering individuals within companies to know what they need to look out for, in terms of employment law and compliance," Hobbs said.
Mitchell Quick, chair of the Labor and Employment Relations practice at Michael Best, said in a statement that the firm is excited to have Hobbs on board.
"She is known for the strong relationships she builds with each of her clients and for the sound labor and employment counsel she provides," Quick said. "Emily's skill set allows her to act as a trusted advisor to her clients as they face challenging and unprecedented circumstances."
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