MORGANTOWN – Following a series of recent lateral hires, Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Richard (Rick) M. Wallace as the newest member of its attorney ranks.

Wallace joins the firm’s Morgantown office as a shareholder and brings extensive labor and employment experience. Prior to joining Littler, he practiced in the Charleston office of Spilman Thomas & Battle.

“We are excited to welcome Rick to the firm,” said Nick Linn, office managing shareholder of Littler’s Morgantown office. “I have had the prior opportunity to work with Rick and his strong employment litigation and traditional labor law background, as well as his deep connections in the regional business community, will enhance the capacity of our team in West Virginia and be an asset to our clients across the country.”

Wallace’s trial experience includes matters involving race, age, discrimination, wrongful discharge, workplace harassment, violations of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and breaches of the duty of loyalty. He regularly represents clients in all phases of employment litigation in both state and federal courts.

Wallace’s wide-ranging labor law background includes serving as a lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations, handling numerous labor arbitrations, and providing counsel prior to and during union organizing campaigns and strikes. He has also served as lead counsel in multiple labor-related litigation matters in federal court and has represented numerous employers in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, including unfair labor practice, unit clarification and representation proceedings. Additionally, Wallace has developed affirmative action plans for employers and defended compliance audits by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

“Littler is a firm that I have long admired and I am thrilled to be joining its West Virginia team,” added Wallace. “I look forward to tapping into the many resources of the firm, which will further enhance my ability to provide superior legal services to my clients.”

Active in the local business and civic communities, Wallace serves on the board of directors for the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia and Kanawha HospiceCare. He is also a former board chairman for the Friends of the Clay Center and is an alumni of the Leadership West Virginia program, class of 2012.

Wallace is a Chambers USA-ranked attorney, is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and was listed in the West Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. He received his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices worldwide. For more information visit, www.littler.com.

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