Garen Dodge the firm's labor and employment practice chair has left Wiley Rein for the employment law firm Jackson Lewis. Dodge started as a partner at his new firm’s Vienna, Va. office this week and says he’s still focused on “trying to unpack boxes.”
Though he says it was hard to leave Wiley, Dodge says the national platform and specialized focus of Jackson Lewis were too good to pass up. He was also at least partly talked into the move by his friend, Mark de Bernardo, also a partner at Jackson Lewis. Dodge and Bernardo worked together at Littler Mendelson before Dodge left that firm for Wiley in 2003.
Dodge has defended Fortune 500 companies in matters stemming from alleged workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. He has also represented clients before Congress and federal agencies. He says he’s hopeful at least some of his clients will make the move with him.
“Garen’s a friend,” says Wiley Rein’s Richard Wiley, “and I wish him well.”