Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in San Francisco, furthering its California presence and extending the national labor and employment law firm’s network to 29 offices in 15 states.
The new office will be led by L. Julius M. Turman, who joins the firm from Reed Smith, LLP. Turman enjoys a strong reputation both in California and nationally for representing a diverse client base and solving complex issues ranging from class-action litigation, labor-management relations, trade secrets and non-compete issues, discrimination litigation, company-wide, state and federal investigations, and issues involving Title IX, drug testing, privacy, disability and accommodation and sexual harassment law.
“One of the strongest benefits of working with Julius Turman is that he solves the client issue in a straightforward way, addressing the immediate situation, while considering any future impact,” said Mary Vinette, formerly of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and now with Technicolor. “Over the past 15 years Julius has been my ‘go-to’ counsel for every complicated employment issue I’ve encountered.”
“Constangy clients are seeking expanded services for counseling, single-plaintiff cases, class, collective, and representative actions and other high-profile matters in Northern California,” said Neil Wasser, chair of Constangy’s executive committee. “We’re excited to have Julius and his team lead our expansion in San Francisco. Their strength of diversity and experience contributes to the overall culture of inclusion and client-focused representation that Constangy is devoted to serving.”
“Constangy provided me with a tremendous opportunity to bring my practical skills to a wider base of clients and to increase my professional capabilities, all within a framework of a sophisticated and fast-growing national platform with a strong representation of women and people of color in senior leadership.” Turman said. “Constangy also meets the diversity and inclusion goals that I have dedicated much of my professional career to achieving.”
Philip Smith, who also comes to Constangy from Reed Smith, will join the firm as senior counsel. Along with additional hires to be announced in the coming weeks, Smith will help Turman grow the firm’s presence in San Francisco and throughout California, specializing in counseling and complex employment litigation matters and class and collective actions, especially those involving wage-hour issues.
The new San Francisco office follows the opening of Constangy offices in Miami and Los Angeles in early 2016, which brought about an unprecedented period of growth for the firm, now celebrating more than 70 years of labor and employment preeminence. Constangy also became the first large law firm (NLJ350) in the country to have an African-American attorney as a name partner, with the addition of Donald Prophete in 2015.