Fisher Phillips Scoops Up Labor Ace From Howard University

Law360 (March 25, 2020, 7:46 PM EDT) --
Letitia F. Silas
Letitia F. Silas
Fisher Phillips has scooped up a seasoned labor law expert and former National Labor Relations Board field attorney from Howard University, announcing she has joined the firm in Maryland as a partner.

Letitia F. Silas has been added to Fisher Phillips' labor relations and health care practice groups in Bethesda, the firm said in an announcement Wednesday. Silas, most recently Howard's senior associate general counsel and director of labor relations, told Law360 on Wednesday that the move to Fisher Phillips was part of a natural career progression.

"As I look to expand my expertise and practice on a national scale and across a variety of industries, going to Fisher Phillips in particular is really about joining a national platform of labor and employment attorneys who practice at the highest level across the country," she said.

Silas worked in-house at Howard for about three and a half years, where she oversaw the administration of a number of collective bargaining agreements the university had with various workforces, such as those at a hospital and the college's police force, she said. She also negotiated several union agreements while at the university, she said.

Prior to her work at Howard, she was at Jackson Lewis PC for a little more than a year, and before that she was a field attorney with the NLRB, she said.

At the NLRB, Silas said, she investigated and prosecuted unfair labor practice charges and conducted representation elections.

"I love labor relations because it really goes the heart of our nation in terms of our workforce and our economy," she said of why she enjoys her practice. "Everybody has to work, everybody is affected by labor and employments laws, whether or not you're in a unionized workforce."

At Fisher Phillips, she said, she will represent employers in traditional labor matters, such as collective bargaining. She said she will advise and counsel employers on labor management relations, employee relations and how to administer collective bargaining agreements.

She also said that as part of the firm's COVID-19 taskforce, she will advise employers across the country on matters under the National Labor Relations Act.

"Right now is a time where employers, given the COVID-19 pandemic, are faced with some tremendous challenges, some of which are unprecedented," she said. "They are having to make decisions that impact their businesses and the men and women that they employ. For example, making decisions about whether or not they can stay open, what services they can offer, what things they can do to ensure the protection of their businesses, their employees and their customers and clients they serve, just to name a few."

--Editing by Stephen Berg.

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