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Employment Group Of The Year: Orrick

Law360, New York (January 5, 2012, 10:02 PM EST) -- In the face of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC employees claiming compelled patronage, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's employment attorneys successfully fought back with a unique application of federal securities law, just one feat that landed them among Law360's Employment Groups of 2011.

"We decided it was possible the plaintiff's claims were preempted by federal securities laws. Ultimately, that's what we came up with — a defense of preemption," Orrick labor attorney Lynne Hermle said. "It was new and innovative, but actually very solid."

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