Akerman Expands Labor and Employment Group

Akerman has expanded its labor and employment practice group with Colin Barnacle, a lateral from Holland & Knight, in Denver as well as three other national partners. The combined lateral move “bolsters Akerman’s national capabilities for employers in the healthcare, hospitality and restaurant sectors, among others, adding new depth in management-side litigation, regulatory compliance, as well as corporate and investment-based immigration,” the firm said.

“Employers today are faced with a new set of uncertainties brought on by significant shifts in U.S. employment and immigration policies. The expansion of our team in New York, Denver, Miami and Washington, D.C., advances our ability to problem-solve on the ground with our clients while serving their interests nationally,”  said Eric Gordon, chair of Akerman’s labor and employment practice group.

Barnacle focuses his practice on labor and employment litigation, compliance counseling, corporate governance counseling and investigations and non-compete and trade secret enforcement.

He regularly advises and defends clients in response to the EEOC and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, including systemic discrimination investigations and related class actions.

He has represented employers in all aspects of employment law before state and federal agencies and courts, including wage and hour collective/class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as actions under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and state workers compensation laws. He is also experienced in Older Workers Benefit Protection Act  compliance, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act  compliance during mass layoffs, and employee-related issues surrounding corporate transactions.

Barnacle represents food companies throughout the supply chain, including growers/shippers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and food service businesses. 

Barnacle also has years of in-house legal experience having served as Division General Counsel for Americas Fresh Foods, The WhiteWave Foods Company, a consumer packaged food and beverage company, and as assistant general counsel for The Gates Corporation, a global diversified manufacturer of industrial and automotive products.