(June 11, 2018) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has named Austin Shareholder Darren Gibson and Nashville Shareholder Michael Moschel as co-chairs of the firm’s Higher Education Industry Group. Gibson and Moschel succeed Philadelphia Shareholder Kristine Grady Derewicz and Providence Shareholder Walter Hunter. Derewicz maintains her active practice while also serving on the firm’s Management Committee, Littler’s highest governing body. Hunter will also continue representing clients in the higher education arena.
“We are pleased to have Darren and Michael serve as co-chairs of the Higher Education Industry Group and thank Kris and Walter for their many years of leadership,” Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler, said in a joint statement. “Darren's and Michael’s depth of knowledge and extensive experience representing colleges and universities will further enhance the firm’s ability to advise and defend clients on a myriad of employment and labor law matters in the higher education environment.”
Darren Gibson is a seasoned litigator with notable experience in federal and state courts across the country. Gibson has substantial experience defending universities, school districts and individuals in employment and Title IX litigation, as well as conducting investigations into employee misconduct and Title IX compliance. In addition, he serves as an independent Title IX hearing officer in university appeal hearings.
Board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Gibson is licensed to practice in Texas and New York. He earned his J.D., cum laude, at Harvard Law School and his B.S., summa cum laude, at the University of Kentucky.
Recognized for his results-driven counsel, Michael Moschel advances the business interests of national and regional employers. He negotiates significant labor contracts and represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor. Moschel also advises and litigates in a wide range of employment law, including restrictive covenants agreements, wage and hour compliance, discipline and discharge, reductions in force, discrimination and civil rights, sexual harassment, misclassification of employees as independent contractors and I-9 compliance.
Moschel has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America© each year since 2011 and has been continually ranked by Chambers USA as a top lawyer within the labor and employment practice area. He earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Rochester.
Littler represents both private and public schools – from community colleges to statewide university systems – and has the proficiency to work within the special constraints and imperatives of these institutions. The firm assists clients with virtually every type of employment and labor issue, including Title IX compliance and complaints, promotion and tenure reviews, shared governance concerns, labor initiatives involving faculty and graduate students, reductions-in-force and leave of absence issues. Littler attorneys in the Higher Education Industry Group can identify potential challenges and help clients take preventive measures with resources that include employer training programs.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,500 attorneys in 80 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 75 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing member entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.