Labor Attorney Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions

What Does a Labor Attorney Do?

A labor attorney assists clients with legal issues stemming from the relationship between employers and employees. They interpret and advise clients on wage and hour laws, workplace safety, laws regarding rest and breaks, disability and leave requirements, workplace harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Labor attorneys can work for private firms, government agencies, labor unions, or on staff for companies, and can represent either employers or workers or both. Some Labor attorneys litigate labor and employment cases in court, while others draft, consult on, and review company policies and employee handbooks. Labor attorneys can also argue cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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National Average Salary

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The average U.S. salary for a Labor Attorney is:

$128,300

Labor Attorney Job Descriptions

Example 1

General purpose:

Perform the general duties of an experienced labor and employment attorney by handling employment litigation and other labor/employment matters and advising clients on legal issues involving employees.

Major responsibilities:

  • Handle employment litigation independently or largely independently
  • Prepare legal briefs and other pleadings
  • Handle various aspects of employment related litigation, such as motion hearings, mediations, and depositions
  • Determine litigation strategy
  • Respond to EEOC and MDCR charges
  • Prepare trial material and handle or assist at pretrial, trial, and post trial proceedings

Skills, abilities, and experience:

  • 10 years or more with experience in employment related litigation and client counseling
  • Ability to independently or largely independently handle litigation and other client matters
  • Some level of portable business
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Experience in traditional labor matters is a plus

Education and licensing:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited law school
  • Admitted to the (State) State Bar, or eligible to promptly become admitted

Example 2

ABC Company is seeking experienced management-side traditional labor attorneys who are interested in working on engagement with a top global law firm or corporate legal department. Applicants must have 5+ years of experience practicing labor law. Prior experience working in the labor and employment practice group of an Am Law 200 firm, a sophisticated labor and employment boutique firm, and/or a corporate legal department is required.

Requirements

  • 5+ years of experience as a labor attorney
  • Experience working in the labor and employment practice group of an Am Law 200 firm, a sophisticated labor and employment boutique firm, and/or a corporate legal department
  • Safety and/or OSHA experience is a plus
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Licensed and in good standing in state of residence
  • Outstanding references

Position details

  • Type of role: Engagement
  • Schedule: Flexible (full-time, part-time or anywhere in-between)
  • Location: Remote
  • Compensation: Highly competitive

Example 3

We are seeking a Labor & Employment Law Attorney to support a law firm in (City, State). This attorney will be joining the class action practice group focused on wage theft claims, misclassification of workers, and systemic discrimination practices. The ideal candidate will be passionate about protecting workers’ rights and providing relief to clients and class members.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct legal research and keep up to date with new employment legislation
  • Draft and prepare claims, contracts, or other documentation
  • Provide legal advice to clients and represent them in court

Qualifications:

  • Active bar license and in good standing
  • 1-2 years of experience as an attorney
  • Employment law experience is highly preferred

Sample Interview Questions

  • What qualities and skills make you a good trial advocate?
  • How do you stay up to date on labor law rules and regulations?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you get the best out of people?
  • Why did you decide to become a labor attorney?
  • Can you give an example of a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty to achieve a positive result in a case? What was the outcome?
  • What is the most satisfying case you have worked on as a labor attorney?
  • Which types of labor and employment cases do you most enjoy working on?
  • What is the most difficult case you have worked on? How did you handle it?
  • How do you ensure your client that they will receive the best personal and professional care?
  • How do you deal with stress?
  • What was the result of your most recent case?
  • What are your 5 and 10 years goals? How do you plan to achieve them?
  • What is the most difficult part of being a labor attorney?
  • Can you describe an ethical situation that you had to deal with? How did you manage it?
  • What is the best way to prepare for a difficult case?
  • Can you describe a time when you made a mistake when handling a case? What did you learn from it?
  • How would you prioritize your work when working on multiple cases?

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