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2021 Leaders in Law Finalists: Labor & Employment


Camilo Echavarria
Los Angeles Partner-in-Charge
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Camilo Echavarria combines the highest levels of performance in his area of specialty – employment litigation and counseling – with a strong and abiding commitment to leadership in the firm and in the profession at large. Born in Colombia and raised in Miami, Echavarria has dedicated himself to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession and beyond.


Some of California’s largest employers turn to Echavarria because he’s a fixer. He handles his clients’ employment problems so that they can focus on their business. Some of his long-term clients include such well-known companies as Providence Health and Services, Bank of America, Dollar Tree, United Airlines, and Princess Cruise Lines. He regularly manages dozens of high-profile cases for such clients at any one time. He also provides his clients with practical employment advice in their day-to-day operations.

Nicky Jatana
Office Managing Principal
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Nicky Jatana is the office managing principal of the Los Angeles office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on employment litigation, as well as on advising employers regarding daily workplace issues. Jatana has significant trial and arbitration experience and has spent the majority of her career focusing on complex and class action litigation in wage and hour matters and alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act violations. She frequently litigates wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, and other labor and employment-related matters. She also provides day-to-day counseling and conducts various employment-related training for clients. She frequently speaks publicly on a multitude of employment law topics.

 
Jatana’s experience includes handling employment matters from both in-house counsel and outside counsel perspectives. 


Dwayne McKenzie
Managing Partner
Cox, Castle & Nicholson

Dwayne McKenzie is the managing partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson (CCN) and has a diverse practice that has grown to meet the needs of a wide variety of real estate and construction industry clients in traditional labor relations, employment law, ERISA matters, and litigation in state and federal courts.    


McKenzie represents owners, public agencies, developers, contractor trade associations, and employers in traditional labor relations. He counsels contractor associations and participates in their industry-wide master labor agreement negotiations and in legislative matters. He negotiates project labor agreements on behalf of owners and developers and provides ongoing representation for owners, developers, contractors, and contractor trade associations in managing relationships and resolving disputes with unions.  


Emily Burkhardt Vicente
Partner, Co-Chair Labor and Employment
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Emily Burkhardt Vicente, co-chair of the Hunton Andrews Kurth’s national labor and employment team and diversity and inclusion committee.  She was selected as co-chair of the national labor and employment practice of an American Lawyer 100 firm after only eight years as a partner. She has defended some of the largest Fortune 100 companies in high-stakes employment litigation and is experienced in taking hybrid class and collective action cases to jury trial.

Vicente has helped clients navigate sexual harassment claims fraught with legal and public relations challenges in the #metoo era, equal pay challenges, implementation of AI and emerging technologies in the workplace, and most recently COVID-19 related employment issues. She has also helped Fortune 100 companies develop and implement ESG programs around diversity and inclusion that balance legal, business and social interests.

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