Fisher & Phillips


Fisher & Phillips managing partner Roger Quillen said 2012 was the busiest year on record for the labor and employment firm, and he forecast an even heavier workload for 2013. “Our profits per partner were up across the board,” said Quillen. “On a per-lawyer basis, our lawyers were the most productive they’ve been at any time since I’ve been managing partner, and for any time before that that I have records for.” The firm opened two new offices last year, in Boston and Memphis. A Columbus, Ohio, branch that opened in January 2013 brings the firm’s total to 28 offices. Quillen said several factors helped spur the firm’s successful year, including a continued emphasis on regulatory and enforcement coming out of Washington, renewed organizing vigor on the part of private-sector labor unions and a welter of immigration laws emerging from statehouses across the country. Given the likelihood of bipartisan immigration reform coming from Congress and the White House, Quillen said the firm’s immigration practice—which doubled in 2012—may see a similar leap in the coming year. “If we had any disappointment last year, it was in our head count,” said Quillen, who had hoped to add a minimum of 25 new attorneys in 2012, but instead saw the firm grow by 19 lawyers.

—Reported by Greg Land

*Variances shown are in comparison to 2011.

Revenue $133,500,000 9.9%
Revenue per Lawyer $520,000 1.0%
Profit per equity partner $485,000 1.0%

Total lawyers 256 19
Atlanta lawyers 39/15.2% 1
Partners 149 6
Equity partners 116 8
Atlanta size rank among firm’s offices   No. 1


Charles Schwab, Comcast Corp., Equifax, FedEx Corp., Norfolk Southern, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Starwood Hotels & Resorts, United Parcel Service, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, Weyerhaeuser Co.



Atlanta (39), Boston (2), Charlotte, N.C. (3), Chicago (11), Cleveland (19), Columbia, S.C. (12), Dallas (6), Denver (5), Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (12), Houston (6), Irvine, Calif. (26), Kansas City, Mo. (6), Las Vegas (6), Los Angeles (5), Louisville, Ky. (15), Memphis, Tenn. (3), Murray Hill, N.J. (9), New Orleans (8), Orlando, Fla. (5), Philadelphia (13), Phoenix (2), Portland, Maine (8), Portland, Ore. (10), San Diego (10), San Francisco (7), Tampa, Fla. (7), Washington (0) (Columbus, Ohio, added in January 2013.)



In April, the Appellate Division of New Jersey’s Superior Court tossed out a $3.6 million whistleblower award to a Wachovia bank employee who claimed he was fired for revealing corporate fraud, rather than for circulating pornography to co-workers. The appeal was argued by Rosemary Gouse, managing regional partner in Fisher & Phillips’ New Jersey office.


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