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Fisher Phillips targets one-stop shop with veteran partner hire
01/04/2021
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Brian Casal has joined Fisher Phillips as a partner in Philadelphia, further strengthening the the firm’s specialist employer practice.

Casal has two decades of experience advising employers on union organising, collective bargaining, labour board proceedings and audits; civil rights and pay claims, as well as merger and acquisition due diligence.

He also handles matters relating to the Railway Labor Act, advising freight and commuter railroads on labour, employment, and regulatory issues before the National Mediation Board.

Casal’s arrival from Cozen O’Connor follows that of Brian Balonick, who joined Fisher Phillips last month as its regional managing partner in Pittsburgh, and new associate Deniz Uzel Reilly who joined the Philadelphia office from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

“Brian [Casal] is an excellent addition to our growing roster of labour and employment attorneys across Pennsylvania,” said Chris Stief, regional managing partner in Philadelphia.

“With Brian’s arrival, we reemphasise the message we shared when Brian Balonick joined us a few weeks ago: we are intensely focused on building a one-stop-shop labour and employment option for employers with operations anywhere in the Commonwealth.

“Brian was the right fit for expanding those capabilities in Philadelphia and beyond, and I know our clients will greatly benefit from his arrival.”

Casal is also seen as a key addition to Fisher Phillips’ government relations subsidiary, FP Advocacy, joining forces with co-principals Rick Grimaldi and Ben Ebbink

“Brian has a deep political and policy background and will be a welcome addition to the FP Advocacy team,” said Grimaldi, who also is a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Fisher Phillips has experienced steady growth across Pennsylvania over the past six months. Both Casal, Balonick, and Uzel Reilly arrive on the heels of James Glunt, who joined as a partner in Pittsburgh, and Raeann Burgo and Erica Wilson who joined as of counsel and associate, respectively.

In addition, Karen Odash and Stephanie Robin recently joined the firm’s Philadelphia office as first-year associates. Elsewhere, however, Sarina Saluja left for Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles.