Aug 27, 2014

Kastner Westman & Wilkins shareholders James P. Wilkins, Keith L. Pryatel and John W. McKenzie were each named among “Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers of 2014,” a peer-rated designation acknowledging attorneys who’ve reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence.

Wilkins, Pryatel and McKenzie were each listed among the “Labor and Employment Law” specialty area.

To create this list of Top Rated Lawyers, LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® tapped its comprehensive database of Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ to identify lawyers who have been rated by their peers to be AV® Preeminent™—the highest rating available.

Wilkins is an Ohio State Bar Association-certified specialist in labor and employment law with a degree from the National Law Center, George Washington University. He represents and counsels employers on union relations matters, including collective bargaining negotiations and arbitration proceedings, and advises clients on compliance of the full range of labor and employment laws. 

Pryatel is a Cleveland-Marshall College of Law graduate and represents businesses regarding a host of employment-related issues, including equal employment opportunity litigation, occupational safety and health citations and contests, employee non-compete litigation, arbitration in union environments, and pension plan litigation, with a focus on cash balance plan litigation and multi-employer fund withdrawal liability.

McKenzie holds a juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and advises clients on employment contracts, sexual harassment investigations, severance agreements, non-competition matters, leave management and reductions in force, among many other labor and employment litigation matters.