Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC attorneys James P. Wilkins and Keith L. Pryatel have been selected for the Best Lawyers® in America 2020 edition.
Wilkins, a Shareholder, is a repeat honoree in the Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management practice areas, respectively. He was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor Law-Management in Akron after receiving the highest peer-review score in that category.
Pryatel, a Shareholder, was recognized as a repeat honoree in the practice areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment.
Each year, the international Best Lawyers organization conducts confidential peer-review surveys in order to recognize the leading lawyers in an array of legal practice areas.
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 all aspects of the employment relationship, with a particular emphasis on union relations matters, including collective bargaining negotiations and arbitration proceedings.
Pryatel represents and counsels employers 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.
Kastner Westman & Wilkins represents employers exclusively. Its clients range from Fortune 500 companies to smaller regional businesses, and both local institutional employers and public sector entities. The firm employs 14 attorneys.
The firm provides employers with counsel and representation in affirmative action compliance, alternative dispute resolution, employee benefits, employment litigation, EEOC charges, human resources consulting, labor arbitrations and negotiations, occupational safety and health, trade secret and non-compete litigation, wage and hour issues, and workers’ compensation.