Baker McKenzie announces the appointment of Michael Brewer as the new Global chair of its Employment & Compensation Practice Group – the largest group of its kind in the world. He succeeds Guenther Heckelmann, who has successfully led the practice for the past six years.
Based in San Francisco, Michael specializes in employment disputes and trial work. He steps into the global role in addition to his position as the US and North American Employment Disputes practice co-chair. For over two decades, Michael has represented global and domestic clients in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including the defense of wage and hour class actions, trade secrets and non-compete litigation, whistleblower retaliation, discrimination, wrongful discharge in addition to employment contract, sexual harassment and related claims. He has litigated more than 500 employment disputes to conclusion, and Super Lawyers has repeatedly recognized Michael for his superior defense of employment claims.
As Global Chair, Michael will lead the world’s largest Employment & Compensation practice with approximately 700 practitioners globally. The award-winning team is the only Practice to be ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global for 10 consecutive years and has consistently helped multinationals stay up-to-date on the latest employment trends including the future of work in a Post COVID-19 world, workforce restructuring and diversity and inclusion.
Commenting on this appointment, Baker McKenzie’s Global Chair Milton Cheng said, “I am delighted to welcome Mike to his new role. We have had plenty to be proud of this year despite the challenges we are all facing and I look forward to seeing how the new Employment leadership will continue to drive our progress. I would also like to sincerely thank Guenther for all his leadership, vision and energy at the helm of the group for the last six years.”
Mike added: “There’s never been a more challenging and exciting time to work with global clients on some of the world’s most pressing employment issues. I am proud to build on Guenther’s momentum to ensure we continue to be the employment law advisor of choice for multinational companies; everything we do as a practice group serves that purpose.”