William P. Flanagan
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Other legal specialties: Complex commercial and employment litigation, class actions; non-competition and trade secret litigation; wage-and-hour disputes; cross-border transactions; privacy
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Detroit; law degree, George Washington School of Law
Current professional activities: American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section; Virginia State Bar
Hobbies: Sailing, long-distance running, reading, cooking
First job as a lawyer: At Hogan & Hartson LLP
Fan of: Washington Nationals, U2, Ohio State Buckeyes and chef Thomas Keller (the founder of The French Laundry and Per Se restaurants)
Favorite vacation spot: Sedona, Ariz.
Recently read: “What the Dog Saw” by Malcolm Gladwell and “Too Big to Fail” by Andrew Ross Sorkin
Career mentor: E. Barrett Prettyman
Is the federal “card-check” bill dead? How would it affect your clients if it passed?
“Likely so — at least in its current form. There is not much appetite on Capitol Hill to continue to pursue the legislation, and there will be even less momentum in the new Congress as a result of the midterm elections. But organized labor continues to advance this, and the possibility is real that the National Labor Relations Board — with its new members — will pursue similar objectives through its rule-making power. Employers will need to continue to monitor these developments.”
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