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FordHarrison Announces Changes in Airline Leadership

July 15, 2021

NATIONAL – FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce that Atlanta partner, Sarah Pierce Wimberly and F&H Solutions Group President, Jerry Glass, have been named co-leaders of the firm’s Airline service group. Sarah will serve as the firm’s Head of Airline Litigation/Arbitration and Jerry will serve as the firm’s Head of Airline Labor/Consulting.

“The firm’s airline service group has always been recognized as a leader in the industry. Combining our Solutions Group into our airline group allows us to provide our clients one complete service team that is able to assist with all their needs,” said Al McKenna, FordHarrison Managing Partner. “Their airline industry knowledge is truly unsurpassed and I am confident that Sarah and Jerry will be strong co-leaders while maintaining exceptional client service to our airline clients.”

FordHarrison’s Airline Group has unmatched experience in the labor and employment issues unique to airlines. The firm partners with dozens of airlines and related companies, including major airlines, national and regional airlines, foreign carriers, charter and supplemental airlines, cargo carriers, airport service providers, and other employers to minimize legal risks and to maximize efficiency and profitability in the aviation workplace. The firm’s extensive experience in the aviation industry includes representing airlines in all aspects of labor and employment law, including mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, Railway Labor Act and employment litigation, grievance arbitrations, disputes involving whistleblower claims brought under AIR21 and similar statutes, and representation disputes with all of the airline-related labor organizations.

Sarah Wimberly has spent 26 years at FordHarrison focusing her practice primarily on employment law matters unique to the aviation industry. She frequently works with aviation clients on complicated or sensitive harassment and discrimination complaints, complex discipline or discharge, and fitness for duty evaluations, with particular emphasis on flight crews. Sarah also arbitrates employment-related union grievances, responds to crew-related administrative charges before the FAA, OSHA, EEOC and similar state agencies (including administrative trials), and litigates employment and labor (RLA) claims in state and federal court. Sarah is an industry leader on absence management and leave abuse, as well as disability accommodation and compliance. In her 26 years in the legal field, Sarah has practiced in all aspects of the industry and has handled litigation, arbitrations and administrative charges and complaints across the country. For more information on Sarah, visit www.fordharrison.com/SarahWimberly.

For more than 35 years, Jerry Glass has been recognized as a top human resources and labor relations expert and has extensive experience as a negotiator, an analyst and an advisor. Jerry also has served as chief negotiator for more than 350 different labor agreements in the airline, aviation-related, railroad, construction, education, property management, and manufacturing industries. He is an expert negotiator who advises clients on human resource issues, negotiation strategies and contract proposals. His experience includes conducting comparative studies of various industry agreements, with pay, work rules, practices and procedures, and benefit plans. Prior to re-joining the consulting firm in 2005, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at US Airways. For more information on Jerry, visit https://www.fordharrison.com/jerryglass.

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FordHarrison is a labor & employment firm with nearly 200 attorneys in 29 offices, including three affiliate firms. The firm has built a national legal practice as one of the nation's leading defense firms with an exclusive focus on labor law, employment law, litigation, business immigration, employee benefits and executive compensation. Through its global practice group and membership in the global employment law firm alliance, Ius Laboris, FordHarrison provides clients that have multinational operations with a broad range of services related to labor and employment law in over 50 countries throughout the world. FordHarrison is committed to our FH Promise, a set of principles that guides our firm in the delivery of legal services and client communications. For more information on FordHarrison, visit fordharrison.com. To learn more about Ius Laboris, visit iuslaboris.com.

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