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Victor Schachter Elected as Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

July 12, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) – Victor Schachter, Co-Chair of Fenwick & West’s Employment Practices Group, was recently elected as a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (The College), which honors the leading lawyers in the practice of labor and employment law and promotes excellence in this field.

Fellows are elected by nomination only and limited to attorneys who have practiced for at least 20 years in the field of labor and employment law. They must also represent the following:

  • The highest professional qualifications and ethical standards based on The College’s acclaimed Principles of Civility of Professionalism
  • The highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership
  • Sustained, exceptionally high quality professional services to clients, bar, bench and public
  • Significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing and/or published writings on Labor and Employment Law

"I am honored to be included among this distinguished group of Fellows and to join this highly regarded and unique College," said Schachter. "I look forward to my association with The College and participating in the camaraderie within its membership."

The Fellows of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers have, since its inception in 1995, been dedicated to the study and enhancement of civility and professionalism in the practice of Labor and Employment Law and to the improvement of the delivery and quality of labor and employment legal services.


About Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to a broad range of clients and industries of national and international prominence. Fenwick is committed to providing innovative, cost-effective and practical legal services, and it has built highly recognized practices in a wide spectrum of litigation, employment, corporate, IP and tax areas. We have also been recognized for our innovative use of technology, our pro bono work and diversity efforts. We differentiate ourselves by having a deep understanding of our clients' business needs, technologies and industry environments.