Working “Both Sides” – The Advantage of Representing Both Employers and Employees in Employment Cases

Attorney writing notes and sitting with client; The Advantage of Representing Both Employers and Employees in Employment Cases

Why Choose Dual Representation For Employment Law Cases? Strategies for Success in Employment Law.


In the arena of employment law, attorneys usually represent either employers or employees, sometimes specializing further. Some rare attorneys navigate the employment law landscape, advocating for both employers and employees. 

As a seasoned employment law attorney in New York and Connecticut, I, Matthew Miklave, specialize in representing both employers and employees. In this blog post, I delve into the reasons behind my approach of “working both sides” and how it proves beneficial for all parties involved in the complex landscape of employment law.

1. Comprehensive Knowledge

Representing both employers and employees helps the attorney amass a comprehensive knowledge of employment law. Attorneys who exclusively represent one side may inadvertently develop tunnel vision, focusing solely on the legal issues impacting “their clients.” In contrast, attorneys working with both employers and employees face a broader array of cases encompassing a wider range of employment issues.

By continually switching roles between employers and employees, these attorneys develop a more nuanced understanding of employment law. They gain insight into the intricate workings of labor relations, HR policies, disability, paid leaves, workplace injuries, and the interplay between them. This perspective allows them to offer more effective and well-informed legal counsel.

2. Fostering Mediation and Negotiation Skills

Representing both employers and employees hones an attorney’s mediation and negotiation skills. These attorneys often find themselves in the middle of disputes, and they must work diligently to bridge the gap between their clients’ positions and help them achieve their goals. By understanding the perspectives and concerns of both parties, they can facilitate meaningful conversations and encourage settlement discussions.

Mediation and negotiation are crucial components of employment cases, and an attorney who can effectively mediate can often resolve disputes more amicably and cost-effectively than taking a case to court. This approach can save both time and resources for their clients while preserving relationships that might otherwise become adversarial.

3. Developing Empathy and Perspective

Empathy is a powerful tool in the world of employment law. Attorneys who represent both employers and employees have an opportunity to cultivate empathy for the individuals on both sides of the table. They come to understand the pressures, challenges, and expectations that both employers and employees face. This empathy allows them to represent their clients with a deeper understanding of the emotional and practical aspects of their cases.

By recognizing the human elements of employment disputes, these attorneys can guide their clients through difficult situations with a more compassionate approach. This, in turn, can foster more constructive relationships between employers and employees, leading to more favorable outcomes for all parties involved.

4. Enhanced Credibility in Court

When attorneys can effectively argue from both sides of an issue, it enhances their credibility in court. Judges and juries often appreciate legal professionals who approach cases with a balanced perspective. An attorney who can convincingly present both sides of an argument, based on their experience representing employers and employees, can appear more impartial and trustworthy.

This can be especially advantageous when it comes to litigation. Judges may be more inclined to consider the arguments presented by an attorney who has a deep understanding of the complexities of employment disputes from both perspectives. In a courtroom setting, credibility can make a significant difference in the outcome of a case.

5. Developing a Broader Network

Attorneys who represent both employers and employees tend to build a more extensive network in the field of employment law. They interact with a diverse range of clients, experts, and professionals on both sides of the spectrum. This expanded network can prove invaluable in gathering resources and support for their cases.

Furthermore, by collaborating with diverse clients and colleagues, attorneys who represent both sides can gain access to a wealth of insights and knowledge. They can tap into the experiences and expertise of others, broadening their own understanding of employment law and staying updated on the latest developments and precedents.

6. Serving the Greater Good

Advocates who represent both employers and employees view their role as working toward the greater good. They promote fairness, equality, and a balanced approach to employment disputes. This mindset can be a driving force behind their work, and it can foster a sense of purpose that goes beyond individual cases.

By striving for a harmonious coexistence of interests, these attorneys contribute to a more equitable employment landscape. They play a vital role in improving employment relations and fostering a climate of cooperation and understanding.


In the dynamic landscape of employment law, representing both employers and employees comes with unique advantages. These attorneys are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of employment cases with a holistic understanding of the issues at hand. As a seasoned employment law attorney in New York and Connecticut, my commitment is to leverage this comprehensive approach, ensuring effective solutions tailored to the intricacies of each case.

If you need an employment law attorney in New York or Connecticut, turn to The Law Office of Matthew T. Miklave.

Matthew Miklave is the name to know and trust for all your employment law representation needs throughout New York and Connecticut. When discussing your case, Matt will listen to your concerns, provide a solid legal analysis of your situation, and offer a practical, balanced plan to achieve your goals.

Everyone deserves equal protection under the law; Matthew Miklave will fight for your rights and be by your side at every step of the process. Take the first step toward achieving justice by scheduling a complimentary consultation with him today. Visit my website to get in touch or call my office: (212) 419-0551 [NY], (203) 434-4093 [CT]