Management Attorney Award
Mark W. Batten, Esq.
Mark Batten is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Class & Collective Actions Group at Proskauer Rose, LLP. He represents employers nationwide in several industries at all stages of complex employment litigation, in collective bargaining, before the NLRB, labor arbitrations, organizing campaigns, and day-to-day advice on contract administration and more. He also deals with diverse civil litigation, and is an experienced appellate attorney.
Mark represents significant media properties first as a partner at Bingham Dana for eleven years, and continuing when he joined Proskauer in 2004. His publishers include the Boston Globe, the Portland Press Herald, and Gatehouse Media’s many New England and national daily and weekly newspapers. Their local dailies include the Patriot Ledger, the Brockton Enterprise, Worcester Telegram, MetroWest Daily News, and the Providence Journal. Mark’s media practice also includes newsroom litigation: libel defense, representing reporters under subpoena, and access to sealed records and judicial proceedings. On the digital side, he represents Gawker and Upworthy.
Since 2003, the Internet has imploded print media’s traditional business model. As ad and circulation revenues declined, that created “an existential threat to the industry,” Mark explains. “Newspapers had to figure out how to produce the highest quality product with fewer resources. With so many fixed costs and such an oppressive set of economic factors, management and their unions were in the same boat. To survive they had to find a way to partner and work collaboratively across the table. And they did.”
While the Boston Globe’s Senior Vice President for Operations and Employee Relations, Gregory Thornton (CGA ’02) worked with Mark for over fifteen years. Greg notes, “Mark has represented the Globe with the highest ethical standards, and always with a mind toward finding creative ideas to provide equitable solutions to complex labor issues in a challenging and changing newspaper environment. He is a brilliant labor and employment attorney, and a truly class act.”
After Harvard Law School, he clerked for US District Judge Richard L. Williams. For four years, Mark was trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division in Washington where he was lead counsel in major litigation for over two dozen federal agencies, ranging from the U.S. Air Force, the CIA, the U.S. Secret Service, HUD and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mark regularly writes and lectures on employment-related matters. In his spare time, he is an experienced computer programmer, and has published several commercial computer games. Mark and his wife Margaret have two daughters.