Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP has added associates Ivo Becica and Larae N. Idleman in the firm’s Labor Relations & Employment Law Department. Becica and Idleman will both reside in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

“We are excited to welcome Ivo and Larae to our growing department of 16 lawyers,” explained Labor Relations & Employment Law Department Chair Joseph J. Centeno. “Their respective backgrounds complement our department’s wide range of employment and labor capabilities.”

This addition continues Obermayer’s strategic growth plan. So far in 2013, Becica and Idleman make a total of ten new attorneys. In March, Cozen O’Connor Family Law Practices Group Co-Chair David L. Ladov, and attorneys Stephanie H. Winegrad and Scott Matison joined the firm’s Family Law Department, residing in Obermayer’s new West Conshohocken office. Ladov joined as the firm’s Family Law Department co-chair. Also in March, David A. Nasatir joined the firm’s Philadelphia office as a partner and chair of the business & finance department, bringing with him two associates, Karen M. Sanchez and Stephanie J. Sprenkle. In February, Paige Macdonald-Matthes joined the firm’s Harrisburg office as a partner and in January, former deputy general counsel of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Michael Eichert also joined the firm as a partner.

Becica focuses his practice on defending employment claims, and has represented various New Jersey State agencies through all phases of litigation in federal and state courts, including trial and appellate work, and counseling on employment-related issues arising during litigation. He has significant experience analyzing and applying state and federal law, including discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, Conscientious Employee Protection Act, Title VII and constitutional claims under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Prior to joining the firm, Becica worked as a deputy attorney general in the Employment Litigation Section of the Office of the Attorney General – Division of Law, in Trenton, New Jersey. Additionally, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Amy Piro Chambers in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

Idleman focuses her practice on counseling management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law and handling related litigation. She counsels clients and litigated cases on state and federal employment laws, including discipline, termination, reductions-in-force, document retention, family and medical leave, OSHA compliance, reasonable accommodation under the ADA, NLRB compliance and wage and hour issues. Prior to joining Obermayer, Idleman was an associate for a New York law firm where she practiced labor and employment law. She was also an associate at a Texas firm, where she focused on public law, representing public and private school districts and universities. Additionally, Idleman served previously as a professional recruiter for a legal recruiting firm.