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Comprehensive employment offering with national expertise in the field. Known for its work in OSHA and employment litigation and advice. Handles employment questions relating to corporate transactions, as well as acting in unfair competition and trade secret cases. Also offers strengths in handling wage and hour collective actions and discrimination claims.
Interviewees state: "The lawyers are very adept at understanding how the client's business works and give very business-oriented practical solutions."
"It is a great team which is friendly and eager to assist clients," reports one source, adding: "They take the time to understand our industry, which makes their advisement more effective."
A client comments: "The team is reliable and hard-working. We can count on them to give our cases high priority."
Acted for Wal-Mart on OSHA matters before the Employment Appeal Board in Utah and in the District Court in Iowa, both involving citations related to the operation of fork lifts at Wal-Mart facilities.
Laura O'Donnell is particularly adept at handling wage and hour class and collective actions, and also assists clients with internal investigations. "Laura is an outstanding attorney," reports one source, while another highlights her "very effective representation of clients."
Matthew Deffebach is especially well versed in workplace safety issues, frequently assisting clients with OSHA inquiries and citations. A client comments: "It has been a pleasure working with him. His strengths are his professionalism and communication skills in dealing with various officials."
Melissa Goodman is frequently sought out to handle sensitive labor and employment litigation and internal investigations. A client comments: "She is an outstanding lawyer and person. I enjoy working with her because she speaks English, not legalese, and has a great common-sense, pragmatic perspective on the issues."
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Our lawyers handle complex, high-stakes labor and employment matters facing management teams across the U.S., with a keen understanding of the need to balance legal options against company strategy. We also handle high-level executive compensation issues for public companies, hedge funds and private equity firms. Similarly, we play an integral role in major transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, providing advice and counsel, and drafting employment-related provisions or agreements.
We have extensive experience litigating and counseling clients on wage/hour issues; labor/management relations and arbitration; unfair competition/trade secrets; advanced-leave issues; OSHA/workplace disasters; ERISA claims; and immigration issues.
Our group has appeared across the country in wage/hour class actions and throughout Texas in injunctive relief proceedings involving unfair competition and trade secrets. We have successfully tried cases involving multimillion-dollar claims and have achieved favorable and precedent-setting appellate court rulings. We also have assisted clients facing aggressive regulatory enforcement by such agencies as the EEOC, NLRB and Department of Labor. We have been national OSHA counsel for one of the largest U.S. retailers for more than a decade.
Our team represents domestic and international businesses across a range of industries, including energy, technology, retail, healthcare, banking, financial services, real estate, manufacturing and construction.