Employer Counseling

Representative Experience

  • Provide employment-based counsel related to temporary visas (i.e., H-1Bs, Ls, TN, Os) and labor certifications (i.e., PERM) for immigrant petitions.
  • Represent U.S.-based employers in government audits and investigations related to Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance and the hiring of a legal workforce.
  • Lead arbitration counsel securing a complete defense verdict in in favor of a leading, international IT solutions provider against the gender discrimination and retaliation claims brought by a former high-ranking female executive after she was terminated following an internal investigation into allegations that she was engaging in discriminatory hiring practices. Through detailed e-discovery efforts, we discovered evidence proving that the executive was using code words for her hiring preferences – evidence that shattered her credibility.
  • Lead arbitration counsel securing a complete defense verdict at trial in favor of a nationwide employee benefits provider, against breach of contract claims brought by a former sales executive who was seeking over $4 million in damages.
  • Lead counsel in a series of internal investigations of retaliation and Code of Conduct claims brought against various executives of a national energy company.
  • Lead counsel for the nation’s leading hospital linen service provider in the multi-phase restructuring of its twenty-plus state workforce, including providing management training, risk analysis, and handling all transactional aspects of the restructuring, including for its union and non-union workforce. No lawsuits were filed by any employees displaced by this restructuring.
  • Lead counsel in conducting a series of comprehensive audits of a national energy company’s human resources, salary and compensation and benefits practices, including developing proactive plans to address issues discovered in the audits and to promote best practices on a going forward basis.
  • Lead counsel for a national supplier of motor fuels in its workforce integration and combination of several businesses, including providing guidance on various changes in control plans, union restructuring and related dispute avoidance.
  • Lead trial counsel securing a jury verdict in favor of a national pipeline company its defense of an age discrimination lawsuit brought by a senior engineer following his termination, with no resulting appeal. The jury needed less than an hour to deliberate and decide in favor of the company despite the sympathetic plaintiff and millions of dollars at stake.
  • Lead counsel defending a national nursing home company in three company-wide putative actions brought in Pennsylvania and North Carolina under the Fair Labor Standards Act focusing on meal break and related timekeeping practices.
  • Conducted audit of real estate developer’s wage and hour classifications and pay practices, identifying potential areas of risk and advising regarding the implementation of best practices going forward.
  • Assisted in representation of Angelica Textile Services Co. in the multi-phase restructuring of its twenty-plus state workforce, including providing management training, risk analysis, and handling all negotiations and transactional aspects of the restructuring, including for its union and non-union workforce. No lawsuits were filed against Angelica by any employees displaced by this restructuring.
  • Represented the Board of Directors of a financial institution in connection with an internal investigation of the client's Chief Executive Officer regarding complaints of discrimination and harassment, completing the investigation and advising the client regarding appropriate action without claims being asserted by the complainant or the CEO.
  • Assisted in conducting a series of comprehensive audits of a national energy company’s human resources, salary and compensation and benefits practices, including developing proactive plans to address issues discovered in the audits and to promote best practices on a going forward basis.
  • Assisted in conducting a series of internal investigations of retaliation and Code of Conduct claims brought by several human resources employees against the Vice President of Human Resources of our client following a restructuring the department.
  • Successfully defended an IT staffing company against multiple simultaneous charges of race discrimination, resolving the matters with no monies paid and avoiding a potential class action.
  • Represented the largest healthcare practice of its type in Georgia in connection with a potential class action alleging race discrimination threatened by current and former employees. Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicated that it was going to pursue the case, we were able to negotiate a favorable settlement prior to suit being brought by the plaintiffs or the agency.
  • Advised a multistate distribution company in connection with a comprehensive analysis and overhaul of its restrictive covenant agreements with its workforce, effectively stemming the migration of key employees to its primary competitor.
  • Advised Buckeye Pipeline Services Co. with the benefits risks and analysis associated with its company-wide multi-jurisdictional workforce reorganization, including the implementation of voluntary and involuntary reduction programs designed to avoid partial plan termination events.