Experience

Defense Verdict in Discrimination, Retaliation Case

Obtained a defense verdict in a Jackson County, Missouri jury trial on claims of race, gender, and national origin discrimination and retaliation. The plaintiff alleged that she did not receive a new contract as a school vice principal after making complaints of retaliation under the Missouri Human Rights Act.

Dismissal for Government Client on FOIA Claims

Obtained dismissal of Complaint alleging Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) violations in Illinois state court for a governmental client.

Summary Judgment for Fortune 100 Company on MHRA Claims

Obtained summary judgment on Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) claims in state court for a Fortune 100 company based on untimeliness and failure to exhaust administrative remedies.

Handled Multiple Investigations of Employment Discrimination, Employee Misconduct and Whistleblower Conduct

Conducted investigations for multiple clients related to complaints of employment discrimination, harassment and other allegations of conduct related to state and federal discrimination laws in addition to allegations concerning employee misconduct and whistleblower activity. Authored comprehensive investigative reports and executive summaries, and presented to executives and board members.

Internal Investigation for Manufacturer Following Sexual Harassment Complaints

Conducted an internal investigation for a high-tech manufacturing company in response to an employee’s complaint of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct against a manager.

Won Dismissal of Suit Seeking to Prevent NY State from Enforcing Legislation, Regulations Relating to Wage Bonds

Won dismissal of a lawsuit brought by two Asian-American nail salon trade groups seeking to prevent New York State from enforcing legislation and regulations requiring nail salon owners to purchase wage bonds as security for any unpaid wages owed to workers.

Defense Verdict for University System in Four-Day Wage and Hour Trial

Secured a defense verdict for a for-profit university system in a four-day trial on a wage and hour claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Successfully Defended College in Discrimination Case Before the EEOC

Successfully defended EEOC charges alleging race and gender discrimination on behalf of private liberal arts college. 

Defense Verdict for Fortune 500 Logistics Company in Race Discrimination Case

Served as lead counsel in jury trial where the jury returned a defense verdict for Fortune 500 client in Title VII race discrimination case. 

$65 Million Sale of Specialty Home Furnishings Business

Represented the seller, a manufacturer of specialty home furnishings, in its acquisition by a leading brand aggregator in numerous different consumer products spaces. The sale, for $65 million in cash and equity, represented the buyer’s first acquisition in the home furnishings space. We also provided counsel on employment, employee benefits, tax, patent, and intellectual property aspects of the transaction.

Multiple Employee-Related Disputes

Helped resolve multiple disputes (more than $10 million at issue) for numerous clients related to unpaid wages, commission payments, discriminatory allegations and wrongful terminations. 

Defense against Discrimination Charges for Staffing Company

Served as national employment and litigation counsel for staffing company and successfully defended multiple litigation matters (in multiple jurisdictions) and charges of discrimination.

Protection Order Against Former Employee

Obtained protective order for client against former, disgruntled, and harassing employee.

Defense Against Wrongful Termination Claim

Successfully defended client in the cannabis industry for a claim of wrongful termination.

Defense Against Allegations of FLSA Violations

Representing hotel/casino in class and collective action alleging Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

Defense Against Wrongful Termination Claims

Representing hotel/casino in multiple claims of wrongful termination.

Defense of Client Against TRO

Successfully defended client in a temporary restraining order (TRO) hearing against a former employer who tried to enforce a noncompete agreement.

Defense of Hotel/Casino in Multi-plaintiff Litigation

Successfully represented hotel/casino in multi-plaintiff litigation in which plaintiffs alleged unsafe working conditions and wrongful termination(s).

Won Contested Arbitration with Teacher’s Union

Won contested labor arbitration involving the teacher's union.

Summary Judgment in $850,000 Employment Contract Dispute

Obtained summary judgment in Missouri state court on behalf of an employer in the Health Care and Life Sciences field. A former employee had sought over $850,000 in alleged unpaid bonuses.

Summary Judgment for Hospital in FMLA Retaliation Suit

Obtained summary judgment ruling for a hospital in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The lawsuit brought by former employee alleged retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act. 

Defended Hospital and Executive Against Sex Discrimination Claims

Defended a hospital and its Chief Executive Officer in state court against claims of sex discrimination by the Chief of Anesthesia against the CEO and the Chief of Surgery.

Prevailed in First-Ever OFCCP Enforcement Action Alleging Gender-Based Pay Discrimination to Go to Trial

Won a decision after trial on behalf of a federal contractor in an enforcement action alleging gender-based pay discrimination brought by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) under Executive Order 11246. The case was the first-ever OFCCP enforcement action alleging gender-based pay discrimination to go to trial.

Successfully Defended School District in Termination, Discrimination Suit

Successfully defended school district in a wrongful termination and age discrimination lawsuit.

Dismissal of Suit for Public Entity in the Education Industry

Won a dismissal after removal to federal court on behalf of a public entity and its employees for failure to exhaust administrative remedies with proper administrative agency.

Secured Withdrawal of OSHA Citations for Manufacturing Client

Defended company that received two willful citations under OSHA lead standard when manufacturing with leaded brass.  OSHA withdrew both willful citations.

Advised Leading U.K. Food Manufacturer in Relation to Chief Executive’s Exit

Advised a leading U.K. food manufacturer/supplier in relation to the exit of the company’s Chief Executive Officer. This was a particularly complicated, high-risk and high-value termination, given the seniority of the employee involved.

$1 Million-Plus in Tax Liability Avoided

Secured several releases for employment and tax-related claims against a client. Inaccurate tax advice had led the company’s board of directors to issue options that did not comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. We were able to avoid tax liabilities for the client and option holders without triggering IRS action, and obtained release agreements from all option holders.

Successfully Resolved Matter for Company in OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program

Defended company placed in OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) involving combustible dust explosion and serious injuries. The case was settled with no willful violations and the company was removed from SVEP.

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