Results oriented and highly effective labor and employment attorney with over 20 years of experience as lead counsel handling complex litigation, negotiations, counseling and training for private and public sector clients.
Provide counseling and strategic planning services to Philadelphia Neurological Associates LLC. Serve on Human Resources Committees for Philabundance Food Bank and the Maternity Care Coalition (MCC). Serve on Operations and Fund Development Committees for MCC. Assist in various volunteer capacities for Friends' Central School. Support additional non-profit entities in volunteer capacity.
(Joined as part of merger between Buchanan Ingersoll and Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling.) First chaired employment litigation matters before administrative agencies, state and federal courts. Provided extensive client counseling and training on broad array of labor and employment matters. Mentored and supervised less experienced shareholders and associates. Served as lead trial counsel in federal tax case for longstanding firm client. Assisted with variety of transition matters attendant to firm merger.
Lead trial counsel in broad variety of bench and jury trials before state and federal courts. Tried actions for commercial litigation group as well as labor and employment group. Successfully litigated numerous employment cases for private and public sector clients arising under state and federal laws, along with attendant common law claims. Such cases included those alleging violations of the FMLA, FLSA, RLA, ERISA; discrimination claims based on age, race, gender, religion, disability, perceived disability, national origin, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and constitutional claims for public sector clients. Also, litigated actions involving trade secrets, severance agreements and covenants not to compete. In lieu of trial, consistently won summary dismissal of cases or negotiated settlements highly favorable to clients. Successfully handled broad array of administrative actions, mediations and arbitrations. Developed and implemented employment policies and client training programs. Trained and mentored associates. Served as Hiring Partner.
Served as summer associate, Labor & Employment associate and ultimately Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP. Representative work included: assisting in restructuring of workforce for major energy company and attendant employment litigation; representing major telecommunication company in employment litigation and other matters stemming from deregulation of industry; participating in collective bargaining negotiations, strike preparation, and multifaceted federal court, NLRB, and appellate court proceedings on behalf of multiple transportation companies - efforts helped to significantly restructure labor agreements for entire industry; representing railway and airline clients in employment litigation and other matters - including actions arising under and/or implicating RLA preemption; litigating cases involving and/or preempted by ERISA; representing varied private and public sector clients before administrative agencies, state and federal courts; drafting briefs, employment contracts, employment policies, training programs, and seminar materials; investigating claims; taking depositions; examining witnesses in administrative, state and federal court actions; negotiating employment contracts, covenants not to compete, severance and settlement agreements; handling mediations, arbitrations and other forms of ADR.
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