David S. Baffa
Mr. Baffa is Chair of the Workplace Compliance Solutions Group, focusing on change management and the delivery of proactive solutions that help clients avoid mass litigation and develop internal compliance initiatives. In 2009, 2010, 2011 and again in 2012, he was listed by Legal 500 as one of six “Leading Lawyers” in the United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling. Mr. Baffa also co-chairs the Employment Litigation Group, drawing upon his litigation experience to drive efficiency in the management of routine employment litigation, promote teamwork and the sharing of best practices, and stay abreast of employment law substantive and procedural developments. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and uses the SeyfarthLean approach to deliver increased value to clients. Mr. Baffa has assisted numerous clients with business restructuring and workforce reductions, led the centralization and process-mapping of leave of absence and disability accommodation management, conducted large pay equity, exempt-status and pay practice assessments, and developed tools and systems for assessing employee engagement, reviewing hiring processes, and analyzing independent contractor and other alternative worker arrangements.
Tracy M. Billows
Ms. Billows is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP concentrating her practice on representing and counseling employers throughout the country in the entire range of employment law matters. Her work has included the representation of Fortune 500 companies, as well as medium and small sized employers. Ms. Billows represents employers in single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action litigation matters related to employment discrimination claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and similar state discrimination laws. Ms. Billows provides extensive advice and counseling to clients on a wide array of Human Resources topics and issues, including policy development and review, auditing the Human Resources functions, leave and absence management, EEO compliance, reductions in force, performance management, discipline and discharge and various other areas, with an emphasis on instituting best practices and avoiding litigation.
Rebecca P. DeGroff
Ms. DeGroff is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Ms. Bromet chairs the firm’s innovative Administrative Charge Team and is a leader within the firm’s national Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Bromet directs Seyfarth Shaw’s Administrative Charge Team, a national group of attorneys and non-attorney professionals who specialize in responding to administrative charges filed in forums across the country. This elite and first of its kind team partners with our clients to investigate a wide range of legal theories in a broad range of industries and jurisdictions, with exceptional results. Faced with an increasingly aggressive governmental agenda, Ms. Bromet and her team have developed innovative strategies for addressing wide-ranging governmental requests for information and increasingly sophisticated agency tactics.
Pamela Q. Devata
Ms. Devata is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She specializes in all aspects of employment defense including counseling, training, and litigation. Ms. Devata’s employment litigation practice includes state and federal court cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination and harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state laws, allegations of retaliation, allegations of disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state statutes, allegations of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), allegations of discrimination under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and wage and hour disputes. In addition to these areas, Ms. Devata has a special emphasis on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws effecting background screening. She counsels both employers and providers (resellers and consumer reporting agencies) of background information on compliance requirements under the FCRA and related state laws, and has been involved in litigation regarding these issues. Ms. Devata is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.
Ms. Donado is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Donado represents a wide variety of clients in all aspects of employment law. Her experience ranges from single-plaintiff cases to complex class actions in both state and federal courts, as well as administrative proceedings. Ms. Donado has substantial experience with wage and hour collective/class action and discrimination class actions for major U.S. retailers, financial industry clients, and global telecommunications companies. Additionally, Ms. Donado routinely counsels clients regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws including the FLSA, ADA, ADEA, OWBPA, Title VII, WARN Act, FCRA, and FMLA, and has significant experience advising major international corporate clients regarding reductions-in-force.
Alex S. Drummond
Mr. Drummond is a partner and an experienced litigator in the Labor and Employment group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Atlanta office. His practice includes the representation of management in employment litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Mr. Drummond has represented employers in class and collective actions and multi-plaintiff claims involving discrimination/harassment on the basis of age, race, national origin, and other protected classifications. He has leveraged this experience with the talents of others operating in high impact class-action teams to secure dismissal of substantial multi-plaintiff claims. In addition, when it has advantaged the employer, Mr. Drummond has structured complex case-resolution strategies for the efficient disposition of otherwise costly actions.
Ms. Eaton is counsel in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office. Ms. Eaton’s practice focuses on wage and hour matters, including federal and state wage and hour audits, investigations by federal and state agencies, and the defense of collective, class and hybrid actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws in federal and state courts. She is the principal author and editor-in-chief of Seyfarth’s publication Massachusetts Peculiarities: An Employer’s Guide to Wage & Hour Law in the Bay State. Ms. Eaton has defended wage payment and tipping class actions under state law. She has also handled a variety of federal class and collective actions involving exempt status and salary basis test. In these actions, she has had success both in limiting class size and in defeating class certification. Ms. Eaton also provides advice to clients concerning wage and hour law compliance and assists clients in litigation avoidance by conducting audits and assisting in the implementation of new practices focused on compliance with state and federal wage and hour requirements. She also represents clients for purposes of wage and hour investigations conducted by the federal Department of Labor and wage complaints filed with the Massachusetts’ Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Eaton has wage and hour litigation and counseling experience in a number of different industries, including technology and biosciences, professional staffing, financial services, retail, hospitality, transportation and travel, professional services, health care, manufacturing, education, and the public sector.
Erin Dougherty Foley
Ms. Foley is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in Seyfarth’s Chicago office. Ms. Foley regularly counsels human resource personnel on compliance with federal and state employment and labor laws regarding terminations, performance counseling, workplace violence concerns; leaves of absence, and accommodations. Ms. Foley routinely provides guidance (including publications) to employers on the use of social media in recruiting and concerns surrounding the use of social media in the workplace. She has extensive experience in conducting workplace harassment and employee complaint investigations. Ms. Foley also conducts training on a wide range of employment matters (including leave administration and workplace investigations) for clients and continuing legal education programs.
Mr. Galligan is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP practicing labor and employment law. His experience ranges from federal and state court trials on both traditional labor and employment discrimination issues to NLRB hearings, labor arbitrations, injunctions and contract negotiations. He has extensive experience advising clients with union agreements covered by the Railway Labor Act. Mr. Galligan developed his litigation skills while working for a union-side firm in New York City. Since coming to Seyfarth Shaw in June 1997, he has added to his experience negotiating employment agreements, separation agreements, non-compete agreements and drug testing policies, training supervisors and managers, and defending employers subject to corporate campaigns as well as in various human rights agencies, federal court, and at the NLRB.
Louisa J. Johnson
Ms. Johnson is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department, a member of the firm’s national Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group, and co-leader of the Atlanta office’s women’s affinity group, Seyfarth Women’s Network. Ms. Johnson devotes the majority of her practice to defending management in both single-plaintiff and complex federal and state wage and hour litigation and to conducting preventative workplace assessments of employers’ pay practices and employee classifications to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. Ms. Johnson has conducted more than a dozen preventative workplace assessments for companies regarding the classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, the pay practices and policies with respect to non-exempt, overtime-eligible employees (including tipped employees), and the classification of certain workers as independent contractors.
Daniel B. Klein
Mr. Klein is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office. Mr. Klein counsels national, regional and local employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, commissions disputes, performance assessment and discipline, terminations, reductions-in-force, training, background checks, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbook and policy review, and trade-secrets protection strategies. Mr. Klein’s practice also includes the representation of management in employment and non-competition litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities.
Laura J. Maechtlen
Ms. Maechtlen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as a Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Action Team Executive Committee. Ms. Maechtlen also provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship. She also regularly reviews employer policies for compliance under state and federal law. Ms. Maechtlen’s practice includes employment litigation and includes the defense of class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, California Labor Code, the Fair Labor Standards Act and state statutes prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment. Ms. Maechtlen also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation.
Condon A. McGlothlen
Mr. McGlothlen is a partner representing employers in equal employment opportunity and other employment law matters. He has particularly extensive experience representing companies in complex employment matters, including class actions and pattern and practice cases, as well as developing and implementing advanced hiring, promotion, compensation, and separation systems. He has been recognized in Legal 500 as one of the six “Leading Lawyers” in the United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling. Mr. McGlothlen currently chairs the Workforce Restructuring Best Practices Team, which advises public and privately held companies on all facets of reductions and restructurings, from design to selection decisions, compliance requirements, and risk avoidance strategy generally. The Restructuring Team leverages technology and non-attorney professionals to conduct statistical analyses and prepare compliance documentation of the highest caliber under demanding, business-driven deadlines. Mr. McGlothlen also co-chairs the Hiring, Testing, and Selection team, which oversees advice for companies who are recruiting and hiring, particularly here in the U.S.
Kristin G. McGurn
Ms. McGurn is a partner in Seyfarth’s Boston office practicing in the area of labor and employment litigation and counseling, specializing in wage and hour compliance and litigation. Ms. McGurn’s practice focuses on assisting private and public businesses in retail, hospitality, and financial services, and not-for-profit employers in health care, to negotiate and draft employment contracts and covenants, as well as separation and severance agreements. Ms. McGurn has significant expertise in developing and implementing employment-related training programs and policies. She assists employers to conduct reductions in force and on-boarding, performs confidential investigations, and implements compliance assessments in areas such as leave management, worker classification and pay practices, and independent contractor, trainee and volunteer status.
Colleen M. Regan
Ms. Regan is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is one of the founding members of Seyfarth’s California Workplace Solutions group, and provides counseling and best practices advice on a range of California-specific employment law issues. She is also Co-Founder of the California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog. Ms. Regan’s employment counseling practice concerns a variety of workplace issues and litigation avoidance strategies, including compliance with California and federal anti-discrimination, anti-harassment and mandated leave laws, record-keeping requirements, recruitment and hiring, wage-hour, employee classification, alternative workforce arrangements, compensation plans, terminations, and other human resources practices, as well as negotiating and documenting employment and severance agreements.
Linda C. Schoonmaker
Ms. Schoonmaker is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s Houston office and has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law since 1994. For over two decades, Linda has defended employers in lawsuits, arbitrations and administrative charges brought by employees and governmental agencies throughout the United States. In addition to representing employers in litigation, arbitration, administrative hearings and other methods of dispute resolution involving all forms of discrimination, wage/hour and trade secrets/non-competition claims, Ms. Schoonmaker provides counseling and training to her clients regarding employment policies, state and federal laws impacting the employment relationship and other employment issues. A frequent speaker on various aspects of the employer-employee relationship, Linda has been described in the 2010 edition of Legal 500 as a “highly regarded” labor and employment litigator, and by a contributor to the 2009 edition as ” one of the most competent and capable trial lawyers I’ve ever encountered.” In addition, Linda is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Eric M. Steinert
Mr. Steinert is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department representing employers in a wide range of state and federal employment-law disputes. He is a member of the firm’s Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group and has defended large, complex class actions involving alleged wage-and-hour violations under both state and federal law. Mr. Steinert also represents employers in single-plaintiff litigation involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims. Mr. Steinert also provides advice and counsel with respect to state and federal wage-and–hour laws, leave and disability issues, WARN requirements, employee termination issues, and drafting employee handbooks, policies, and employment contracts.
Ms. Tyman is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is a member of the Firm’s Complex Discrimination Litigation practice group and the OFCCP & Affirmative Action Compliance team. Ms. Tyman’s primary focus is defending employers in a wide range of employment discrimination matters, with an emphasis on complex collective, class action and multi-plaintiff litigation. Ms. Tyman also represents federal contractors and subcontractors in affirmative action compliance matters involving OFCCP proceedings, including audits and pre-audit review and analysis of data. Ms. Tyman also advises employers on matters related to personnel practices to ensure compliance with mandates impacting recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, discipline, and termination.
Ms. Tyman has contributed to written testimony on proposed labor & employment legislation and regulations pending before the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Tyman is the chair of the Chicago Diversity Action Team, a member of the Associate Mentoring Committee, and actively participates in pro bono and other charitable activities.
Minh N. Vu
Ms. Vu is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and the leader of the Firm’s ADA Title III Specialty Practice Team. Ms. Vu’s practice focuses exclusively on the legal obligations of places of public accommodation, recipients of federal funding, and housing providers to individuals with disabilities under Title III of the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act, and various state non-discrimination statutes. In 2012, Ms. Vu authored the “ADA Guide for Lodging Owners and Operators,” the first book of its kind published by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and also testified before Congress on behalf of the AH&LA on new ADA requirements for pool lifts at pools and spas. Ms. Vu also is the editor of and a primary contributor to the ADA Title III News & Insights launched by Seyfarth Shaw in 2012.
Ms. Vu’s practice includes advising clients on the requirements of the ADA and other disability laws and creating compliance policies and training programs. The country’s top retailers, banks, hospitality companies, car rental companies, casinos, and equipment manufacturers have retained Ms. Vu to guide them on cutting edge disability issues such as the applicability of Title III of the ADA to websites and mobile applications, the new 2010 ADA Standards for accessible facilities, pool and spa lifts, point of sale devices, medical equipment, hotel reservations processes, and ATMs. Ms. Vu also advises real estate developers, builders and architects on the accessible design and construction requirements of the FHA for multifamily dwellings, and defends lawsuits and government investigations based on such requirements.
Charles F. Walters
Mr. Walters represents and counsels employers from many different industries on the full range of employment and labor law matters from Seyfarth Shaw’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Walters has an active employment counseling practice and regularly guides clients through federal (DOL, DOJ, EEOC) and state and local agency investigations. He has conducted internal investigations, prepared employee handbooks, workplace policies and employment agreements, and counseled employers in connection with large workplace transformations. He has particular expertise in the WARN Act and the Service Contract Act, and provides regular counseling on all other employment laws and issues. As a member of the Labor and Employee Relations Group, Mr. Walters has represented employers from many different industries in collective bargaining, arbitrations, grievance mediations, and NLRB and court litigation.
Johanna T. Wise
Ms. Wise is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Wise represents clients in all aspects of labor and employment litigation arising under federal and state law, including claims of discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, age, religion and disability as well as leave-related issues. She also counsels employers on various employment issues such as effective workplace policies and practices, conducting effective investigations, compliance with federal and state laws, and preventing employment litigation.