I represent employers in a variety of labor law and union related matters. In various industries, I have negotiated over 200 collective bargaining agreements on behalf of employers and employer associations. None of those negotiations resulted in strikes, slow downs or picket lines, although I have assisted employers with strike plans and strike response in the past. I have also litigated numerous arbitrations and cases before arbitrators, the NLRB and Federal District Court.
I provide advise and counsel to employers with respect to a variety of claims and possible claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (and Amendments) (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Genetic Information and Non-discrimination Act (GINA) and other state and local employment statutes. I assist in negotiating settlements where advisable, and in preparing a case to have meritless claims dismissed.
Trade Secrets and Non-Competes
I have represented both employers and employees with respect to non-compete agreements and trade secrets. There are many issues and concerns involved with asking an employee to sign a non-compete agreement, and it may help to consider those issues first. At the same time, it is vital to keep your customer lists, processes and other trade secrets confidential. A properly drafted agreement can help, and if you are subject to an overbroad agreement, you may have more options than you think.
I have done extensive training for companies, helping them to better manage their collective bargaining agreement, teach supervisors how to impose discipline that will survive arbitration and union avoidance. In this area, an ounce of prevention is often a much better deal than the cost of the cure.
General Commercial Litigation
Unfortunately, being in business today can sometimes mean litigation with other companies, customers and suppliers. Experienced counsel can help you stay out of court and working on your business, where you'd rather be anyway.