Gerald Maatman, Jr.

Gerald-Maatman.jpgGerald Maatman, Jr. is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Mr. Maatman has a primary emphasis in his practice on defending employers sued in employment-related class actions and EEOC pattern and practice lawsuits brought in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mr. Maatman also pioneered the process of conducting employment practices audits to assist employers in structuring effective and practical personnel policies and protocols. These audits are designed to minimize the incidence of employment-related class action litigation and to maximize management discretion and workplace productivity. Mr. Maatman’s work in this area has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.

 

Lorie Almon

Almon_Lorie.jpgLorie Almon co-chairs Seyfarth Shaw’s National Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group and is co-managing partner of Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office.  Ms. Almon was recognized in the January 2011 issue of The American Lawyer as one of the top “45 Under 45” women lawyers in The Am Law 200.  She was also named as one of the nation’s “Fab Fifty” litigators under the age of 45 in 2007 by The American Lawyer and selected as one of the top “40 Under 40” lawyers in the United States by the National Law Journal in 2005.

Ms. Almon’s practice is focused on employment litigation, with an emphasis on complex litigation, collective and/or class proceedings. She specializes in litigation of wage and hour claims, regularly defending Fortune 500 companies in high stakes litigation brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage payment laws. Ms. Almon also serves as lead counsel in discrimination class actions and multi-district cases, chairing teams of attorneys across the country.  Her considerable trial experience includes numerous jury and bench trials before federal courts, state courts and arbitration panels.

 

Kate L. Birenbaum

Kate L. BirenbaumIn her practice Ms. Birenbaum advises clients on employment law matters, and represents them in administrative matters as well as litigation.  Her focus is on complex litigation matters, and she has been involved in the defense of class actions brought under Title VII, as well as collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  She also represents clients in single plaintiff cases.  Ms. Birenbaum is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  In 2012, Texas Monthly Magazine recognized Ms. Birenbaum as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of “Employment Litigation: Defense.”

 

Rebecca Bjork

Bjork_Rebecca BW.jpgRebecca Bjork is Senior Counsel in the Labor and Employment Department in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, automotive, transportation, food and beverage, telecommunications, staffing, higher education, and retail industries in employment, products liability, and consumer class actions and other aggregate litigation proceedings.

 

 

Christopher M. Cascino

Cascino_Christopher BW bioChristopher Cascino is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A member of the Labor & Employment Department, he focuses his practice on Complex Discrimination and Wage and Hour Litigation. Before joining Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Mr. Cascino provided representation to clients in complex, high stakes commercial and employment litigation matters for six years at a Chicago-based Vault 50 law firm and at a respected litigation and employment boutiqu

 

Christopher J. DeGroff

Christopher-DeGroff.jpgChristopher J. DeGroff is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in the Firm’s Chicago office, with a practice largely focused on multi-plaintiff and class/collective actions. Mr. DeGroff’s class action experience spans the scope of employment law theories. Mr. DeGroff also has extensive experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation. Mr. DeGroff has developed innovative strategies for addressing wide-ranging governmental requests for information and has handled complex regional and national EEOC investigations, typially resulting in no action being taken against our clients at all. When the EEOC has resorted to litigation, Mr. DeGroff has been instrumental in defending our clients against these often high-profile systemic cases, working with any number of class action teams to achieve efficient and effective case resolution. Mr. DeGroff’s class experience also includes a significant understanding of emerging electronic discovery issues, and has conducted speeches and published articles on electronic discovery and other high-technology issues.

 

Pamela Q. Devata

Pamela 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. She also has extensive experience with employment litigation in administrative agencies.

 

Alex S. Drummond

Alex_Drummond.jpgAlex S. Drummond is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. 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 also counsels clients on a wide variety of employment matters, including disability accommodation, family and medical leave under federal and state laws, workplace investigations, training, background checks, pre-hire testing, performance assessment and discipline, workforce reductions-in-force, whistleblower claims, defamation, handbooks and policies review, and terminations.

 

William F. Dugan

6beb1d4d34374268b78ed9f4fe84acd6_photoWilliam F. Dugan is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the leading national labor and employment law firm. Mr. Dugan is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group and resides in the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Dugan has represented employers in a wide array of state and federal matters, including litigation of employment contract claims, wrongful discharge claims, privacy claims, various tort based common law claims, harassment claims, and discrimination and retaliation claims brought pursuant to Title VII, the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA and various other state and local statutes.

 

Dana Howells

Dana-Howell.jpgDana Howells is a senior counsel in the Labor and Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Howells focuses her practice on advising businesses on all aspects of employment relationships from pre-hire screening to terminations and reductions-in-force. Areas of concentration include ERISA and employee benefits, discrimination, wage and hour, contacts, severance, compensation, FMLA and mandated leaves, disability/reasonable accommodations, harassment/internal investigations, privacy and workplace violence prevention. In addition to advising employers on compliance and problem-solving, Ms. Howells has represented employers before administrative agencies, self-regulatory agencies, in jury and bench trials, and before state and federal appellate courts. Depending on the client’s goals, she has resolved many disputes through arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

 

Christina M. Janice

Janice, Christina BW BioChristina M. Janice is a senior counsel of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the leading national employment and labor law firm. Ms. Janice is resident in the firm’s Chicago office. Ms. Janice’s practice includes defending employers throughout the United States in complex employment discrimination class actions and single plaintiff litigation, EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits, wage & hour class and collective actions, Department of Labor compliance partnerships, and executive and other high profile individual employment disputes.

Ms. Janice is a recipient of The Legal 500 2014 In-House Award, Labor & Employment Law Team of the Year and is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer® for Litigation. She also was recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with an Award of Merit for her work with the United States Marshals Service and legal aid in the recovery of abducted children.

 

Lynn A. Kappelman

Lynn-Kappelman.jpgLynn A. Kappelman is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office practicing in the area of labor and employment litigation, including issues arising under ADEA, Title VII, ERISA, ADA, and all other state and governmental laws affecting employers. She has successfully litigated many trials to verdict, negotiated hundreds of cases to settlement, briefed and argued appeals to the First, Second and Third Circuits and state appellate courts. Ms. Kappelman handles complex discrimination litigation including class action gender discrimination, race discrimination and gender equity cases, as well as EEOC pattern and practice charges.

 

Daniel B. Klein

Daniel-Klein.jpgDaniel Klein is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office.  Mr. Klein’s practice 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.  As a member of the firm’s Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Klein has defended employers in a variety of complex discrimination cases, including multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits, EEOC pattern and practice cases, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Mr. Klein also has defended employers against the full spectrum of cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, and wage and hour violations, as well as representing employers in non-competition and contract disputes.

 

Laura J. Maechtlen

Maechtlen_LauraBWBioLaura J. Maechtlen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Maechtlen’s practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of wage and hour class and collective actions arising out of alleged violations of the California Labor Code and/or the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ms. Maechtlen’s practice also focuses on employment litigation of discrimination and harassment cases brought as multi-plaintiff and class actions under federal and state statutory laws. 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. McGlothen

con.jpgCondon A. McGlothlen is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and a co-chair of the firm’s ADA Task Force. He represents employers in EEO and other employment law matters, and has extensive experience representing companies in complex employment matters, including class actions and pattern and practice cases, as well as with the development and implementation of advanced hiring, promotion, compensation, and separation systems. Mr. McGlothlen regularly handles matters under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act, as well as employment-related provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Mr. McGlothlen also chairs the Firm’s Employee Separations Task Force, which focuses on reduction-in-force and release issues under the ADEA, and he has advised hundreds of companies on such issues.

 

Kathryn “Chris” Palamountain

Gerald-Maatman.jpgChris Palamountain is Senior Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw’s Houston office.  Ms. Palamountain’s primary emphasis is litigating complex civil litigation, defending clients in the retail, professional services, energy services, and financial services sectors.  She represents parties in employment discrimination class actions, wage & hour collective actions, EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits, and civil rights/denial of access class actions brought in federal and state courts throughout the United States.  She also has significant experience defending against ADA Title III class and individual actions brought against public accommodations, as well as toxic tort and commercial disputes.

 

Jennifer Riley

Jennifer-Riley.jpgJennifer Riley is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is a member of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Department. Ms. Riley practices in the employment litigation area, with a particular emphasis on complex collective and class action proceedings. She has represented clients in a wide range of complex civil litigation matters in federal and state courts across the country. Her extensive litigation experience includes serving as trial counsel in federal court bench and jury trials, as well as in arbitration proceedings.

 

David B. Ross

David-Ross.jpgDavid B. Ross specializes in defending companies in class action and complex employment litigation matters, including EEOC pattern and practice lawsuits. He has been lead counsel or co-counsel on numerous matters in a wide range of industries, including financial services, insurance, consumer retail, hospitality, media, utilities and education. With a graduate degree and background in economics and statistics, Mr. Ross has a particular expertise in the application of these disciplines in complex employment cases and has taken a lead role in the Firm in this area. Mr. Ross has also represented companies in virtually ever area of labor and employee law, with extensive experience in traditional labor law and arbitration, securities-related employment matters before FINRA and the NYSE, and in litigation of claims arising under EEO statutes, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, USSERA, OSHA, WARN and state statutes governing individual employment rights and benefits.

 

Howard M. Wexler

Howard M. WexlerHoward M. Wexler is an associate in the Labor and Employment group in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York 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 National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, New York State Division of Human Rights, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and the New York State Public Employment Relations Board.  In this role, Mr. Wexler has extensive experience defending both single and multi-plaintiff discrimination/harassment cases, class and/or collective actions, as well as lawsuits initiated by the EEOC.  He has represented employers in class and collective actions and multi-plaintiff claims involving discrimination/harassment on the basis of age, race, gender, national origin, and other protected classifications. His wage-and-hour experience includes the defense of major class action claims involving meal breaks, rest breaks, misclassification, and work-off-the-clock allegations.