Richard Alfred is the Chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s National Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group and the former Chair of the firm’s Boston office Labor & Employment Group (2002-2013). He also serves on the firm’s Labor and Employment Department Leadership Team and is a member of Seyfarth Shaw’s Executive Committee. Mr. Alfred’s practice is focused on employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour collective and class actions, complex litigation, high-stakes discrimination and wrongful termination cases and non-competition matters. He has defended many collective and class actions on behalf of large Fortune 500 companies brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws in jurisdictions throughout the United States. These cases often pose enormous risk to his clients, and Mr. Alfred has been successful through various litigation strategies in defusing and reducing that risk and the potential exposure that such cases initially present.
Lorie 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.
Patrick J. Bannon
Patrick J. Bannon is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office.
In state and federal court, in arbitration, and before state and federal agencies, Mr. Bannon represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour collective and class actions, non-competition and trade secret disputes and complex discrimination claims. Mr. Bannon also helps business avoid litigation by advising them about all aspects of their relationships with employees.
Brett Bartlett is chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment Department in Atlanta, a member of the Department’s National Steering Committee, and a leader in the firm’s National Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Bartlett devotes the majority of his practice to the defense of complex federal and state wage and hour litigation. He also provides preventative counseling and change management assistance to employers wishing to limit their exposure to investigation and litigation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the state laws that require employers to pay overtime and minimum wages to their employees. Mr. Bartlett represents employers across the United States in court litigation and administrative matters arising under federal and state wage and hour laws.
Jeffrey A. Berman
Jeffrey A. Berman is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Los Angeles office. A member of the Labor & Employment Department, he represents management in a variety of industries, including major medical centers, universities, religious organizations, manufacturers and restaurants.
Mr. Berman has been involved in almost every aspect of labor and employment law. He has represented employers in nearly all of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) regional offices in the Western United States. His successful representation of employers before the NLRB and the Ninth and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals changed bargaining unit determinations involving hospitals and religious schools. Mr. Berman has been involved in advising and defending employers with respect to wage and hour issues for many years. He also spends a significant portion of his time defending employer-clients in wrongful termination, employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases.
Benjamin D. Briggs
Benjamin D. Briggs is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on representing and counseling employers in employment matters arising under federal and state laws. Mr. Briggs has represented clients in jurisdictions across the U.S. in complex class and collective action wage-hour litigation, U.S. Department of Labor wage-hour audits, workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation and administrative proceedings, whistleblower actions, workplace safety and health (OSHA) matters and litigation involving trade secrets and non-compete agreements. Mr. Briggs routinely counsels employers on compliance with the full range of federal and state employment laws and devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting employers with wage-hour compliance matters, including internal pay practice and classification assessments.
Mr. Briggs has represented and counseled employers from industries including staffing services, building and consumer products, technology, environmental, retail, automotive, distribution, utilities, restaurant and hospitality, defense contracting, construction, healthcare and media.
Rob Carty is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Houston office. Mr. Carty presently represents clients in a variety of employment matters including the defense of collective actions and other complex litigation brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. For example, Mr. Carty successfully represented a nationwide client facing 102 parallel cases filed in the Northern District of Illinois by several hundred employees. Using a strategy of transferring the cases to their proper venues and defending the cases separately, the client obtained settlements in all cases for a fraction of the plaintiffs’ alleged damages. Mr. Carty presently represents another nationwide employer in two putative collective actions, each involving potentially hundreds of plaintiffs.
Ariel Cudkowicz is the co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s national Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group and serves on the firm’s national Labor and Employment Steering Committee. He is the Associate Managing Partner of the Boston Office. Mr. Cudkowicz’s principal area of concentration is in wage and hour matters, including federal and state wage and hour audits, and litigating collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions under state wage and hour laws. He has defended many clients in the retail industry in FLSA collective actions and in the hospitality industry in class actions challenging the distribution of tips and service charges under Massachusetts law. Mr. Cudkowicz also provides advice to Fortune 100 and 500 corporations on compliance with Massachusetts and federal wage and hour laws. He has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration, mediation, conciliation and summary and mini-trials encompassing most substantive areas of employment litigation.
Catherine Dacre is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s San Francisco office. Her practice includes wage and hour litigation of California Labor Code and FLSA claims in state and federal court. Ms. Dacre has an 19-year history in litigation, representing both public entity and private clients through trial and appeal. She has successfully defended employers in wage and hour class actions, as well as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation matter in state and federal court.
Rebecca DeGroff is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Ms. Bromet’s practice focuses on defending employers against collective, class, and individual actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state laws in federal and state courts. She also advises companies on compliance with the FLSA and state wage and hour laws, including the performance of exempt status reviews and pay practices audits. Ms. Bromet represents employers in litigation brought pursuant to the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Equal Pay Act. Ms. Bromet also represents employers in cases before administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Labor, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
John DiNapoli is an associate in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A member of the firm’s Labor & Employment department, he specializes in employment discrimination, wage and hour litigation, compensation/bonus disputes, and whistleblower retaliation claims.i
John W. Egan
John W. Egan is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Egan represents public accommodations, employers, and housing providers in single plaintiff and class actions courts nationwide. He has successfully defended clients in matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and all manner of state and local laws relating to civil rights. He also has substantial experience representing clients in agency proceedings, particularly before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights.
C.J. 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.
Noah Finkel is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. His principal area of concentration lies in wage-and-hour matters, in which he has represented companies in more than 50 actual or putative collective and/or class action matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act and/or state wage-and-hour laws. He also regularly advises companies on compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-and-hour laws, including the performance of exempt status reviews and pay practice audits.
Loren Gesinsky is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office of. He represents employers before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, arbitrators, mediators, and other tribunals regarding all legal issues relating to the workplace, including wage and hour collective and class actions, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, non-compete, other restrictive covenants and trade secrets. He also counsels employers and negotiates agreements regarding these issues, with particular attention on strategies to avoid litigation. Additionally, he participated actively in the United States Chamber of Commerce task force that developed comments on the United States Department of Labor’s proposed regulatory changes to the FLSA’s white-collar exemptions. Mr. Gesinsky has over two decades of experience working as a labor and employment attorney.
Jeffrey L. Glaser
Jeff Glaser is senior counsel in Seyfarth Shaw’s Atlanta office, a member of our Firm’s national Wage and Hour Practice Group, and a co-leader of our Wage and Hour Assessment Team. Jeff focuses his practice on the defense of class and collective wage and hour actions, and on helping our clients to avoid such litigation in the first place. Jeff’s broad base of experience litigating complex employment actions allows him to understand the short-term and long-term risks that face employers when managing policy, practice, and jobs changes. He approaches Wage and Hour Assessments with the proactive objective of minimizing those risks, while also partnering with our clients to mitigate the operational and business-culture challenges inherent to any changes that follow.
James M. Hlawek
James Hlawek is a senior associate in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A member of the Labor & Employment Department, his practice is focused on the representation of management in a variety of wage and hour and other employment matters.
Mr. Hlawek has experience in both litigation and counseling. His litigation experience includes litigating matters before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies. He has also successfully represented employers in several non-competition and contract disputes. Mr. Hlawek’s counseling practice includes advising employers regarding
compliance with federal and state employment laws, leave management issues, and reductions-in-force.
Louisa Johnson is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and is a member of the firm’s national Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group. 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 also has experience with civil and commercial litigation matters and with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. Johnson represents employers throughout the United States in court litigation and agency investigation matters arising under federal and state wage and hour laws. She has defended more than 50 lawsuits and investigative matters regarding minimum wage and overtime compensation alleged to be owed to employees in the financial services, consulting, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and real estate holding industries.
David D. Kadue
David Kadue, a partner in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, has been a partner since 1988 and represents management in all areas of employment law. His practice traditionally emphasized litigation, primarily the defense of claims for workplace harassment, wrongful termination, and employment discrimination. In recent years he has concentrated on defense of class actions alleging patterns of employment discrimination or violation of wage and hour laws. He also advises employers with respect to employment contracts, employment policies, employee handbooks, and investigations of alleged employee misconduct.
Daniel Klein is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office, and is a member of the firm’s national Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group. 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.
Kristin McGurn is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment Department in Boston, and is head of the firm’s Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Healthcare Industry Group. Ms. McGurn provides compliance counseling and litigation defense to employers, including many in the healthcare industry, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour issues relating to worker classifications, independent contractors, volunteer and trainee status, and pay practices. Ms. McGurn has been involved in the defense of over a dozen recent meal break and overtime claims against healthcare systems in Boston, New York, and the Midwest. Ms. McGurn also is a member of the firm’s Health Care Reform Team, a cross-departmental team of lawyers formed to focus on the impact of health care reform on management.
Barry Miller is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He regularly litigates employment disputes in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He has significant experience in the defense of complex wage and hour claims, including collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions under the laws of many different states. As a member of the Wage & Hour Practice Group, Mr. Miller has defended employers in state and federal courts against claims asserting violations involving exempt status, salary basis test and independent contractor issues. He also counsels clients regarding wage and hour law compliance and conducts wage and hour audits. Mr. Miller has wage and hour litigation and counseling experience in the professional services, technology, financial services, retail, and staffing industries.
Andrew Paley is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Paley’s practice focuses on defending employers in complex collective and class action litigations. Additionally, he recently served as the Los Angeles office coordinator for the firm’s Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Paley has litigated numerous class and collective actions for alleged wage and hour violations under both state and federal law for clients in the financial services, retail, hospitality, telecommunications, automobile, and insurance industries. These cases include claims alleging misclassification of employees as exempt or as independent contractors; “off-the-clock” and regular rate violations; denied reimbursements; miscalculation of commissions and bonuses; failure to pay prevailing wages; and meal/rest break violations. Mr. Paley’s experience includes the defense of large nationwide collective actions and multi-district litigations. He also advises clients on conducting pre-litigation wage and hour audits.
Alex Passantino is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw. He previously served as the Deputy and Acting Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) from 2006 until 2009. In this role, he led the WHD in its interpretation and enforcement of the FLSA, the FMLA, the Davis-Bacon Act, the Service Contract Act, several provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and numerous other federal statutes. During his tenure, the WHD published the first update to the regulations under the 15-year-old FMLA, as well as updated regulations under the H-2A and H-2B visa programs. The WHD also issued over 70 opinion letters under Mr. Passantino’s signature or leadership. Mr. Passantino joined the Department of Labor in 2005 as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Honorable Victoria A. Lipnic, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards. In that capacity, Mr. Passantino was a member of the WHDâ€™s Executive Team and provided legal and policy advice on a range of wage and hour matters, with emphasis on the FLSA and the FMLA.
Kyle A. Petersen
Kyle Petersen is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Labor and Employment Department. She litigates all manner of employment disputes on behalf of employers throughout the country. As a member of the Firm’s Wage & Hour Litigation practice group, Ms. Petersen devotes a significant portion of her practice to representing employers across the United States in court litigation and administrative matters arising under federal and state wage and hour laws, and is a chapter author of the definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation. In addition, Ms. Petersen is an author for Practitioner Insights, a Thomson Reuters offering on the WestlawNext legal research platform in which she provides practical, focused analysis of wage and hour issues. Ms. Petersen also provides preventative counseling and works with employers to minimize their exposure to investigation and litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws.
Scott Rabe is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Employment Litigation, Wage & Hour and Complex Discrimination practice groups. Mr. Rabe’s primary focus is defending employers in a wide range of employment discrimination, harassment and wage and hour matters brought under various federal and state statutes. He has experience working on both single plaintiff and class action litigation.
Laura Reasons is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice includes litigation of collective actions under both federal and state wage and hour laws. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Reasons was a judicial extern to the Honorable George W. Lindberg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Sponsored by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Ms. Reasons was also a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic where she assisted in obtaining orders of protection for low-income victims of domestic violence.
Tim Watson is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Houston office. Mr. Watson has a broad range of litigation experience in labor and employment law and complex litigation. He is the office coordinator of the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group in the Houston office and regularly defends employers across the country in wage and hour class and collective actions brought under the Fair labor Standards Act and similar state laws.
Mr. Watson’s practice also includes representing employers in disputes with executives over breach of contract and wrongful termination claims as well as the defense of employers in employment discrimination cases under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Texas Labor Code and other statutory and common law causes of action.
Rob Whitman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department with extensive experience representing management in the full range of employment law matters. He has particular experience in wage-hour litigation, employment arbitration, discrimination and non-compete matters, and preventive employment counseling. In 2014, Mr. Whitman was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor & Employment Law at NYU Law School and serves as a Director of the Cornell ILR School Alumni Association. He has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top employment lawyers in Manhattan in polls conducted by New York Super Lawyers.
Simon Yang is a senior associate in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Yang is also a member of the Labor & Employment department, he represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour, business torts, and class action matters.
Kevin Young is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes defending employers in class and collective action lawsuits, representing clients facing agency investigations, and providing preventative counseling on a range of employment issues, with an emphasis on wage-and-hour compliance.