Litigation Experience:<br/>Served as chambers counsel to federal district judge for 20+ years assisting closely with legal and evidentiary rulings in cases involving employment matters (detailed below); breach of contract; insurance coverage; personal injury; negligence; intentional torts; fraud and misrepresentation; Uniform Commercial Code (UCC); consumer protection; products liability; arbitrability of claims; Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); landlord/tenant; antitrust; intellectual property; franchise/franchisor; civil conspiracy; medical malpractice; complex multidistrict proceedings (MDL); class actions; attorneys’ fees; attorney-client privilege; constitutional rights including First Amendment and Due Process; qualified immunity; res judicata; claim preclusion; statute of limitations; and injunctive relief. Assisted with 250+ jury and bench trials and court hearings. Drafted 1,000+ judicial opinions involving procedural, discovery, evidentiary, expert witness, summary judgment, trial, and post-trial matters. <br/><br/>Served as a trial attorney in two major law firms and the United States Attorney’s office, representing corporations, federal agencies, and individuals in 200+ cases involving employment (detailed below), commercial, and bankruptcy matters. Handled cases through all stages of litigation including first and second chair trial work, court hearings, all aspects of discovery including depositions and expert witnesses, pleadings, dispositive motions, and settlement negotiations. Types of cases included breach of contract; insurance coverage; fraud; negligent misrepresentation; negligence; personal injury; fair credit; debt collection; tax liens; bankruptcy matters including preferences and relief from the automatic stay; foreclosure; and multiple employment matters. <br/><br/>Employment Experience:<br/>Federal court experience (described above) includes 500+ cases involving claims of employment discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and adverse action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical and Family Leave Act (FMLA), and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). Types of discrimination included race, sex, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, national origin, pregnancy, family or medical leave, disability, harassment, and failure to accommodate. Also handled cases involving whistle-blowers and worker’s compensation retaliation claims, non-compete agreements, wage-and-hour collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). In practice, represented employers in 50+ cases involving employment-related claims including race discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, age discrimination, disability discrimination, and failure to accommodate under Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and FMLA, and also claims for breach of non-compete agreements. Handled court hearings, discovery including depositions and discovery disputes, pleadings, dispositive motions, and settlement negotiations.<br/><br/>Complex Cases:<br/>Federal court experience (described above) includes significant class action and MDL proceedings. Worked closely with district judge for more than nine years to manage MDL comprised of 50+ cases asserting class claims under 25+ state laws, including breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, and consumer protection. Drafted 50+ judicial opinions regarding complex rulings on motions to dismiss, class certification, procedural and discovery issues including First Amendment and attorney-client privilege, class notice, expert testimony, summary judgment, class settlement approval, and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Assisted with a two-week bellwether jury trial involving class action consumer protection claims.