Amy regularly advises clients on a wide variety of employment-related issues, with a focus on the avoidance of litigation. This focus includes issues surrounding the recruitment and hiring of employees, background checks, employee discipline and terminations, employee leaves of absence, disability and religious accommodation issues, wage and hour law, layoffs and reductions-in-force, and other facets of the employer-employee relationship. Amy conducts human resources and wage and hour audits, and drafts and revises various types of employment policies and procedures, employee handbooks, manuals and employment agreements, including separation/severance, noncompete, non-solicitation and settlement agreements. She also provides workplace training seminars for human resources personnel, management and employees on employee relations issues and laws.
In addition to counseling clients, Amy regularly litigates in federal and state court and before administrative agencies, representing employers on various employment-related issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour law, background checks, leaves of absence, and disability/religious accommodation issues.
Patrick Muldowney advises and represents private- and public-sector management clients in connection with both traditional labor law and employment law issues. He has litigated issues related to discrimination, sexual harassment, labor-management relations, family and medical leave, public employee rights, minimum wage/overtime compensation and covenants not to compete.
Mr. Muldowney has represented employers in matters involving the National Labor Relations Board (relating to both unfair labor practice charges and representation elections), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission of Human Relations, the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, the Orlando Human Relations Department, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at Rollins College, where he teaches a course on labor and employment law in the Master of Human Resources program.
Melissa Siebert concentrates her practice in employment litigation, wage and hour litigation, and employment law counseling. Melissa regularly advises employers on a range of employment matters. Her combined legal and practical business experience allows her to provide effective and efficient counsel on a variety of strategic and day-to-day issues, including the interaction between the FMLA/ADA and workers’ compensation, restrictive covenants, company-wide policy creation and implementation, employee investigations, discipline and termination, workforce reductions and restructurings and employment agreements.
Melissa has a focus on nationwide and putative state class/collective actions under the FLSA and state wage and hour laws. She represents employers defending actions in federal and state court and before various federal, state and county human rights commissions alleging sexual and racial harassment; race, pregnancy, sex, national origin, age, religious and disability discrimination; retaliation; wrongful discharge; and claimed violations of Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and the FMLA.
Todd Lebowitz’s experience as an employment lawyer includes serving as national employment law counsel to a FORTUNE 50 and a FORTUNE1000 company and serving as regional and local employment law counsel to numerous other publicly held and private employers. Mr. Lebowitz is certified as a Specialist in Labor & Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association and was named a Leader in the Area of Labor and Employment by Chambers and Partners in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Also named a “Rising Star” in 2011 and 2012 by Law & Politics and the publishers of Super Lawyers magazine, Mr. Lebowitz’s approach toward employment law is to help companies solve legal problems in a way that makes business sense.
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Joyce Ackerbaum Cox focuses her practice on advising and representing employers in a wide variety of employment issues. She litigates all types of matters involving the defense of discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour compliance, disability and family/medical leave issues, wrongful termination and contract claims. Additionally, she handles affirmative and defensive litigation regarding claims for violation of noncompetition and employment agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets and other unfair competition tactics. She is a frequent speaker on employment law topics and often trains employers on proper hiring, disciplining and termination methods, sexual harassment, the ADA, the Family and Medical Leave Act and wage and hour issues.
Matt Hoyt focuses his practice on representing management clients in employment litigation and immigration matters. Matt has successfully tried employment discrimination and workplace defamation cases in federal and state court, resulting in unanimous jury verdicts for the firm’s clients. Matt’s litigation successes also include trade secrets and noncompetition litigation, appellate proceedings before federal and state appeals courts, and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and related state agencies.
Matt also leads the firm’s immigration practice team, which assists clients with business and employment-based immigration issues, including employment of foreign nationals and compliance with the employer sanctions and anti-discrimination provisions of immigration law. The immigration team helps clients with H-1B visas for professional specialty-occupation workers, H-2B visas for temporary and seasonal workers, L-1 visas for intra-company transferees, E visas for treaty-traders and investors, TN visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico, J visas for foreign exchange visitors, O visas for individuals with extraordinary ability, and P visas for professionals in arts and sports. The team has obtained hundreds of permanent residence visas (“green cards”) for our clients as well, including multinational executives and managers, advanced-degree and other professionals, skilled workers and “national interest” or “outstanding researcher” candidates. The team also has significant experience with I-9 and E-Verify compliance.
Nancy Inesta focuses her practice in the areas of employment litigation and traditional labor law. In litigation, her emphasis is in age, sex, race and national origin harassment and discrimination claims, Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability discrimination claims, as well as wage and hour and workers’ compensation discrimination claims. Ms. Inesta counsels clients on compliance with California and federal laws and provides training, investigates complaints and counsels employers in all aspects of personnel matters, including wage issues, harassment complaints, company-wide layoffs and terminations, and development of employee handbooks. Her traditional labor practice includes representation of employers in collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and the California Public Employment Relations Board. Ms. Inesta also represents employers faced with union organizing activity, providing both union awareness training and advising employers in the conduct of representation elections.