Tell us about your practice.
My practice is currently split between three different areas: performing labor and employment due diligence for mergers and acquisitions; employment litigation; and daily employment counseling. Throughout mergers and acquisitions, I provide advice to our clients regarding any potential red flags that may raise an issue in the context of a deal, and I work on a lot of post-closing documents and contracts. I represent employers in both state and federal employment litigation cases that are typically related to employment discrimination or wage and hour claims. I also provide day-to-day counseling to human resources departments on how to best handle different employee issues that arise in the workplace, as well as implementing new policies to comply with constantly changing state and federal employment laws.
What is an interesting trend happening right now related to your field of practice?
The biggest trend of 2017-2018 has been the rise in sexual harassment claims. Obviously to some extent this trend has been fueled by Hollywood and the media, but it has been interesting to see the impact of this trend in the workplace. Right now we continually advise our clients to be sure that they have the proper policies and practices in place to prevent sexual harassment, and to make sure they are properly and fairly investigating each claim of sexual harassment that an employee raises.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?
Even as a little girl, the idea of being a lawyer has always fascinated me. I thought I might change my mind in high school or college, but the experiences that I had continued to reinforce my desire to be a lawyer. I truly believe that being an attorney is one of the most noble professions because what we do every day and each decision that we make in our practice impacts other people’s lives in one way or another. While this job entails a great amount of responsibility, it is also extremely fulfilling.