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Sarah Baron Houy

Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006, graduating in the top quarter of her class. Prior to that, she obtained her B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing Emphasis) from the University of South Dakota. After law school, Sarah clerked for the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Sarah’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation in the areas of employment law, civil rights, and construction disputes. She also provides consulting services to employers and small businesses. She is licensed to practice in South Dakota and Missouri and is admitted in the District Court for the District of South Dakota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Sarah has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

The Employment Law Practice:

Both employers and employees have legal rights and obligations to one another. Bangs McCullen represents clients in a wide variety of employment-related litigation.

We represent both employers and employees in Title VII, ADA, and ADEA discrimination cases, contract disputes (including non-compete agreements), issues surrounding termination and separation of employment, and issues concerning Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and other federal and state employment laws.

Bangs Mcullen:

A proud history. That’s the best way to describe what Bangs McCullen has always been about. That pride carries through our work and into the courtroom. Pride in the roots we have established. Pride in doing the best possible job for our clients. Pride in a firm full of first-rate attorneys with impeccable records and longevity in their service with Bangs McCullen.

The team approach utilized at Bangs McCullen means you will not only get to know your attorney, but also the receptionists, secretaries, runners and paralegals. Strong roots run deep. So does quality support. Like a tightly woven fabric, the philosophy of a team approach speaks volumes about our strength. more >>

Randall Patterson

J. Randall Patterson, shareholder in the Knoxville, Tennessee office, represents employers before the EEOC and other state and federal agencies, and advises employers on many topics including policies and procedures, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, employee handbooks, drug testing and employment contracts.

In employment litigation, Mr. Patterson has experience in a full range of employment related claims including: sexual harassment; age, race and disability discrimination, FLSA collective actions; retaliatory discharge and employment related defamation claims. Mr. Patterson has litigation experience in ERISA litigation cases involving the denial of employee benefits, breach of fiduciary duties and related claims, and in antitrust and white collar criminal defense.

The Employment Law Practice:

Our labor and employment attorneys offer litigation defense services for administrative and court proceedings at the federal and state level, advice on pre-litigation strategies to reduce legal risks, policy analysis and drafting, compliance audits, management training and labor negotiation.

The lawyers on Baker Donelson’s labor and employment team work strategically with companies of all sizes. Our focus is on collaboration and building long-term relationships with our clients – understanding your staffing and workforce goals and helping you achieve them. Many of our clients have relied on our labor and employment team for more than 25 years. We know their needs, their culture, and the changes and challenges their businesses face.

We have advised clients in a wide variety of industries and sectors, and we bring that industry and sector knowledge to the labor and employment advice we provide. In addition, we work hard to understand the position of your company in your industry, the competitive pressures you face and what a successful HR, staffing or workforce outcome should look like for your company.

Our labor and employment team advises clients throughout the United States and on international employment matters. We have in-depth knowledge of both federal labor and employment law and state law.

We offer advice on a full range of employment law issues, but our unique strength is in providing strategic advice for our clients. Our attorneys use their knowledge of labor and employment law, and workplace management to help clients develop and implement strategic leadership plans and employee, staffing and workplace strategies.

To deepen the value of our strategic counsel, we offer customized training for management personnel. Training teaches practices and procedures to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation. With such practices and procedures in place, clients are better able to defend themselves in the event of litigation.

Baker Donelson:

For 130 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for our clients, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.

Baker Donelson commits to a deep understanding of a client’s business, to enable us to anticipate clients’ needs and assist in their decision-making processes. Because we offer consistent, knowledgeable guidance based on their specific goals and objectives, clients view us as a valued business partner. This allows them to focus on the growth and success of their businesses, confident their legal issues will be handled by an attentive, responsive team.

Our unique approach to providing legal and policy services is enabled by our extensive support structure. As the 57th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 750 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices to serve virtually any legal and policy need. We provide to our clients a global network of local counsel and other professionals, and have helped our clients take advantage of global opportunities in more than 90 countries spanning six continents. Clients receive informed guidance from experienced, multi-disciplined industry and client service teams. Our federal and state public policy groups provide sound policy advice and comprehensive tracking services, keeping clients up-to-date on critical legislative and regulatory developments. Our diversity and women’s initiatives ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for our people, perspectives and experiences. Technology helps us operate more effectively and efficiently by providing instant access to client-specific information and other key resources. more >>

Kirk Holman

Kirk D. Holman of Holman Schiavone, LLC, comes from a hard-working New England family with humble beginnings. From the time he was a young boy, he yearned to be an attorney so that he could defend the rights of the underdog and champion worthy causes. He represents clients in Kansas City, Missouri, in cases involving civil rights, constitutional law, discrimination, employment and labor law and sexual harassment.

While in his first year of law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Mr. Holman grew interested in employment law after a life-changing event in his family. His father was working in a ditch when the dirt collapsed because of a lack of proper supports. He endured numerous surgeries but was never able to work after the accident. His parents struggled on just his mother’s income, and he watched his father grieve the loss of a job that represented 35 years of employment.

As a result of this experience, Mr. Holman realized that he could help others protect their rights. He began clerking for the United States Department of Labor in an effort to learn employment law. He is now admitted to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Missouri, the U.S. District Court of the District of Kansas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

As a respected speaker in the legal field, Mr. Holman has been asked to speak on numerous topics, such as issues in human resources, the Missouri Human Rights Act and the plaintiff’s perspective of corporations. He has also been honored as “Best of the Bar” for Employment Litigation by the Kansas City Business Journal in addition to being named as a Missouri & Kansas “Super Lawyer” every year since 2011.. Mr. Holman is Member of “The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for the State of Missouri. The Association is a national organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as trial lawyers, both civil plaintiff and criminal defense. He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell. This mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that his legal peers and the judiciary rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He has tried to verdict as first chair two verdicts in excess of $10,000,000, one additional verdict in excess of $5,000,000, and four additional verdicts in excess of $1,000,000. In addition to these seven and eight figure verdicts, he has to verdict as first chair twelve verdicts in excess of $125,000.

He has been a member of both the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association since 2000.

The Employment Law Practice:

At Holman Schiavone, LLC, our lawyers represent employees in a wide range of employment law disputes. Whether you are facing discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination or another adverse employment action, our attorneys are here to stand up for your rights.

In every case we handle, we stand up for the individual against the unfair practices of employers. We handle a wide range of employment law matters, including:

  • Civil rights in the workplace
  • Constitutional law violations
  • Labor law violations
  • Workplace health and safety violations
  • Breach of contract issues
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Misclassification of employees issues
  • Overtime pay issues
  • Off-the-clock pay issues
  • Meal and rest break violations
  • Long-term disability insurance claim matters
  • Employer retaliation
  • Discrimination and harassment in the workplace
  • Unlawful disclosure of your HIV status

We will work with you personally to gain an understanding of your situation and help you explore your legal options. Our goal is to achieve the results that are best for you, and we are prepared to do so in or out of court.

We can also help you take a proactive stance to avoid future legal entanglements.

We can carefully review your employment-related documents, such as:

  • Employment contracts
  • Benefits contracts
  • Severance agreements
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements

The time you invest in making sure you understand every aspect of your employment can save you a good deal of trouble later. By discussing your options with one of our Kansas City employment law attorneys, you can clarify all of your rights and responsibilities.

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Charlotte Lamont

Charlotte Lamont’s practice consists of civil litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment law, and she is certified by the New Mexico Board of Specialization in employment and labor law. She has more than 25 years of experience in representing employers in various employment issues, including claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge, as well as other employment-related matters. Her clients span a number of different industries, including manufacturing, banking, retail, professional services, healthcare and gaming. Charlotte practices in all federal and state courts in New Mexico.

Charlotte is a graduate of Leadership Albuquerque, which identifies leaders in business, government and the community helping them to expand their leadership skills and promote civic engagement. For over 16 years, she volunteered with the Active 20/30 Club of Albuquerque, which supports community and charitable programs for the benefit of children in New Mexico. In this capacity, she coordinated the equestrian piece of the organization’s annual Equestrian Cup, which benefitted All Faith’s Receiving Home’s Children’s Safehouse.

The Employment Law Practice:

Labor and employment law issues have become as globalized as the world of business and commerce. With the pervasiveness of the Internet and social media, when a business employment practice is singled out and challenged in one location the repercussions can be felt around the globe. Through an integrated worldwide strategy, Littler brings together practitioners experienced in local and cross-border labor and employment matters to provide seamless client service across national boundaries.

Littler’s international employment and labor law practice can help multinational clients maneuver through the best of economic times, as well as during unstable periods. We help global clients adapt to the maze of employment laws, taking into account the varied economic circumstances and customs throughout the world.

We advise Fortune Global 500 companies on the full array of labor and employment issues, including managing independent contractors, litigating and arbitrating cross-border employment claims, drafting executive contracts, assisting with workforce reductions, and assessing and drafting global ethics and data privacy policies. We also advise medium- and smaller-sized companies making their first international ventures, as well as those that are expanding their overseas operations. We assist clients in developing the framework to operate internationally with employees in various countries, whether they are on temporary assignment or have longer-term expatriate arrangements.

Littler Mendelson P.C:

We realize that in-house counsel, HR professionals and corporate executives do not just manage legal work; they are expected to be business partners and contribute to the organization’s overall success. This means you need us to do more than just great legal work. You need us to be your strategic partners, as well as legal counselors who understand your industry and your business. Our lawyers need to help your organization make money, save money and present you with ideas to help you reduce cost, manage risk and succeed in your professional role.

That’s why we run our business the way you run your business, making important investments in our firm, client relationships and the future of the legal profession. We understand your need for high-quality, cost-effective legal services. more >>

Lauren Irwin

Lauren Irwin represents plaintiffs and defendants in employment disputes and civil litigation and regularly counsels and represents individuals, schools, municipalities and private entities on employment law matters. Because she represents both employers and employees, she provides valuable insight into and knowledge of opposing counsel strategies.

Her experience includes representing clients in employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, Family and Medical Leave Act and other employment cases in both state and federal courts.

She also assists employers with drafting and reviewing employment policies and practices, employment and severance agreements (including non-competes), conducting internal investigations and providing anti-discrimination and other types of training.

In addition, she represents clients at mediations and serves as a mediator in employment cases. She is a certified mediator for the New Hampshire Superior Court and the NH Commission for Human Rights.

Lauren regularly represents clients in the New Hampshire Superior Court, the Federal District Court, New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New Hampshire Department of Labor and New Hampshire Department of Employment Security. She is President of the RB Board of Directors and past-president of the Gender Equality Committee and is a frequent speaker and author in her areas of expertise. She has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in employment law 2015-2017 and was a Lawyer of the Year in 2015, recognized by New England Super Lawyers in 2017 as well as listed as Local Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation for 2018.

The Employment Law Practice:

We know that losing your job for an unlawful reason can be devastating, and that harassment and/or discrimination on the job often leads to serious emotional distress as well as substantial economic losses that may continue for years.

Our employment lawyers have extensive experience helping people who have been wrongfully terminated, people who are whistleblowers, and people who have been subjected to harassment and discrimination based upon their sex (including pregnancy), race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

We have also represented employees in cases involving the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and cases involving an employer’s failure to pay all wages that are due under state and federal law, as well as cases involving an employer’s failure to provide a reasonable accommodation to a disabled employee as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state law.

Our employment lawyers are among the most respected and successful advocates in employment law in New Hampshire. We have successfully litigated employment matters before the federal U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, all of the New Hampshire state superior courts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the New Hampshire Supreme Court. more >>

Lisa Edison-Smith

Lisa Edison-Smith practices exclusively in the area of employment and labor law and litigation, and is a MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist. She focuses her practice on providing practical advice to North Dakota and Minnesota private and public sector employers, including schools and higher education, on a variety of issues related to discrimination and harassment, state and federal compliance issues, wage and hour law, employment contracts, policy review, hiring and termination, internal investigations, and employee benefits. She frequently provides training on harassment and other current issues in employment law to employers throughout the area. Lisa also represents employers in labor matters, negotiations, and arbitrations.

Lisa is a qualified neutral under Rule 11 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice and is included in North Dakota’s ADR Neutral Roster maintained by the North Dakota Supreme Court Administrator’s Office.

Lisa is an editor of the North Dakota Employment Law Letter, a monthly newsletter designed to provide proactive advice and the latest employment law news to North Dakota employers.

Lisa is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law, where she was awarded the Lyons Award as the graduate with the highest academic standing. Before joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to the honorable Chief Justice A.M. Keith of the Minnesota Supreme Court and worked for over eight years for GTE corporation in finance and accounting.

She graduated summa cum laude from North Dakota State University with an undergraduate degree in accounting and business administration and passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant exam with national distinction.

The Employment Law Practice:

Vogel Law Firm’s labor and employment attorneys provide comprehensive services in this technical area of the law. Our attorneys routinely appear before all federal and state agencies in North Dakota and Minnesota and represent a variety of businesses and industries, including health care, energy, transportation, utilities, long-term care, manufacturing, warehousing, retail and service establishments, food and beverage wholesaling, professional, banking and lending, hotel and motel, municipal governments, counties, and school districts.

Our mission is to understand our clients’ industries and to provide them with practical advice to solve their legal and business needs based on our knowledge and experience in the labor and employment field.

Vogel Law Firm:

Vogel Law Firm traces its roots back to 1880 when William Barnett came to Fargo to practice law. He hired Seth Richardson in 1905 and soon their partnership expanded and prospered. Through brothers Charles, Philip and Mart Vogel, the Vogel family became associated with the group in the late 1920’s. They expanded the firm’s practice into North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, providing a range of legal services.

With offices in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Moorhead and Minneapolis, Vogel Law Firm offers sophisticated legal representation to businesses and individuals throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. We are one of the largest law firms in northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota and serve a diverse group of clients in matters ranging from sophisticated commercial transactions to criminal defense law and personal injury.

Our litigation team has vast experience in all of the region’s state and federal courts, as well as before tribal courts and administrative agencies. We have a team of lawyers who concentrate their practice in medical malpractice defense and complex commercial litigation. Our insurance defense, personal injury, wrongful death, family law and criminal defense lawyers are among the region’s leading litigators. more >>

Aadil Patel

Aadil Patel is the National Head of the Employment practice. A thought leader in his field, he is recognised for his in-depth expertise in employment law and has acted extensively for various employers in both the public and private sector.

Aadil has worked across multiple jurisdictions in Africa and globally. He has presented on a wide array of legal topics to different audiences and is featured regularly in published articles.

Recognised by both his peers and his clients for his proficiency in employment law, Aadil’s track record include having successfully advised and represented a number of state-owned enterprises as well as companies listed on the JSE.

The Employment Law Practice:

We support our clients by appearing in all employment-related forums including the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), Statutory Councils, Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court, High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court. We also assist our clients with private arbitrations. We represent our clients in their dealings with the Department of Labour.

Our expertise extends to advising and representing clients in the following disputes:

  • Unfair dismissals
  • Unfair labour practices
  • Organisational rights
  • Collective agreements
  • Lock-outs
  • Strikes
  • Alleged non-compliance with the Employment Equity Act (EEA)
  • Unfair discrimination
  • Non-payment of wages, overtime, leave and severance pay

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr:

We are a full service law firm – one of the largest business law firms in South Africa, with more than 350 lawyers and a track record spanning over 165 years.

We are able to provide experienced legal support and an authentic knowledge-based and cost-effective legal service for clients looking to do business in key markets across Africa. Our Africa practice brings together the resources and expertise of leading business law firms across the continent that have direct experience acting for governments, state agencies and multinational organisations. This combined experience across the continent produces an extensive African capability. We also partner with other professional disciplines such as audit, business consulting or corporate finance disciplines to provide a seamless and integrated solution for projects that have a multi-disciplinary dimension.

We focus on a number of key sectors which are active and thriving in Africa, including mining and minerals, telecommunications, energy, oil and gas, banking and finance, projects and infrastructure, hospitality and leisure and arbitration. more >>

Marc Gustafson

Marc advises clients on and drafts employment policies and handbooks, employment contracts, including non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality restrictions, independent contractor agreements and severance agreements. He also frequently counsels clients on a host of employment matters, including employment discriminatio›n, charges of wrongful termination, FMLA leave, reasonable accommodations under the ADA, and wage and hour law violations.

In the courtroom, Marc represents clients in state and federal courts in lawsuits involving race, gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage and hour claims, breach of contract, and non-compete enforcement. Marc practices in the state, federal and appellate courts situated in North Carolina and Georgia and regularly appears before the EEOC and the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.

Marc has represented shareholders, managers, executives and corporations in matters involving breaches of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, usurpation of corporate opportunities, breaches of contract and fraud. Marc has represented both employers and executives in internal investigations in matters involving mismanagement, insider trading, misconduct and accounting malpractice.

Marc sees his role as a counselor of law and works closely with his clients to develop a relationship that best represents their legal, financial, and personal interests.

Marc is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of North Carolina and Georgia. He has had articles published in NC Lawyers Weekly, Deal Lawyers, and the Charlotte Observer. He has also been featured by the Charlotte Business Journal, WSOC, nFocus magazine, and Charlotte Viewpoint. Marc is a Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Super Lawyers Rising Star, and Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney.

Marc is also active in the community, serving on the Board of 24 Foundation and as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. In the past, Marc has served as the Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar, Labor and Employment Section, on the Board of the Arts and Science Council, as the Chair of the Public Art Commission, on the UNC Board of Visitors, the ASC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, the Boards of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Common Grounds Farm Stand, and the Spokes Group. Marc is an Eagle Scout.

The Employment Law Practice:

The experienced attorneys within our Employment and Human Resources Law practice understand that employment law issues often arise unexpectedly and require immediate attention. We are committed to responding quickly and efficiently.

Our employment attorneys work with businesses of all sizes and stages of development to help them understand and comply with state and federal laws that impact employers. Our experience covers a broad range of services, from helping new businesses develop policies and handbooks, to helping well-established businesses with downsizing.

In addition to working with businesses, we regularly represent individuals in employment matters such as review of employment contracts, non-competition agreements, and severance agreements.

Although the goal of much of our work is to promote compliance and prevent disputes, we also represent employers in litigation when it becomes necessary. Our litigation experience includes matters in state and federal courts and before state and federal agencies.

Bell Davis Pitt:

Frank M. Bell, Jr., William K. Davis and Walter W. Pitt, Jr. co-founded Bell, Davis & Pitt in 1980 to establish a practice that excels at client service and creates a work environment that encourages long-term professional association.

Those founding principles have created a thriving law firm that is dedicated to its clients, the profession, and community. Since then, Bell, Davis & Pitt has grown organically to meet the needs of its clients. We’re proud of our long-standing client relationships — including some that date back to our founding — and our team’s dedication to our clients and each other, evidenced by our low turnover.

At Bell, Davis & Pitt, we strive to handle each matter in the most cost-effective way possible, involving supervised associates and paralegals when consistent with the client’s goals. We structure each client team with the appropriate attorney (or attorneys) to achieve the best results at the most reasonable rates possible. more >>

Sandra Ramos White

Sandra Ramos White, a former human resources director and in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company, has practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law for nearly two decades.

She represents management in a full range of labor and employment law matters, counseling and advising corporate managers, formulating preventive strategies, drafting employee handbooks and personnel policies and procedures, and advising employers on rules related to drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees in trucking and trucking industries. She represents clients in court and before administrative agencies, at mediations and arbitrations, and in settlement negotiations. In addition, she has conducted employment investigations and provided training to numerous clients.


Sandra has been involved in individual and class/collective actions involving:

• Race and gender discrimination (including sexual harassment) and retaliation under Title VII and Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code
• Age discrimination and retaliation cases under Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code
• Workers compensation retaliation under Section 451 of the Texas Labor Code
• Misclassification and overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act
• Discrimination and retaliation claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act
• Discrimination claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
• Restrictive Covenants (non-compete and non-solicitation)

The Employment Law Practice:

Properly drafted and executed policies and procedures are the employer’s first line of defense against claims of discrimination, improper treatment, or wrongful discharge. The lawyers of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group work with clients to develop personnel policies—including, most importantly, the company’s Employee Handbook—to help them address the tangled web of state and federal workplace regulations, including leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), pay practices, paid time off and vacation, overtime, non-discrimination and harassment, substance abuse and testing, attendance, and discipline. They also provide training to clients’ supervisory personnel to help clients properly implement these policies.

Branscomb PC:

Branscomb PC’s lawyers strive to provide creative solutions for businesses, executives and families with tax, real estate, oil and gas, estate planning, probate, corporate, employment and litigation matters. We combine the attention and responsiveness that one would expect from a smaller law firm with the levels of expertise found at much larger firms. We are committed to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in each matter we undertake.

We communicate with our clients to ensure that they understand the scope of our services, how quickly they can expect us to complete those services, and how much those services will cost. We take pride in our work, and we are grateful for the relationships of trust and confidence that we have with our clients. more >>

Todd McNamara

Todd J. McNamara graduated magna cum laude from Chaminade College, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1974 and secured his law degree with honors from St. John’s University School of Law in 1979. Todd was the shareholder in charge of a mid-sized firm’s employment law section for approximately 10 years. In 1995, Todd opened his own firm, and limits his practice exclusively to employment law matters. He has lectured on numerous occasions, both locally and nationally, on employment law matters.

Todd was lead private class counsel in Wilkerson, et al., v. Martin-Marietta, the largest age discrimination claim brought within the State of Colorado, which settled for a reported $7.6 million. In LaSelle v. Public Service, Todd secured a $2.1 million judgment on behalf of 90 plaintiffs in an ERISA claim. Todd secured the first race discrimination verdict in the United States against a real estate franchise for failure to award a sales agency to an African-American in Tyler v. ReMax. In addition, Todd was co-counsel in Vaszlavik v. Storage Tek, an age discrimination class action, which settled for $5 million. Todd served as class co-counsel in an ERISA action, Piet, et al. v. Lontine, which settled for $5 million. Additionally, he has settled a two plaintiff sex discrimination case for $1.3 million, a seven person age discrimination case for $2.2 million, a multi-plaintiff disability case for $1.1 million and a race discrimination case for $1.75 million. Todd, together with class co-counsel, settled a $3.85 million disability discrimination case against the United States Postal Service. Todd settled an FLSA case for $835,000 in 2012 and together with co-counsel, settled an FLSA case for $4.4 million in 2013. He has 10 recoveries for his clients in excess of $1 million.

Todd has previously served as co-chair of the Colorado Bar Association Labor Law Committee and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. He serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association Employment Panel. He is editor of Federal Employment Jury Instructions and has just recently completed a tenth supplement to that publication, which is used throughout the United States by both lawyers and judges. He is a co-chapter editor of the Practitioners Guide to Colorado Employment Law and has published a number of other articles on employment law issues in both Trial Talk and The Colorado Lawyer. He has been listed as a Colorado Super Lawyer under Labor and Employment since the inception of that award in 2006 and for 10 consecutive years. In addition, Todd J. McNamara P.C. maintains an AV rating, the highest possible, with Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Law and Employment Section. He has been selected as one of the “Top 50” lawyers, among over 24,000 in the State on two occasions and one of the “Top 100” three times. He was honored with the designation of Lawyer of the Year – Employment Law (Individuals) in 2013. He has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment for many years. Todd is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, one of approximately only 20 in Colorado. more >>