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When employers get sued, HR is the first line of defense. How sharp is your vision when it comes to spotting lawsuits from a mile away? Moreover, how strong are your strategies for stopping lawsuits in their tracks? This information-packed guide will give you the key tactics you need to mitigate the chances of debilitating lawsuits. You'll gain new insight on strengthening handbooks, improving documentation, disciplining employees and more. Order today!
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PAUL H. BURMEISTER is a partner with Davis & Campbell L.L.C., where he focuses his practice on representing business owners, companies, and educational institutions, primarily in the areas of labor and employment. Mr. Burmeister handles all aspects of employment litigation on behalf of employers and management, as well as general counseling on day-to-day employment matters. He also advises clients in union settings, including collective bargaining and arbitration, and maintaining positive employee relations. Mr. Burmeister spends a significant portion of his time defending clients in all manners of employment litigation, regularly appearing before the EEOC, IDHR, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. He is admitted to practice Illinois and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Central and Northern District courts of Illinois (where he is a member of the Trial Bar). Mr. Burmeister is a member of both the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Illinois State Bar Association. He earned his B.A. degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his M.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his J.D. degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
BURTON D. GARLAND JR. is a shareholder in the St. Louis office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. His employment practice includes litigating employment discrimination matters under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, the Federal False Claims Act, and the various state counterparts to these federal laws. Mr. Garland has extensive experience litigating high stakes matters in the context of motions seeking temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief matters involving restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements); misappropriation of trade secrets; retaliation; tortious interference; unfair competition; and related claims. In addition to representing clients in federal and state court and before federal and state agencies, Mr. Garland’s practice includes advising clients on employment-related matters and drafting personnel policies, employment contracts, severance agreements, and employee handbooks. He also has significant experience in wage and hour class action defense and in FINRA arbitrations. Mr. Garland’s labor law practice includes union avoidance counseling and campaigns, elections, objections to elections, R-Case strategy and litigation, collective bargaining, strikes and injunctions, arbitration, and unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board. He earned his B.S.B.A. degree from the University of Arizona, his M.B.A. degree from St. Louis University, and his J.D. degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. Mr. Garland is a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (Labor and Employment Law Section chair, 2007-08) and the Southern Illinois Bar Association.
RONALD S. LANGACKER is managing partner of Langacker Law, Ltd., a firm which concentrates on employment and labor law, and other areas of civil litigation in state and federal courts. He is a member of the Illinois State, Federal, Chicago and Champaign County bar associations; and the State Bar of Wisconsin. Mr. Langacker is admitted to practice in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. He earned his B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his J.D. degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.
ANDREW J. MARTONE is a principal with the firm of Hesse Martone, P.C. He concentrates in the practice of labor and employment law, with a background in industry and human resources. Mr. Martone routinely handles matters before the National Labor Relations Board; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, California and Illinois Human Rights commissions; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and various other state and federal courts. He has defended and advised clients in labor and employment matters in 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, and Puerto Rico. Mr. Martone has extensive experience in opposing union organizing campaigns, union decertification, negotiating labor agreements, and arbitrating contract grievances, as well as in all aspects of contest of and compliance with federal and state discrimination, workplace safety and employment laws. He has been named as nationwide lead defense counsel for employment matters for several publicly traded companies. The Labor Relations Institute recently named him as one of the Top 100 Labor Attorneys in America. The award is based on an objective evaluation of case results, and places Mr. Martone in the top 1% of all labor attorneys nationwide. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Rockhurst College; and his J.D. degree, Order of the Coif, from Washington University. He is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois.