American Chamber of Commerce Resources
Helping you build a better workplace


For more than 25 years, ACCR has worked with State Chambers of Commerce and Associations of Business and Industry across the country. Our goal is to provide employers and HR professionals with the resources they need to stay in compliance with the rapidly changing world of employment laws and regulations. Our manuals tell you:

  • what to do
  • how to do it
  • and a little bit of why.

No legalese, no endless strings of case citations…our guidebooks simply get you the answers you need, so that you can get back to business.

If seeing is believing, come explore our Publications section and READ A CHAPTER from a book written specifically for your state.

OUR HISTORY

In the early 1980’s, Dick Apland, the godfather of ACCR, worked for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He found the Chamber struggling as they attempted to sustain themselves on member dues alone. He then came up with a few ideas for non-dues programs – which today we call the affinity programs.

After offering programs like deals on rental cars, seminars, insurance, and human resources books, the Illinois Chamber started to see their revenue increase, which further financed the ways they could support their members. Other Chambers saw the growing success of the Illinois Chamber and its member’s businesses and Dick Apland became the Johnny Appleseed of non-dues income, spreading the word by visiting Chambers across the country and showing them how he’d planted success with the affinity programs.

These programs wouldn’t run themselves and many Chambers found they didn’t have the manpower to implement and market the programs. So Dick started a company, Apland + Associates, that made the affinity programs available on a turn-key basis. Now the Chambers could still provide access to money-saving programs without having to add any staff.

Dick also saw the need for adding new staff. Within a few years, he would have a family-run business, as his two sons, Brad and Scott, and two daughters, Kari and Kelly, joined the team. Although the affinity programs were up and running well, they soon discovered that their best asset was the plain-English library of human resources books.

In 1999, Dick turned the company over to his two sons. By that time, they had worked with more than 40 of the State Chambers/Associations. This achievement drew the attention of HR Comply and the business was purchased in January of 2000.

Then, in 2004, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce contacted Brad and Scott, asking them to help with the Chamber’s human resources publishing operation. The wheels were oiled and American Chamber of Commerce Resources was started. Two years later, Brad and Scott weren’t the only two employees – they quickly grew to support more than 15 employees, and the company continues to expand.

After more than 25 years, ACCR maintains Dick Apland’s goal to assist Chambers of Commerce, employers, and human resources professionals across the country. With the constantly evolving landscape of labor and employment law, our books have taken top priority as we continue to help employers and HR professionals stay in compliance with laws and regulations. To this day, there remains no other company that serves Chamber of Commerces in their search for non-dues revenue programs like ACCR.

Amanda S. Smith

    Amanda’s unusual path to becoming a labor and employment attorney began with earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in neuroscience at Allegheny College and Kent State University, respectively.  After determining that a career in science ultimately was not for her, she took a job as a legal assistant following her graduate studies, and immediately fell in love with law.

    That first position at a plaintiff’s side labor and employment firm quickly evolved into enrolling in classes at the University of Akron School of Law, where she eventually earned her juris doctor degree, summa cum laude.

    Her experience to-date as a management-side labor and employment attorney has led to some lively discussions at the dinner table back home with her father (a police chief) and mother (a former union president).  Amanda has found the work to be both fascinating and fulfilling.  She represents employers in many types of labor and employment matters, including charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission and other state fair employment practice agencies.  She also counsels employers on litigation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution matters, as well as wage/hour compliance, performance and leave management, discipline, and workplace policies.

    OTHER PERSONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND INTERESTS

    Amanda is a native of Falconer, N.Y., near Chautauqua Lake.  She and her husband, Brian, recently welcomed their first child, a son.  Amanda likes to stay active and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, friends and two rescue dogs.  She enjoys running half marathons and recently took up golf at the urging of her husband. 

    The Akron resident and her husband are self-proclaimed foodies who can often be found sampling the fare at various Northeast Ohio dining establishments.

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Andrew Cripe

    Andy Cripe focuses on supporting management, human resources and in-house legal teams with all aspects of workforce management. Clients also look to Andy for general counsel in connection with commercial transactions and disputes, including enterprise-wide contract and risk management. Andy’s employment law practice includes representing employers in lawsuits involving:

    • Class actions
    • Harassment and discrimination claims
    • The Fair Labor Standards Act
    • The Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Enforcement of restrictive covenants

    He regularly counsels employers and provides manager and employee training to minimize potential employment liabilities and ensure compliance with the many state and federal laws governing the workplace. He also assists employers with international employment issues such as cross-border employment and severance agreements. His traditional labor law practice includes representing management in unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining, mass layoffs and plant closings.

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C. John Wentzell, Jr.

    C. John Wentzell, Jr., editor of this Guide, practices in the areas of employee benefits law and taxation. Mr. Wentzell received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2003. During law school, Mr. Wentzell served as a member of the ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal. In 2004, Mr. Wentzell graduated from the New York University School of Law with an LL.M. in Taxation. His practice focuses on employee benefits law, ERISA and taxation, representing employers in the areas of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation, health and welfare plans, fringe benefits, and compliance with other federal laws relating to employee benefits matters.

     

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Dawn M. Amos

    Ms. Amos is an Associate in the Denver office. She has litigated single plaintiff and class action suits, and has experience with a variety of employment litigation matters, including wage and hour and discrimination litigation. Ms. Amos has litigated cases in both state and federal courts, as well as arbitration forums.

    Ms. Amos received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Ms. Amos practiced litigation in California.

     

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Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.

    Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. Mr. Foulke currently serves as co-chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group in its Atlanta, Georgia office. His practice includes workplace safety compliance and strategic safety planning, whistleblower compliance and litigation involving the 22 whistleblower statutes handled by OSHA, defense of employers in responding to workplace health and safety cases including OSHA citations and providing advice and assistance to employers in responding to workplace fatalities and catastrophic accidents and in legislative and regulatory matters. Mr. Foulke has represented employers in thousands of OSHA inspections and OSHA citation contests.

    Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Mr. Foulke served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, having been named to this position by President George W. Bush in September 2005. As head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mr. Foulke oversaw a staff of more than 2,200 safety and health professionals, whistleblower investigators and support personnel. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history.

    Nominated by President George H. W. Bush, Mr. Foulke served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1990 to 1995, chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994. The three-member Commission is an independent federal adjudicatory agency that renders legal decisions involving workplace safety and health citations arising from OSHA inspections. He is the only person in the United States to serve as the head of OSHA and the Chairman of the Review Commission.

    For approximately thirty (30) years, Mr. Foulke has worked in the labor and employment area, specializing in occupational safety and health issues, whistleblower compliance, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, and accident and fatality prevention. In 2010, 2011 and again in 2012-13 he was named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" by EHS Today magazine, and in 2008 he was named one of the "50 Most Influential EHS Leaders" in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine. Mr. Foulke is recognized as one of the nation's leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues.

    Mr. Foulke currently serves on safety committees for the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. He previously served on safety committees for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Human Resources (SHRM). Mr. Foulke is one of the most sought after speakers in the safety and health arena and has given thousands of speeches on the importance of safety to all employers. Mr. Foulke has authored numerous articles and books on workplace safety and health for various entities, including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, and the American Chamber of Commerce Resources.

    A native of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Mr. Foulke graduated from North Carolina State University (with honors) in 1974, earned his law degree from Loyola University in 1978 and a Master of Law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1993. He has served as an adjunct professor at New Orleans' St. Mary's Dominican College. Mr. Foulke was a high school and college All-American in swimming.

    Mr. Foulke is admitted to practice in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and the District of Columbia, and is admitted in the Fourth, Eleventh, and D.C. Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He is married to Wendy Smith Foulke from Hampton, S.C. Mr. Foulke can be contacted at (404) 231-1400 or at efoulke@laborlawyers.com.

     

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Ellisa H. Culp

    Ellisa H. Culp is a 1986 graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review. Her practice focuses on tax, reporting, and compliance matters involving qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, welfare benefit plans (including COBRA compliance issues), and fringe benefit arrangements. Ms. Culp served as a law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1992 to 1993.

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Eric D. Penkert

    Eric D. Penkert practices in the areas of employee benefits law and taxation. His practice includes counseling clients regarding qualified plans, fringe benefits, and compliance with ERISA and other federal laws relating to employee benefits matters. Mr. Penkert also assists plan sponsors in designing and drafting plans, provides them with regulatory compliance advice, and prepares and submits benefits-related filings to the Internal Revenue Service on their behalf. He received his law degree in 2010 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he also completed Vanderbilt University's Law and Business Certificate Program. In 2011, Mr. Penkert graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law with an LL.M. in Taxation.

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Frank L. Day, Jr.

    Frank Day devotes his practice to helping clients accomplish business objectives through employment law litigation and counseling. Frank has successfully represented national retailers, health care providers, and various other public and private employers in matters arising under Title VII, the ADA, FMLA, ADEA, USERRA, and various other federal and state statutes. He has extensive litigation experience in many different forums, and he has helped many clients prevail on summary judgment and at trial. Frank frequently serves as a faculty member at employment law seminars, and he has published articles in the ABA Employment Law Newsletter, the Tennessee Bar Journal, and the University of Memphis Law Review. He graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law with honors where he also received special recognition for his performance in moot court and mock trial competitions.

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Heather L. Marx

    Heather L. Marx is a Member of Cozen O'Connor, practicing within the firm's Commercial Litigation section. She applies her expertise in areas of complex business and commercial litigation to represent a variety of clients. Her practice includes the representation of corporate clients in employment and benefit disputes, international arbitrations, commercial transactions and litigation, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and real estate and leasing issues.

     

    Heather is involved in all aspects of litigation, from initial pleadings through discovery, motion practice, negotiated resolution, and trial. Her extensive litigation experience gives her perspective on how best to achieve her clients' goals in a cost-effective and positive manner, in even the most competitive of business environments and often before a dispute requires litigation. She has authored numerous articles detailing both litigation mechanics and emerging issues in litigation involving business clients.

     

    A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., Heather is admitted to practice within the State of Minnesota, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, the United States Bankruptcy Court for Minnesota, and the United States Court of International Trade. She has actively practiced since 2002.

     

    Heather is actively involved in many organizations within the legal community, including the American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and the Minnesota Women Lawyers Organization.

     

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Heidi K. Doescher

    Heidi Doescher is an associate in the firm's Denver office, where she represents employers in all areas of employment law. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Ms. Doescher clerked for the Honorable Alex J. Martinez on the Colorado Supreme Court.

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Doescher received her J.D. from the University of Denver, where she graduated as a member of the Order of St. Ives. During law school, she competed as an oralist on the Vis International Commercial Arbitration team and served as Training Editor for the Denver Journal for International Law and Policy. She also holds a B.F.A. from New York University, where she studied theatre and political science.

     

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Jason A. Rothman

    Jason Rothman is a member of the Ogletree Deakins employee benefits practice group. Mr. Rothman counsels publically traded companies, closely-held companies, and non-profit organizations on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law. He counsels them on qualified and nonqualified employee benefit plans, executive compensation plans, health and welfare plans, and employment and related agreements.

     

     

     

     

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Jeanne E. Floyd

    Jeanne is a member of the employee benefits and executive compensation group.  Jeanne focuses her practice on issues concerning health and welfare benefits, including Section 125 cafeteria plans, medical savings accounts (such as flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs)), and wellness programs. Jeanne also frequently advises clients with respect to COBRA and HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule compliance (such as electronic security, breach notification and business associate agreements) and Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance strategies.  

    Jeanne’s practice also includes working with public, private and tax exempt entities on all aspects of qualified retirement plans, including plan design, compliance, and administration issues related to defined benefit plans and all forms of defined contribution plans (including profit sharing, 401(k) and 403(b) plans).

    Jeanne earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of law in 2005.  She is admitted to practice in Virginia.

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Jennifer L. Sellers

    JENNIFER L. SELLERS is an attorney with The Cavanagh Law Firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Her practice focuses on employment and labor law. Ms. Sellers provides counseling to employers in both the transactional and litigation arenas of employment and labor law, including EEOC and ACRD matters. She offers advice on hiring, employment contracts, covenants not to compete, severance agreements, employee manuals, compensation, benefits and terminations. She also represents clients in a wide variety of employment litigation matters which involve the ADA, ADEA, Title VII, FLSA, FMLA, the Davis-Bacon Act and the NLRA. Ms. Sellers has particular experience in matters involving ERISA. Her employment and labor background, as well as her Master of Science in Taxation, allows her to advise clients on both the IRS rules and the U.S. Department of Labor rules that govern ERISA plans. Ms. Sellers is a frequent speaker on a number of employment law topics, including FMLA compliance, NLRA employer requirements, reduction in force planning, hiring and termination best practices, and employer obligations under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Her audiences include both business and legal professionals. Ms. Sellers is an active member of the Arizona legal community. She is member of both the Employment and Labor Section of the Arizona State Bar and the Employment Law Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association. For the Employment Law Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, Ms. Sellers currently serves on the Board of Directors. Ms. Sellers received her J.D. from St. Louis University in 2006. While at Saint Louis University, she was member of the school's National Moot Court Team, recipient of the Judge Robert G. Dowd, Sr. Award for Appellate Advocacy, and a faculty fellow for Joel K. Goldstein, Professor of Constitutional Law. Ms. Sellers earned a M.S. degree in Taxation from the University of Illinois in 2003. Ms. Sellers earned a B.B.A. degree in accounting and a B.A. degree in public policy, magna cum laude, with honors in business and liberal arts, from Southern Methodist University in 2002.

     

     

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Jessica D. Tsuda

    Jessica Tsuda has experience in labor and employment litigation. She enjoys litigation, especially helping clients through the process. She also likes counseling clients about their obligations under federal and state employment laws.

    Ms. Tsuda has experience in defending employers against single plaintiff lawsuits as well as collective and class actions. She has also represented employers in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") and helped employers during EEOC investigations. She has defended claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disability Act, Title VII, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

    Pro bono work is very important to Ms. Tsuda. Currently, her pro bono work focuses on immigration cases.

    Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Tsuda served as an appellate law clerk for the Honorable Richard L. Gabriel at the Colorado Court of Appeals.

    Before starting her legal career, she worked for three years with Wells Fargo Bank in a management training program.

     

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Jill S. Kirila

    Jill S. Kirila, partner, represents and counsels companies in all aspects of employment and other service provider relationships. She regularly represents companies in wage and hour collective actions and disputes in federal courts, where she utilizes a creative and aggressive early defense approach. She also has extensive multi-state litigation experience before federal and state courts and administrative agencies and counsels employers in all matters of employee issues. Ms. Kirila can be contacted at jill.kirila@squirepb.com.

     

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Karly B. Johnson

    Karly’s scholastic interests have always been vast. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University with the intention of pursuing a career in nuclear medicine technology; however, following her graduation, she instead sought a career that allowed her to integrate her primarily math and science based education with her philosophical and creative interests. After being given an opportunity to work closely with an intellectual property attorney in patent prosecution, her interest in the law was piqued. Within a mere six months, she was accepted to and began attending The University of Akron School of Law. A few years later, Karly graduated with a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude.

    During her legal studies, Karly worked in-house with general counsel at a Fortune 100 company. There, she was exposed to numerous labor and employment issues and came to realize her passion for the practice area. Consequently, she was eager to further her career in management-side labor and employment law and she joined the team at Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC.

    In her role at KWW, Karly works with employers on a wide array of labor and employment matters. On a day-to-day basis, Karly advises clients to ensure statutory compliance and limit potential legal liability. She collaborates with clients to revise employee handbooks and formulate other policies. She also counsels employers on wage/hour issues, ADA and FMLA compliance, and employee discipline/discharge. Karly assists clients when charges are made, such as those arising out of employment discrimination claims. This means guiding clients through alternative dispute resolution, administrative agency, or litigation processes.

    OTHER PERSONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND INTERESTS

    Karly is a Canfield High School graduate, and continues to reside in the Youngstown, Ohio area. As an only child, Karly remains very close to her family and shares much of her recreational time with them. In high school, Karly was a four-year letterman in golf and continues to enjoy the ever-challenging, yet still relaxing, sport. Karly also enjoys new experiences in dining and traveling, and she welcomes any suggestions or recommendations. Additionally, and often to her despair, Karly is an unwavering Cleveland sports fan, attending events whenever possible.

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Kenneth M. Haneline

    Ken began his career almost 30 years ago when the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was becoming effective.  At that time ERISA was only 12 years old.  Since then, Ken has developed a depth and breadth of experience in the employee benefits and taxation areas of the law that few other lawyers have achieved.

    Throughout his career, Ken has used the combination of his law background and certified public accountant experience to represent and counsel employers on complicated employee benefit matters.  He regularly represents clients in court, before the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. 

    Ken routinely guides employers in the designing and development of effective employee benefit plans, whether such plans involve qualified retirement and pension plans, non-qualified deferred compensation or executive supplemental retirement plans, and welfare benefit plans such as group health, life, disability and others. 

    Other Personal Background Information And Interests

    Ken and his wife, Mary Kay, raised five children, four boys and a girl, who are now working through college and getting married.  Mary Kay is a proficient artist and teacher.  While not working, you will most likely find Ken and Mary Kay sailing, whether on Lake Erie, Lake Michigan or the Caribbean.  In order to better understand the new challenges facing employers today, Ken is currently enrolled in Harvard’s Business School management program.

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Kristi Adair Zentner

    Kristi Adair Zentner is a Member of Cozen O'Connor and works primarily within Cozen's Business Law section. Kristi is a transactional attorney who represents clients in general business, employment law, commercial lending, e-commerce, real estate, and intellectual property matters.

    Within the business and corporate law arena, Kristi assists clients in their choice of entity considerations and entity formation. She also handles reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, and the preparation of various types of business agreements. She serves as outside general counsel for several corporate clients, and in that capacity, she serves as a daily contact for business management questions, including many facets of human resources issues. As a real estate lawyer, she assists clients in commercial purchase and sale transactions and in the preparation of common interest communities and homeowners' association governing documents. She is also involved in commercial lease negotiation and preparation. Additionally, in the area of intellectual property law, she has prepared and negotiated software agreements and license agreements, as well as prosecuted trademarks and copyrights.

     

     

    A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, Kristi practices primarily within the State of Minnesota. She has actively practiced in Minnesota since 1999.

     

     

    Kristi has been a featured speaker before both legal groups and her corporate clients, often instructing client management regarding employment law updates and implementation of improved employment practices.

     

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LaTanyia S. Walker

    LaTanyia Walker focuses her legal practice on the representation of employers in issues involving labor and employment law. Prior to joining FordHarrison, LaTanyia served as a Law Clerk for the Shelby County Government Attorney's Office. In this position, she drafted various legal documents and participated in union negotiations. As a Law Clerk for the Thirtieth Judicial District at Memphis Circuit Court Division V, LaTanyia made recommendations on motions and ensured compliance with procedural rules and regulations. LaTanyia also interned in the Legal Departments of two large, national non-profit organizations, where she gained experience handling a variety of labor and employment matters. During law school, LaTanyia served as the Notes Editor for the University of Memphis Law Review. She also received the Tennessee Supreme Court's Law Student for Justice Award, the Dean's Pro Bono Award, and was active in many student organizations including serving as the Director of Membership for the Southern Region Black Law Students Association. She is also a graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association's Diversity Leadership Institute. Currently, LaTanyia is the Continuing Legal Education Committee Chair for the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association. Read more

Leah M. Avey

    Leah Avey is an attorney with the Firm of Rubenstein & Pitts with emphasis and experience in Employment Law. Leah graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2007 where she received several CALI awards, was Research Editor of the OCU Law Review and a member of the OCU National Trial Competition Team. She is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, all federal courts in Oklahoma, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has published articles in The Oklahoma Bar Journal and The Oklahoma City University Law Review, and has made several presentations on behalf of the Oklahoma Bar Association on employment law topics.

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Matthew C. Cooper

    Matthew Cooper is an Associate in our Denver office, where he prepares cases for litigation and counsels employers on a wide array of employment matters. Mr. Cooper's primary practice areas are workplace safety and health, whistleblower and discrimination complaints, and employment litigation. In this regard, Mr. Cooper counsels and represents employers on an extensive range of regulatory compliance issues associated with mining and general occupational safety and health law (MSHA and OSHA). This practice includes pointed guidance with respect to inspections, investigations, accidents and crisis management, as well as a specialized focus on successfully responding to and preventing discrimination and whistleblower complaints in all forms. Mr. Cooper also has an in-depth understanding of international relations and international law, which allows him to effectively help employers navigate the increasingly globalized workplace.

     

     

     

    Mr. Cooper started his law career in Brussels, Belgium, where he earned a Master's degree in International Law and International Relations from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies. He then attended law school at the University of Denver, where he served as captain of the Jessup International Appellate team and as senior editor on the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. Prior to joining Ogletree in 2011, Mr. Cooper served as a law clerk at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he helped judges compose written judgments in genocide and war crimes cases. He also worked as an immigration law associate in Boulder, CO, assisting clients with naturalization issues, asylum claims, and employment-based visa applications. Most recently, Mr. Cooper was a trial attorney for the United States Department of Labor, where he litigated mine safety and health (MSHA) cases before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

     

    Mr. Cooper speaks French, Spanish, and German.

     

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Meghan E. Hill

    Meghan E. Hill, principal, represents companies in all aspects of employment matters and litigation. She has extensive experience in wage and hour law and has defended numerous collective and class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour law throughout the United States, including multidistrict litigation. She also counsels global and national companies regarding wage and hour and general employment law compliance. Ms. Hill can be contacted at meghan.hill@squirepb.com.

     

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Nancy Van der Veer Holt

    Nancy focuses her practice on the representation of management in both traditional labor and employment matters. She has defended employers in relation to discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination actions in both state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Nancy also assists federal contractors and subcontractors in understanding their affirmative action obligations under Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and VEVRAA, developing and drafting affirmative action programs (AAPs), and defending OFCCP audits and charges of discrimination.
      
    Nancy focuses her traditional labor practice on assisting airline clients in grievance resolution matters, including grievance arbitrations, and has represented management in union representation matters before the National Mediation Board (NMB). She also has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements for air carriers under the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and in representing airline clients in federal court proceedings, OFCCP audits and agency complaint investigations.

    Nancy counsels employers on a variety of issues, including employee terminations, drafting and negotiating employment and separation agreements, and Title VII, FMLA, FLSA, ADA and WARN Act compliance. She also drafts and reviews employee handbooks and policies, and has conducted workplace training sessions on sexual harassment prevention and LGBT law, policies and best practices.

    Prior to joining FordHarrison, Nancy was a litigation associate at an international general services firm. Her representation of clients was focused on labor and employment matters.

    After law school, Nancy served as a judicial law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Prior to law school, Nancy was a Teach for America corps member and taught sixth grade in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Nancy is a co-founder of Style Up, Inc., a non-profit that provides professional clothing to disadvantaged young adults who are actively employed or seeking employment. 

    Recent Experience 

    • Obtained a favorable decision in federal district court dismissing a claim brought by a former airline employee challenging an adverse arbitration decision.
    • Achieved favorable arbitration decision for an airline client upholding the grievant's termination for threatening co-workers.
    • Successfully negotiated favorable back wage and fringe benefit determination with the Department of Labor for a large government contractor client under the Davis Bacon Act.   
    • Prepared initial AAP for long term care client, facilitated implementation of AAP requirements, and successfully defended client during OFCCP audit.
    • Achieved favorable decisions in discrimination actions involving retaliation, race, sex, disability, sexual harassment and age discrimination claims.
    • Achieved favorable arbitration decision for a hospital system client in a grievance arbitration involving a dispute over the application of a "relatively equally qualified" clause contained in the collective bargaining agreement.

    Publications and Speaking Engagements

    • Author, An Employer's Guide to FMLA and ADA, American Chamber of Commerce Resources, forthcoming in spring/summer 2016. 
    • Editor, Corporate Restructuring Chapter, Ford & Harrison Sourcebook, 2016.
    • Webinar, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace: Understanding the law and creating meaningful policies and practices, Ford & Harrison, April 28, 2016.
    • Webinar, How to Conduct Bullet-Proof Internal Investigations, KPA, September 24, 2015.
    • Presenter, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression in the Workplace:  Understanding the law and creating meaningful policies and practices; Co-Presenter, Mental Health Issues in the Workplace, Regional Airline Association Conference, Charlotte, NC, August 2-4, 2015.
    • Webinar, Top Ten Tips to Navigating Summer Hiring and Managing Traps, KPA, May 28, 2015.
    • Editor, Religious and National Origin Discrimination Chapter, Ford & Harrison Sourcebook, 2013, 2014.
    • Presenter, "How to Get Rid of a Bad Apple": The Do's and Don'ts of Employee Discipline and Termination, Ford & Harrison Year-End Employment Law Workshop, Summit, NJ, December 5, 2013.
    • Employment Practices Liability Insurance: Are EPLI Policies a License to Discriminate? Or Are They A Necessary Reality Check For Employers?" Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, 2005.
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Patrick M. Curran, Jr.

    Patrick Curran advocates for and advises employers in nearly every area of labor and employment law. He has particular expertise in the litigation and arbitration of labor and employment disputes, and has represented employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in a broad range of matters including the alleged violation of non-solicitation, non-competition, and confidentiality agreements, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful termination, and violation of federal and state wage and hour, anti-discrimination, and anti-retaliation laws (including class and collective action lawsuits alleging violation of those laws). Mr. Curran also has extensive experience representing clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration, mediation, and agency conciliation, and counsels employers on a wide variety of employee relations issues, including non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, employee handbooks and policies, employment agreements, terminations, and compliance with federal and state employment laws.

    Mr. Curran is a member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and has served as Chair of the Chapter's Younger Lawyers Division. Mr. Curran has also served as a lecturer at the Boston University School of Law, where he taught a seminar on legal research and writing, and as a CLE seminar panelist on litigating employment law cases. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and, after law school, clerked for the Honorable Peter J. Messitte in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

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Peter J. Gillespie

    Peter J. Gillespie (pgillespie@laborlawyers.com) is of counsel to the Chicago office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. He represents and counsels management on a wide array of employment law-related issues, including covenants not to compete, wage and hour class actions, retaliation, workplace discrimination and harassment, hiring, promotion and dismissal decision-making, workplace privacy, electronic monitoring of employees, data retention, and statutory compliance. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a Primary Editor of the State and Local Tax Lawyer.

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Robbin Hutton

    Robbin Hutton has over 15 years of experience in a variety of practices, with 11 years exclusively devoted to employment and labor matters. She has successfully litigated numerous employment matters in both state and federal courts and achieved favorable results before numerous administrative boards and agencies in numerous states.

    Robbin works with clients in developing and implementing employment policies, as well as training on the major areas of employment and labor law. She has conducted training and seminars on various employment-related topics to include sexual harassment/discrimination, FMLA, FLSA, immigration issues, union issues, and ADA, as well as conducted many work-related investigations for clients, as well as HR audits for employers.

    Prior to joining FordHarrison, Robbin was Of Counsel in the Memphis office of a national labor and employment law firm where she worked the areas of employment and labor law, insurance defense, and civil litigation.

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Roger G. Trim

     

     

    Roger G. Trim's practice focuses exclusively on representing and counseling employers in a broad spectrum of employment matters including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and noncompete cases. Mr. Trim has successfully defended employers in litigation involving Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical and Leave Act and 42 U.S.C. 1981 claims. Mr. Trim has represented employers in single- and multi-plaintiff cases and has extensive experience in pattern and practice and class action litigation. He has successfully represented employers in numerous administrative proceedings before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the National Labor Relations Board and the United States Department of Labor.

     

     

     

     

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Scott Gilbert

    Scott Gilbert counsels his clients during critical moments of the employment relationship. Whether clients need to create a strategy related to a reduction in force, or understand the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Scott helps clients identify and evaluate risk factors in order to minimize liability.  Scott regularly advises clients on matters related to restrictive covenants from both the enforcement and defensive perspectives.  He also advises clients in all facets of employment litigation, from discrimination claims before the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, through the federal and state courts. Scott also represents employers in traditional labor disputes before the National Labor Relations Board, employee dismissal hearings and arbitrations, and wage and hour issues before the United States and Illinois Departments of Labor.

    Distinctions

    • Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment (Illinois), 2016 - 2017
    • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2013, 2015
    • Loyola University Chicago School of Law Adjunct Faculty
      • Advanced Writing for Civil Litigation, 2008-2013
      • Labor Law, 2010, 2013

    Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • American Health Lawyers Association
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Shennan Harris

    Shennan Harris helps employers solve – and prevent – problems through efficient, effective, personalized representation and counseling.

    Shennan excels at efficiently and effectively managing all aspects of the litigation process and thinking outside the box to resolve tough problems. She represents clients in all aspects of complex litigation and arbitration, including class actions and in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as helps employers resolve charges of discrimination and other disputes before administrative agencies.

    In addition to her dispute resolution work, Shennan counsels employers of all sizes regarding all aspects of federal, state and local employment law, including hiring, termination, wage and hour compliance, FMLA and ADA issues, federal contractor issues, and employee handbooks and policies. Shennan is well-versed on state and local employment laws, including paid sick leave laws, allowing her to provide guidance to employers with employees across the US. She also helps clients by reviewing, drafting and providing advice regarding all types of employment-related contracts.

    Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Shennan was a litigation associate in the Chicago office of a major international law firm for seven years.

    When she is not helping clients, Shennan serves on the Advisory Board of Pets Without Parents, a Columbus non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, is a member of the Federal Bar Association and Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and is a member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation’s 2016-17 Leadership Institute class.

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Stephen D. Parker

    Stephen Parker is an associate in the Denver Office's Immigration practice. He has experience with the business immigration needs of large multi-national employers. Mr. Parker has experience with complex nonimmigrant visa processing (H-1, L-1, TN, E-3) and immigrant visa related issues.

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Parker received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. He also hold a B.A. in Humanities from Biola University, graduating cum laude.

     

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Thomas Evan Green

    Thomas (Tom) Green is an OSBA-certified specialist in labor and employment law. He works with the full range of employers - private, public, non-profit, big, small and in between - counseling them in areas such as wage/hour law, employee discipline and dischare, disability and family and medical leave management, and collective bargaining agreement and employment policy administration. Tom also assists unionized employers with developing and executing sound labor relations practices, both at the bargaining table and behind the scenes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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Thomas M. Christina

    Thomas M. Christina advises employers on all aspects of employee benefit plan design and operation, and represents employers in benefits-related individual and class action litigation in courts throughout the United States. A 1980 graduate of the Harvard Law School, he is a member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. From 1987 through 1989, he served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and later as an Associate Deputy Attorney General, in the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Vance E. Drawdy

    Vance E. Drawdy counsels employers regarding disclosure, compliance, and claims-processing issues relating to all forms of employee benefit plans, and advises clients regarding the effects of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act on employee benefit plan design and operation. He also represents plan sponsors, plan administrators, and fiduciaries in litigation arising under ERISA in federal and state courts, and in proceedings before the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Drawdy is the co-author of the Compliance Manual for Health Information Privacy, and a 1992 graduate of the Washington & Lee University Law School.

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