Employment Law Daily Advisory Board
The Employment Law Daily Advisory Board is an exclusive board of distinguished members of the labor and employment law community. The Advisory Board was formed in support of Employment Law Daily, a superior daily labor and employment law news and case update service, offering daily emails, access to an online searchable database and breaking news alerts.
Employment Law Daily Advisory Board Members:
The Chris Bourgeacq Law Firm, PC
Founder and owner of the firm, Chris has practiced law for almost 30 years, including over 25 years at AT&T as in-house labor counsel. He now advises businesses, executives and senior managers on various issues arising under labor & employment law. Licensed in Texas, Missouri and Illinois, Chris has extensive workplace law experience, serving as lead attorney or in first-chair trial roles in hundreds of lawsuits, mediations, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. He also has briefed and argued several appeals in federal and state courts. Chris represents management in collective bargaining, drafts labor agreements, and defends clients in labor disputes arising from those agreements. He also handles unfair labor practice charges and representation petitions filed at the NLRB across the country and routinely practices before the many alphabet soup agencies that deal with workplace issues, such as the EEOC, DOL, TWC, OFCCP, and OSHA. Chris is equally experienced drafting and reviewing employer handbooks, policies, and procedures with an eye toward making them comprehensive and understandable. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on workplace law and trains HR professionals, managers, and other employees in this area.
Brooke joined Adams and Reese in 1992 and is a senior member of the Labor and Employment team. Hired to build the labor and employment practice of the firm, Brooke helped it grow into the 30-plus lawyer team practicing in that area today. He also co-chairs the firm’s New Business Acceptance Committee and serves as one of the firm’s labor and employment lawyers for in-house matters. Focusing his practice on labor and employment law, Brooke works exclusively on behalf of employers and has expertise in union avoidance and union relations. He represents employers in many fields including universities, hospitals, trucking companies, shipyards, restaurants, convention and trade show contractors, manufacturers, insurance brokers and nonprofit organizations.
Richard is a partner with over 31 years experience in litigation, mediation and arbitration. He is the Practice Group leader for the law firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He has previously handled complex construction, business tort and criminal antitrust litigation. Richard handles all types of employment matters, representing management in both union and non-union settings. His specialties include noncompetition covenants, employee breach of fiduciary duty claims, Sarbanes-Oxley workplace claims, individual and class actions involving Title VII sex discrimination, religious discrimination and race discrimination claims, age discrimination claims (ADEA), retaliation claims, Sections 1981, 1983 civil rights and public accommodation claims, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), workplace safety (OSHA) and disability discrimination claims (ADA).
David is the Vice President, Corporate Counsel – Labor and Employment Law, for The GEO Group. The GEO Group is a leader in the delivery of correctional, detention, and community reentry services with facilities located in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa. Prior to joining GEO, David spent 16 years as the Director of Employment Law for Publix Super Markets (a Fortune 100 company with over $27 Billion in sales and over 150,000 employees) and practiced labor and employment law with the law firm of Ford & Harrison, LLP. David is a graduate of The University of Florida Law School and the University of Akron (majoring in accounting) and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Florida Bar.
Eric Meyer, Partner
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Eric B. Meyer is a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm of Dilworth Paxson LLP. Eric is Chair of the firm’s #SocialMedia Practice Group and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group. He also publishes The Employer Handbook (www.TheEmployerHandbook.com
), which the ABA Journal recognizes as a top labor and employment law blog. In addition to being a frequent lecturer around the country, among other outlets, Meyer has been quoted in ABCNews.com, NBCSports.com, AMEX’s Small Business Open Forum, Inc. Magazine, Business Insurance, Entrepreneur, Mashable.com, The Wall Street Journal, and the British tabloids. Eric also serves as a volunteer mediator for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. You can e-mail Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter (@Eric_B_Meyer).
Stephanie Adler-Paindiris is a Principal and Office Litigation Manager for the Orlando, Florida, office of Jackson Lewis. She is Co-Leader of the firm’s Class Actions and Complex Litigation practice group. Her practice focuses exclusively on the representation of employers at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts, as well as proceedings before administrative judges and agencies. Stephanie is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and a Co-Chair of its Women’s Interest Network, or WIN, working with the firm’s women attorneys and clients to increase diversity and inclusion efforts. She earned her JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and is admitted to practice in Florida, New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ann Margaret Pointer is a partner in the Atlanta office of the national labor and employment law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP where for more than 30 years she has represented management in a broad range of labor relations matters. She represents clients on issues and in cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act, WARN, the H-2A and H-2B visa programs, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, federal and state employment and discrimination laws, and many others. She is experienced in collective bargaining negotiations and works with clients under threat of expensive class and collective action lawsuits. She has taught pretrial litigation as an adjunct professor at the Emory University Law School for more than 10 years. She frequently lectures in continuing legal education programs and earned her law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law. Ann Margaret has earned numerous honors including: Atlanta Woman’s
“Legal Eagles” and listings in The Legal 500
for her knowledge of agricultural law, Georgia Super Lawyers The Best Lawyers in America
and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers
.. She is also “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
W.V. Bernie Siebert is partner in the Denver office of Sherman & Howard, where he practices labor and employment law, exclusively representing management. He is past Management Co-Chair of the ABA’s Developing Labor Law Committee. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America,
Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal for Labour and Employment, has been named one of Colorado’s Super Lawyer
s, was inducted into The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a Fellow in 1996 and is currently serving on its Board Of Governors. He is also a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America and its Wage-Hour Defense Institute. He has had published a number of articles in such publications as The Labor Lawyer, CCH Labor Law Journal
and The College of Labor and Employment Newsletter
. He is currently the Chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law
(formerly The Labor Lawyer
). Additionally he has been a contributing editor, assistant editor, editor and Editor-in-Chief of the treatise The Developing Labor Law
David Wachtel, Partner
Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, PLCC, Washington, D.C.
David Wachtel joined Trister Ross on February 1, 2016 after practicing employment law for employees in Washington, D.C. since 1993. Mr. Wachtel’s work includes trial court and administrative litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He has successfully represented employees with claims of race, sex, age, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, violation of civil service rights, interference with FMLA rights, and retaliation on the basis of whistleblower activity in the nuclear, aviation, defense, and finance industries. At Trister Ross, he also provides compliance advice to non-profits and other organizations the firm represents. Washingtonian Magazine named Mr. Wachtel among the top lawyers in Washington in every survey between 2004 and 2013. He has also been listed consistently in Best Lawyers®
and Super Lawyers.®
He is one of the most-reviewed employment lawyers in Washington, DC and past clients have given him a five star rating.
Keith Watts, Managing Shareholder
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Costa Mesa, California
Keith is a managing and a founding shareholder of the Ogletree Deakins Orange County office. Keith practices exclusively labor and employment law and has handled a wide variety of matters, including sexual harassment, age discrimination, disability and wrongful termination claims. Keith’s employment law practice focuses heavily on the “prevention side” of employment claims and positioning problem employment situations for the best possible defense, including complicated reductions-in-force terminations. He regularly advises employers regarding effective methods to avoid employment-related claims, including the use of effective employment contracts and severance agreements, implementation of up-to-date company policies and procedures, providing manager training on “best practices,” and giving day-to-day, practical advice on pressing employment issues, such as wage-hour compliance and the management and termination of “problem employees.” He is also “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.