I am an attorney at Snell and Wilmer L.L.P. in Phoenix, Arizona. I am licensed in Arizona and have experience in employment and commercial litigation, employment counseling/advice, and internal investigations. My litigation practice includes representing companies in a broad range of employment law matters at the administrative, state and federal levels, including claims of workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. I have provided representation for claims brought pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), Civil Rights Act of 1866 (Section 1981), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Equal Pay Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the Arizona Employment Protection Act.
In addition to my litigation practice, I routinely advise and counsel employers regarding employee hiring, discipline, leave and termination; reductions in force; personnel policies and handbooks; noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements; employment contracts and best employment practices.
I also assist clients with complex internal investigations. I have been involved in investigations into allegations of corporate misconduct, accounting fraud, executive improprieties and employment issues relating to private and publicly traded companies. My experience includes investigations that have been initiated at the direction of the company’s board of directors, at the insistence of the company’s auditors, and in order to cooperate with government regulators. I have been involved in all stages of the investigation, including the initial assessment and planning, interviews, electronic discovery, reporting, disclosures, compliance and remediation.
I am a Phoenix native and a graduate of the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. I was an Honor Scholar and graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.
I am honored that Employment and the Law was named the Top Labor and Employment Blog in the nation for 2011 by LexisNexis. So, what do I do in my free time? I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, and a member of the Editorial Board of Arizona Attorney Magazine. I am a baseball fan – the 1989 Oakland A’s hold a special place in my heart – and my three years in Nashville only added to my love of listening to live country music. The best of my free time is spent with my husband and son. I also have two brilliant yorkshire terriers (well, they know their names and can play fetch).