Legal Summit

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Thursday, October 14th 8:15am – 10:15am


Spend the morning learning from industry experts on a wide variety of topics updating you on the latest Legal Updates, Strategies, and Issues Surrounding the Litigious Employee Environment.

Andrey T. Tomkiw
Dinsmore

Andrey focuses his practice on representing employers in labor and employment law cases, as well as in business matters. He concentrates much of his practice on assisting human resource professionals tasked with drafting and implementing policies to be fully compliant with the permutations of the ADA, FLSA and FMLA.

He counsels clients in a practical manner on how to best address the various workplace issues that arise on a daily basis, including sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, disability claims and requests for accommodations, substance abuse, and workplace violence. He also works with unionized clients on addressing unfair labor practice charges, implementing creative collective bargaining strategies and pension withdrawal liability.

Andrey has considerable litigation experience, including wage and hour class actions, enforcement of restrictive covenants, defense of all employment claims, and creative resolutions to shareholder disputes. He has represented clients before many state and federal agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, MDCR, UA, MiOSHA, MERC, OFCCP, the Wage & Hour Division of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

James M. Reid, IV
Dinsmore

Whether it's representing clients or playing a game of chess with family, James goes all in strategizing and preparing for possible challenges facing his clients today and months, even years, in the future.

He counsels business owners, serial entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and human resources directors to make strategic business decisions, from hiring to firing, while complying with the ever changing and overlapping laws, including the ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, and Title VII. He brings a business and proactive approach to legal matters to help employers make strategic business decisions to minimize the potential for litigation and business disruption.

Clients appreciate James' hands on approach and his ability to learn businesses and tailor his counsel to meet each client's specific needs. Because he puts his name and reputation on every product and decision, he delivers advice to his clients in a no-nonsense fashion, which enables them to make the best decisions with clear and concise guidance.

When litigation becomes necessary, he enforces restrictive covenants and defends employers against charges filed with the EEOC, state, and federal agencies. James regularly conducts audits and investigations into employers' wage and hour practices and claims of discrimination and harassment. He provides training and prepares employment documents, including employee handbooks, employment agreements, and separation agreements, to cover all aspects during the life cycle of an employee.

Giving 100 percent to everything he does, James is a renowned keynote and national speaker at conferences and events, including the American Payroll Association, SHRM, and HR Day.

Tom Cedoz
Dinsmore

Tom’s practice focuses on representing businesses, business owners, executives, and other individuals in business and employment lawsuits in state and federal courts. He prides himself on taking the time to learn his clients’ products, services, and cultures and providing the best advice for their stakeholders. In his practice, Tom leverages his business background to develop legal strategies that focus on how best to achieve his clients’ goals in a cost effective manner.

As a pragmatic and proactive litigator, Tom possesses extensive experience defending employers in complex workforce disputes, including harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, theft of trade secrets, and tortious interference claims. He also represents business owners in a wide range of commercial and tort disputes. Along with this experience, Tom has represented clients in commercial and labor arbitrations, as well as other alternative dispute resolution forums.

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