2021 Employment Law

Andrey T. Tomkiw

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

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.

Tammy R. Bennett

Tammy is an experienced employment attorney who focuses her practice on preventive strategies, Title VII compliance and equity, diversity, and inclusion training and consulting. She is also the chief equity and inclusion officer of the firm. In this key role, she serves as a trusted adviser to leadership in the design, implementation, and management of the firm’s equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and initiatives. She frequently conducts training, workshops, lectures, and keynote addresses on diversity and inclusion, gender equity, implicit bias, inclusive artificial intelligence, neurodiversity, inclusive and agile leadership, cultural competence, emotional intelligence and the multigenerational workplace, among other topics. She also provides inclusive leadership coaching.

Tammy consults with employers on designing strategic initiatives to curate equitable and inclusive workplace structures, cultures, and leaders, and on effectively navigating change management. She helps employers transform cultures by adopting equitable and inclusive practices and policies, unleashing hidden talent by managing implicit bias, and delivering innovative solutions and outcomes by maximizing unique talent. In addition to her equity, diversity, and inclusion services, she provides HR-legal compliance counseling and training, and conducts workplace investigations.

She is a self-described “sociologist with a law degree.” Before attending law school, Tammy earned a Master’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Race, Class and Gender and Work, Labor and Organizations. Her research focused on both qualitative and quantitative analyses of the workplace experiences of racial and ethnic minorities, women, and LGBTQ workers. She leverages her academic knowledge of human behavior to provide practical advice and strategic counsel to resolve issues in the workplace.

Before joining Dinsmore, Tammy practiced as in-house counsel for a national retailer, where she provided advice regarding various company-wide programs and initiatives, including its mandatory arbitration, web-based recruitment, and pay practices programs. She appeared before administrative agencies for hearings and mediations and provided counsel regarding associate relations matters, diversity and inclusion strategies, workplace investigations, and talent management programs, among other responsibilities.

Zoey A. Mayhew

Zoey’s practice focuses primarily on employment law. She also counsels business clients on issues including entity formation, corporate agreements, and contracts. She works closely with corporations and businesses to find ways to prevent and handle claims of discrimination, harassment, and other potential conflicts, ensuring clients are in compliance with state and federal guidelines.

She graduated from Michigan State University College of Law, summa cum laude. While in law school, she was a Dean Charles H. King Scholar, an exclusive scholarship program for the top 20 students in each graduating class. Zoey also served as a notes editor for the Michigan State Law Review, and her student note, Reforming Direct Evaluation of Court-Mandated Parenting Classes, was published in the Michigan State Law Review in 2016. She was awarded the Jurisprudence Achievement Award in the following subject areas: Negotiation, Matrimonial Practice, American Legal History, and Advanced Legal Research. In 2016, she was awarded the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society's Award for the Best Legal History Paper. She was also awarded the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Scholarship in 2017. Zoey also gained experience as an intern at the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division.

Johner T. Wilson III

J.T. focuses his practice on labor and employment law and leads the Labor and Employment team in Chicago. His experience includes litigating claims of private and public companies involving employment and other business related counseling and litigation. As lead trial counsel, he has practiced before the U.S. district courts, circuit courts of Illinois, and federal and state administrative agencies across the nation. J.T. also provides practical advice and counsel on a variety of complex business operation and employment initiatives.

Chase A. Tweel

Chase’s practice focuses on the design, implementation, and administration of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. He also advises on equity- and cash-based incentive compensation arrangements, severance policies, and employment and separation agreements for individual executives.

He regularly reviews and drafts plan documents, amendments, SPDs, notices, forms, and administrative procedures, as well as board resolutions, committee charters, and other governance-related documents. His clients have included publicly-traded employers, privately-held businesses, multiemployer plans, governmental plans, and service providers. He counsels sponsors of ERISA-covered plans about their fiduciary duties with respect to plan governance structures, benefit claims and appeals, participant communications, selection and monitoring of plan service providers, and legal issues related to the investment of plan assets. He represents plan sponsors in matters involving the IRS, DOL, and PBGC, including plan audits and correction programs. He assists companies with due diligence and employee benefits issues that arise in corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and bankruptcies.

Prior to joining Dinsmore, Chase was an associate in the ERISA/Employee Benefits practice group of a large law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. He previously worked as a compliance consultant for a registered investment adviser in the retirement plan industry.

Faith C. Whittaker

Faith has experience guiding clients through issues that arise in the workplace. She serves as chair of the firm’s employment practice group and handles employment-related litigation for her clients, who range from local businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Understanding each client has different tolerances and objectives in dealing with employment matters, Faith is passionate about learning her clients' industries and gaining insight into their operations. While prepared to vigorously proceed through litigation, she teams with her clients to conduct a thorough evaluation of the case, examining the risks and options, before crafting a unique strategy that meets their needs. She works with in-house counsel and legal departments, as well as human resources officials and company executives, to analyze each matter and chart the best course toward a resolution. Faith handles litigation relating to all facets of employment law, including, but not limited to, discrimination claims, retaliation claims, wrongful discharge claims, class and collective actions, claims relating to background checks, wage and hour claims, noncompetition issues, and common law tort claims. She also has extensive experience in negotiating settlements.

Faith understands labor and employment law is constantly evolving, and she teams with clients to offer proactive counsel, including conducting training programs and drafting employee policies and procedures to ensure compliance. Her experience with companies and organizations enables her to provide counsel that mitigates her clients' risk, while also allowing their business to effectively operate. She conducts training for her clients related to a variety of issues, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, The Fair Credit Reporting Act, and other state and federal employment statutes and regulations. Faith has experience litigating in several different jurisdictions, which helps strengthen her ability to guide clients in compliance with the law.

A respected leader within the firm, Faith serves as Dinsmore’s social chair, a member of the business development committee, is former chair of the firm’s United Way campaign, and is the founder and chair of the Cincinnati Women’s Initiative.

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