With more than 20 years' experience representing employers and executives, Christie Newkirk focuses on:
Litigation: Representing employers in administrative proceedings and litigation of employment law claims, evaluating cases early, finding early resolution opportunities, and zealously advocating when resolution is not the best choice.
Counseling: Providing on-demand employment law advice to employers with HR problems large and small. This includes discipline and terminations in high-risk scenarios (i.e., sexual harassment and assault cases, C-Suite misconduct, etc.); complicated leaves of absences governed by the FMLA, ADA and workers' compensation laws; reductions in force, including evaluating the legal risks of the proposed reductions, preparing necessary communications and severance agreements, and coordinating with outside consultants, such as PR firms; protection of confidential information and client relationships through confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements; proper classification of workers (e.g., exempt or non-exempt, contractor or employee); and general preventative advice and counseling.
Investigations: Conducting confidential (often privileged) investigations of employee complaints. In this role, Christie serves as an objective fact-finder for the employer. Her goal is to provide all relevant facts through an efficient inquiry, allowing the client to better evaluate the appropriate response to a complaint.
Training: Conducting a wide range of interactive compliance training on behalf of employers, using real-life examples.
Executives: Christie also represents C-suite executives in the evaluation and negotiation of employment agreements, non-competition, non-solicitation and severance agreements and responding to allegations and investigations of misconduct.
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