Mona M. Stone represents both public and private entities throughout the country, ranging from small businesses to multibillion-dollar companies. Serving as corporate in-house counsel early in her career exposed Mona to a vast array of business legal issues. Drawing on that experience, her broad litigation and ADR skills have resulted in the resolution of major disputes:
•Strategically partners with clients to deliver efficient claims handling to advance business goals.
•More than 15 years of experience managing general independent caseload for global companies.
•Directed critical internal and external client investigations and communicated findings to executive management teams in response to employee grievances and formal charges, including intellectual property and data privacy issues.
•Initiated client compliance programs and mitigated legal costs.
•Advises employers with respect to lawful background checks, risks and rewards of social media, and emerging technology issues.
•Anticipates and counsels clients on issues relating to proactive risk management, regulatory and compliance issues, licensing, and eDiscovery.
•Regularly handles labor disputes and represents corporate and individual clients, with successful defense track record at administrative hearings, arbitrations, mediations and trial.
•Routinely defends employers against discrimination charges and appears before administrative agencies, including the EEOC and DOL.
•Counsels clients on employment agreements, including non-compete and non-disclosure terms.
•Drafts, interprets, and litigates various corporate and service contracts.
•Performed assessment of FCPA compliance unit for multinational public corporation.
•Advised on third party intermediary due diligence for FCPA compliance purposes and conducted FCPA and compliance counseling in India forFortune50 corporation.
•Published author of four books and frequent speaker, having written and presented on many topics involving best practices for employers, contract/policy drafting and enforcement, legal career management topics, and diversity issues.
Areas of Concentration
•Business and commercial litigation
•Labor and employment
•Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and anti-bribery and corruption enforcement
•Insurance defense and insurance coverage
Awards & Recognition
•Team Member, aLaw360Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 & 2013
•Appointed, Committee on Women and the Law, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008-2010
•Listed,Chicago Daily Law Bulletin,Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch, 2008
•Rated, AV Preeminent 4.6 out of 5AV , BV , AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
•Author, You May Love Your Job, But What About Your Co-Worker?Arizona Business Magazine, February 2014
•Author, Memo to Law Firms: How to Better Recruit and Retain South Asian American Lawyers,IILP Review 2013: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession, July 2013
•Author, Lead 'Her' Ship,ATHENA International Monthly Newsletter, May 2012
•Author, Asian American Lawyers: Differences Abound,IILP Review 2011: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession, September 2011
•Author, Drafting an Employee Handbook, What You Need to Know , Boston: Aspatore Books, a division of Thomson Reuters, 2011
•Author, Responding to EEOC Investigations: What Employers Need to Know , Boston: Aspatore Books, a division of Thomson Reuters, 2011
•Author, Future Performance: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Law , Boston: Aspatore Books, a division of Thomson Reuters, 2009
•Author, Securing Adequate Protections in Employment Contracts: Understanding Your Client's Objectives and Concerns, Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements: Leading Lawyers on Terms of Employment, Restrictive Covenants, Termination Provisions, and Other Key Elements (Inside the Minds) , Boston: Aspatore Books, a division of Thomson Reuters, 2008
•Speaker, The FCPA and Ethics ... Think You're Not at Risk? Think Again! Arizona Association of Corporate Counsel, Phoenix, AZ, May 2014
•Speaker, Women Advancing in the Law Panel, ASU Women Law Students' Association, Tempe, AZ, January 2014
•Speaker, Memo to Law Firms: How to Better Recruit and Retain South Asian American Lawyers, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession Symposia in Dallas, October 2013
•Speaker, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Employer Aid 2013: A Year in Review and a Look Forward, Greenberg Traurig's 13th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Phoenix, AZ, October 2013
•Speaker, Social Media, Employer Aid: 2013: A Year in Review and a Look Forward, Greenberg Traurig's 13th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Phoenix, AZ, October 2013
•Speaker, Hot Opinions Impacting In-House Counsel, Arizona Association of Corporate Counsel, Phoenix, AZ, November 2012
•Speaker, 525,600 Minutes (But How Much Do I Have to Pay In Overtime for That?) Greenberg Traurig's 12th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar (GT on Broadway), Phoenix, AZ, October 2012
•Speaker, Employment Law from A to Z: A Few of Our Favorite Things, Greenberg Traurig's 12th Annual Labor and Employment Seminar (GT on Broadway), Phoenix, AZ, October 2012
•Speaker, The ADA and the EEOC: An SOS for Employers, SHRM Annual Conference, August 2012
•Speaker, Future Performance: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Law, GT Firm-wide Summer Associate Orientation, June 2012
•Speaker, Labor and Employment Law Panel: Social Media and Background Checks, NASABA Annual Convention, June 2012
•Speaker, Beyond Behavioral Interviewing: How to Hire the Best! Arizona Department of Administration, May 2012
•Speaker, Ethical Issues Facing In-House Counsel, Arizona Association of Corporate Counsel, April 2012
•Speaker, Smart Strategies for EEOC Charge Handling, Arizona Affirmative Action Association, April 2012
•Instructor, Introduction to the Legal Profession course, Bradley University, March 2012
•Speaker, Friend Me... Or Better Not: The Judiciary's Dilemma with Social Media, CLE presentation to McDonald's Corporation, March 2012
•Speaker, Tips for Succeeding in the Practice of Law in Any Organization, Arizona State Bar Leadership Institute, March 2012
•Speaker, Doctor's Orders: Conduct Legal Background Checks, Greenberg Traurig Labor and Employment Seminar, October 2011
•Speaker, Asian American Lawyers: Differences Abound, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession Symposia in San Francisco and Seattle, September 2011
•Speaker, Beyond Behavioral Interviewing: How to Hire the Best! Arizona SHRM State Conference, September 2011
•Speaker, Legal Background Checks, 2011 U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Phoenix Technical Assistance Seminar, August 2011
•Speaker, Arizona Fair Pay Event, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, May 2011
•Speaker, Medical Marijuana: What Arizona Employers Need To Know, Greenberg Traurig Client Briefing, April 2011
•Speaker, Tips for Succeeding in the Practice of Law in Any Organization, Arizona State Bar Leadership Institute, March 2011
•Speaker, CFO v. Human Resources, Arizona SHRM State Employment Law and Legislative Conference, March 2011
•Speaker, Smart Strategies for EEOC Charge Handling, State Bar of Arizona, February 2011
•Speaker, Future Performance: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Law, Connect, Listen and Learn Author Lecture Series, Nationwide Teleconference Presentation to National Association of Women Lawyers, May 2010
•Speaker, Independent Contractor Risks and Rewards, Midwest Minority In-House Counsel Group Presentation, May 2010
•Speaker, Making the Most of Your Summer Experience, Successful Summer Attorney Series, Northwestern University School of Law, April 2010
•Speaker, Future Performance: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Law, Bradley University Pre-Law Center, February 2010
•Speaker, Future Performance: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Law, Washington University School of Law Career Exploration and Development Presentation, January 2010
•Speaker, Future Performance: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Law, Indian American Bar Association, November 2009
•Panelist, Private Law Firm Practice, Asian American Bar Association Law Student Forum, October 2009
•Speaker, Independent Contractors v. Employees - Risks and Rewards, Preventing and Solving Today's Employment Law Problems Annual Labor & Employment Conference, October 2009
•Panelist, Middle School Law Camp - Life as a Lawyer, Just the Beginning Foundation, August 2009
•Speaker, Life as a Lawyer, Just the Beginning Foundation - Middle School Law Camp, August 2009
•Speaker, Working with Partners and Senior Colleagues Presentation, Backpack to Briefcase Signature Program, National Association of Women Lawyers and North American South Asian Bar Association, April 2009
•Speaker, Legal Practice in the Chicago Market, Washington University School of Law Career Services Presentation, February 2009
•Speaker, Issues Facing Minority Attorneys, Washington University School of Law Career Services Programs, February 2009
•Speaker, Diversity in the Workplace, Preventing and Solving Today's Employment Law Problems - Annual Labor & Employment Seminar Workshop Presentation, October 2008
•Speaker, A Career By Design: Career Planning for South Asian Women Attorneys, Women's Professional Development Presentation, North American South Asian Bar Association, June 2008
•Speaker, Private Law Firm Practice, 10th Annual North American South Asian Law Students Association Conference, February 2008
•Speaker, Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession, 9th Annual North American South Asian Law Students Association Conference, February 2007
Associated News & Events
09.25.13 Greenberg Traurig Expands Phoenix Labor Practice
09.14.12 Greenberg Traurig Gains Momentum in its Global Labor and Employment Practice
12.23.11 Greenberg Traurig's Labor and Employment Practice Recognized Among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year
11.02.11 Greenberg Traurig Attorney Mona Mehta Stone Publishes Her Fourth Book, 'Drafting an Employee Handbook: What You Need to Know'
01.20.11 Greenberg Traurig Attorney Mona Mehta Stone Publishes Insightful Book Titled 'Responding to an EEOC Charge: What You Need to Know'
12.28.10 Greenberg Traurig Expands its Phoenix Office with the Addition of Mona Mehta Stone
01.11.11 Employers Beware: Credit Checks May Expose You to Unwanted Discrimination Claims