Beyond litigation, Robert and his team advise and consult with employers on issues involving internal policies, non-competes, trade secrets, intellectual property, as well as best practices for social media usage and anti-discrimination and harassment training. Additionally, Robert and his team advise employers on all aspects of responding to wage and hour audits conducted by the Department of Labor and similar state agencies, as well as conducting self-audits to ensure proactive compliance. They also represents employers in response to NLRB complaints of unfair labor practices under the National Labor Relations Act, which applies to all workplaces regardless of union representation.
Robert also is well known for his legal prowess with homebuilders who tap his knowledge base and litigation experience in matters ranging from construction defect to employment issues. He is frequently sought out as a thought leader and speaks widely to industry groups about emerging trends and litigation practice pointers.
Robert is an invited speaker on topics including e-discovery litigation strategies and emerging employer liabilities, including under the Affordable Care Act, and has provided detailed advice to liability carriers and employer groups on the impacts of Sections 1557 and 1558 of that Act. In addition, Robert is a requested contributor to leading legal journals, including the CLM Magazine, where his article on handling politics in the workplace was featured on the cover during the most recent presidential campaign.
Awards & Accomplishments
CALI Award for Excellence in Employment Law
NITA Certificate of Trial Advocacy, August 2012
Events, Seminars & Presentations
“Effective Tactics for Handling Harassment Claims Involving Executives: The First 48 Hours,” Presenter, CLM Management & Professional Liability Conference, Boston, MA (2018)
“ADA Internet Access Litigation,” Presenter, CLM Annual Conference, Houston, TX (2018)
Beazley Group Defense Counsel Summit, Employment Practices Liability (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
“Employment Practices Liability Insurance & Risk Management Strategies,” Presentation, Women Construction Owners & Executives (June 2017)
“Employment Retaliation Trends in 2017,” Defense Counsel Summit, Beazley Group (May 2017)
“Employment Practices Liability & Trends in Defense Handling,” Presentation, Farmers Commercial Agents’ Conference (July 2016)
“ACA: Employer Liabilities,” Webinar, New Jersey State Bar Association (May 2014)
“The Affordable Care Act: Emerging Liabilities for Employers and Insurers,” XpertHR Webinar, March 2014
Interfacing in Florida: The ADA Meets the Digital Age
WSHB EPL Case Law Update: Baker v. Maricle Industries, Inc., et al.
Connecticut Supreme Court: Punitive Damages are not Recoverable Under State Employment Discrimination Statute
WSHB CO EPL Case Law Update: Pregnant Worker’s Fairness Act
For Want of a Cupcake? Bakery’s Refusal to Serve Same-Sex Couples is Found in Violation of Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act
Put Up Your Dukes
The New Epic Considerations for Employers & Arbitration Provisions
New York State Releases Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and Training Program
WSHB Case Update: DOL Proposes Increase to Minimum Salary Threshold
Editor and Contributor for National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) newsletter, 2009 - 2010
ACA Liabilities: Workplace Wellness Programs in EEOC Crosshairs, L&E Alert (December 2014)
Politics in the Workplace, CLM (Issue - September 2016)
New York Bar Association, Employment CLE Committee
Hartford County Bar Association, Member
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Member
NAPEO - National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, Associate Member
Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Member
ReUnder40 - Under 40 Reinsurance Group
Loyal Scot, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association
Broadway Impact, ING NYC Marathon, 2013
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