Helen E. Tuttle defends clients in employment and business disputes, fostering expeditious, cost-effective and business-focused outcomes. She acts as a trusted advisor to her clients, offering a hands-on, responsive approach to complex matters in financial services, health care, retail, automotive and other industries. An experienced trial lawyer, Helen is prepared to handle cases through verdict and represents clients in state and federal courts, arbitrations and before agencies including the EEOC and the OFCCP.
In 2011, the New Jersey Supreme Court appointed Helen to the District XA Ethics Committee to investigate ethics complaints against attorneys. She has served as Vice-Chair (2013-2015) and Chair (2015-2017) of the committee. Helen also serves on the firm's Women's Leadership Committee and previously served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
Labor and Employment
• Helen focuses on management-side labor and employment issues for a broad range of clients, from nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 companies.
• Counsels clients through a variety of employment issues such as obligations under federal and state laws, disciplinary actions, terminations, reorganizations, reductions in workforce, due diligence, workplace safety, restrictive covenants.
• Assists clients in creating workplace cultures that mitigate the risk of legal action from employees, through reviewing company policies and conducting training sessions.
• Drafts and negotiates executive compensation agreements, severance and separation agreements, waivers and releases, and nondisclosure agreements.
• Conducts investigations in response to internal complaints involving high level executives.
• Defends charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC, state, and local agencies.
• Defends single and multi-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases in state and federal courts.
Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Magazine (2015, 2018)
Chambers USA "Up and Coming" for New Jersey, Labor & Employment (2015–2017)
“Diverse Lawyers of the Year,” New Jersey Law Journal (2015)
“Forty Under 40”, NJBIZ (2013)
“40 Under 40,” New Jersey Law Journal (2011)
Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)
District XA Ethics Committee (2011–Present)New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Co-Chief Diversity Officer (2012–2013), Board Member (2012–2013)
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