The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act have significantly changed the obligations of employers when dealing with employees who cannot work due to injuries or illnesses. Our litigation attorneys have extensive experience defending employers against legal challenges to disability management decisions before courts and administrative agencies.
Jackson Lewis offers clients imaginative solutions to the difficult legal and operational problems in managing employee absences and requests for accommodations.
We work closely with clients to:
As employers evaluate leave, accommodation, and return to work requests, we provide guidance on communicating with employees and their health care providers while preserving management rights.
5.0/5.0 Review for Jennifer A. Schwartz by a General Counsel on 10/19/15 in Employment Litigation
I have worked directly with Jennifer on a number of legal matters. I serve as General Counsel for a large and diversified privately held corporate client. When I was looking for counsel to represent senior executives and the Company, I retained Jen... Read moreRead more
I have worked directly with Jennifer on a number of legal matters. I serve as General Counsel for a large and diversified privately held corporate client. When I was looking for counsel to represent senior executives and the Company, I retained Jennifer and was very impressed with her knowledge of the law, her advocacy and her professional nature. I have no hesitation recommending her and would retain her in the future on complex legal matters. Read lessRead less
5.0/5.0 Review for Todd H. Girshon by a Principal on 02/11/15 in Environmental Litigation
Excellent and trustworthy lawyer.
5.0/5.0 Review for Gary A. Pappas on 07/13/16 in Immigration.
Mr. Gary Pappas is representing our company in all immigration and labor law matters since 1992. Mr. Gary always guides us in the right direction and brings only the positive output. Mr. Gary helped all our employees to get their permanent resident s... Read more
Mr. Gary Pappas is representing our company in all immigration and labor law matters since 1992. Mr. Gary always guides us in the right direction and brings only the positive output. Mr. Gary helped all our employees to get their permanent resident status. We will recommend Mr. Gary for all kind of immigration and labor law matters. We wish Mr. Gary to live long and help people in immigration matters. Read lessRead less
5.0/5.0 Review for Samantha N. Hoffman on 03/09/16 in Labor and Employment.
Samantha is an excellent and creative litigator who is focused on results and client service.
Jackson Lewis is committed to promoting an inclusive culture where diversity is valued by everyone. We are proud of our role as a leader in educating and training employers in the laws of equal opportunity and affirmative action, as well as best practices for corporate diversity programs and initiatives. We share our clients’ goals to emphasize diversity, integrity, and respect for the contribution of every employee. We understand the importance of having a workforce that reflects the various communities in which we work, and upon which we can rely to creatively develop preventive strategies and positive solutions for our clients. Jackson Lewis seeks to recruit, hire, retain, develop, and advance a diverse team of employees who share our passion for representing management in all aspects of workplace law, and strives to consistently act under the following guiding principles:
The firm has a standing Diversity Committee divided into sub-committees, both to ensure all vital areas are addressed, and to provide leadership opportunities for female and minority attorneys. The Diversity Committee is Chaired by Senior Partner Weldon H. Latham, and consists of the Co-Chairs of five Attorney Resource Groups (ARGs), discussed below. Joan Ackerstein, a member of the firm’s Management Committee, serves as Management Committee Liaison to the Diversity Committee, and Partner, Michael Hatcher, serves as the firm’s Diversity Manager. The ARGs address mentoring, business development, pro bono activities and recruiting. Our Diversity Committee coordinates the activities of our ARGs, which include African American; Asian American; Hispanic; Women; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender attorneys. Each of the ARGs meets periodically to discuss business development opportunities, client service initiatives, and other professional issues.
The following groups act under the guidance of the Diversity Committee:
African-American Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by LeRoy Watkins (Morristown office) and Dev Sukhdeo (Miami office)
A resource for Jackson Lewis attorneys looking to build and maintain business relationships with HR professionals, corporate counsel and community organizations.
Asian American Attorney Resource Group
Asian American Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by Tanya Bovee (Hartford office) and Nicky Jatana (Los Angeles office)
Primary goal is to increase the firm’s visibility among Asian Pacific American and other minority attorneys.
Hispanic Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by James Botana (Chicago office) and Pedro Torres-Diaz (Miami office)
Holds regular meetings to foster communication and teamwork among the group’s members in connection with our efforts to develop as lawyers and expand our business.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by Michelle Phillips (White Plains office) and Pedro Forment (Miami office)
A consortium of attorneys and staff committed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the workplace, our LGBT ARG provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, current legal trends, and information on LGBT issues that are then shared internally and externally to promote an inclusive work environment in which respect and tolerance are the pillars of our firm culture.
Women's Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by Susan Corcoran (White Plains office), Peggy Strange (Hartford office) and Samantha Hoffman (Orange County office)
Committed to involving Jackson Lewis attorneys in opportunities for business development by and for women. Our firm has been a leader in this area, demonstrated most notably by its annual employment law conferences for women in-house counsel and human resource executives.