Employment and Labor

Navigating workplace challenges requires an experienced guide.

Employers face what at times feels like an endless array of federal and state laws that regulate and impact the workplace. When you have an employment law question, you want immediate help. You also want practical advice from attorneys who work with you to solve your problems.

Arete Law Group’s attorneys work with our clients to help navigate the issues and laws facing employers.  We partner closely with major companies and smaller enterprises, both private and public, to respond to the questions, issue, and situations facing them.  We invest in our clients by learning and understanding their businesses and addressing and anticipating the demands our clients face. We regularly give presentations and provide workplace training to assist in effective management of client’s workforce.  Partnering with our clients as trusted counsel is a key role for our attorneys. We use our depth of knowledge and experience to help clients accomplish their goals and in hopes of avoiding litigation.

When litigation proves unavoidable, however, Arete Law Group has a wealth of expertise in representing our clients in administrative matters, arbitrations and state and federal courts. We vigorously defend our clients in matters of discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage-hour violations and other employment-related claims. We are able to efficiently, effectively, and successfully handle conventional individual cases to class-actions and “bet-the-company,” non-compete, and trade secret cases.  Yet, we never lose sight of the client’s best interest: we always seek to resolve disputes consistent with the client’s goals – whether through alternative dispute resolution, dismissal during motion practice, or taking a case through trial. 

Arete Law Group’s labor practice covers the spectrum of labor issues.  We work with clients at the collective bargaining table and handle grievances and recognize that productive labor relations require a long-term perspective.  We work hard to develop a strong but fair relationship with local labor unions and will forcefully advocate a client’s interest, but never at the expense of a productive work relationship for its clients and their employees.

I have worked with Denise on several matters over nearly a decade. In every instance, she has been a true partner in working through a matter. She kept us well informed of the big picture and, where needed, the intricate details. When we did not understand issues or areas of concern, Denise consistently and quickly helped to clarify them. Denise is able to connect with people at all levels of the organization, whether high-level managers or frontline supervisors. She is sophisticated in understanding that employment cases are not simply business decisions but can be driven and impacted by emotions. Denise brings a refreshing combination of common sense and detail-oriented lawyering. She is also sensitive to billing costs, recognizing when cases can be handled in a stream-lined manner and communicating when and why they may need additional resources. I have consistently found Denise to be extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and a great resource for all things employment.

In-house counsel, Municipal Client