FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2021
Tracey L. Mancini
Marketing Communications Manager
Phillips Lytle LLP Presents Labor & Employment Law Seminars for Employers in Buffalo and Rochester
Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP shared insights into the most pressing legal issues facing employers this fall during seminars held October 12 in Buffalo and October 14 in Rochester. The firm, which has offices across New York State, invited companies across all industries to attend the events to prepare them for urgent matters that may arise in the weeks and months to come.
During the seminars, Phillips Lytle attorneys led sessions that explored leave policies under the COVID-19 era, vaccine mandates and policies, cybersecurity trends and the risks of remote work, and other labor and employment updates.
The events brought together the expertise of several Phillips Lytle attorneys who practice law across several areas. The presenters included:
- Anna Mercado Clark, Partner and Leader of Phillips Lytle’s Data Security & Privacy and E-Discovery & Digital Forensics Practice Teams. She focuses on complex e-discovery and digital forensics, cybersecurity and data privacy, and complex commercial litigation. As a former Assistant District Attorney, she also handles white collar criminal matters and investigations. Additionally, Ms. Clark has been awarded the following ANSI-accredited credentials by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP): Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. Private Sector (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).
- James R. Grasso, Partner at Phillips Lytle, who represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He defends employers against workplace-related lawsuits, including those involving employment discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, whistleblower claims and wrongful termination. His experience includes conducting workplace investigations and counseling employers on workplace compliance issues, employee discipline, workplace policies and practices, employee confidentiality and non-compete agreements, wage and hour issues, leave issues and reasonable accommodation of disabled employees. Mr. Grasso also defends management against union organizing campaigns and unfair labor practice charges, and represents management in collective bargaining negotiations and labor arbitrations.
- Amanda L. Lowe, Partner and Co-Leader of Phillips Lytle’s Education Practice Team. Ms. Lowe concentrates her practice in civil litigation matters before federal and state courts, administrative tribunals and appellate courts. Her varied practice includes bad faith insurance disputes, business and commercial litigation, breach of contract, construction disputes, class action defense, data security breaches, estate and trust litigation, health care litigation and personal injury matters. Ms. Lowe leverages her litigation and trial experience to assist clients in pre-litigation risk management and mitigation efforts. Ms. Lowe also serves as a chief legal advisor to educational institutions and affiliated entities on both overall strategic initiatives and day-to-day operations.
- Kevin J. Mulvehill, Partner, Rochester Office Leader and Leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Team. Mr. Mulvehill’s practice is business-oriented and broad-based. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and litigation; wage and hour law and litigation; class and collective actions; commercial litigation; and corporate law. He provides counsel and strongly advocates on behalf of clients, including executives and public- and private-sector entities such as universities, hospitals, manufacturers, law firms, accounting firms, retail companies, cannabis companies, sports organizations, auto dealerships, hospitality companies, not-for-profits, municipalities and business processing outsourcing companies.
- James R. O’Connor, Associate at Phillips Lytle, who focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including contract disputes, business torts, securities litigation, and fraudulent conveyance. In addition, he also practices in labor and employment, including discrimination, retaliation, and ERISA litigation. His experience includes conducting workplace investigations and counseling businesses on employee benefits, risk management, and compliance. Mr. O’Connor has additional expertise in land use, and civil rights litigation.
- Mark F. Pincelli, Associate at Phillips Lytle, who concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation, as well as labor and employment law. He also has experience litigating medical malpractice matters.
- Linda T. Prestegaard, Partner at Phillips Lytle, who advises employers on the full range of employment and workplace issues and represents them in federal and state courts and agency proceedings. Ms. Prestegaard handles wage and hour collective and class actions under the FLSA and New York Labor Law, as well as investigations and actions by federal and state Departments of Labor. She represents management in labor law matters, including conducting training regarding concerted activity, union awareness and campaigns, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, NLRB proceedings and LMRA litigations. She also has extensive experience investigating claims of and providing training to prevent harassment, discrimination and workplace misconduct.