Employment Law Mediation: Practical Tips for Resolving Disputes Quickly and Affordably (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 2/28/2018

Information

A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the March 2015 webcast, Employment Law Mediation.


Topics covered include:

  • The cost of workplace conflict
  • Basic overview of mediation
  • The types of claims/parties appropriate for mediation
  • The benefits of mediation at various points in litigation
  • How to select a mediator
  • How to best work with different mediators’ styles
  • Ground rules, styles, and terminology of mediation
  • Differences in preparation for mediation and preparation for trial
  • The benefits of going to mediation with/without an offer already on the table
  • Practical tips for effectively representing clients at mediation, including against pro se parties and against uncompromising opposing counsel

Lawyers encounter mediation in a variety of ways: a client may request information on mediation as a risk management tool; a forum or contract might require mediation as a prerequisite to litigation; a judge can order parties to mediate before agreeing to move the case forward; a client may request it to cut costs; and the opposing party may request it because they are concerned about the validity of the claims at issue. Mediation can result in a low-cost, quick resolution of the parties’ claims. However, many lawyers are skeptical of the efficiency of mediation, and an improperly timed mediation can be perilous.

Join mediator Hilary Keeley and employment practitioners Adam Carter and Susan Wiltsie to learn the prescription for a successful employment mediation.

 

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Faculty

Adam Carter, The Employment Law Group / Washington (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Adam Carter is a seasoned courtroom attorney, having won cases at trial and on appeal. He specializes in the representation of employees and whistleblowers, as he has for most of his 20 year career as a Washington, D.C.–based litigator.  Mr. Carter is very experienced representing employees who bring claims against their employers involving wrongful termination, retaliation, contract disputes, employment discrimination, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), age, race, religious, ethnic, disability or sex discrimination, for violations of USERRA, FMLA, and for violations of other federal and/or state civil rights laws. He has handled matters in virtually every local court and arbitral forum.

A member of the Annual Convention Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) for several years, Mr. Carter has been honored by his peers to speak on various subjects including attorney fee petitions, and ways to anticipate and counter popular strategies of defense counsel in litigating employment cases.

Mr. Carter is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Oliver Gasch of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is admitted to practice law before the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland bars, and numerous federal courts around the nation including the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of NELA, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, and the Barristers, and he is an active participant in the Archdiocesan Pro Bono Legal Network in Washington, D.C.
Hilary Keeley, Mediation Services / Potomac, MD (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Hilary Keeley is an experienced and gifted mediator.  She has mediated disputes between labor and management at the Department of Labor, General Services Administration, Government Printing Office, U.S. Coast Guard, National Labor Relations Board, Department of State, Housing and Urban Development, and the Executive Office of the President.  She is a graduate of the University of Florida and the George Washington University School of Law.  She has over 10 years of experience as a lawyer for the federal government. She also serves as a community educator where she teaches on topics such as interpersonal communication, anger management, and stress management.

Susan Wiltsie, Hunton & Williams / Washington (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Susan Wiltsie is head of the District of Columbia labor team. Her practice includes comprehensive OSHA\MSHA representation of employers across industry sectors and including whistleblower cases, setting up safety and health compliance programs, conducting internal audits, filing comments on proposed regulatory changes, accident investigation, and representation before state and federal OSHA\MSHA on all types of citation contests, including fatalities and significant injury cases.

Ms. Wiltsie has more than 20 years of experience representing employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship including discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, tort claims, contract claims, defamation, wrongful discharge, trade secret, covenants not to compete, duty of loyalty, wage/hour, retaliation, FMLA, ADA, and WARN Act. She has particularly broad experience regarding the interplay between state and federal leave and disability laws as well as the successful implementation of large and small reductions in force. Her experience extends to representation of employers with unionized workforces, including a substantial number of collective bargaining, labor arbitration, and unfair labor practice matters, and advice relating to contract compliance and grievance handling.

Ms. Wiltsie has been admitted to practice in the Virginia state courts, Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Virginia, District of Columbia Superior Court, District of Columbia Federal District Court, Federal District Court of Maryland, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has represented employers in employment and/or OSHA litigation throughout the country, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.
 

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