Trusted Advisor, Collaborator
Jean’s practice is split between advice and litigation. Acting as a legal advisor, Jean gets to know your organization and industry and takes on the role of a trusted and knowledgeable extension of your business. Armed with this knowledge, Jean can step in quickly to provide advice regarding risks and strategies to tackle key problems. Examples of Jean’s work include:
- Stepped in after three key employees left an organization, set up a competing company with a similar name, and solicited employees. The new organization’s advertisements and web page were similar in appearance to the client’s, which caused confusion for the client’s customers. Jean quickly sent a cease and desist and Complaint to attorneys for the competing employees. The matter was resolved in mediation, avoiding expensive litigation
- Drafted a cease and desist letter to employees who left a design firm and were using the firm’s trade secrets and work product for their new employer. Jean was successful in obtaining agreements to cease using any work product from the original employer, and in obtaining affidavits from each employee regarding their agreement not to compete in the future.
- After complaints of harassing and bullying behavior by one employee who claimed to be disabled, Jean met with the key company managers involved in employment compliance and provided advice on discipline for the employee, whether a harassment investigation was warranted by behavior, and talking points for future interactions. Jean provided step-by-step advice that resulted in the company’s ability to stop bullying behaviors, and to retain a key employee.
- Ryman v. Sears Roebuck and Co. (achieved complete summary judgment in Federal District Court for Sears on Plaintiff's OFLA, FMLA, and wrongful termination claims).
- Masons Supply Co. v. Lindsey (prevailed in a preliminary injunction hearing on behalf of Masons to enforce its non-competition agreement with a departing employee).
- Dixon v. Western States Insurance Agency (achieved a complete walk-away and dismissal of all claims by the Plaintiff after summary judgment briefing).
- Carson Oil v. Snyder (achieved a favorable settlement that included adherence to a non-solicitation provision preventing solicitation of Carson's customers by Snyder, a former employer.