Experience
  • Immigration
    • Regularly helps employers obtain various types of employment-based nonimmigrant visas for their foreign national workers, including H-1B (specialty worker), L-1 (intracompany transfer), TN (NAFTA), and R-1 (religious worker) visas.

      Assists employers with labor certification applications (PERM), as well as employment-based immigrant visa petitions (EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3).

      Helps employees and other individuals with adjustment of status applications, consular visa processing, and citizenship naturalization petitions.

      Successfully filed several H-1B and I-140 immigrant petitions to hire and retain critically needed software developers and other IT employees for a retail sporting goods chain.

      Obtained approval of a blanket L-1 intracompany transfer petition for an international consulting firm client.

      Helped a residential home builder with an ICE Form I-9 audit, which ultimately resulted in no fines being levied.           

      Developed and implemented a comprehensive immigration compliance plan for a general contractor doing work for Walmart.

      Conducted a Form I-9 immigration compliance audit for a Nashville cleaning service company.

      Successfully filed multiple religious worker visa petitions for a Tennessee-based church organization.

      Successfully filed an application for a J-1 intern visa for a Mississippi timber management company.

      Conducted a Form I-9 immigration compliance audit for a North Alabama nursing home facility.

  • Labor and Employment
    • Defended numerous discrimination cases and EEOC charges under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

      Regularly conducts EEO and harassment avoidance training for employer clients.

      Represented a national security services company in several cases involving employment discrimination, wage and hour, and FMLA claims. Obtained summary judgment for the company in one case, and successfully resolved the others through mediation.

      Obtained an arbitration award in favor of a wholesale grocery cooperative on a former employee’s 10-count complaint alleging race discrimination, sexual harassment, and state law tort claims. Had previously filed a successful motion compelling the matter to arbitration after the case was initially filed in federal court.

      Represented a property management company in a multi-plaintiff sexual harassment case brought under the Fair Housing Act. Successfully resolved the case, along with a related insurance coverage dispute, during a three-day mediation involving almost 50 individual parties.

      Defended and successfully resolved a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a former sales employee of a Georgia-based industrial contactor.

      Advised a nationally known nonprofit with the implementation and execution of a series of employee reductions-in-force.

      Provided union avoidance training to the management of a Nebraska-based energy company, including employees in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma, California, Washington, Nebraska, and Ohio.

      Engaged in collective bargaining negotiations for an automobile dealership, including the defense of an associated unfair labor practice charge filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

      Cork v. Marriott International, Inc., 426 F. Supp 2d 1234 (N.D. Ala. 2006)
      Obtained summary judgment for an international hotel chain and its subsidiary in a fraudulent hiring case.

      Prosecuted a non-compete case against a former employee of a promotional products supply company in Cincinnati, Ohio.

      Splunge v. Shoney’s, Inc., 97 F.3d 488 (11th Cir. 1996)
      After a jury trial, the Eleventh Circuit overturned the punitive damages award, holding that a company’s mere constructive knowledge of a sexually hostile environment was insufficient to establish punitive damages under the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

      Developed and assisted with the implementation of a mandatory employment arbitration agreement for a petroleum refining and marketing company.

      Ex Parte United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 688 So.2d 246 (Ala. 1997)
      Held that the Alabama courts could exercise jurisdiction over an international labor organization for tortious acts allegedly committed in Minnesota.

      Mitchell v. USBI Company, 186 F.3d 1352 (11th Cir. 1999)
      After oral argument, Eleventh Circuit upheld summary judgment for a space-industry contractor on a former employee’s age discrimination claim.

      Stout v. Mrs. Stratton's Salads, Inc., 2006 WL 1344074 (E.D. Tenn. May 15, 2006)
      Obtained favorable result for client after successfully arguing employee-plaintiff had entered into a valid arbitration agreement, which governed his claims.

      Represented the former owner of a crane company headquartered in Pennsylvania in a breach of contract case filed by the company’s local office manager.

      Prosecuted a breach of loyalty case for a crane and hoist contractor against a group of former employees who set up a competing business.

  • Construction
    • Advised a general contractor in a dispute arising from the construction of a Mississippi warehouse facility, which included defending a related subcontractor claim.

      Successfully defended a construction bid protest case filed against a local school board under Alabama’s Public Works Law.

      BE&K Construction Co. v. Will & Grundy Counties Building Trades Council and Local 150 International Union of Operating Engineers, 156 F.3d 756 (7th Cir. 1998)
      Affirmed a $544,000 jury verdict obtained for a construction company client against two Chicago-area labor unions on claims for illegal secondary activity under §303 of the Labor Management Retaliation Act.

      BE&K Construction Co. v. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, AFL-CIO, 90 F.3d 1318 (8th Cir. 1996)
      Matter involved the appeal of a $20,125,000 jury verdict obtained on behalf of a contractor client against two labor unions on claims under §303 of the Labor Management Relations Act and Arkansas tort law.