Jeff brings a deep understanding of the law with a steadfast commitment to helping employers mitigate risk while at the time same fostering safe, diverse and inclusive workforces. He has a demonstrated track record of success over more than 25 years, both in-house and in private practice, counseling and defending employers on a wide range of labor, employment and safety matters, including with respect to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Occupational Safety & Health Act. As a seasoned litigator, his unique systems-thinking approach delivers sound, risk-based guidance to employers for more informed choices in furthering their business objectives.
Before joining Fisher Phillips, Jeff was Senior Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel, Employment & Benefits, of a large wholesale food distributor with operations across North America. In that role, Jeff helped establish best practices and oversaw issues involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, reasonable accommodations, drug & alcohol testing, wage and hour class actions, pay equity, diversity and inclusion, trade secrets, and restrictive covenants. He was also deeply involved in the company’s COVID-19 response and led the handling of inspections and enforcement actions involving federal and state OSHA matters.
Jeff was previously a partner at an Am Law 50 law firm and represented employers in employment, safety, and regulatory matters across the United States. He was also an invited guest on the “Fox & Friends” television show, discussing the difficult decisions facing employers with respect to drug testing programs and medical marijuana.
Throughout his career, Jeff has been involved in overseeing, conducting and defending serious investigations – both government enforcement investigations and internal workplace investigations. He has trained dozens of Human Resources professionals and other business leaders on best practices in conducting fair, impartial and defensible investigations.