Clark Hill Attorneys Jennifer Buckley and Richard Chapman to Present at the Employment Law Forum 2008

Aug 26, 2008

CHICAGO , IL Clark Hill attorneys Jennifer Buckley and Richard Chapman will present at the Employment Law Forum 2008 in Chicago, IL. HRCI certified, this 2-day conference will provide legal guidance to all HR professionals. Mr. Chapman will speak on the topic of “Drafting Employment Related Agreements: What Will Stand Up in Court – and What Won’t” and Ms. Buckley will address “FMLA and FMLA Intermittent Leave: End the Abuse Without Violating Worker Rights”. The Forum is co-produced by Business 21 Publishing and will take place April 22-23, 2008. For registration and more information please click here .

Jennifer M. Buckley , a member of the firm, defends employers in state and federal court actions against sex, race, age, disability discrimination claims, ERISA and FMLA claims, as well as wrongful discharge and related tort claims. She is also experienced in defending actions brought under Michigan's Sales Representative Commissions Act and pursuing and defending claims pertaining to restrictive covenants. She has represented employers in administrative hearings before the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Employment Security Commission and the Michigan Department of Labor.

Ms. Buckley creates and revises employment policies including employee manuals, applications, sexual and other unlawful harassment policies, drug testing and FMLA/absenteeism policies. She has lectured in the area of employment law at seminars and for companies on such topics as terminating employees, wrongful discharge, employment policies, sexual harassment, compliance with disability laws, FMLA, and other state and federal legislation in the employment and labor law arena.

She has advised employers regarding issues related to wage and hour compliance, EEO compliance, reductions in force, plant closings and mass layoffs, and has prepared necessary WARN Act notices and severance packages. Ms. Buckley has lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Workers' Compensation Section of the Bar on the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has represented employers in labor and employment arbitrations and before the National Labor Relations Board. Moreover, she is the author of several articles on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which were published in TRIAD, the official Journal of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. (Vol. 3 Nos. 7 and 8 and Vol. 4, No. 1), and has written and co authored other published articles on the ADA.

Ms. Buckley has represented  employers in a number of different industries, including manufacturing employers, those in the service industry, staffing and leasing employers, to name a few.  She has also represented a considerable number of non-profit organizations and has had the opportunity to address the unique employment issues pertaining to them.

While at the Detroit College of Law, she was Research Editor of the Detroit College of Law Review.

Richard H. Chapman is a member of Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group.  He has more than 24 years of successful experience as a leading trial lawyer concentrating in business litigation in federal, state and bankruptcy courts, as well as in arbitration, throughout the United States. Mr. Chapman has litigated cases in Illinois state, federal and bankruptcy courts, as well as courts in California, Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Michigan. He has successfully prosecuted, argued and won appeals in the Illinois Appellate Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, as well as the California Court of Appeals.

Mr. Chapman has represented a wide range of businesses, including financial institutions, professional service providers, manufacturers and distributors.  Clients have consistently recognized both his strategic guidance and depth of business and legal experience resulting in favorable outcomes in complex and heavily contested disputes involving employment from hiring through termination, fraud and business torts, unfair competition, trademarks and trade secrets, deceptive practices, shareholder oppression, breach of contract, trust and estate-related improprieties and regulatory matters.

He has earned honors and recognition by courts and peers, including most recently:
• Selected as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" (Top Five Percent) in Business Litigation, Law and Politics - Illinois Super Lawyers (2006).
• Selected as an "Illinois Leading Lawyer" in Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy and Workout Law (Commercial), Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2006).
• Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to be a member and the secretary of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases.

He is currently the Editor of the National Association of Business Management’s “HR Specialist-Illinois Employment Law” monthly newsletter which is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2007.  He also authors and supplements the “Motions, Affidavits and Orders” chapter of Volume 1 of the Illinois Institute For Continuing Legal Education’s “Illinois Civil Procedure" three volume set. He has been a co-editor of "The Trial Lawyer’s Guide," a quarterly journal for trial lawyers published by the West Group.

He has given presentations to bar associations on personal jurisdiction and dispositive motions.  Similarly, has delivered presentations to organizations such as the Chicago Midwest Credit Management Association, the Land Trust Council of Illinois and the National Association of Credit Management  and the Illinois Society of Home Inspectors on topics specifically relating to key legal issues confronting their members.  He has also presented seminars to clients, including seminars relating to electronic discovery and document retention and destruction, as well as published articles in client industry publications on electronic discovery and issues arising under the Uniform Commercial Code.

While in law school at Loyola University Chicago, he was a Member and Student Articles Editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and published "The Dual Capacity Doctrine in Illinois," in the Summer 1981 edition of the Journal. He was also selected to represent Loyola in the National Moot Court Competition.

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