Practice Areas

The attorneys at Gibbs & Holmes counsel and represent both employees and employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Our attorneys are experienced in such matters as advising employers regarding affirmative action and federal contract compliance. We also consult with employers daily on such topics as employee discipline and discharge, handbook and policy review, substance abuse and privacy concerns and investigation of employee misconduct and complaints. Our practice encompasses advice to employees and employers regarding wage and hour issues, employee leave questions, the interaction of FMLA, ADA and workers compensation, and reduction in force and WARN issues, as well as severance pay matters. We regularly advise both employees and employers regarding breach of contract issues, covenants not to compete, and trade secrets.

In addition to our skills in consultation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, our attorneys are experienced litigators who often appear in state and federal court, as well as administrative agencies, in the complete spectrum of litigation, including the following:

  • Claims and defense of claims of employment discrimination due to race, age, gender, religion, harassment and disability
  • Wrongful and retaliatory discharge
  • Fair Labor Standards Act/ wage and hour litigation, including class actions
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Employment contract disputes, including non-competition and trade secret issues, and handbook and implied contract claims
  • Defamation and invasion of privacy cases
  • Electronic Data preservation and discovery
  • Payment of Wages claims
  • OSHA complaints
  • Unemployment compensation proceedings

In addition to employment litigation, our attorneys have significant experience in the representation of management in all types of traditional labor law matters, including advice during organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, grievances, strikes, picketing and boycotts and arbitration under labor contracts. Gibbs & Holmes attorneys represent employers before the NLRB and in federal court in duty of fair representation cases and unfair labor practice cases.