Lonnie’s exceptional commitment to understanding his client’s businesses and prioritizing his client’s goals makes him a trusted advisor and counselor.
Lonnie is a nationally recognized trial lawyer, defending clients in all aspects of their businesses in courts throughout the United States. He focuses his practice on representing large companies in discrimination lawsuits and in intellectual property cases. Recognized for excellence by his clients and peers, Lonnie’s track record of success with judges, juries and arbitrators across the country gives him an edge in the courtroom and in other settings.
A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America, Lonnie takes cases to trial and obtains verdicts on behalf of his clients. Those lawsuits include sex discrimination, retaliation, age discrimination, breach of contract, defamation, religious discrimination and other statutory and common law claims. He also has extensive experience in representing clients in trademark and non-competition matters including prosecuting the landmark Arizona case, Valley Medical Specialists v. Farber. He has also handled class action FLSA cases in more than 15 jurisdictions around the country.
Successfully defended a national client against FLSA class action claims in California
Successfully handled a number of appeals relating to class action FLSA claims including appeals in state court in California and federal court in Alabama, Colorado and Georgia
Obtained a summary judgment dismissal in a rare Equal Pay Act claim
Successfully enforced an arbitration agreement and the dismissal of class claims in state court in California
Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a national client against claims of national origin discrimination brought by two separate plaintiffs
Obtained summary judgment dismissal in favor of a national company filed by a trucking trade group seeking to assert a class action under the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier’s Safety Administration
When you decide to start a business, you focus on funding, products, operations, and other immediate start-up concerns. Unless you have prior entrepreneurial experience, you might be surprised to learn about the complex network of employment laws that also require your time and attention. Your failure to comply with employee-related legal standards can lead to enforcement actions, penalties, fines, and unwanted attention from governmental agencies.
Phoenix Employment law attorneys have the expertise to help your business avoid employee-related legal complications. They assist you in establishing and maintaining compliance with state, local and federal laws that regulate workplace policies and environments. When a compliance issue arises, Phoenix employment lawyers provide the legal representation you need. They work to minimize the potential for adverse consequences that could affect your business.
The IRS controls business tax issues and many are employee-related. The agency requires businesses to document employee withholding and dependent data. They also have access to the workforce data that substantiates your claimed business expenses. The information you provide or fail to provide can present problems for several employee-related issues.
The DOL administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA is a compilation of federal standards that define employment terms and govern employer/employee relationships. Compliance failures sometimes lead to back payments and penalties.
During the 2019 fiscal year, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered $322 million from companies that failed to comply with wage and overtime guidelines. Over the past five years, the agency recovered more than $1.4 billion in wages for underpaid workers across the country. The DOL enforces violations related to a number of FLSA employment issues.
The NLRB investigates allegations that an employer retaliated against an employee for asserting their workplace rights. They pursue cases involving several rights violation categories.
OSHA investigates workplace safety violations based on guidelines established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The agency conducts accident site investigations to determine compliance with OSHA safety standards. They assess penalties when a serious injury or death occurs because of an employer’s failure to comply.
The EEOC enforces federal laws that ban discriminatory practices against job applicants and employees. Designated classes include race, color, religion, sex or gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability. The agency also investigates cases where employees allege retaliation for filing an EEOC complaint.
Federal employment laws and guidelines cover a wide spectrum of issues. For many business owners, they are often complex and difficult to interpret. Employment law attorneys in Phoenix provide valuable assistance by identifying relevant employment issues and providing guidance, advice, and assistance with compliance problems.