|Avoiding the Lessons of Experience: Understanding How Today's Decisions Impact Next Year's Lawsuit|
Avoiding the Lessons of Experience: Understanding How Today's Decisions Impact Next Year's Lawsuit to Keep Your Company Out of Court
October 24, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Nearly every day, you're reading newsletters and attending seminars and webinars where attorneys are telling you, "Do this! Don't do that! California juries are crazy!" But many employers (fortunately) do not have experience with lawsuits and even fewer have been through trial or arbitration. What happens in a lawsuit and at trial? How do the decisions that employers make today impact legal claims made one, two, three years down the road? This session will use real-life examples to illustrate the kinds of land mines that might await employers in litigation: Lack of trained managers; insufficient documentation; assumptions about employees; poor communication; and more. Seeing how such events can play out in a lawsuit, and maybe at trial, will help underscore the importance of doing things right when issues arise.
Patrice Nagle is an associate in the firm's San Diego office. Patrice represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and wage-hour class action lawsuits, as well as employment handbook and personnel policy preparation and general preventive advice including hiring, discipline, and termination. Patrice has experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, state administrative tribunals, and in arbitration.
Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, Patrice was an associate at a San Diego based law firm focusing on the representation of public school districts and private educational institutions. While attending law school, Patrice was Mock Trial- Vice President of the University of Miami School of Law's Moot Court Board, an Honor Council Member, and inducted into the University of Miami School of Law's Bar and Gavel Honor Society. Patrice also worked as an Extern for the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, and interned at the University of Miami School of Law's Children and Youth Law Clinic.
Before entering the practice of law, Patrice earned her Master of Education degree and worked as a teacher and administrator at private boarding schools in Switzerland and Massachusetts.