Leading Through COVID-19: Top Issues for Lawyers and Leaders
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Remote attendance via Zoom
Speakers: Laura Salerno Owens and Kyle Busse, Markowitz Herbold PC
Your clients turn to you for advice on legal issues. Now, they are likely reaching out for answers to COVID-19 questions. Markowitz Herbold trial lawyers Laura Salerno Owens and Kyle Busse will discuss what lawyers need to know in order to advise their clients, as well as considerations for their own practices.
Laura and Kyle will cover:
- Contracts in the age of COVID-19: How parties are trying to enforce, and avoid, contractual obligations
- Getting back to work: Issues for returning employers and employees
- Litigation forecast: The cases we expect to see as businesses reopen
Laura Salerno Owens, President and Shareholder, Markowitz Herbold PC
Laura is a trial lawyer and skilled advocate. She has successfully represented employers and employees in hundreds of disputes, ranging from single person contract disputes to multi-thousand person class actions. She is currently focused on assisting her clients during the COVID-19 crisis. Laura advises employers on navigating the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, managing workforce layoffs, furloughs and sick leave, and keeping employees safe in the workplace.
She represents clients in a variety of employment law issues including trade secrets, wage and hour disputes, discrimination charges, sexual harassment allegations, whistleblower claims, and noncompetition/nonsolicitation agreements. She also has a broad range of experience litigating claims in state and federal court arising under the Equal Pay Act, Family Medical Leave Act, the Oregon Family Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as representing clients before the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Kyle Busse, Of Counsel, Markowitz Herbold PC
Kyle is a trial lawyer with nearly 13 years of experience litigating all manner of employment-related cases, from individual discrimination suits to thousand-member wage and hour class actions. He is currently advising his clients on COVID-19 related issues such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, responsible workforce management, and employee safety.
His broad state and federal practice has involved claims for whistleblower retaliation, race discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, medical leave interference, wrongful discharge, fraud, contract enforcement, and protection of trade secrets. Outside the courtroom, Kyle is recognized as a skilled negotiator of executive contracts and a thoughtful advocate in resolving contract disputes and non-competition agreements.
This program was approved for 1.0 general credit by the OSB under program number 68469.