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An aspect of legal writing often overlooked is how to draft successful demand letters. How a demand letter presents your client’s demands can have powerful, lasting effects on the course and nature of a negotiation or a case because the demand letter first grounds the recipient’s attention, frames the main issues, and primes the recipient’s goals. Employee rights lawyers will learn about the drafting process from employment law experts who have extensive experience with clearly and effectively communicating their clients’ demands so as to establish a firm ground for building each case from day one, making all necessary investments of time and resources to compel a response from the employer, and achieving the desired results from defense counsel.
Sharon Booker-Brown Sharon Booker-Brown is the founding attorney of The Booker Law Group, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. She has twenty years of legal experience. Prior to starting her law firm and switching sides to represent employees, she was Senior Counsel for a Fortune...MoreSharon Booker-Brown is the founding attorney of The Booker Law Group, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. She has twenty years of legal experience. Prior to starting her law firm and switching sides to represent employees, she was Senior Counsel for a Fortune 500 company where she handled numerous employment issues that included managing all of the company’s employment litigation in the United States. She has experience with a variety of employment matters that include: race, sex, disability and age discrimination; sex and race harassment; retaliation; wrongful termination; negotiating and drafting severance agreements, among others. Additionally, she handled regulatory issues, commercial and product liability litigation and other matters. Prior to working as an In-House attorney, she litigated insurance defense cases and she also worked with the City of Chicago as an Assistant Corporation Counsel. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. She is a member of NELA, NELA-IL, Chicago Bar Association, and serves as a Board member for alternative schools. Collapse
David H. Miller David H. Miller is the co-founder and managing litigation partner at the firm of Sawaya & Miller, where he focuses on bringing class action plaintiffs’ wage and hour litigation against large employers. Mr. Miller started his legal career as a general...MoreDavid H. Miller is the co-founder and managing litigation partner at the firm of Sawaya & Miller, where he focuses on bringing class action plaintiffs’ wage and hour litigation against large employers. Mr. Miller started his legal career as a general practice litigator for 6 years before becoming the American Civil Liberties Union's first Legal Director in Colorado, a position he had for 13 years. He then became a founding partner in 2 of Colorado’s most respected employment and civil rights law firms before joining the Legal Department of a Fortune 500 company, where, as an Associate General Counsel, he directed the company’s employment litigation department, nationwide. Under Gov. Ritter’s administration, he served as the Interim Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and for more than a dozen years he has served as the pro bono General Counsel of a leading public safety non-profit organization that monitors and controls sex-offenders who are on probation or parole. He has published almost a dozen articles in legal journals and periodicals, and has presented at dozens of continuing legal education seminars. He has participated as counsel in more than 30 reported opinions, and has received numerous civil liberties and public service awards, including the Denver Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Annual Colorado Civil Rights Award, the Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Case of the Year Award, and the ACLU’s Sherman Civil Rights Award. For 4 years he was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the areas of employment and civil rights litigation. Mr. Miller has served on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association, and for over 13 years was the Chair of the Association’s Bill of Rights Committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, the ACLU of Colorado, where he was Chair of the Board, and the Board of Editors of the Continuing Legal Education in Colorado Annual Survey. Collapse
Elizabeth "Booka" Smith Elizabeth “Booka” Smith heads Freking & Betz’s Colorado employment and wrongful discharge litigation practice. She graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1990, where she was a NCAA Division II Alpine ski racer, soccer, and lacrosse...MoreElizabeth “Booka” Smith heads Freking & Betz’s Colorado employment and wrongful discharge litigation practice. She graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1990, where she was a NCAA Division II Alpine ski racer, soccer, and lacrosse player. In 1995, she received her J.D. from Cornell University. She was the Chief Articles Editor for the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Ms. Smith has represented and advised a wide variety of clients in the areas of commercial litigation, general civil litigation and employment law and litigation. As a litigator, Ms. Smith has made frequent appearances in federal and state courts, in arbitration and mediation, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Smith has also participated in numerous jury and bench trials as second chair and has tried several cases on her own as lead counsel, all ending in victories for the client. Ms. Smith has litigated and tried cases in the areas of employment, contract dispute, business torts, real estate, construction, bankruptcy, and products liability. She is also a certified mediator. Ms. Smith still participates in USSA masters-level Alpine ski racing. She has represented many of Colorado’s ski resorts. Ms. Smith is admitted to practice in both Colorado and Massachusetts. Collapse
June 26, 2013
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Drafting Powerful Demand Letters Audio
Drafting Powerful Demand Letters Paper
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