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Our panelists discuss how to secure the best settlement for your clients. They explain how and when to approach settlement with defendants (pre-litigation, pre- or post-notice); strategies for bringing defendants to the negotiating table; what to do to ensure that you are well-prepared for negotiations; what issues, economic and non-economic, should be addressed in negotiations to avoid complications in effectuating the deal; and seeking court approval of the settlement, effective settlement notice programs, and attorneys’ fees and costs issues including the recent trend of denying requests for a percentage of the fund, closely scrutinizing fee rates, and reducing or eliminating fee multipliers.
Rachel Geman Rachel Geman is a partner in the New York office of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. Her practice includes employment, consumer, false claims, and other civil rights litigation.
Michael D. Palmer Michael D. Palmer received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 2004 and has been twice selected as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” a distinction based upon peer evaluation and recognized in Super Lawyers’ New York Metro...MoreMichael D. Palmer received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 2004 and has been twice selected as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” a distinction based upon peer evaluation and recognized in Super Lawyers’ New York Metro publications. His recent work includes litigating a lawsuit on behalf of drivers who allege they were misclassified as independent contractors and not paid overtime wages; representing female pharmaceutical reps asserting they were paid less than their male counterparts; and prosecuting a case on behalf of a health care worker who alleged his former employer engaged in illegal kickbacks, in violation of the False Claims Act. He has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. Mr. Palmer has argued cases before trial and appellate courts and is admitted to practice before the Bar of the State of New York and the federal district courts for the Southern District, Eastern District, and Western District of New York. He has written on current employment law issues and been published in NELA/NY’s New York Employee Advocate. Prior to law school, Mr. Palmer studied Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with highest honors. Collapse
Bryan J. Schwartz Bryan J. Schwartz has an Oakland, California-based firm representing federal, public, and private sector workers in class, collective, and individual actions in wage/hour, discrimination, and whistleblower cases. He practices in state and federal...MoreBryan J. Schwartz has an Oakland, California-based firm representing federal, public, and private sector workers in class, collective, and individual actions in wage/hour, discrimination, and whistleblower cases. He practices in state and federal trial and appeals courts, in arbitration, and before a variety of administrative agencies. Mr. Schwartz is one of the few Northern California practitioners to specialize in federal employees’ claims. He has successfully represented workers at dozens of federal agencies, including in cases certifying a global class of employees with disabilities challenging the State Department’s decades-old “worldwide availability” policy, proving discrimination and retaliation personally committed by a Bush-era Cabinet secretary against a high-level agency official, and vindicating a Smithsonian whistleblower who exposed corruption by the head of the National Air & Space Museum. Mr. Schwartz is an executive board member for the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), and has co-authored CELA’s amicus briefs in key recent California Supreme Court cases. He is a member and Chair of the State Bar of California’s Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee. He is President of FAIR, a nonprofit organization to increase diversity in the plaintiffs’ employment bar in California. Mr. Schwartz speaks and publishes frequently on a wide range of employment law topics nationwide. Visit his website at www.BryanSchwartzLaw.com. Collapse
April 1, 2017
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
How To Settle Without “Settling” - Audio
How To Settle Without “Settling” - Paper
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