Benjamin D. Briggs
Benjamin D. Briggs is a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw. His practice focuses on a wide-variety of labor and employment matters arising under state and federal law. Areas of significant experience include representation of clients in employment discrimination cases, wage and hour litigation (including collective actions), OSHA matters, restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes, union campaigns, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, whistleblower claims and agency proceedings. In addition, Mr. Briggs has significant experience providing training, advice and preventative counseling in all areas of labor and employment law.
Brent I. Clark
Brent I. Clark is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. He focuses his practice on litigation defense and claim matters involving individual and multi-party actions, jury, bench and appellate practice, and handles environmental, OSHA, MSHA, tort and toxic tort, and commercial litigation matters. His experience in the area of environmental law includes litigating a variety of claims under federal and state environmental statutes and regulations before federal and state courts and agencies including CERCLA (Superfund), RCRA, TSCA, the Clean Water Act and related state statutes and regulations. As an OSHA and MSHA litigator, he has defended against willful, serious, repeat, and egregious citations, including hearings and appeals to the OSHA Review Commission and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. Brent’s experience in tort and toxic tort litigation includes actions covering negligence, chemical exposures, chemical releases, groundwater contamination, underground storage tanks, property damage, premises liability, product liability, respondeat superior, negligent entrustment for employee injuries to third parties, and intentional torts.
James L. Curtis
James L. Curtis is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. He has extensive experience litigating environmental and safety issues with both the government and private parties. He focuses his environmental practice on OSHA matters defending against willful, serious and repeat citations including hearings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, United States Circuit Court of Appeals and various state plan boards. He has successfully represented clients in numerous fatality\catastrophe investigations throughout the United States. James frequently speaks to trade and industry groups on OSHA compliance matters.
Mark A. Lies II
Mark A. Lies II is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. In his occupational safety and health law practice he has represented employers on a national basis in complying with occupational safety and health regulations, as well as representing employers during OSHA inspections, OSHA citation enforcement proceedings and trial of OSHA cases before federal and state agencies and appeals to federal and state court. In the course of this representation, he has also defended related civil tort actions involving mass personal injury and fatality accidents and property damage claims resulting from fires and explosions at refineries and petrochemical plants, construction accidents, ammonia and other toxic substance releases at food and other processing plants, as well as employee exposure to ergonomic hazards, mold, tuberculosis, SARS, MRSA, lead, asbestos, benzene, cadmium, hydrogen sulfide and other toxic substances. He has extensive experience in disaster preplanning and response, including pandemic preplanning for Avian Flu and Swine Flu (H1N1).
Jeryl L. Olson
Jeryl L. Olson is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw representing clients in environmental enforcement and compliance matters, and environmental matters associated with real estate and corporate transactions, including brownfield developments. The industries she represents include: steel and other heavy manufacturing, explosives and pyrotechnics, construction and demolition, minerals processing, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and specialty checmicals; aggregates, coatings and adhesives, and food manufacturing, distribution, and sales. Her extensive experience includes RCRA compliance, permitting, and corrective action; federal and state air pollution permitting and enforcement, including New Source Review, Title V, PSD and other construction and permitting air compliance matters; spill and release response and reporting;underground and above-ground tank regulations and cleanups; community right-to-know reporting; and water permitting and wastewater, stormwater and groundwater compliance issues. Her practice also involves addressing and redeveloping impaired properties through voluntary cleanups under various state brownfield cleanup programs, including sites with vapor intrusion and methane gas.
Andrew H. Perellis
Andrew H. Perellis is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. He has practiced environmental law for 30 years and focus includes counseling in interpretation and application of state and federal environmental statutes and regulations; representation in a broad range of environmental litigation including state and federal enforcement and toxic tort lawsuits; administration of complex CERCLA sites; participation in state and federal rulemaking and permitting proceedings; performance of on-site environmental assessments; and counseling regarding land use, environmental aspects of real estate transactions and corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Based on a survey of industrial companies, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers has identified Mr. Perellis as one of the top environmental lawyers in Chicago.
Rebecca A. Davis
Rebecca A. Davis is counsel in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw. Her practice includes the fields of environmental transactions, regulations, and litigation, as well as commercial litigation matters. Prior to beginning her legal career, she worked in the fields of environmental consulting and insurance, including matters involving environmental site assessments, toxic mold evaluation, and the remediation of contaminated sites. Ms. Davis works closely with the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group on a wide array of environmental matters. She is a registered patent attorney.
Ilana R. Morady
Ilana R. Morady is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. A member of the Environmental, Safety & Toxic Torts Practice Group, Ilana focuses her practice on environmental and OSHA litigation and regulatory compliance counseling.
Joshua Henderson is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw. His labor relations practice spans nearly twenty years, and includes NLRB cases, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, strikes and secondary boycotts, and Section 301 litigation. Through his occupational safety and health practice, Mr. Henderson has counseled clients on compliance with workplace safety regulations, and has defended employers in administrative litigation before OSHA and Cal/OSHA, among others. His practice also encompasses other complex employment litigation matters, including wage and hour class actions, EEOC systemic litigation, and defense of retaliation, discrimination, and sexual harassment claims.
Patrick Joyce is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. Mr. Joyce defends and counsels clients on a wide array of environmental issues, including regulatory compliance, remediation, permitting, due diligence, and solid and hazardous waste. He also represents clients in federal, state, and administrative tribunals in environmental litigation, CERCLA and RCRA liability, liability under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and whistleblower allegations arising under federal laws, including OSHA. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Joyce worked as an environmental consultant in San Francisco, California, preparing environmental impact statements under RCRA, CERCLA, and the California Environmental Quality Act.
Adam Young is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. He is a member of the OSHA Compliance, Enforcement & Litigation group. His practice includes workplace safety and whistleblower litigation, OSHA regulatory compliance counseling, and MSHA compliance counseling and enforcement. Mr. Young has experience in all aspects of labor and employment counseling and litigation, including wage and hour, traditional labor, employment discrimination, and restrictive covenants. He has also litigated in state and federal courts across the state of Illinois as a law firm associate and as an Assistant Attorney General.
Kay Bonza is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. She focuses her practice on environmental and occupational safety and health (OSHA) counseling and litigation. Her OSHA experience includes assisting clients in accident and fatality investigations, compliance with national and state enforcement programs, and defense of OSHA citations before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and its state counterparts. She has experience representing clients in environmental permitting, remediation, and enforcement matters.
Joanne Flitcroft is counsel in the International Labour, Employment and Safety practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia. Joanne has a strong focus on incident response and crises management. She provides advice to clients in the energy and resources, mining, government, manufacturing, recycling, transport, retail and banking sectors. Joanne’s role involves incident management, including attendance at client sites, advising clients during coronial inquests, defending employers and directors prosecuted by the regulator and providing employers with advice on due diligence, regulatory compliance and policies and standards. She also advises on the health and safety issues involved in contractual relationships.
Jane Hall is a partner in the Melbourne office of Seyfarth Shaw. With almost 20 years’ experience in public and private sectors, Jane’s extensive experience in health and safety law spans multiple jurisdictions and industries. Jane advises clients on managing critical events including health and safety crises, investigations, prosecutions, appeals and negotiations. She similarly undertakes risk assessments and due diligence with respect to her clients’ commercial health and safety standards. Jane has been listed in the Occupation Health & Safety category of the AFR’s Best Lawyers Peer Review since 2014 and was also featured as a “Women to Watch – Leading the profession” in the April 2015 edition of Australasian Lawyer. In 2016, Jane was named as a preeminent Work Health and Safety lawyer in the Doyles Guide and was appointed as a Member of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.