SPEAKERS

 
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Lucas Asper represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law. He is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in South Carolina since 1990. He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2004, where he majored in Sociology. In 2008, he graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review and was a member of the Order of Wig and Robe. Upon graduating from law school, Lucas was one of three students awarded the Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association.

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Ann Louise Cauble is from Spartanburg.  She attended College of Charleston for her undergraduate studies where she studied History and Spanish.  During her senior year at College of Charleston, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile.  This is where she learned to speak Spanish.  Ann Louise graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Spanish.   Following graduation, she attended the University Of Alabama School Of Law for law school.  In law school she was a member of Alabama Law Review, President of the International Law Student Association, and a Board Member of the Public Interest Institute. 

Upon graduation in 2013, Ann Louise received the Order of the Samaritan for community service.  During the summer of 2012, she was a volunteer law clerk at the Charlotte Immigration Court.  Her experience at the court is where she developed her interest and knowledge of immigration law.  Following graduation from law school, she practiced business and family-based immigration law with Alan Gordon Immigration Law in Charlotte.

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Ashley Cuttino concentrates her practice in management-side employment litigation, including defending claims against wage and hour, discrimination, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract.  She also has a broader general litigation practice that has allowed her to defend clients in complex toxic tort actions, class actions, asbestos personal injury defense, construction defect cases, and FELA claims for railroad clients.  Ashley’s specialty is complex litigation, class actions and multi-plaintiff litigation. She also advises clients in the area of traditional labor law and has defended both small businesses and national companies in their effort to be union-free.

Ashley is also actively involved in raising the profile of women in her own firm, in the legal community and in her local community.  Ashley is the Co-Chair of the Ogletree Deakins Women’s Initiative, is a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and is Past-Chair of the Greenville YWCA.

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For over 25 years, Kimya S.P. Johnson has been a champion for her clients in a career that spans law, politics, education, and diversity and inclusion management. Kimya serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Practice at Ogletree Deakins.

Kimya supports a wide range of employers in their efforts to provide legally-compliant, effective, and organizationally-integrative diversity and inclusion plans. She represents clients by providing D&I-related compliance and risk-reduction services, D&I program assessment and implementation assistance, and D&I-integrated business strategy and leadership development opportunities.

Kimya was recognized as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer, as a “PA Rising Star in Employment & Labor” by SuperLawyers Magazine, and as an “Influential Woman” by the NAACP, Philadelphia Chapter. She also received the “MultiCultural Leadership Award” from the National Diversity Council.

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Janet Lewis is a member of the Ogletree Deakins Affirmative Action/ OFCCP Compliance Practice Group. The majority of Janet's practice is devoted to representing federal contractors and subcontractors in compliance evaluations conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). 

In addition to preparing affirmative action plans and other required analyses, Janet also advises clients on affirmative action preventative strategies. Janet provides affirmative action training programs and is a frequent lecturer in the areas of affirmative action and federal contractor compliance issues.

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Sara McCreary represents and counsels employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including retaliation, wrongful termination, and unfair labor practices. Sara also defends employers against claims of harassment and discrimination on a variety of bases, including protected concerted activity, race, gender, age, national origin, disability and sexual orientation.

During law school, Sara was a member of the Disability Law Clinic and the Low Income Taxpayers Clinic. Sara also competed in two national moot court competitions representing Syracuse Law. Sara was also a judicial intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Chuck McDonald practices primarily in the area of employment litigation. The Supreme Court of South Carolina has certified him as a specialist in employment and labor law. He also counsels employers regarding wage and hour matters such as employee compensation, exempt/nonexempt status, overtime compensation, minimum wage payments, and off-the-clock work issues. Chuck represents employers in individual and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and applicable state wage payment statutes.
 
Chuck litigates all aspects of employment law cases in state and federal courts, drafts employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-compete agreements.  He also drafts and reviews policy and procedure manuals, employee handbooks, contracts, and similar policies. He also provides harassment training, performs human resource audits, and audits employers’ timekeeping and payroll practices for compliance with federal and state wage/hour laws.

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John Merrell is a native of Walhalla. He graduated from Clemson University in 2003 with a degree in Financial Management. In 2006, he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

John represents and counsels management on a range of labor and employment law issues, including: preventive employment and labor law advice, including addressing matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); union avoidance and union campaigns; employee relations; drafting employment policies and procedures; training on positive employee relations and other aspects of labor and employment law; and, federal and state litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, non-compete covenants, and breach of employment agreements.

John is Chair of the 2018 Human Resources Law Update.

Al Robinson’s practice focuses on wage and hour matters and he is Co-Chair of the firm’s Wage and Hour Practice Group. His wage and hour practice covers minimum wage, overtime, child labor and record-keeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA), the Service Contract Act (SCA), the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and a number of employment standards and worker protections provided in the immigration law.

Before joining Ogletree, he served as the acting Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the United States Department of Labor. WHD administers and enforces a variety of the wage and hour labor standards statutes that are national in scope and that enhance the welfare and protect the rights of the nation’s workers such as the FLSA, DBA, SCA, etc. Prior to becoming acting Administrator, he served as Deputy Administrator for Policy and as Senior Policy Advisor of the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor.

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Mike Shetterly is the managing shareholder in the Greenville office. He has a blended practice, focusing on litigation and proactive advice to clients. In litigation, he focuses on the ultimate objective of the client and tries to streamline the approach to litigation to hone in on the core objectives and outcome determinative issues.

Mike routinely provides training and real world advice to human resources teams, general counsels, and supervisors on best practices, particularly with regard to discrimination laws (Title VII), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), social media, and independent contractor versus employment relationships.

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Daniel Sulton is a member of the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice group and focuses his practice in the area of employee benefit plan compliance and litigation. Daniel brings a unique perspective to his practice, having worked in human resources as a manager of employee benefit plans and payroll, in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company and in private practice.

Daniel is a frequent speaker on employee benefits topics and has been quoted in several national publications, including the National Law Journal, Employee Benefit News and Inside Counsel.

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Kendra Thornton has served as a senior HR business executive and legal counsel for two publicly held, multibillion-dollar corporations ensuring legal compliance across all areas of human resource operations. Most recently, Kendra was Vice President of Employee Relations and Regulatory Compliance directing compliance initiatives, external audits and the investigation of complaints, ensuring optimal defensibility and risk mitigation in support of 90,000 employees across the United States. 

Prior to working in house, Kendra was a labor and employment lawyer representing management in employment-related matters, including defending employers against administrative charges and state and federal lawsuits involving Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, wage/hour, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.  

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Stephen Woods represents companies in all aspects of labor and employment law. He assists national, regional, and local clients on counseling/preventive, EEOC and employment litigation, and traditional labor (union) issues and questions. He is the chair of the firm's Background Check Advice Group and the shareholder-author of the firm's O-D Comply: Background Check subscription materials. Before becoming a lawyer, Stephen served as the manager of administrative services at The Greenville News (Greenville, SC), where he managed the HR function for this newspaper publishing company.
 
Stephen lives by a client-centric mantra which combines prevention and practicality to create innovative, business-centered solutions which comply with the law. Making national clients happy and satisfied takes a unique skill set, which Stephen has developed and honed during his work with clients and the firm since 1996.

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After graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Law, Luther Wright, Jr. began his career with a general practice firm in the litigation section. He spent the first several years of his legal career practicing in the general litigation area before joining the Labor & Employment team.

Luther has significant experience in the areas of labor and employment law, corporate business litigation and complex litigation, including class action and collective action lawsuits. He typically represents management in all forms of employment discrimination litigation, including litigation based on federal anti-discrimination statutes, state statutes and common law, violence in the workplace, Fair Labor Standards Act claims and independent contractor disputes. Luther also devotes a significant amount of his practice to day-to-day client advice and supervisor/employee training.