Minh Vu is a partner in the Labor and Employment department in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and the leader of the Firm’s ADA Title III Specialty Practice Team. Ms. Vu devotes one hundred percent of her practice to matters arising under the ADA other disability rights statutes that govern the relationship between people with disabilities and public accommodations, state and local governments, and housing providers. She is the trusted advisor and go-to litigator for the country’s top lodging, amusement park, retail, restaurant, healthcare, and financial services companies on the most cutting edge issues. Ms. Vu recently authored the “ADA Guide for Lodging Owners and Operators” (the first book of its kind published by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)) and testified before Congress on behalf of the AH&LA about new swimming pool and spa accessibility requirements.
Kristina Launey is a partner in Seyfarth’s Labor & Employment Department, and member of its California Workplace Solutions, Workplace Counseling and Litigation, and ADA Title III Practice Groups. She is an experienced counselor and litigator in all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims under federal and state law before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and in alternative dispute resolution forums. Ms. Launey regularly provides advice and defends clients in litigation arising under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related California disability access laws – the Unruh Act and Disabled Persons Act.
Eden Anderson is counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw. Her practice emphasizes litigation, primarily the defense of wage-hour class action claims under the California Labor Code and single plaintiff claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. Ms. Anderson also focuses her practice on appellate matters and the defense of disability access lawsuits brought under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and Disabled Persons Act.
John W. Egan
John W. Egan is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Egan represents public accommodations, employers, and housing providers in single plaintiff and class actions courts nationwide. He has successfully defended clients in matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and all manner of state and local laws relating to civil rights. He also has substantial experience representing clients in agency proceedings, particularly before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Kevin Fritz is an associate in the Labor & Employment practice group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Fritz joined the firm initially as part of the Labor & Employment Department’s Fellowship program, an innovative training-focused program for law students with an affinity for labor and employment law. He represents employers in all aspects of employment defense, including discrimination, workplace harassment and retaliation claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, as well as various other state and local statutes.
Andrew McNaught is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on defending employers against single and multi-plaintiff claims for discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, as well as against high exposure wage and hour class action claims arising under the California Labor Code and the FLSA. He also routinely handles wrongful termination, breach of contract, and other employment-related tort and contract claims. He has defended public accommodations (e.g., grocery stores, retailers, and hotels) in a wide range of accessibility lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Unruh Act. He also advises clients on the requirements of Title III of the ADA and other disability laws.
Jon D. Meer
Jon Meer is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and has extensive experience representing global clients in class action and collective action lawsuits, as well as several other types of high exposure claims.
Kathryn “Chris” Palamountain
Chris Palamountain is Senior Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw’s Houston office. With over 16 years experience, Ms. Palamountain’s primary emphasis is litigating complex civil litigation, defending clients in the retail, professional services, energy services, and financial services sectors. She represents parties in employment discrimination class actions, wage & hour collective actions, EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits, and civil rights/denial of access class actions brought in federal and state courts throughout the United States. She also has significant experience defending against ADA Title III class and individual actions brought against public accommodations, as well as toxic tort and commercial disputes.
Susan Ryan is the librarian in the Washington, DC office of Seyfarth Shaw, where she specializes in ADA Title III, marijuana industry and gig economy research. She compiles the ADA Title III Specialty Practice Team’s statistics on ADA Title III filings, which have been quoted in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, as well as in a Congressional report on proposed legislation in this area. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Georgetown University Law Center, instructing foreign graduate students in American legal research.
Myra B. Villamor
Myra Villamor is an associate in Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw and a member of the Labor & Employment Department. She has experience defending management against class, multi-plaintiff, and single-plaintiff employment claims, including wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Ms. Villamor has represented management before federal and California state courts, as well as federal and California administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Labor Commissioner. She has trial experience and provides advice and counsel to management regarding state and federal employment law.
Samuel Sverdlov is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Sverdlov defends and counsels employers on a wide range of employment and labor-related issues, including traditional labor law, whistleblower retaliation, OFCCP compliance, affirmative action, pay equity, complex discrimination, class and collective actions, and wage and hour matters. Mr. Sverdlov’s practice includes a strong emphasis on complex labor relations issues, including union campaigns, impasse bargaining, unilateral implementation issues, scope and composition of bargaining units, and Section 10(j) relief.
Julia N. Sarnoff
Julia Sarnoff is counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s ADA Title III Specialty Practice Team. She represents clients in single plaintiff and class actions in federal courts, as well as in government compliance investigations that may result in enforcement actions brought in federal court. Ms. Sarnoff’s practice focuses on disability law and its impact on public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and corollary state non-discrimination statutes in matters before federal courts. She represents public accommodations nationally in matters involving architectural barriers, effective communication, service animals, and cutting-edge digital accessibility issues (e.g., accessibility of websites for individuals with visual and hearing disabilities). Ms. Sarnoff has successfully represented a broad range of Fortune 500 companies, including hotels, retailers, restaurants, automobile manufacturers, schools, technology companies, and health care providers in ADA Title III litigation in various federal courts across the United States.