A member of Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services & Capital markets team, Erik represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, from counseling to litigation.
Erik’s experience includes:
Erik frequently represents employers in state and federal court litigation, including causes of action brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and state and federal wage and hour laws. He has substantial experience litigating the enforceability of restrictive covenants in Wisconsin, Illinois and other states, and has successfully argued motions and appeals in Wisconsin and Illinois state courts, federal district courts in the Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Erik is a trusted partner for his clients, counseling them on compliance with state and federal wage and hour, family and medical leave, and accommodation laws, as well as employee/independent contractor classification. He advises on the development of employee handbooks and workplace policies, counsels employers on employee discipline and discharge issues, and drafts employment contracts, workplace agreements and restrictive covenants (including noncompete, confidentiality and nonsolicitation agreements).
Erik has extensive experience in working with employers on labor and employment issues that arise in the context of acquisitions, sales, mergers, expansions, reductions in workforce, plant closings and relocations. In traditional labor matters, Erik has represented management in labor contract negotiations, unfair labor practice proceedings, and labor grievances and arbitrations.
Erik also has experience in workplace safety and health law, and frequently defends clients throughout the country that are under investigation by, or have received citations from OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).