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Employment Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Counsel that protects your best interests in employment litigation and disputes

Capabilities at a glance

  • Advice on avoidance and defense of all kinds of employment discrimination litigation and investigations—and robust representation when it counts.
  • A focus on dispute resolution and risk analysis so your organization can avoid incurring unnecessary costs from litigation.
  • Nationwide legal coverage. Many of our clients engage us to represent them across the country, and we have experience in federal, state and municipal courts.
  • Minimizing your exposure and maximizing your accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and all other evolving standards and legislation.

Strategic legal advice to minimize risk in employment litigation

At Quarles, we focus on delivering effective and assertive employment litigation counsel for our clients, but also on minimizing disputes and claims through intelligent planning and strategic legal support. We always seek to bring each potential issue to a favorable close as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. Although we maintain the resources necessary to staff the largest matters, we take pride in efficiently staffing the normal employment litigation case (typically only one or two attorneys and a paralegal) in order to maximize cost control for our clients. We also conduct early case assessment and risk analysis, which gives our clients the ability to determine from the outset the value of the case and what litigation or settlement strategies best suit their business goals.

Skilled attorneys working across all types of employment dispute

Our experienced employment litigation attorneys have defended virtually every type of claim, including all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases, as well as wrongful discharge, defamation and similar workplace tort claims. We have done so before all relevant federal and state administrative agencies and courts, enjoying significant success in obtaining verdicts, judgments and decisions on behalf of our clients. Our experience includes:

  • Employment discrimination litigation and investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on age, disability, sex, race, religion and other protected characteristics, including ADA, Title VII and similar anti-discrimination laws
  • ERISA, retirement and employee benefits litigation
  • Wrongful discharge, breach of employment contract and other employee termination-related litigation
  • Non-compete violation and misappropriation of trade secrets claims
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower statutes
  • FLSA and state wage and hour laws
  • Worker's compensation
  • FMLA and state and local leave laws


  • We recently obtained summary judgment in favor of a university on a multi-count complaint by a former university administrator alleging race, sex and age discrimination claims, as well as multiple claims of retaliation, under Title VII, Section 1981 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
  • We successfully obtained injunctive relief for a trucking brokerage business, preventing a former c-suite executive from beginning work as CEO for a private equity-backed competitor, in violation of a non-compete.

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