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Gina Merrill

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor & Employment Department; Single-Plaintiff Litigation Practice Group


Ms. Merrill is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's New York Office.  Her practice focuses on representing management in complex litigation in federal and state courts and other tribunals.  She defends employers in class and collective proceedings, including proceedings arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, ADEA, Equal Pay Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as other state and local statutes that concern the myriad issues attendant to employment.  In addition to her defense of employers in wage and hour and discrimination suits, Ms. Merrill regularly defends businesses in class action suits brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state-equivalent statutes.
Ms. Merrill counsels employers on a variety of employment law matters, and she is experienced in conducting workplace investigations.  Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Merrill defended corporate and individual clients in a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, and related civil litigation.  She also has significant experience in securities and complex business litigation.
Ms. Merrill frequently writes on issues affecting the workplace, and in particular has co-authored articles regarding class arbitration and the use of statistics in class litigation.
Ms. Merrill’s pro bono service includes winning asylum on behalf of a Russian national and, through MFY’s Kinship Caregiver Law Project, navigating adoption proceedings for grandparents and other relatives who are caring for young children in their extended family.


J.D., New York University School of Law,  magna cum laude, Order of the Coif ; B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a team of 'good experts, comprising seasoned lawyers supervising stellar long-term associates'. Noted for its expertise in wage-and-hour class actions and workplace litigation alleging discrimination, the nationwide group is praised for being 'hands on, extremely thorough, and extraordinarily knowledgeable'. Work highlights included Noah Finkel and Andrew Scroggins acting for Epic Systems as co-counsel (alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP) in a landmark case decided by the Supreme Court in May 2018, relating to the enforceability of the agreement into which the plaintiff entered requiring the parties to resolve wage-hour disputes through individual arbitration and waive class and collective proceedings. The 'one-of-a-kind' Gerald Maatman continues to lead a team acting for Sterling Jewelers (together with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in an employment discrimination class action. Brian Ashe successfully acted for Digital Realty Trust before the Supreme Court in a case relating to the definition and statutory application of the term 'whistleblower'. Camille Olson is a 'world class lawyer' and Washington DC-based Raymond Baldwin is a ' zealous advocate for his clients with a practical approach'. In Los Angeles, Andrew Paley is an 'extremely well-versed adviser', and Jon Meer is praised for his 'immense knowledge and trial practice'. Atlanta's Robert Stevens is described as an 'expert in restrictive covenant work'; clients also appreciate Kerry Friedrichs in San Francisco and Pamela Devata for 'being leaders in their field and being able to answer questions on the spot'. Further recommended individuals are practice head Laura Maechtlen and Christian Rowley in San Francisco, Boston's Richard Alfred and the 'greatly experienced and knowledgeable' Lisa Damon, Lorie Almon and Gina Merrill in New York, as well as Richard Lapp. In Houston, the team was strengthen by the arrival of Scott Nelson from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018, while John Yslas joined the Los Angeles office from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in July 2018. Named attorneys are based in Chicago except where indicated otherwise.

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