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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Isabel Crosby

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Isabel works closely with employers at all stages of the employment relationship. Drawing on over a decade of extensive employment litigation experience, Isabel proactively assess the risks and costs associated with litigation to offer employers not only exceptional legal advice but also practical business solutions. Isabel’s overarching objective is to address legal risks and minimize her clients' future legal costs and potential liability.

Isabel has successfully defended employers against claims relating to all aspects of the employment relationship in state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal agencies, and she has significant experience defending against wage and hour claims throughout the country whether brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), its state law counterparts, or pursuant to contract. Isabel draws on this litigation experience in conducting internal investigations with respect to incidents of workplace violence, allegations of sexual misconduct among coworkers, disparate impact where worker retention is a concern, workplace bullying, and allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

In addition, Isabel is a frequent speaker and writer on wage and hour issues, and she is an editor of The Labor Dish, DLA Piper's employment blog highlighting legal issues important to US employers. Isabel is also the chair of DLA Piper Dallas' Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a delegate for the firm's Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) group.


J.D., University of Texas; B.A., University of Texas

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) has an 'outstanding practice across the board', and is known to cover the full range of labor and employment disputes for clients from the financial services, advertising, fashion, and healthcare sectors, among others. Brian Kaplan heads the department and is considered an 'extraordinary lawyer'. He was part of a team that successfully defended New York University in multiple lawsuits and charges in excess of $50m against a former adjunct instructor relating to alleged discrimination. Joseph Piesco represents Fox in several disputes, each alleging race discrimination. Piesco and Norman Leon also reached a favorable judgment for Domino's after employees of numerous franchisees tried to hold the client liable as a 'joint employer'. Counsel Garrett Kennedy, who is the 'perfect partner in challenging disputes', was also involved in both cases; Daniel Turinsky is noted. Aforementioned lawyers are based in New York. Other highlighted individuals are San Diego's Mary Dollarhide and Joseph Guarino in New Jersey. In Dallas, Marc Katz and Isabel Crosby, who joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in February 2018, are the key contacts. Evan Parness in New York made partner in April 2018. New arrivals to the team include Holly Lake in Los Angeles from Miller Law Group in September 2018 and Ryan Vann in Chicago from Baker McKenzie LLP. In March 2018, the Chicago-based former department head Michael Sheehan left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and not long after, in April 2018, a team including Rachel Cowen, Ron Holland and Maria Rodriguez made the same move.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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