In March and April of 2019, the Employee Benefits Department, along with Brick Brickley from Spherient Advisors, conducted its Annual Breakfast Briefing: 2019 Trends and Traps For the Unwary. More than 60 attendees participated in the lively discussion regarding legislative updates and trends with retirement and health & welfare plans. The information provided at the seminar can be found here.
IslerDare is pleased to welcome our newest partner, Jeanne E. Floyd. Jeanne joins the firm from Ogletree Deakins, where she was a partner in the Employee Benefits section. Jeanne’s practice includes advising businesses on a range of health and welfare benefits compliance issues, including those related to Section 125 cafeteria plans, wellness programs, flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), COBRA continuation coverage and multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs). Jeanne also has extensive experience providing clients with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule guidance, including providing on-site HIPAA training to employees, drafting HIPAA policies and procedures, and negotiating business associate agreements. Jeanne has experience with all aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health care reform, including advising employers on business strategies and providing support related to day-to-day health care reform compliance. Jeanne advises clients on all aspects of qualified retirement plans, including issues related to plan design, compliance, and administration. Her practice includes drafting plan documents and amendments, preparing ERISA disclosures, preparing and submitting Internal Revenue Service determination letter and Voluntary Correction Program submissions, preparing and submitting Department of Labor Voluntary Compliance Program submissions, assisting clients with self-correction, reviewing qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), negotiation of third-party administrator and service agreements, and providing plan termination and merger advice.
We are pleased to announce that D. Paul Holdsworth has joined the Firm as an Associate in September 2018. Paul’s practice includes all aspects of employment counseling and litigation, including advising and litigating matters arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as other employment matters arising under state or common law. Prior to joining Isler Dare, Paul practiced with a mid-sized civil litigation firm in Roanoke, Virginia. Paul graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2015, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the University of Richmond Law Review, and is admitted to practice in Virginia.
Eddie Isler was named the Best Lawyers© 2019 Labor and Employment Law – Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, DC. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.” Mark Dare, Steve Ray, Michelle Radcliffe, Andrea O’Brien and Steve Brown have also been recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a leading peer-review survey of the legal profession.
We are pleased to announce that Emilie S. Adams joined the Firm as a Senior Associate in July 2018. Emilie represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including but not limited to medical and disability leave matters, restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes, wage and hour issues, whistleblower claims, and the investigation and litigation of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation complaints. Emilie also counsels clients on a variety of employment matters, including internal investigations, employment contracts and severance agreements, restrictive covenants, and employment policies and handbooks. Prior to joining IslerDare, Emilie practiced employment law with Proskauer Rose LLP in Washington, D.C. Emilie graduated from New York University School of Law in 2009 and is currently admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C.
IslerDare was recognized in the 2005-2018 editions of Chambers USA as one of the top 11 labor and employment firms in Virginia. Eddie Isler and Mark Dare also were each honored as top labor and employment attorneys in the state. Andrea O’Brien was honored as a leading employee benefits and compensation counsel. For more information, go to www.chambersandpartners.com.
The Firm is pleased to announce that Ashley F. Hedge joined the Firm as a Senior Associate in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice. Ashley has over a decade of experience advising a wide range of clients on all aspects of employee benefit matters. In her practice, she regularly advises on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation arrangements, severance arrangements, and benefits issues arising during corporate transactions. Ashley is valued by her clients for her ability to distill complex legal issues arising under the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, and the Affordable Care Act, and provide practical and actionable advice. Prior to joining IslerDare, Ashley practiced employee benefits law with Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. Ashley graduated from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, cum laude, and is currently licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Eddie Isler was named the Best Lawyers© 2017 Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in Washington, DC. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year”. Steve Ray, Mark Dare, Andrea O’Brien, Michelle Radcliffe, and Steve Brown have also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017, a leading peer-review survey of the legal profession.
Mark Dare was named the Best Lawyers© 2018 Labor and Employment Law - Management “Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, DC. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.” Steve Ray, Eddie Isler, Michelle Radcliffe, Andrea O’Brien, and Steve Brown have also been recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2018, a leading peer-review survey of the legal profession.
We are pleased to announce that Amy Elizabeth Smith has rejoined the Firm as an Associate in the Richmond office. Amy litigates cases and advises clients on a range of labor and employment matters including those arising under Title VII, the ADA, the Equal Pay Act, FMLA, and FLSA, as well as state workplace law such as restrictive covenants and common law torts. Amy also drafts and reviews employee handbooks and policies, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, severance agreements, and settlement agreements. Amy previously worked in Isler Dare’s Northern Virginia office from 2014-2016.
Eddie Isler was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers is a professional society honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of Labor and Employment Law. Fellows are nominated and undergo a rigorous review process before being inducted, and each Fellow is recognized as a distinguished member of the labor and employment community who promotes achievement, advancement, and excellence in the practice by setting standards of professionalism and civility, by sharing their experience and knowledge, and by acting as a resource for academia, the government, the judiciary and the community at large.
We are pleased to announce that Monica L. Hansen joined the Firm as an Associate. Monica litigates cases and advises clients on a variety of labor and employment matters including those concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Prior to joining IslerDare, Monica practiced at Hunton & Williams LLP in Tysons, Virginia. Monica graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 2014 and is currently admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Mark Dare wrote “Unfair Competition” in Employment Law in Virginia. Mr. Dare is an editor of this book, published by the Virginia Law Foundation in September 2016 and called “the Bible” of Virginia employment law. For more information, go to www.vacle.org.
Eddie Isler was named the Best Lawyers© 2016 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, DC. Mark Dare was named the Best Lawyers 2016 Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, DC. Steve Ray, Michelle Radcliffe, Andrea O’Brien, and Steve Brown have also been recognized in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2016, a leading peer-review survey of the legal profession. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”
Steve Ray, Eddie Isler, Mark Dare, and Steve Brown are listed in the 2016 edition of Virginia SuperLawyers in the categories of Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation: Defense. Alison Stuart is also listed as a Rising Star in Virginia.
Michelle Radcliffe and Andrea O’Brien have been recognized in The Best Lawyers Business Edition 2016: Women in the Law for their work in the practice area of Labor and Employment Law and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law respectively.
IslerDare opened its new Richmond office. In June 2015, IslerDare opened a new office in downtown Richmond with the addition of three outstanding attorneys. Steven D. Brown, formerly a partner at LeClairRyan and Williams Mullen, has become a partner in the Firm and will lead the Richmond office. Joining Steve from LeClairRyan is Alison D. Stuart. The Firm is excited about this opportunity to broaden our ability to serve our client base throughout the Commonwealth with this strong group of attorneys. More details on each of our new colleagues can be found under the Attorneys link.
Eddie Isler was again named “Top 10 Washington DC Super Lawyers” in Super Lawyers Magazine in 2015.
Steve Ray, Eddie Isler, and Mark Dare were listed in the 2010-2015 editions of Virginia SuperLawyers in the categories of Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation: Defense. Eddie Isler was also listed as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Virginia.
Eddie Isler was named “Top 10 Washington DC Super Lawyers” in Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013.