While I intended for the practice of law to be only a temporary detour from my path to become a politician – that detour has instead become my passion. And that’s one less politician for the world! I’m pleased to admit that I have acquired a true enthusiasm for the practice of employment law, especially within the hospitality industry. What could be more gratifying than helping a new hotel open its doors, or counseling a restaurant with best practices to elevate the employee-employer relationship and avoid lawsuits? To the conventional belief that the practice of law is nerdy or boring… “I object!”
At Stokes Wagner, we take pride in our “preventive law” approach – helping you avoid costly and distracting issues before they may arise. I have fully embraced this concept. By counseling my clients on a daily basis, I seek to build a communicative relationship whereby my familiarity with the client enables me to spot issues before they become problems. And should litigation be unavoidable, I step up to the plate as a dedicated and informed advocate for my clients.
As a mid-level associate, I have gained an impressive range of experience. I have already deposed celebrities, conducted confidential workplace investigations, completed on-site audits of iconic hospitality institutions, trained an army of managers, argued countless motions (several for Grammy-winning rappers), served as lead counsel in arbitration, mediated numerous cases, and served as lead counsel in a jury trial. I have also drafted a mountain of vendor contracts, handbooks, tip pool agreements, employment agreements, employee policies, S.O.P.’s, releases, leave notices and other hospitality-related documents. And while each client’s needs may present new challenges, I am undaunted. As Benjamin Franklin stated, “energy and persistence conquer all things.”
When not throwing myself into the legal deep-end, I am a noted restaurant hound, amateur chef and new dog-mom. But above all else, I am a problem-solver that seeks to lead by showing-up prepared and ready to take on a challenge.