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    Understanding the Jury Before You Decide to Terminate - HRCI Approved

    Date: July 18, 2012, 7:00am – 9:00am
    Robin Campbell
    Gaithersburg Marriott (at the Rio), 9751 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
    $20.00 Members, $30.00 Nonmembers, $35.00 Walk-Ins
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    We are excited to have Kara Ariail and Michael Petkovich, Partners, Jackson Lewis LLP talk with us about Understanding the Jury Before You Decide to TerminateThis program has been approved for 1.5 HRCI-General recertification credits!

    Few employers contemplate how their actions toward employees would look to a jury.  Yet jurors often decide cases based on fairness, likeability, and the reasonableness of the people involved.  When plaintiff’s counsel evaluate whether to accept a case and what amount of resources to devote to it, jury appeal is a crucial factor. 

    This program will explain how juries view employment decisions and, more importantly, how you can avoid making your company an attractive target to plaintiff’s counsel.  Learn how you can limit exposure if you end up in front of the jury, and find out the truth about some common trial strategy “myths.”

    Speaker Biographies

    Ms. Ariail represents management in employment-related litigation and counsels clients with respect to federal and state employment laws.  She has handled litigation involving discrimination, harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, breach of contract, defamation and whistleblower and wrongful termination claims. 

    Mr. Petkovich has represented employers in a wide range of labor law matters, including numerous jury trials, counseling on preventive strategies, responding to union organizing campaigns, RC Hearings, ULP trials, contract negotiations and labor arbitrations.  He has conducted numerous state and federal court bench and jury trials.  Over the past four years, Mr. Petkovich has conducted one state court bench trial in a non-compete action, and five jury trials in state and federal court involving employment discrimination claims. 

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