Attorneys

Michael A. Curley

In founding and leading Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud LLP, Michael Curley brings more than 25 years of experience in advising clients throughout the country and around the world with regard to labor and employment law matters. In those years, he has litigated numerous high-profile cases before the National Labor Relations Board, at FINRA, in various arbitration forums, and in state and federal courts located throughout the country.

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Charles W. Fournier

Charles Fournier’s practice focuses on internal investigations; workforce restructurings; policy development and implementation; design and delivery of training programs; the workforce aspects of acquisitions, dispositions, and integrations; the early identification and resolution of employment disputes and, when necessary, the litigation of those disputes. Mr. Fournier joined Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud after 17 years as Senior Vice President of Employment Law for NBCUniversal, where he led a team of attorneys responsible for all employment law matters for NBC, Universal Studios, Telemundo, their owned cable networks and television stations, and related news, entertainment, and digital media businesses throughout the world.

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Peter Hurtgen

Mr. Hurtgen began his affiliation with the firm in 2011 as an Of Counsel, after a highly distinguished career both in the private sector for nearly 40 years (most recently, as a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius) and in leadership positions in government for seven years. During his career, Mr. Hurtgen has handled every facet of labor and employment law for private sector and public sector employers.

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Brian Lee Johnsrud

Brian Lee Johnsrud is a litigator with substantial experience and expertise in representing technology, financial services, and transportation companies. He works closely with clients to develop credible litigation avoidance strategies in high-risk employment disputes, and has arbitrated and tried a number of cases to defense verdict. He is a frequent speaker on employment law trends and emerging issues, and has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer for Labor and Employment (Defense).

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David Silverman

David Silverman brings broad experience as a top legal and business executive to the practice of law at Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud LLP and to the management of its operations. Mr. Silverman has been a general counsel and part of the senior management teams of three financial services companies. Most recently, he was an Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of LEAF Financial Corporation, a large national commercial finance and equipment leasing company. Before joining LEAF, Mr. Silverman worked for more than nine years at Sovereign Bank, a large regional financial services company, for most of that time as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Sovereign Bank and Sovereign Bancorp, Inc. Before joining Sovereign, Mr. Silverman was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Meridian Mortgage Corporation, a large national mortgage lender and servicer.

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Victoria Carradero

Victoria Carradero is an employment defense litigator with substantial federal and state court experience.  Her litigation experience includes, among other matters, complex discrimination, harassment and retaliation suits, whistleblower cases, and contract and tort claims.  As a counselor, Ms. Carradero advises clients on the full range of issues impacting the employment relationship, from litigation avoidance and risk assessment, and investigation strategy to employer policies, employee classifications (e.g., exempt/non-exempt and independent contractor/employee) and FOIA matters.

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Andrew I. Herman

Andrew Herman has experience in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including litigation and administrative proceedings, labor relations, employer counseling, and corporate transactions. He has helped clients with matters and concerns arising under numerous federal and state employment laws, including Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FMLA, the FLSA, the NLRA, the WARN Act, and analogous state and local laws.

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Jennifer Lotz

Jennifer Lotz comes to Curley with substantial experience in both employment litigation and counseling. In her litigation practice, Ms. Lotz has defended employers in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and wage and hour violations, including single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action matters.

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Debra Morway

Debra Morway is an experienced litigator with an extensive big firm background. She has represented numerous financial services, energy, technology, media and retail firms in single and multiple plaintiff cases in state and federal courts as well as in various arbitral forums. These include discrimination cases brought under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Bankruptcy Code. Ms. Morway also has litigated tort and contract cases and several class and collective actions under Title VII and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also maintains a substantial counseling practice.

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Emilie Smith Petirs

Emilie Smith Petirs has substantial employment litigation experience, including the defense of statutory discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, as well as contract and common law tort claims. She also has litigated several restrictive covenant, trade secret, and unfair competition cases, including successfully obtaining and opposing temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions. Ms. Smith Petirs has led e-discovery teams in the efficient management of those projects.

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Lindsey Schroeder

Lindsey K. Schroeder's practice focuses on employment counseling and litigation. With regard to counseling, Ms. Schroeder has substantial experience drafting employee handbooks and related policies, severance plans, executive employment agreements, corporate wellness plans, background check policies, and social media and network policies. She also regularly provides risk management advice on high-risk employee termination decisions, wage and hour compliance (including audits), disability and accommodation issues, and recruiting and hiring. Ms. Schroeder also provides a wide range of management training.

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Patrick M. Sherman

Patrick Sherman brings substantial employment litigation and counseling experience to Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud LLP. In his litigation practice, Mr. Sherman has defended employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, unfair competition and trade secret misappropriation. He has successfully opposed class action claims for wage and hour violations.

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Maggie W. Trinh

Maggie Trinh practices employment litigation and counseling. She has handled wrongful discharge, wage and hour claims, disability accommodation, and retaliation claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Trinh regularly provides advice to clients on wage and hour compliance and has provided sexual harassment training required by AB 1825. She has worked with many employers in the technology industry.

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Lindsay L. Vest

Lindsay Vest brings big firm legal experience as well as substantial business experience to Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud LLP. Most recently, Ms. Vest was an associate in the Philadelphia labor and employment group of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. At Morgan Lewis, she gained vital experience in many aspects of labor and employment law, with a particular focus in employment discrimination law; wage and hour; traditional labor law; restructurings and layoffs; litigation avoidance; and counseling. Ms. Vest has extensive experience defending against both single-plaintiff and class action discrimination suits and advising senior executive management on related matters. While at Morgan Lewis, she established a strong counseling practice early in her career and quickly became Morgan Lewis's go-to expert on USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act), advising firm clients nationwide.

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Stephen Yang

Stephen Yang brings over 25 years of employer-side litigation experience with respect to wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment matters, wage and hour claims, statutory compliance, and trade secret misappropriation cases. He has litigated before federal and state civil courts, federal and state administrative agencies, the National Labor Relations Board and private arbitrators.

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