Labor & Employment Litigation

Companies have a difficult time finding employment lawyers who can manage their case efficiently, but with an eye toward trial.

Over the years, Hartline Barger attorneys have amassed extensive experience defending employers in labor and employment disputes. We handle these matters much as we do all litigation: we staff the case efficiently, evaluate the claim early, and pursue a creative resolution as soon as the matter is ripe.

As we investigate and develop a case, we never lose sight of that fact that some cases cannot be resolved and must be tried. Because we know what it costs to try a case, and what it takes to win, we are well positioned to know which direction to take. Should it be necessary to go to court, we have the knowledge and experience to try the case.

Because of our reputation, we frequently are able to resolve the case early and favorably. We have been successful in trial in defending against wrongful termination claims and have received a directed verdict in the middle of a trial involving a breach of employment contract claim. We also have experience handling lawsuits involving defamation, tortious interference, covenants not to compete, harassment, and discrimination claims.

As with all of our litigation, we consider a successful resolution as not simply winning the case, but managing the matter economically. We recognize that in these economic times, litigation budgets are tight. We have spent our entire history attempting to keep our overhead low, as well as our rates. Further, we never overstaff, both within the firm and with outside experts. We take depositions with a strategic purpose. We retain experts only as necessary and monitor their expenses. And most important, we listen to what our clients want, and design our defense plan and budget accordingly.