Ogletree Deakins • Cleveland, Ohio
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Josephine?s practice focuses on defending management in all facets of labor and employment-related litigation. Her practice includes representation of employers in single plaintiff litigation arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and comparable state laws. Josephine also has substantial experience defending employers in class and collective action disputes, including wage and hour litigation involving claims of allegedly unpaid rest and/or meal periods; unpaid overtime; and/or exempt status misclassification.
Josephine dedicates a significant portion of her practice to proactively counseling employers with respect to litigation prevention and overall compliance with state, federal, and administrative laws and regulations, which includes reviewing and revising employee manuals and policies; reviewing and counseling management regarding termination decisions (including large scale layoffs), and performing exempt status classification audits. In addition, Josephine is experienced in drafting various employment agreements including noncompetes and severance agreements.
Josephine is a graduate of Harvard College, from which she received her A.B. in Sociology in 2001. During college, Josephine was selected to participate in the White House Internship Program, where she spent one summer as a Presidential Correspondence Intern during former President William J. Clinton?s presidency. She received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School in 2004. While at the University at Buffalo Law School, Josephine served as a Publications Editor on the Buffalo Law Review and a member of the Buffalo Moot Court Board. During law school, Josephine also completed a judicial externship with the Honorable H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr.
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Josephine was an associate at Jones Day, where she practiced in the firm?s Trial Practice and Labor and Employment practice groups.
- College: A.B., Harvard College, 2001
- Law School: .D., University of Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, 2004
Bar AdmissionsOhio, 2004
U. S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U. S. Court of Appeal, Sixth Circuit