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Senior Counsel, Dykema

Phone

214-462-6442

Areas Of Practice

Arlene Switzer Steinfield is Senior Counsel in Dykema's Labor and Employment Practice. With more than 35 years of experience in representing management in labor and employment law, Ms. Steinfield litigates employment discrimination cases and workplace disputes in state and federal court, conducts employment law compliance training, counsels employers on preventative compliance strategies, and appears frequently on behalf of employers before numerous administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor Employment Standards Administration, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Steinfield represents clients from a wide range of industries, including retail, law firms and other professional service firms, financial services, oil and gas, health care practice groups and hospitals, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, consumer products, real estate development, manufacturing, restaurants, hospitality, trucking, private schools, and recycling facilities. She also serves as an independent investigator of internal workplace harassment and discrimination complaints and suspected misconduct. She represents employers in arbitrations in both union and non-union settings. She is a trained mediator whose mediation practice emphasizes labor and employment law disputes.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, Executive Editorial Board, American Criminal Law Review, 1978
University of Rochester, B.A., Social Psychology, with Distinction, 1975
Université de Montpellier, Faculté des Lettres, Montpellier, France, 1973-74

Professional Experience

Federal and state court litigation of workplace disputes involving statutory claims and common law actions involving employment discrimination, retaliation and harassment; restrictive covenants, nondisclosure agreements, and the duty of loyalty; wrongful termination; breach of contract; workplace torts; public policy actions; whistleblower claims; claims to recover unpaid commissions and other compensation disputes; and other workplace dispute matters
Arbitrations in union and non-union settings
Negotiation and drafting of severance agreements
Negotiation and drafting of employment contracts and independent contractors agreements
Planning and implementation of workforce reductions and reorganizations
Training and advice regarding employment law compliance, including sexual harassment training and the development of preventative compliance strategies to minimize the risk of litigation
Assistance with the development of personnel practices and policies and the drafting of codes of business conduct, employee handbooks, and employment forms
Advice regarding worker classifications
Internal audit of human resources practices and policies
Advice regarding union organization campaigns and labor/management relations
Advice regarding labor and employment law issues and strategies in corporate mergers and acquisitions

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
American Bar Association: ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employer Co-Chair, Sponsorships, Donors and Grants Taskforce, 2009-2011; ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual CLE Conference, Employer Co-chair, 2009, Employer Vice Chair, 2008, Segment Producer, 2007; Member, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee
Member, American Employment Law Council
Member, State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Section
Member, Dallas Bar Association, Employment Law and Dispute Resolution Sections
Chapter Monitor, Chapter on Sex Discrimination, First Supplement to Fifth Edition of Employment Discrimination Law (BNA), and Chapter on Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment, 2009 and 2010 Cumulative Supplements to Fourth Edition

Professional Honors and Achievements

Recognized in The Best Lawyers of America®, Employment Law -- Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2003-2015. Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC
Recognized in Chambers USA, as a Leader in Their Field, Labor and Employment, 2007–2014
Recognized as a Best Lawyer for Labor & Employment Law, by D Magazine, 2012-2014
Recognized as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas," Texas Super Lawyers®, 2011
Recognized as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth," by Texas Super Lawyers®, 2011-2013
Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas," Texas Super Lawyers®, 2010-2013
Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers® for Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution 2003–2014
Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Woman Lawyers™, 2013, 2014
Recognized as one of "The Best Women Lawyers in Dallas," DMagazine, 2010
Recognized in "U.S. News-Best Lawyers®," 2014 Tier 1 Dallas, Litigation - Labor & Employment Tier 2 Dallas, Employment Law - Management
Recognized as one of the "The Best Lawyers: Labor and Employment", by Corporate Counsel, 2004–2010

Community Service

Texas International Theatrical Arts Society (TITAS), Trustee, 2012-Present
The Greenhill School, Trustee, 2006-2012
Anti-Defamation League, Dallas Regional Board, Member, 2009-2011
Georgetown University Law Center Alumni Admissions Program, Interviewer, 2010-Present
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas Vice President, 1999-2003 Member, Executive Committee, 1996-2005 Member, Board of Directors, 1996-2006 Past Chair, Planning & Allocations Committee, 1997-1999 Founding Member of Cardozo Society
Dallas Jewish Community Foundation Member, Board of Directors, 1999-2003 Member, Executive Committee and Trustee, 1992-1994 Chair, Distribution Committee, 1992-1994