Virginia Public Sector Collective Bargaining: Lessons Learned


May 23, 2024    
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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Virginia Public Sector Collective Bargaining:  Lessons Learned 

We are pleased to welcome our panelists: Sarah Espinosa, of SME Dispute Resolution, LLC, Justin Keating, Beins, Axelrod & Keating, LLC, and Amy Smith of Isler Dare P.C.

Sarah Espinosa, J.D., is a labor arbitrator, mediator, and organizational ombuds. Sarah is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and is listed on a number of labor arbitration rosters and panels, including those administered by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the American Arbitration Association, the National Mediation Board, DC PERB, NJ PERC, and NY PERB. Sarah also serves as the Impartial Labor Relations Administrator for Arlington County Virginia, Fairfax County Virginia, Fairfax County Public Schools, City of Charlottesville Virginia, and Montgomery County Government in Maryland. Sarah serves on various permanent arbitration panels. Sarah holds a part-time appointment as a senior extension associate at the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University, where she teaches professional development courses and programs including Ethics in Mediation, Arbitration and Employment Law Mediation Training, and the Labor Arbitrator Development Program. She is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Amy E. Smith is a Partner at IslerDare PC. Prior to joining the firm, Amy practiced both management and employee-side labor and employment law with firms in Savannah, Georgia and Tampa, Florida. Amy litigates cases and advises clients on a range of labor and employment matters including those arising under Title VII, the ADA, the Equal Pay Act, the Service Contract Act, FMLA, and FLSA, as well as state workplace laws such as common law torts. Amy also litigates and provides advice and counseling on non-compete, non-solicit, confidentiality, and trade secret matters.  In addition, Amy drafts and reviews employee handbooks and policies, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, severance agreements, and settlement agreements.  Amy also regularly advises clients on traditional labor relations matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, representation campaigns, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

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