This blog provides commentary and analysis on recent changes, developments and trends in class action law. Learn the latest issues our attorneys are following in this important area.
Stephanie L. Adler-PaindirisEmail
Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris is a Principal and the Co-Leader of the firm’s Class Actions and Complex Litigation practice group. Her practice focuses exclusively on the representation of employers at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts facing class and collective actions as well as claims of discrimination, retaliation or whistleblowing activity on an individual basis. She also appears regularly before administrative judges and agencies.
Ms. Adler-Paindiris has conducted over a dozen trials before juries and judges in state and federal courts. In addition, Ms. Adler has participated in arbitrations and administrative hearings before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings as well as AAA and FINRA. Ms. Adler-Paindiris has successfully defended appeals before four Courts of Appeals and has been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Adler-Paindiris also provides on-going legal support and counsel on a daily basis for many of her clients. She routinely provides training to managers and supervisors in all areas of employment law, including but not limited to, supervisory training, sexual and racial harassment prevention, disciplinary practice, documentation policies, safety and disability management.
Ms. Adler-Paindiris is also the Co-Leader of Jackson Lewis’ Women’s Interest Network or “WIN” working with the firm’s women attorneys and clients to increase diversity and inclusion efforts both internally and with our clients.
Ms. Adler-Paindiris is active in her community supporting a number of organizations related to her five children. She is also passionate about volunteering her time and services to the Wounded Warrior Project and other organizations.
Stephanie L. GoutosEmail
Stephanie L. Goutos is the Knowledge Management (“KM”) Attorney for Jackson Lewis P.C.’s Class Actions and Complex Litigation Practice Group, and is based in the firm’s Albany, New York, office.
Ms. Goutos supports the development of new knowledge-sharing technologies, processes, and solutions; drafts and manages legal and electronic resources; monitors and analyzes regulatory and class action case law developments; and develops and maintains information and best practices to enhance the firm’s ability to provide excellent, cost-effective defense of class actions. In doing so, Ms. Goutos draws upon her extensive litigation experience defending class and collective actions in numerous states, including New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Tennessee, and Indiana. Ms. Goutos’ practice is focused on complex employment litigation, including class, collective, and hybrid actions.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Goutos was Senior Counsel to the New York State Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education at the New York State Department of Education. In this role, Ms. Goutos provided legal counsel to the Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Education on a wide variety of issues, including existing and proposed state and federal laws and regulations.
While attending law school, Ms. Goutos was a judicial extern for the Honorable Mae A. D’Agostino in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York. She was also a Senior Editor on the Albany Government Law Review and interned for the Albany County Office of the District Attorney in the Special Victims Unit.
Douglas J. KleinEmail
Douglas J. Klein is an Associate in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is engaged exclusively in the practice of labor and employment law on behalf of management.
Mr. Klein regularly appears in federal and state courts, at arbitrations and mediations and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the United States Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Klein defends employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters such as collective and class action wage and hour cases, discrimination cases and unfair labor practice charges. He also appears on behalf of clients in representation and decertification proceedings and collective bargaining negotiations.
Mr. Klein also counsels clients on compliance with federal and state labor and fair employment laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law. He advises clients on a variety of other labor and employment issues including wage and hour compliance, facility closings, force reductions, restrictive covenants and human resources policy issues such as drug testing, social media and sexual harassment.
During law school, Mr. Klein served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Brooklyn Law School Journal of Law & Policy. He also served as an intern for the National Labor Relations Board and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jose L. Linares, U.S. District Court of New Jersey.