Bonnie Puckett

Of Counsel Atlanta

Bonnie Puckett leads the firm’s Asia-Pacific practice, advising on all types of cross-border and global employment matters within the Asia region and worldwide and preparing contracts, handbooks, and corporate policies designed for worldwide as well as country-specific use. Bonnie develops business-practical solutions for employers confronting various international challenges from onboarding, to compensation structure, to performance management, to transactional diligence and post-transaction workforce integration, to reductions in force.  Guiding employers through international expansions and divestitures, Bonnie develops staffing solutions and helps clients manage costs and risks effectively, including those associated with tax, payroll, data, and employment-law compliance.  Bonnie counsels employers regarding protection of proprietary information, data privacy, and administering restrictive covenants worldwide, helping clients achieve and administer global procedures as well as local compliance. 

Global mobility and expatriate workforce comprises a significant focus of Bonnie’s practice.  She designs and executes mobility assignments, with expertise in cross-border intercompany service agreements, expatriate packages and documentation, mobility programs, and tax equalization policies, and oversees outbound immigration issues. 

An experienced litigator, Bonnie helps clients resolve disputes involving current and former overseas employees, defending United States-based litigation with international issues and providing strategic direction on litigation overseas.  She advises on cross-border dispute resolution issues and procedural requirements, such as multi-country litigation, service of process in foreign jurisdictions, personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants and venue arguments, conflicts of law, and judgment enforcement. Bonnie has litigated wage-hour class and collective actions and discrimination lawsuits under statutes such as Title VII, the ADA.

Bonnie has extensive experience handling projects in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, Russia, and Australia, and her regular practice also involves Europe and the Middle East. Bonnie assists government contractors with staffing and mobility decisions involving an expatriate workforce in hazardous locations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

Bonnie speaks regularly on topics relevant to the global employer, such as mobility, global compliance, international restrictive covenants, contingent workforce issues, and data privacy.

Bonnie clerked for the Honorable Beverly B. Martin at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. While in law school, she was an Articles Editor for the University of Michigan Law Review.


Experience

Some recent representative projects of the International Practice Group, working when necessary with Ogletree & Deakins' own network of affiliated local practitioners, include:

  • Global restructuring projects (UK, Germany, UAE, France, Switzerland, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Canada)
  • Overtime and wage/hour compliance in multiple jurisdictions (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Philippines, Canada, France)
  • Investigating allegations of sexual harassment and criminal assault (Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Chile)
  • Investigating allegations of abuse of financial protocols, including benefits fraud, unauthorized discounting and alleged kickbacks (Japan, France, Brazil)
  • Drafting and coordinating the rollout of global sales compensation plans, retention bonus plans, codes of conduct and electronic communications policies
  • Review and updating employment contracts (Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, China, South Korea, Singapore, Bangladesh, Palestine, Philippines, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico)
  • Mitigating the multi-disciplinary risks associated with engaging independent contractors in foreign jurisdictions (China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, UK, Spain, India, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela)
  • Preparing employment handbooks and “work rules” (China, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Angola, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Advising concerning choice of law issues and the enforceability of US judgments overseas (China, Switzerland, Guinea) and the applicability of US employment laws to foreign decision makers (Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, Mexico, Angola)
  • Response to data privacy breaches (Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, China)
  • Managing disability issues (Germany, Switzerland, Canada)
  • Preparing comparative anti-harassment trainings (Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, France, Germany, UK, Switzerland)
  • Establishing Global Employment Companies and other measures to mitigate the multidisciplinary risks associated with Global Mobility assignments (Bangladesh, Malta, the Netherlands, UK, China, Singapore, Canada)
  • Negotiating executive terminations (China, the Netherlands, Denmark, Mexico, Portugal, UK, Germany, Russia, Canada) as well as handling performance and conduct-based terminations (Trinidad, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, UK)
  • Special considerations for high-risk jurisdictions and government contractors (Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Libya)
  • Preparing sales agency and distributorship agreements (Puerto Rico, Colombia)
  • Managing employment litigation (France, Brazil, Dominican Republic, China, Canada).

The International Practice Group consists of lawyers with in-house experience working for multinationals, lawyers experienced in cross-disciplinary matters such as white collar crime, M&A, immigration and tax, lawyers with educational and language experience in a multitude of foreign countries including China, Cuba, Brazil, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Austria, Ireland; and German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean lawyers experienced working in the United States.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (International and Labor & Employment Section)
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Executive Board, American Jewish Committee Atlanta Regional Office, ACCESS Young Adult Division
  • Member, American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region
  • AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
  • Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • International Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Bloomberg BNA Webinar - ''Easing the Pain of Multi-Country Payroll'' - June 14, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''The New Administration: Global Mobility in 2017'' - Atlanta - May 18, 2017
  • The Knowledge Group Webinar - ''The Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election'' - May 15, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Emerging Issues for Multinational Employers: New Regulations, New Risks, New Challenges'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Seminar - ''Emerging Globalism: Dealing with Change in Multi-National Organizations'' - Washington - March 29, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Maximizing Global Workforce Mobility: Best Practices and Pitfalls'' - St. Louis - September 12, 2016
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) - ''Team Moves and the Enforcement of Non-Compete Covenants'' - Chicago - September 12, 2016
  • The Knowledge Group /The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series - ''International Labor & Employment Law: Significant Issues to Watch For in 2016 & Beyond'' - September 12, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Global Mobility and International Employment Issues Workshop'' - Atlanta - October 21, 2015
  • Law Firm Network (LFN) - ''Employee Non-Competes for Multinational Corporations'' - Milan - June 06, 2015
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter - ''Global Labor and Employment Compliance'' - Boston - October 08, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''After the Acquisition: Integrating a Global Workforce'' - Los Angeles - September 20, 2014

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2015 - Global Legal Insights - Employment & Labour Law, 3rd Edition - "Hot Topics for U.S. Organizations in Global Employment Labour and Employment Law Compliance"
2013 - The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Employment & Labour Law 2013 - "Engaging Independent Contractors for Multinational Organizations"
September 19, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins International Blog - "Tax Considerations for Employment Lawyers"

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