Elizabeth M. Soveranez

Shareholder || Phoenix

Ms. Soveranez’s labor and employment practice includes counseling employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, including discrimination and harassment laws, non-compete agreements, discipline and discharge decisions, and lay-offs.  As part of that counseling, she has conducted training sessions for management on employment and labor-related subjects, including Title VII and the National Labor Relations Act.  Her practice also includes defending employers facing claims of harassment and discrimination, including claims based on race, national origin, gender, religion and age, the National Labor Relations Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Railway Labor Act and non-compete issues.

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Ms. Soveranez has represented clients in both state and federal courts, as well as in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, including:

  • Investigating and litigating unfair labor practice charges in front of the National Labor Relations Board;
  • Successfully obtaining a reversal in the Ninth Circuit for an airline industry employer under the Railway Labor Act;
  • Defending employers in both administrative and court proceedings under Title VII, the FMLA, the ADEA, the ADA and the RLA;
  • Assisting employers in combating corporate union campaigns, including training supervisors on lawful methods to interact with employees; implementing training programs for employees to educate them about unions and their employers; and working with management to improve employee morale and become more responsive to employee concerns and issues; and
  • Counseling businesses on non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and anti-raiding agreements, as well as defending and prosecuting claims arising out of such agreements.

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Arizona State University College of Law, 2005
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, University of Arizona, 2001

Admittance to Practice

  • Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Professional Activities

  • Arizona State Bar
  • Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association, Maricopa Chapter (Former Steering Committee Member, 2009-2011)

Speeches

  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "The Joint-Employer Quandary: Legal and Business Angles" - La Quinta - November 9, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Deal or No Deal: An Interactive Panel on Dispute Resolution" - Scottsdale - October 26, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins - "Preparing For (And Hopefully Avoiding) A Class Action Before It Is Filed" - Scottsdale - October 20, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Lawful or Unlawful - An NLRB Game Show Experience" - Scottsdale - October 20, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2015 - "Whose Employees are they Anyway? Perils, Pitfalls, and Pointers on Contingent and Temporary Workers" - Scottsdale - October 3, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Whose Employees are they Anyway? Perils, Pitfalls, and Pointers on Contingent and Temporary Workers" - Scottsdale - October 3, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - "Petitions, Elections, and ULP Charges: What to Expect in Region 28 of the NLRB" - Scottsdale - October 4, 2013
  • April 2005 - Intellectual Property Today - "Nanotechnology Thriving on Patents"
  • 2005 - Arizona State Law Review - "The Supreme Court of Arizona: Its 2003 - 2004 Decisions"
  • Best Lawyers in America (2019)
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. W. Scott Bales, Arizona Supreme Court
  • Order of the Coif
  • Pedrick Scholar
  • Managing Editor, Arizona State Law Review
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Golden Key Honors Society
  • Honor’s College
  • Dean’s List
  • Southwest Super Lawyer (2014-present)
  • Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star (2013)

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