Liz Washko is a shareholder in the Nashville office and a managing director for the firm, and the co-chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group. Ms. Washko represents management in a wide variety of employment matters, at the agency level and in litigation. Ms. Washko has particular experience defending employers in FLSA collective actions, in pay discrimination cases (individual plaintiff and class/collective actions) and conducting proactive pay audits and pay equity analyses. Ms. Washko has served as lead counsel in jury trials in state and federal courts. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Washko conducts training on employment issues, drafts and reviews employment policies and agreements, and conducts harassment and other types of investigations for employers. Ms. Washko is a frequent speaker and writer on topics relating to all types of employment issues and works with clients on preventive strategies to avoid discrimination, retaliation and other employment claims. Ms. Washko has been practicing law since graduating from Rutgers School of Law in 1993. She joined Ogletree Deakins in 2000 and was elected to shareholder status in 2003.
While Ms. Washko represents employers of all sizes and in all industries, she has particular expertise representing clients in the restaurant, retail, healthcare and manufacturing industries.
Ms. Washko is a member of the American Health Lawyers’ Association and is the past-Chair of the Labor and Employment practice group of the AHLA. Ms. Washko also is a member of the Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Section. She is a regular contributing editor to the ABA’s FLSA Treatise and annual supplements and the FMLA annual supplements.