Jennifer L. Sellers

Member


jsellers@cavanaghlaw.com
Phone: 602-322-4003

Practice Areas

Corporate, Employment, Labor, OSHA & Immigration, Tax, Government Contracts, Healthcare, ERISA, Benefits

Industries

Banking, Construction, Defense Contractors, Insurance, Retail, Wholesale and Distribution

Representative Experience

Jennifer L. Sellers is a member in the Employment, Labor, OSHA and Immigration group.  She provides counseling in both the transactional and litigation arenas of employment & labor law.  She offers advice on hiring, employment contracts, covenants not to compete, severance agreements, employee manuals, compensation, benefits and terminations.

She also represents clients in a wide variety of employment litigation matters which involve discrimination issues, including sexual harassment and retaliation, Section 7 issues under the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"), wage and hour issues and leave issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA").  Her litigation experience includes agency practice.  In particular, she represents clients in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board. 

Ms. Sellers also handles issues involving the Affordable Health Care Act and addresses the changes and options it presents to companies.  Her Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage practice includes counseling and training on state and federal prevailing wages and benefits requirements, coverage and applicability of prevailing wage laws, coverage exemptions, worker classification and pay issues, addressing wage determinations, wage surveys, and representation of employers before the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and similar state agencies.

She has particular experience in matters involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA"). Her employment and labor background, as well as her Master of Science in Taxation, allows her to advise clients on both the IRS rules and the U.S. Department of Labor rules that govern ERISA plans.  

Ms. Sellers also works on merger-acquisition transactions.  She handles due diligence matters as they relate to benefit and employment issues.  Ms. Sellers has handled sales transactions that were in excess of $10 million. 


Publications & Presentations

News

Associations & Activities

  • Maricopa County Bar, Board of Directors, Employment Law Section
  • Arizona Bar, Employment and Labor Section
  • Junior League of Phoenix
  • Central Valley Chair, Society of Human Resource Management of Greater Phoenix (SHRMGP), 2017

Awards & Recognition

  • Southwest Rising Star in Labor and Employment Law, 2014, 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2007
  • Arizona, 2009

Court Admissions

  • Illinois, 2006
  • Missouri, 2007
  • Arizona, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2010

Education

  • St. Louis University (J.D., 2006)
  • National Moot Court Team
  • University of Illinois (M.S., 2003)
  • General Assembly Scholar
  • Southern Methodist University (B.B.A. and B.A., magna cum laude, 2002)
  • University Scholar
  • Robert H. Stewart Scholar
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Mortar Board

Representative Matters

  • Advised a client on the planning and implementation of a Reduction in Force ("RIF") which included notifications under the Federal Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the "WARN Act") and the development of a business justification document for the RIF.
  • Successfully represented a client in ERISA litigation involving a benefit claim and a breach of fiduciary benefit claim.
  • Drafted policies and provided training on the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.
  • Assisted in the creation of nonqualified deferred compensation plans in order to retain and reward executives.
  • Regularly negotiates stock awards and stock options for companies and executives.