Newmeyer Dillion Defends Lender in Labor & Employment Suit Between Former, Current Executive
Successfully defended a prominent, national lender in a contentious sexual harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuit brought between a former and current executive. With over one million dollars in lost wages, emotional distress and punitive damages at stake, plus upwards of $400,000 in costs and legal fees, it was a high-stakes and hostile claim within the finance industry, amid the backdrop of the #MeToo movement. We focused our strategy on prevailing at trial, leveraging criminal trial experience during deposition testimony and informal discovery to drive a slashing cross-examination during arbitration. On the first day of arbitration, Michael Studenka's day-long cross-examination of the plaintiff yielded a waiver of costs, walk-away deal that ended 14 months of litigation—a rare outcome.