Welter Law Firm is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive employment law counsel to national and regional employers. The firm serves jurisdictions in seven states, and our results demonstrate a commitment to effective strategic counsel for employers in a wide range of matters.
National Reach. Powerful Results.
From our headquarters in Northern Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., the firm is ideally suited to meet clients’ national employment law needs. The firm’s attorneys are engaged as counsel with employers doing business in all fifty states, and we have successfully represented clients in litigation at the state and federal levels.
Our reach provides truly seamless national counsel on employment law matters to some of America’s largest companies as well as to mid-sized and growth-stage employers in complex industry sectors. Learn more about our attorneys, solutions, and results.
Results in Representative Matters
The following are results that the firm has obtained in representative matters since the firm’s inception:
State-Wide Class Action [California]
The firm obtained a final summary judgment for its client in a state-wide class action alleging violations of California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 and breach of contract relating to operation of a franchise payroll system. The case was litigated in the Superior Court for Imperial County, California for three years before the trial court dismissed all claims against our client on summary judgment. Kimberly Aleksick v. 7-Eleven, Inc., No. ECU03615 (Imperial County Superior Court, California). In 2012, the firm was successful in defending the summary judgment on appeal before the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District. Kimberly Aleksick v. 7-Eleven, Inc., No. D059236 (California Ct. App., 4th Dist.).
OFCCP Investigation & Audit [Federal]
The firm successfully resolved a two-year Department of Labor OFCCP investigation and audit of a government contractor client’s affirmative action plan with a conciliation agreement that resulted in no financial penalties or back wages.
Workers’ Compensation [Virginia]
In a case alleging negligent hiring, negligent retention and assault in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond, the firm prevailed on a plea in bar arguing that the claims were precluded by the exclusive remedy provisions of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. The case was dismissed with prejudice.
Contract & Franchise Dispute [California]
The firm obtained the dismissal of all claims against its franchisor client in the Los Angeles Superior Court and successfully defended the judgment on appeal to the California Court of Appeal. The case involved tortious interference with contract and prospective economic advantage claims in connection with the sale of a franchise. Stephanie Price v. 7-Eleven, Inc., et al., No. B212597 (Cal. Ct. App., 2d Dist., 2009) (unpublished).
Breach of Contract [Virginia]
The firm was successful in prosecuting an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court from an adverse jury verdict on a breach of contract claim before the Circuit Court for Henrico County, Virginia. The Virginia Supreme Court unanimously held that the plaintiff’s breach of contract claims were barred by the statute of limitations and reversed.
Wage & Hour / Independent Contractor [California and Federal]
In an important opinion later cited by the California Supreme Court, the firm obtained a written summary judgment opinion in a wage and hour case. The case involved claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code alleging that our client was a joint employer with its franchisee. The court rejected this claim, upholding the independent contractor relationship. Singh v. 7-Eleven, Inc., 2007 WL 715488 (N.D. Cal. 2007).
Breach of Contract / Noncompetition [Virginia]
The firm defended an individual client in a week-long jury trial before the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia, in a case alleging breach of fiduciary duty, conversion of confidential information and tortious interference with contractual relations. The plaintiff corporation alleged that the firm’s client had unlawfully recruited its former employees and sole customer to the benefit of a competitor. Facing potential exposure of $2 million if the plaintiff was awarded treble damages and attorneys’ fees under the Virginia conspiracy statute, the jury returned a verdict of only $30,000 against our client and did not find a conspiracy (which precluded the plaintiff from recovering its attorneys’ fees from our client).
Severance Dispute [Virginia]
After nine years of bankruptcy proceedings, our clients recovered 100% of unpaid severance owed to a group of former executives of the bankrupt airplane manufacturer pursuant to their employment agreements.