Partner, Labor & Employment|Seyfarth
As co-leader of Seyfarth’s People Analytics group, Annette leads a multidisciplinary team of attorneys, labor economists, data analysts, and other professionals to develop data-driven solutions that solve complex workforce issues. Annette collaborates with employers to design and implement metrics for tracking, assessment, and achievement of workforce objectives including effective talent acquisition and management, pay equity, diversity and inclusion, and workforce restructuring with an eye toward minimizing litigation risk.
Annette uses her substantive experience to defend employers in complex litigation matters that implicate the cross-section of data and the law. Such issues include defeating class certification, developing merits-based analyses, and evaluating damages assessments that impact litigation defense and settlement options.
In her practice, Annette is on the cutting edge of providing legal advice related to the technological advances that are driving data-driven decision-making in the employment context. These technologies include the use of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and machine learning algorithms to address key processes including sourcing, hiring, retention, workforce planning, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion efforts.
Annette also represents federal contractors on their obligations under Executive Order 11246 and related statutes and regulations. She assists contractors in affirmative action compliance matters involving OFCCP proceedings, including compliance evaluations, and pre-audit review and analysis of general compliance obligations.
Annette has also provided written and oral testimony on proposed labor and employment legislation and regulations pending before the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Annette is a member of the Chicago Diversity Action Team, supports the firm’s national Diversity leadership, and actively participates in pro bono and other community charitable activities.