KoreeBlyleven

Associate

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Koree Blyleven represents employers in complex labor and employment litigation, including class actions and wrongful termination lawsuits. She has extensive experience with pretrial motions, including class certification and summary judgment. Koree is also well versed in traditional labor disputes, including first chairing multiple termination arbitrations. She also has experience with litigation and administrative proceedings involving the railroad and airline industries.

Recently, Koree second chaired a five-day whistleblower hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, which resulted in a complete defense victory for Jones Day's clients in the energy and project management industries. In 2016, she second chaired a six-day arbitration hearing on a former employee's claim for disability discrimination, which resulted in a full award in favor of Jones Day's client.

In addition to her litigation practice, Koree advises employers regarding hiring practices, terminations, reductions in force, and review of company policies. She also has experience with employment-related diligence on national and international transactions.

Koree serves on The Bishop's School Alumni Association Board and regularly volunteers with the Stanford Club of San Diego.

Experience

  • BNSF and Union Pacific win judgment in California rest period litigationJones Day obtained judgment in favor of BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company in two putative class actions brought on behalf of employees alleging violations of California rest period laws.
  • California Pizza Kitchen motion to strike Private Attorney General Act claims on manageability and judicial estoppel grounds affirmed on appealOn February 9, 2015, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted Jones Day client California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.'s ("CPK") motion to strike plaintiffs' representative Private Attorney General Act ("PAGA") claims.
  • Technology company prevails on cancer discrimination claimOn December 29, 2016, Jones Day obtained an Arbitration Award in favor of an international technology company, completely rejecting a former employee's claim that she was laid off because she had cancer.
  • AMS and MCS secure dismissal of independent contractor misclassification putative wage-and-hour class action and claims under the Private Attorney General ActJones Day successfully obtained the dismissal of a putative wage-and-hour class action filed against Mortgage Contracting Services, LLC ("MCS") and Asset Management Specialists, LLC ("AMS") challenging their fundamental business practices concerning classification of their service providers as independent contractors.
  • Energy company eliminates $2 million in damages and attorney’s fees on appealOn October 21, 2015, Jones Day obtained a ruling by the California Court of Appeal reversing a jury award of $1.3 million dollars in punitive damages, $629,560.88 in attorney’s fees, and $10,000 under the Labor Code Private Attorney General Act for a Fortune 100 energy company.
  • Global cybersecurity company obtains dismissal of misclassification claim under the California Private Attorneys General ActJones Day obtained dismissal of a misclassification claim filed on behalf of all engineers and programmers under the California Private Attorneys General Act.
  • Global payroll company obtains California Court of Appeal decision affirming dismissal of class action lawsuitThe California Court of Appeal affirmed dismissal secured by Jones Day of all claims against a global payroll company by one of its clients relating to time rounding issues.
  • Itron acquires Comverge for approximately $100 millionJones Day advised Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) in its approximately $100 million cash acquisition of Comverge, Inc. by way of the purchase of its parent company, Peak Holding Corp.
  • AGIC Capital acquires Fotona from The Gores GroupJones Day advised Asia-Germany Industrial Promotion Limited ("AGIC Capital"), an Asian-European private equity investor focused on industrial technology companies in the European and North American mid-market, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Fotona, a U.S. and Slovenia based developer of high-tech laser systems and components, primarily used in medicine, aesthetics, surgery, gynecology, and dentistry, from private equity firm, The Gores Group.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 19, 2017
      Labor & Employment Update 2017: A Look Ahead for California Employers
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