Jones Day partner Liz McRee recognized as a 2021 Employment Trailblazer by the National Law Journal
The National Law Journal (NLJ) has chosen Liz McRee, co-leader of Jones Day's global Labor & Employment Practice, for its list of 2021 Employment Trailblazers. Through the various Trailblazers special supplements, the NLJ recognizes agents of change—movers and shakers in the legal industry who have made significant contributions to, and innovations in, their area of practice.
Ms. McRee has substantial experience as lead counsel for employers in wage-and-hour class, collective, representative, and multi-plaintiff actions in courts, arbitrations, and administrative forums across the country. She has particular experience defending actions involving issues of joint employment and vicarious liability under state and federal law. She brings a business-minded approach to solving clients' most challenging labor and employment problems, and develops creative solutions and successfully represents clients in class actions and complex employment disputes that strike at the core of their business models and operations.
Among her recent victories, Ms. McRee led the defense of a nationwide campaign of wage and hour class actions, defeating class certification and winning summary judgment on cutting edge issues of joint employment and ostensible agency.
"Liz's ability to devise creative, novel strategies to defend high-profile clients against coordinated, nationwide litigation campaigns is blazing new trails—and setting new precedent—in the area of employment law," said Tina Tabacchi, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Chicago Office. "She is a talented lawyer and a wonderful colleague. We are happy to see Liz receive such well-deserved recognition from the National Law Journal."
Ms. McRee is a former chair and vice chair of The Chicago Bar Association Labor & Employment Committee. She is active in the Chicago community and serves on the board of directors of Family Focus, a nonprofit that promotes the well-being of children. Additionally, Ms. McRee mentors and sponsors the advancement of women and minority attorneys by serving on Jones Day's Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee (DIAC), as co-chair of the DIAC committee in the Chicago Office, and as a member of the Firm's women's affinity group.