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Wendy C. Butler


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  • The University of Texas at Austin (J.D. with honors 1997; Order of the Coif); Yale University (B.A. summa cum laude 1991; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia and New York

Wendy Butler has more than 20 years of experience defending employment-related litigation and advising employers on legal compliance. Her litigation experience includes the defense of class and individual claims arising under the FLSA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, Title VII, ERISA, and numerous state laws. She counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including human resources policies, litigation avoidance, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, reductions in force, wage/hour audits and compliance, internal investigations, and issues that arise in connection with corporate transactions.

Wendy has significant experience defending class action litigation under the FLSA and state wage/hour laws. In these high-exposure and often high-profile cases, she has had repeated success defeating class and/or collective action certification and obtaining favorable decisions on the merits. Her involvement with these cases dates back over 15 years, around the time courts first began to see a significant uptick in these types of filings. She has been at the forefront of developing litigation strategies to defeat these claims and also regularly advises clients on compliance initiatives that reduce exposure to such claims.

Wendy has written and spoken on a variety of topics, including wage and hour laws, sexual harassment claims and prevention practices, whistleblower and discrimination litigation, and the defense and settlement of class actions. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, where she has served on the Wage and Hour Committee.

Wendy Butler