People: Gina R. Merrill, Partner

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Gina R. Merrill

Partner

New York
Direct: (212) 218-4648
Fax: (917) 344-1346
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Ms. Merrill is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's New York Office.  Her practice focuses on representing management in complex litigation in federal and state courts and other tribunals.  She defends employers in class and collective proceedings, including proceedings arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, ADEA, Equal Pay Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as other state and local statutes that concern the myriad issues attendant to employment.  In addition to her defense of employers in wage and hour and discrimination suits, Ms. Merrill regularly defends businesses in class action suits brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state-equivalent statutes. 
 
Ms. Merrill counsels employers on a variety of employment law matters, and she is experienced in conducting workplace investigations.  Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Merrill defended corporate and individual clients in a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, and related civil litigation.  She also has significant experience in securities and complex business litigation.
 
Ms. Merrill frequently writes on issues affecting the workplace, and in particular has co-authored articles regarding class arbitration and the use of statistics in class litigation.
 
Ms. Merrill’s pro bono service includes winning asylum on behalf of a Russian national and, through MFY’s Kinship Caregiver Law Project, navigating adoption proceedings for grandparents and other relatives who are caring for young children in their extended family.
Ms. Merrill is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's New York Office.  Her practice focuses on representing management in complex litigation in federal and state courts and other tribunals.  She defends employers in class and collective proceedings, including proceedings arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, ADEA, Equal Pay Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as other state and local statutes that concern the myriad issues attendant to employment.  In addition to her defense of employers in wage and hour and discrimination suits, Ms. Merrill regularly defends businesses in class action suits brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state-equivalent statutes. 
 
Ms. Merrill counsels employers on a variety of employment law matters, and she is experienced in conducting workplace investigations.  Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Merrill defended corporate and individual clients in a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, and related civil litigation.  She also has significant experience in securities and complex business litigation.
 
Ms. Merrill frequently writes on issues affecting the workplace, and in particular has co-authored articles regarding class arbitration and the use of statistics in class litigation.
 
Ms. Merrill’s pro bono service includes winning asylum on behalf of a Russian national and, through MFY’s Kinship Caregiver Law Project, navigating adoption proceedings for grandparents and other relatives who are caring for young children in their extended family.

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law,  magna cum laude
    Order of the Coif 
  • B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude 
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for Connecticut

Presentations

  • Contributor, Class Action Issues, Nineteenth Annual NYU Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges (March 2016)
  • Speaker, "Wage and Hour Update: Recent Developments and Trends," Breakfast Briefing, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 10, 2014)

Publications

  • “Disparate Impact, Trial by Statistics: Thoughts From A Defense Attorney’s Perspective,” Adverse Impact Analysis: Understanding Data, Statistics and Risk (forthcoming 2017)
  • “Investigating the Anonymous Complaint:  The Practicalities and Pitfalls of Employee Hotlines,” HR Advisor:  Legal and Practical Guidance (March/April 2016)
  • "Class Arbitration in Theory and Practice," Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After 50 Years, Proceedings of the New York University 67th Annual Conference on Labor (2015)