McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Elvira Kras focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling. She defends employers in all stages of litigation including in putative class action and single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits for claims of meal and rest period violations, failure to pay wages and bonuses, off-the-clock work, misclassification, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, trade secret, and breach of contract matters. She advocates for clients in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including in proceedings before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Division of Labor Enforcement Standards, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the US Department of Labor.
Elvira advises employers regarding handbooks, polices and procedures, leaves, wage and hour laws, hiring and termination, social media policies, pay equity and compliance related matters. Fluent in both Russian and Spanish, Elvira enjoys using her language skills to counsel both domestic and international clients.
Elvira participates in industry specific anti-harassment training and is a speaker on developments in employment law, including pay equity and best hiring and retention practices.
In addition to her Employment practice, Elvira has experience representing clients facing government investigations and in white-collar matters, as well as, trial and appellate experience, having served as a lead associate in an employment and defamation trial for the Southern District of New York and having argued a criminal appeal in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to law school, Elvira served as a law clerk for a civil rights attorney in Los Angeles and assisted in a precedent setting, federal civil rights trial resulting in a multi million dollar verdict.