Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Theresa Donahue Egler has more than 25 years of experience representing management in employment and ERISA litigation, including claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, violation of family and medical leave laws, whistleblower claims, independent contractor misclassifications, wage and hour violations, wrongful denial of benefits, breach of fiduciary duty and restrictive covenant violations. She has represented employers in class and collective actions, as well as multi and single plaintiff cases, before federal and state trial and appellate courts, the EEOC, state fair employment agencies and the Department of Labor.Ms. Egler has a particular expertise in the design and management of corporate compliance and ethics programs, internal investigations, corporate Hotlines, "speaking up" campaigns, initiatives to foster a culture of legal compliance and ethical conduct, and the development of broad-based, as well as specialized senior executive, compliance and ethics training programs.Ms. Egler also has extensive experience in providing preventative and corrective counseling on all human resource management issues, including workforce reductions and reorganizations, plant closings, threat assessments, crisis management, employment policies and employee discipline and discharge matters. She has developed and conducted training on a broad range of employment issues, designed to minimize risk and to avoid costly and divisive disputes.Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Egler served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at BASF Corporation where she was responsible for providing legal services to the Human Resources and Benefits Departments, employment and ERISA litigation and managing the Compliance & Ethics Program. She currently serves as BASF's national employment and benefits counsel.Ms. Egler is an active volunteer, having served on the Board of the Make a Wish Foundation of New Jersey and having provided pro bono legal services to non-profit corporations through the Pro Bono Partnership. She also serves as President of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation Board of Directors.