Michele L. Warnock Brott
Michele is a shareholder of the firm’s Litigation Division, with an emphasis in labor and employment and business litigation. Michele represents employers across the spectrum, from small, local businesses to large multi-state employers, including start-ups, franchises, large corporations, and municipalities to mitigate liability.
Michele is a trial lawyer who also advises and educates management about employee policies; including hiring, discipline and discharge. She defends employment claims and provides legal guidance related to:
- Civil Rights Claims (Iowa Civil Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
- Drug Testing
- Wage & Hour Claims
- Unemployment Claims
Employment Practices Liability Insurance
Michele regularly defends employers pursuant to employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) policies. EPLI is insurance coverage for claims where employees allege violations of their legal rights.
Michele has litigated contract disputes in all levels of state and federal courts. She is experienced in obtaining judgments for breached contracts and execution methods to ensure judgments are actually paid. Michele also drafts and defends issues such as:
- Non-compete clauses
- Non-solicit clauses
- Trade secrets and misappropriation claims
A variety of
insurance companies hire Michele to defend lawsuits and claims involving
personal injury, product liability, asbestos exposure, construction
defect claims, and coverage disputes, including bad faith insurance
claims. Michele regularly speaks and advises regarding Medicare and
Medicaid lien recovery, related to liability claims.
selected litigation experience
- Complete dismissal on behalf of an employer of a three count
petition, asserting equitable indemnity, tortious interference with a
contract and gross negligence in a wrongful death claim.
- Complete dismissal on behalf of a defendant/manufacturer of a
four count petition, asserting negligence, product liability for design
defect, manufacturing defect, and failure-to-warn claims by summary
- Complete defense verdict after an eight-day trial in favor of a
leasing company against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets,
conversion, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duties, and
- Complete recovery in an AAA large commercial dispute,
successfully enforcing the terms of a contractual indemnification
- Complete defense decision. Prevailed on summary judgment against
claims of intentional interference with an employment contract and
conspiracy to breach fiduciary duties.
- Litigated the extent of protections under the American’s with
Disabilities Act when in conflict with local restrictions affecting
service animals and successfully gained preliminary injunctive relief.
- Complete defense verdict after a two-day trial against claims of breach of contract.