Michele L. Warnock Brott
Michele is a forward-thinking, practical employment attorney. Her first goal is to help her clients avoid litigation. When that’s not an option, she’s ready to defend them before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and through trial.
Labor and Employment
Michele is an experienced subject matter expert in employment law and partners with employers, owners, risk managers, and human resources professionals to advise about comprehensive and complex employment matters ranging from onboarding, performance management, employee relations, compensation, leaves, accommodations, internal investigations, and best practices. Michele provides legal guidance related to the full spectrum of employment legal issues:
- Civil Rights Claims (Iowa Civil Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
- Drug testing
- Employee agreements
- Employee policies and best practices
- Harassment and retaliation claims
- Trade secrets
- Unemployment claims
- Wage & hour claims
Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)
Michele partners with insurance companies when their insureds are accused of wrongful termination, retaliation, or other discrimination claims. Insurance companies also 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 was on the forefront of helping clients figure out how to safely return to their physical workspaces with the Return to Work guide. She is now representing employers in some of the first COVID-19-related litigation including wrongful termination and unsafe work environments.
Michele has litigated contract disputes in state and federal courts. Companies turn to Michele to draft contracts including non-compete clauses, non-solicit clauses, and protections for trade secrets. They rely on her experience in defending those clauses in court and obtaining judgments for breached contracts.
Michele has defended businesses and employers in various industries with matters relating to personnel and employment laws.
- Construction Company: Coordinated an emergency discrimination investigation. Due to Michele’s remedial plan and response, the client avoided losing a multi-million-dollar engagement
- Multi-State Engineering Employer: Complete dismissal of a three-count petition, asserting equitable indemnity, tortious interference with a contract, and gross negligence in a wrongful death claim
- Manufacturer: Complete dismissal on behalf of a four-count petition, asserting negligence, product liability for design defect, manufacturing defect, and failure-to-warn claims by summary judgment motion
- Leasing Company: Complete defense verdict after an eight-day trial in favor of the client against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duties, and conspiracy
- Renewable Fuels Business: Complete recovery in a AAA large commercial dispute, successfully enforcing the terms of a contractual indemnification provision
- Financial Business: Complete defense verdict after a two-day trial against claims of breach of contract