Clients turn to John McKelway for strategic advice when faced with the most daunting problems in the workplace. John counsels businesses and senior-level executives on a wide range of high-risk employment issues and defends them in arbitration, litigation and appeals. He advises them on matters ranging from non-competition and trade secrets claims, high profile executive employment disputes, wage and hour litigation, employment discrimination matters, internal investigations involving sexual harassment claims, and situations involving potential violence in the workplace. These matters frequently require the use of sophisticated forensic computer experts, and John has extensive experience in this area. John also handles complex labor and employment aspects involved in corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions.
A seasoned litigator, John has 40 years of experience in the courtroom. These matters include high-stakes wage claims in which millions of dollars in damages are potentially at stake. This evolving area of the law is one of the most risky confronting employers today, and he has achieved favorable results through the appellate level. John has also successfully represented many clients in the insurance brokerage and other industries in cases involving non-competition agreements and theft of trade secrets. These matters frequently involve requests for injunctive relief at an early stage, which often determines the final outcome of the case. John is also called on to conduct highly sensitive internal investigations, often involving claims of sexual harassment or other employee misconduct, or to assist the client in navigating this difficult terrain.
A frequent author and speaker, John has authored numerous articles and book chapters and speaks frequently on employment law subjects. These include privacy, security and liability risks associated with technology in the workplace as well as employment and human resources concerns for emerging businesses.