Ada W. Dolph is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She represents clients in a wide range of labor and employment matters, with an emphasis on ERISA, whistleblower and employment discrimination claims. She is a Co-Lead of the Firm’s Whistleblower Team and a member of the ERISA & Employee Benefits Practice Group and Health Care Fraud & Provider Billing Litigation Team.
Ms. Dolph regularly counsels a wide variety of clients, including in the healthcare, airline, retail, manufacturing, consumer product and supply-chain industries, regarding compliance with and claims brought under Title VII, ADA, Section 1981, ADEA, the Railway Labor Act (RLA), AIR21, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), and their state law counterparts.
She counsels clients regarding employment disputes and compliance, conducts internal investigations, positions clients for anticipated litigation, and vigorously defends clients in government investigations, administrative charges and lawsuits.
She has defended matters brought in local, state and federal agencies (including the EEOC and OSHA), and state and federal courts across the country. Ms. Dolph also counsels clients in all aspects of reductions in force (RIF), including selection, statistical analysis, group release agreements, and defense of any claims that may result.
Ms. Dolph has significant e-discovery experience in both single-plaintiff and class action matters, including the effective and efficient management of preservation, collection, review, and production of electronic information, as well as aggressively navigating disputes regarding the breadth and scope of document production.
Ms. Dolph’s class experience includes unique procedural issues including successfully opposing a named plaintiff-intervenor, obtaining a Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(f) appeal, defeating and narrowing class certification before and after Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), and settlements in classes of up to 80,000 plaintiffs.
- J.D., Northwestern School of Law, cum laude (2004)
- Northwestern Law Review, Articles Editor; Published in Northwestern Law Review (2004); Spring 2004 Trial Advocacy Team
- B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1999)
- Chicago Bar Association (Class Action Committee, Employee Benefits Committee, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Alliance for Women Committee)
- American Bar Association (Section of Labor & Employment Law—-Co-Chair Employment Discrimination Subcommittee, Employee Benefits Committee; Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice; Forum on Air and Space Law)
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