How Gina Helps Clients
Gina Ameci is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Section and a second-term member of the firm's Board of Directors. She provides legal and practical counsel to assist executives, managers and HR professionals in diverse industries in making day-to-day human resource decisions. Her emphasis is on risk management – preventing problems and minimizing legal fees.
What Clients Can Expect
Gina is HR-911. Clients call her for employee/former employee emergencies of all kinds, and they receive a quick and practical response. Gina is well-versed in multiple aspects of labor and employment law and litigation, so clients trust not only the legal, but also the practical side of solving their problems, whether litigation related or routine. In fact, clients find Gina to be among the most responsive lawyers they have worked with – if not the most responsive. She listens, she is always there for them, and they trust her judgment.
Gina represents and counsels companies in diverse industries in all employment matters, including:
- Litigation and litigation management
- Wage and hour audits
- Department of Labor investigations and litigation
- Race, sex, religion and other unlawful harassment investigations and litigation
- Family and Medical Leave and Americans with Disabilities Act counseling and litigation
- Traditional employee/management relations
- General matters affecting the employment relationship
- Training HR professionals
With more than 35 years of experience in government, corporate and private practice, Gina brings a unique, multiple-perspective to labor and employment issues. Her experience includes serving as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor and as legal counsel/manager of employee relations for Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Gina has an in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry, having worked for casinos in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas, where Gina resided for more than six years. Gina also has extensive experience working with clients in the health care industry as well as those providing health-care related services. Gina also routinely has worked with various manufacturers, involving consumer goods and otherwise, and has focused knowledge of the oil and gas industry.
Helping people solve their problems has taught me more about the world and people than I would have thought possible.
Because Gina has been a litigator, as well as an in-house counselor, she fully understands the inside/outside counsel relationship and the needs of her clients as she prepares them for litigation while working to avoid it if possible. Her comprehensive representation always considers clients’ interests first, whether in traditional litigation forums or through alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation, with a focus on minimizing legal costs while achieving the desired outcome.
Among the many other services Gina performs for clients are:
- Serving as in- house counsel for entrepreneurial clients who do not desire to hire in house legal staff
- Helping companies establish a productive culture
- Helping resolve issues related to the misclassification of overtime eligible employees
- Achieving effective union-management relationships
- Drafting and enforcing employment and noncompetition agreements
- Protecting confidential information and trade secrets
- Conducting training for specific employment-related legal issues
Gina is well known for her work in the labor and employment field and holds Martindale-Hubbell's® highest rating (AV®) for ethics and legal ability. Her articles have been published in leading professional journals, and she is frequently asked to speak on labor topics such as:
- Hiring minors: Legal issues to consider
- ABC’s of FLSA Compliance for Energy Companies
- Who Are Employees Under the Employment Laws?
- Litigation Land Mines — The Hiring Decision
- Litigation Land Mines — Terminating Employees
- The Interplay Between the FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation
- Performance Appraisals and Evaluation: The Basis of Merit-Based Pay
- Understanding Sexual and other forms of Unlawful Harassment
- Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Fair Labor Standards Act – What Businesses Need to Know
- Managing without Interference: Operating in a Non-Union Environment
- National Labor Relations Act – Selected Provisions
- Covenants Not to Compete
- Protecting Your Confidential Information
- The NLRB’s Attack on Handbook Policies