Serena S. Wilson-Griffin

Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice:

Serena Wilson-Griffin has over 15 years of management side employment and labor law experience. Having served as the sole in-house employment attorney for a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company with over 6,000 employees in the United States, Asia, Canada, and Mexico, as well as the sole employment attorney for a major regional healthcare employer with over 30,000 employees in four states, Serena has significant management, employee relations, performance management, human resources counseling, litigation management, employment law, and due diligence counsel experience for mergers and acquisitions, including those involving unions. As a former Human Resources (HR) professional herself, she is uniquely aware of the challenges faced by HR professionals and business leaders. Serena uses her extensive background to partner with business leaders and HR professionals to reach practical and cost-effective solutions to their workplace problems.

Human Resources Counsel

While employment and labor law seemingly requires significant reactionary measures, prevention is the best way to address workplace problems. Given this, Serena encourages employers to proactively address potential workplace liability. As part of her HR counseling practice, Serena helps employers update their handbooks, personnel policies and job descriptions, and she conducts proactive internal audits. Additionally, she informs clients of updates in employment and labor law, and regularly conducts on-site training on topics such as conducting appropriate employee interviews, medical leave, sexual harassment, workplace investigations, and employee performance management. In the event an employer wishes to end an employment relationship, Serena also provides termination counseling, including counseling regarding reductions in force (RIF) and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).

Medical Leave

Employers are routinely faced with responding to an employee’s request for medical leave and/or request for an accommodation. Properly responding to such requests requires an understanding of the relationship between the employer’s workplace policies and federal and state employment law, such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When addressing such requests, Serena partners with HR professionals and business leaders to conduct a fact-intensive analysis and formulate a response consistent with their goals, organization culture, legal obligations, and employees’ needs.

Employment Litigation & Compliance

Although proactive workplace initiatives may reduce the likelihood of lawsuits and charges, litigation is sometimes unavoidable. Serena has favorably resolved pre-litigation disputes for clients utilizing mediation and negotiation. She has also represented clients in administrative investigations, government audits such as OFCCP audits, and litigation in federal and state courts.

Education

  • University of Tulsa, B.A., Psychology 2003, cum laude
    • Founder-Ethnic Minorities In Psychology
    • Vice President-Psi Chi
  • University of Tulsa School of Law, J.D., 2006
    • Senior Editor-Tulsa Law Review
    • Student Rep-EEOC Committee
  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Prosecution Leaders of Now Cohort 2020

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri
    • Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
  • National School Boards Association COSA Member
  • Missouri School Boards Association COSA Member

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