Megan C. Eckel is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office who focuses her practice on defending companies and fiduciaries throughout the United States in complex Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) disputes as well as labor and employment matters.
Ms. Eckel represents employers in single-plaintiff, collective action and class action litigation involving race, sex, color, disability, and age discrimination and harassment; wrongful termination; retaliation; wage and hour laws, including classification and termination pay issues; and unfair labor practices. Ms. Eckel has also defended employers in employment-related investigations conducted by local, state and federal government agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Ms. Eckel's discrimination practice covers state and federal law in a variety of different industries, including education, government, healthcare and the financial sector. In addition, she represents employers in restrictive covenant litigation, including suits for breaches of confidentiality and violations of non-solicitation covenants, as well as plant closing and mass layoff laws.
In addition, Ms. Eckel is proficient in a wide gamut of electronic discovery (e-discovery) practices from preparing for anticipated e-discovery to the managed review and ultimate production of electronically stored information (ESI).
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Eckel was a labor and employment attorney and previously worked as a paralegal for an international law firm. Ms. Eckel has extensive experience with local, state and federal court systems, including a three-week state court trial concluding in a $30 million-plus jury verdict in favor of the client, two high-profile celebrity cases, multiple single-plaintiff defense victories at summary judgment and appellate proceedings. Based on Ms. Eckel's vast experience working her way from a paralegal to an associate, she is able to bring a wealth of knowledge to help bring a case to an efficient and successful end.
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