Robert W. Vyverberg is a partner in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and serves as the national Practice Group Leader for the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Practice Group. Mr. Vyverberg focuses his practice on labor and employment law. He also represents parties in federal and state court litigation and appellate proceedings.
In his employment practice, Mr. Vyverberg defends private and public employers in all types of individual and class/collective action litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, wage/hour, whistleblower, trade secret, intentional tort, and defamation actions. He represents employers in administrative proceedings before federal, state and local agencies, mediations and arbitration proceedings, and lawsuits brought under a variety of statutes, including Title VII, Section 1981, ADEA, ADA, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, USERRA, OSHA, and the civil rights and employment statutes of states and local municipalities across the country. Mr. Vyverberg also counsels and trains employers on all types of non-litigation matters, including the development and implementation of alternative dispute resolution programs, employer responses to government inquiries, compliance investigations, drafting EEO and other personnel policies, investigating and addressing employee complaints, policy and procedure audits, wage and hour issues, and terminations and reductions in force. He is a frequent lecturer and author on workplace and employment law issues.
Mr. Vyverberg also has litigated numerous premises liability, consumer fraud, and contract and other commercial disputes. He also has defended product liability cases involving a wide range of products, including tires, single and multi-piece vehicle rims, motor vehicles, and construction equipment.
Throughout his career, Mr. Vyverberg's national practice has included the representation of clients in manufacturing, technology, retail, utility, financial services, communications, distribution/logistics, hospitality, transportation, and healthcare industries, in connection with matters in 47 states and the District of Columbia. He has tried cases in federal and state court, arbitrated claims and grievances brought pursuant to private arbitration agreements and collective bargaining agreements, and mediated more than 130 cases. Mr. Vyverberg has represented numerous clients as national and regional counsel for many years, defending and resolving lawsuits and claims, supervising and coordinating other outside counsel, and training and mentoring in-house counsel and human resources personnel.
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