JANINE N. FLETCHER
Associate
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JANINE N. FLETCHER Associate

Janine Fletcher is an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Janine brings a comprehensive background, experience and skill-set having worked in all branches of federal government prior to starting private practice.

Janine's practice focuses on labor and employment matters, white-collar crime and internal investigations, and general commercial business litigation. She counsels clients on employment matters, and other business-related claims including: contract disputes, wage and hours claims, discrimination claims arising out of the ADA, the Civil Rights Act, Equal Pay Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act, retaliation claims, and Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower claims. Janine is a Certified Professional in Human Resources as certified by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). She specifically sought out this additional training as it provides further insight and augments her abilities to advise and counsel clients in a broad range of HR and talent management areas. Janine is a regular contributor to Labor Days, Kelley Drye’s labor and employment law blog.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Janine was a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California for Chief Judge Morrison C. England, Jr where her clerkship provided valuable experience and insight into how a judge views a case. This experience has assisted Ms. Fletcher in advising clients and in determining which legal strategies to pursue for litigation matters

Before clerking, Janine served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where she managed a large caseload including: conducting discovery; interviewing victims, witnesses, and law enforcement; negotiating plea agreements; and preparing cases for trial. Janine served as a first-chair in nearly 20 bench trials where she was responsible for drafting and arguing motions, examining facts and expert witnesses, admitting exhibits into evidence, and giving opening statements and closing arguments. As a result, we gain significant experience working as part of high-performing team and advocating on behalf of clients in Court.

From 2010 to 2012, Janine worked as an Attorney Advisor for Social Security Administration in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR,) where she made recommendations to the Appeals Council for SSA on disability benefits challenges.

Prior to law school, Janine worked on the Hill and served as a Staff Assistant for Representative Melissa Bean from the State of Illinois. This experience provided a unique perspective and appreciation for federal law, legislative history and critical insight in to negotiation strategies and outcomes.

Employment

Advise companies on how to handle terminations, including agreements and releases.

Represented, as part of a defense team, a large foreign corporation in tortious interference with non-compete agreement claim and the individual employee for alleged breach of non-compete agreement.

Responsible for advising numerous for-profit and non-profit businesses on compliance with state and federal employment laws including ADA, FLSA, the Civil Rights Act, Equal Pay Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Responsible for drafting dispositive motions and organizing discovery matters in a trade secret lawsuit concerning misappropriation of a proprietary contact list and false advertising under the Lanham Act.

Drafted various maternity and other leave policies for companies.

White Collar Crime

Advising public and private companies on anti-money laundering compliance plans.

Representing a national moving company owner in Department of Justice criminal investigation of possible fraud.

Representing investors in a detinue action to recover shares from investment professional.

Representing officers of an investment fund in a SEC enforcement action.

Represented a foreign currency trader in a Department of Justice criminal investigation of possible fraud and antitrust violations.

Represented owner of heirs location services company in criminal antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice.

Assisted a multinational company revise its code of conduct and ethics policies.

A member of an internal investigation team that conducted an investigation of an international engineering corporation whose agent defrauded the business to determine the extent of internal involvement and provide preventive measures to prevent similar fraud.

Represented an investment advisors in civil fraud and breach of fiduciary duty action.

A member of the defense team in a $210 million RICO lawsuit asserting conspiracy and fraudulent transfers, in charge of e-discovery and various motions.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Associate Board Member

Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms, Kelley Drye Representative

About

Janine Fletcher is an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Janine brings a comprehensive background, experience and skill-set having worked in all branches of federal government prior to starting private practice.

Janine's practice focuses on labor and employment matters, white-collar crime and internal investigations, and general commercial business litigation. She counsels clients on employment matters, and other business-related claims including: contract disputes, wage and hours claims, discrimination claims arising out of the ADA, the Civil Rights Act, Equal Pay Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act, retaliation claims, and Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower claims. Janine is a Certified Professional in Human Resources as certified by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). She specifically sought out this additional training as it provides further insight and augments her abilities to advise and counsel clients in a broad range of HR and talent management areas. Janine is a regular contributor to Labor Days, Kelley Drye’s labor and employment law blog.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Janine was a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California for Chief Judge Morrison C. England, Jr where her clerkship provided valuable experience and insight into how a judge views a case. This experience has assisted Ms. Fletcher in advising clients and in determining which legal strategies to pursue for litigation matters

Before clerking, Janine served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where she managed a large caseload including: conducting discovery; interviewing victims, witnesses, and law enforcement; negotiating plea agreements; and preparing cases for trial. Janine served as a first-chair in nearly 20 bench trials where she was responsible for drafting and arguing motions, examining facts and expert witnesses, admitting exhibits into evidence, and giving opening statements and closing arguments. As a result, we gain significant experience working as part of high-performing team and advocating on behalf of clients in Court.

From 2010 to 2012, Janine worked as an Attorney Advisor for Social Security Administration in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR,) where she made recommendations to the Appeals Council for SSA on disability benefits challenges.

Prior to law school, Janine worked on the Hill and served as a Staff Assistant for Representative Melissa Bean from the State of Illinois. This experience provided a unique perspective and appreciation for federal law, legislative history and critical insight in to negotiation strategies and outcomes.

Experience

Employment

Advise companies on how to handle terminations, including agreements and releases.

Represented, as part of a defense team, a large foreign corporation in tortious interference with non-compete agreement claim and the individual employee for alleged breach of non-compete agreement.

Responsible for advising numerous for-profit and non-profit businesses on compliance with state and federal employment laws including ADA, FLSA, the Civil Rights Act, Equal Pay Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Responsible for drafting dispositive motions and organizing discovery matters in a trade secret lawsuit concerning misappropriation of a proprietary contact list and false advertising under the Lanham Act.

Drafted various maternity and other leave policies for companies.

White Collar Crime

Advising public and private companies on anti-money laundering compliance plans.

Representing a national moving company owner in Department of Justice criminal investigation of possible fraud.

Representing investors in a detinue action to recover shares from investment professional.

Representing officers of an investment fund in a SEC enforcement action.

Represented a foreign currency trader in a Department of Justice criminal investigation of possible fraud and antitrust violations.

Represented owner of heirs location services company in criminal antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice.

Assisted a multinational company revise its code of conduct and ethics policies.

A member of an internal investigation team that conducted an investigation of an international engineering corporation whose agent defrauded the business to determine the extent of internal involvement and provide preventive measures to prevent similar fraud.

Represented an investment advisors in civil fraud and breach of fiduciary duty action.

A member of the defense team in a $210 million RICO lawsuit asserting conspiracy and fraudulent transfers, in charge of e-discovery and various motions.

Memberships

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Associate Board Member

Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms, Kelley Drye Representative

Speaking Engagements
Publications
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