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The Legal Intelligencer Article - March 21, 2019

The Legal Intelligencer Article - March 21, 2019

Hoffman Hlavac & Easterly launch new law firm

Effective March 18, 2019, Partners Steven HoffmanGeorge Hlavac and Ed Easterly, formerly of Norris McLaughlin, are proud to announce the opening of the law firm Hoffman Hlavac & Easterly.  Hoffman formerly served as Chair of Norris McLaughlin’s Litigation Department and was the Administrative Partner for the Pennsylvania office, while Hlavac was the long-time Chair of the Labor & Employment Department. The new firm, located at 1605 North Cedar Crest Boulevard, Suite 517, Allentown, PA 18104, will devote its practice to labor and employment law and commercial and personal injury litigation.  Attorney John Buckley, also formerly of Norris McLaughlin, joins HH&E as an associate.
According to Hlavac, who will serve as the firm’s Managing Partner, “We feel that our labor and employment-focused practice is truly unique in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.  We will bring sophisticated and creative legal services to employers of all sizes throughout Pennsylvania.  Our clients will continue to receive the same timely, responsive, and value-driven legal services that they have always received from us.”

“With our combined legal experience of more than 60 years in labor and employment law and litigation, we will also continue to represent businesses and individuals in a variety of civil and commercial matters,” said Hoffman.

“While it is difficult to leave a place we have called home for many years, we are extremely excited to start this new opportunity.  HH&E is a boutique firm that we believe will serve as a much-needed resource to all of our clients," Easterly stated. 

The attorneys at HH&E represent some of the most prominent companies in the region including, multiple health networks, a variety of medical practices, a non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, many local government bodies, brokerage companies, colleges and universities, restaurants, retail establishments, car dealerships, a business credit reporting company, and numerous manufacturing facilities. 

Easterly to speak on workplace investigations

Ed Easterly, founder and Partner of Hoffman Hlavac & Easterly, will participate in a seminar entitled Handling Workplace Investigations & Employment Practices Liability Insurance.  This seminar, being hosted JetPay HR & Payroll Services, will be held on May 15th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at JetPay’s offices located at 7450 Tilghman Street, Suite 170, Allentown, PA.  Registration is free of charge.  To register and for more information, click here.

In today's climate, employers must be fully aware of how to handle employee complaints, which can range from allegations of harassment and discrimination to bullying or general workplace issues. Conducting a lawful investigation is imperative to determine how to respond to complaints and avoid potential liability down the road. During the seminar, attendees will be provided with information on the investigation process, best practices for handling complaints, and how to effectively interview a witness and gather information. Attendees will also be provided with pointers on how to effectively handle the conclusion of the investigation, from dealing with the complainant to implementing disciplinary action.

Easterly focuses his practice on labor and employment law and civil and commercial litigation representing clients on a wide range of matters related to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.  He assists clients, including universities, private businesses, municipalities, utilities, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations, with their labor and employment matters. Easterly graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2003.  Edward subsequently graduated from Villanova Law School, cum laude, in 2006.

Ed Easterly, partner at HHE.

Ed Easterly, partner at HHE.