Mary Ellen Simonson has 28 years of experience in representing management in both the public and private sector in all aspects of employment relations. Her practice ranges from advising employers on litigation avoidance strategies and day-to-day issues in the workplace, to advocacy in federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and before the EEOC, DOL, OFCCP, NLRB, public entities, and arbitrators. Mary Ellen routinely handles a wide variety of counseling and litigation matters, including employee discipline and terminations; in defending/enforcing confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements; trade secret disputes; workforce reductions; Title VII discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment issues; ADA, ADEA, FMLA, WARN Act, and FLSA issues; conducting internal investigations; executive employment agreements; severance agreements; wrongful termination issues; and advice to employers on compliance with federal, state and local employment laws. She represents clients across the United States, including serving as outside general employment counsel for a multi-million dollar company, and represents a variety of industries including manufacturing, equipment rental, financial, mortgage, health care, and the arts.
Mary Ellen has successfully briefed and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit and Arizona Court of Appeals, and successfully briefed and argued before the Arizona Supreme Court an issue of statewide importance to all public employers. She also has substantial experience in commercial litigation and school law, including representation of Arizona’s largest secondary schools and one of the nation’s largest community college districts. Mary Ellen routinely takes a proactive approach to counseling employers about ways to avoid costly litigation, manage employee performance, and make practical, sound human resources decisions to help avoid or minimize wrongful termination, discrimination, disability and other avoidable claims.
Mary Ellen Simonson is ranked in:
- Chambers USA - Labor Employment, 2013-2016
- The Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2017
- Southwest Super Lawyers, 2015-2016
- Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
- AZ Business Magazine - Arizona’s Top Lawyers
- Who’s Who Legal Services - The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers - Listed, 2015-2016
- Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating (25 years)
- Honoree in the Arizona State Bar - “100 Women and Minority Lawyers”, 2000
- Athena Award - “Businesswoman of the Year” - Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 2005