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Hope Abramov


St. Louis
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A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor and employment practice is bolstered by her experiences as an in-house attorney for more than 10 years at an agribusiness with grain handling, processing and port facilities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Hope intimately understands the needs and objectives of in-house counsel, and that unique perspective helps her craft practical business solutions and effectively communicate her common-sense advice to corporate leadership and HR professionals.

In her practice, Hope counsels human resource departments and business leaders on compliance with employment laws, including those involving discrimination, wage and hour, benefits, health and safety and worker's compensation. She frequently represents companies in labor matters, including labor arbitrations, union negotiations, union certifications and de-certifications and matters before the National Labor Relations Board. She also develops and drafts personnel policies and conducts on-site or remote training on compliance with labor and employment laws.

Representative Experience

Advised on labor strategy involving a significant labor dispute in the Pacific Northwest with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Negotiated a union agreement with unprecedented management-rights terms.

Successfully opposed a union certification petition in Canada and organized successful decertification campaigns in the U.S. Organized numerous successful oppositions to union organizing drives.

Successfully defended multi-plaintiff employment discrimination litigation and related arbitration.

Assisted with labor and employment issues in connection with numerous acquisitions and joint ventures.

Counseled companies in connection with reductions in force.

Directed internal investigations into complaints of policy violations.

Assisted companies with implementation of background check procedures

Developed and conducted training on various employment issues, including harassment prevention training and internal investigation procedures.

Drafted personnel handbooks and policies, and implemented standardized employment releases, confidentiality agreements and independent contractor forms.