Chloe Macdonald focuses her practice on labor and employment, as well as general commercial litigation. She counsels clients in a variety of areas related to the workplace, including the development of employee policies, wage and hour issues, discipline and termination decisions, discrimination and harassment claims, and employment contract disputes. Ms. Macdonald drafts motions and other papers to support litigation matters and conducts discovery for clients who face employment-related lawsuits and administrative proceedings. She also assists with the development of clients’ affirmative action programs and in ensuring compliance with employment-related federal, state, and local regulations.

In addition to her work with the labor and employment litigation groups, Ms. Macdonald supports clients that are involved in business-related disputes.

She previously served as a summer associate with Harter Secrest & Emery, as a legal intern with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Counsel in Buffalo and with the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.

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Laura vigorously defends clients facing government investigations, coordinates internal and independent investigations, and represents clients in complex litigation. Clients trust her trial experience and her knowledge of government agencies to guide them through their legal challenges.

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Laura helps clients respond to investigations, audits, and examinations by agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities & Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as by various state Attorneys General.

Her comprehensive experience includes fact gathering, overseeing and coordinating responses to government requests, preparing individuals for depositions and testimony, and negotiating with government agencies. She has defended clients through trial and appeal against the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Before joining Harter Secrest & Emery, Laura worked in the securities litigation and enforcement group in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr LLP and in the litigation group in the New York City office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

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Ed Steve has extensive experience representing clients before federal, state, and local administrative agencies, advising managers and human resources officers on a wide variety of employee issues, analyzing case merits, assessing risk, and facilitating positive resolutions to employment law matters.

He zealously represents his clients’ positions in litigation and arbitration and partners with policy makers on implementation of policies and procedures in response to legal and regulatory developments.

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