Employment law attorneys led discussion at SHRM meeting

by Mandy Hicks

Gaines Penn
Gaines Penn presents to SHRM group at ELPO.

Employment law attorneys Cravens Priest, Regina Jackson, Mike Owsley and Gaines Penn recently hosted a meeting of the Southern Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management at ELPO’s offices. The topic was  “The Interplay Between Workers’ Compensation, FMLA, and the ADA.”

The Southern Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management meets monthly and is based in Bowling Green. You can find out more about the organization here.

Regina A. Jackson is a partner at ELPO.  Her practice focuses on employment law, including civil rights litigation, hiring, discipline, termination, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination. In her practice, she advises corporate clients regarding a wide variety of personnel issues including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other federal and state statutes. Regina received her B.A. from Berea College and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky. She is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also a member of the American, Kentucky, and Bowling Green/Warren County Bar Associations.

W. Cravens Priest III is a partner at ELPO, where he concentrates his practice in the area of Employment Law. He works with clients addressing all employment issues that arise from hiring through termination of employment including: workers’ compensation, compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.  Cravens counsels clients on appropriate action to take in workers’ compensation and personnel matters in order to prevent legal action against them and vigorously defends employers who have been sued in workers’ compensation and employment litigation. In addition to representing employers in civil actions, Cravens also has extensive experience in representing employers before administrative agencies such as the Department of Workers’ Claims, the Unemployment Insurance Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Civil Rights.

Gaines Penn is a partner at ELPO who has significant experience working with businesses on a variety of matters, including employment law, contracts, protecting trade secrets and many other matters. He works with employers on supply contracts, human resources issues, and regulatory issues. He has experience helping healthcare providers recover incentive payments from Medicaid for meeting meaningful use requirements, addressing Stark Law complaints, which center around alleged fraud and abuse issues, and physician contracts. He serves as General Counsel to the Bowling Green Area  Chamber of Commerce and to the Transpark, and has assisted many businesses with a wide range of issues, including employment lawhealth care law, and corporate matters.

Mike Owsley is a partner at ELPO. He handles complex business litigation for businesses in a wide range of industries, including breach of contract, trade secret, non-competition and business tort claims. He also defends products liability litigation for manufacturers in various fields, including design, manufacturing and marketing issues. He advises numerous school boards and school districts on education law issues, including student issues, employment disputes and First Amendment matters. Mike is deeply committed to creating a better economic environment in Kentucky. He previously served as president of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, and was chair of the board of the Leadership Kentucky Foundation.