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McGlinchey Adds Labor And Employment Vet In New OrleansRead Time: 3 mins
The following article was published on Law360 on Friday, May 21, 2021, and is reprinted with permission.
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC added a labor and employment attorney with over two decades of experience in business litigation as a New Orleans-based member, the firm announced.
Christine Tenley joined McGlinchey on Monday after having spent the past three years with regional Southeast firm Burr & Forman LLP. Tenley told Law360 on Friday she chose to join McGlinchey due to a desire to return to New Orleans, along with the firm’s embrace of technology, which she said allows her to maintain a nationwide practice and better serve her clients.
“I’m a graduate of Tulane Law School and began my practice in New Orleans, so for me, it seems that all roads lead back to New Orleans,” she said. “I started my career there and now I plan on being with McGlinchey for the rest of my career. I find the firm to be one of the most progressive I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. The technology is beyond anything I’ve seen in the past 25 years, and I feel that they are the firm for clients operating in a post-pandemic world.”
Tenley brings a practice focused on representing clients in fields such as technology, retail, financial services and manufacturing in a variety of employment-related issues, including most recently guiding clients through the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the workplace.
“Starting last year when all the different COVID-19 rules came out, I was at the forefront of preparing materials for clients and giving them guidance, helping them get through and continue to get through and navigate the new world we’re in today,” she said.
During her career, Tenley has been involved in a number of major employment disputes, including representing Florida-based nursing home operator Lakeland Healthcare Associates LLC against the National Labor Relations Board in an Eleventh Circuit appeal over whether licensed practical nurses were considered supervisors under federal law. Ultimately, the lower court decision that initially went in favor of the NLRB was overturned.
“Christine is skilled at strategizing on clients’ most difficult and costly workplace challenges, always dedicated to pursuing a successful resolution,” New Orleans managing member Magdalen Blessey Bickford said in a statement. “Her experience serving as first chair in numerous complex investigations and administrative proceedings, as well as her comfort in the courtroom, will make her an incredible asset to the team.”
When she was a first-year associate, Tenley said she was split between deciding to focus on environmental or employment litigation, ultimately gravitating toward employment due to the factbased and dynamic nature of the practice.
“It gives me a lot of satisfaction, being able to help clients navigate emotionally charged issues that tend to bubble up at the employment litigation level,” she said.
Tenley is the latest addition to the McGlinchey ranks this year, with the firm with the firm having hired Nashville based entertainment attorney Brenner McDonald as a member in February, as well as of counsel and associates in Boston, Baton Rouge, Irvine, California, and New York City.
McGlinchey Stafford has more than 150 attorneys in 15 offices in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C., according to the firm.