Mr. Solecki represents employers in all phases of labor and employment-related litigation. He appears regularly before federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States and has successfully defended employers in the consulting, entertainment, financial services, manufacturing, media, pharmaceutical, real estate, sports, transportation and technology industries. In addition to defending employers who are the target of discrimination and other employment-related claims, Mr. Solecki has extensive experience representing employers and senior-level executives as lead trial counsel in restrictive covenant litigations involving allegations of employee raiding, theft of trade secrets and breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
Mr. Solecki also counsels and advises employers on compliance with the ever increasingly complex web of federal, state, and local labor and employment laws and regulations. This counseling and advice ranges from drafting and reviewing general employment policies, employment agreements and employee handbooks to assisting with specific employee terminations and other employment-related decisions; from designing and implementing management seminars and training on new laws, regulations and court decisions to giving advice on difficult personnel actions such as plant closings, mass layoffs and the reduction or elimination of employee benefit programs.
Mr. Solecki has extensive experience in counseling employers on how to minimize legal exposure in the context of a reduction in force and has developed employee exit incentive programs for dozens of employers who have implemented reductions in force. Moreover, he regularly advises purchasers, sellers, and lenders on labor and employment law aspects of business mergers, acquisitions and restructurings.
Mr. Solecki is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Trial Training Program and is an active member of the American Bar Association. He is a member of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law as well as its Section of Litigation, and serves on the ABA’s Trial Practice Committee, its Committee on Employment and Labor Relations Law, and its Committee on Pretrial Practice and Discovery.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Solecki was a member of the Labor and Employment Law Department at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.