Saskia Nora Bryan
Saskia Nora Bryan joined Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC in February of 2006. She practices primarily as a commercial litigator, specializing in employment law. She represents both employers and employees in litigation, as well as provides counsel to resolve disputes and address employment issues prior to litigation. As a general litigator, she has handled a wide range of commercial disputes, from contractual actions to tortious interference to fiduciary duty claims. Ms. Bryan’s practice also includes corporate transactional work, particularly in the area of employment, but also in advocating on behalf of clients in asset purchase agreements and new entity formation.
Summary of Professional Experience and Representative Clients:
- Conducted contested hearings for injunctive relief seeking to enforce restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicit, and confidentiality provisions).
- Briefed and argued numerous contested motions for summary disposition or appeal in State, Federal, Bankruptcy, and Appellate Courts.
- Tried cases successfully defending student loan creditors from adversary claims in bankruptcy seeking undue hardship discharge.
- Oversaw, coordinated, and conducted discovery for multi-party, complex commercial litigation matters, including reviewing, organizing, and tendering thousands of documents, defending and taking depositions of party witnesses and unrelated parties, and briefing and negotiating resolutions to discovery disputes such as electronic format, scope, cost, and privilege.
- Advised on and drafted organizational documents for corporations and limited liability companies, including shareholder agreements, operating agreements, minutes, and resolutions.
- Counselled clients on all matters of employment: complaints, morale issues, wage and paid time off disputes, Family and Medical Leave Act requests, worker’s compensation claims, confidentiality concerns, personnel records and access, allegations of and investigations into harassment or discrimination, vacation/sick/paid time off policies, and navigating the process of discipline, suspension, demotion, transfer, and discharge.
- Defended employers at the Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security against charges for wages, discrimination, harassment, and other employment disputes.
- Successfully defended a tax assessment at the Illinois Department of Revenue against an individual shareholder of the taxpayer corporation.
- Drafted and negotiated settlement agreements, employment agreements and handbooks, various personnel policies, non-compete agreements, restrictive covenants, separation agreements, and releases.
Bar and Court Admissions
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2005
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2005
Northwestern University, J.D., 1998
University of North Carolina at Asheville, B.A., 1995
Chicago Bar Association