Areas of Focus
“Mark Twain once observed, ‘The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.’ I’m not that lawyer. I provide clear and practical advice, always keeping at the forefront what is important to my clients in the short and long term.”
Maureen McLoughlin’s engaged listening and straightforward advice help businesses avoid and resolve issues in employee relationships and commercial transactions. She also represents clients in federal and state employment and commercial disputes across the United States.
As an advisor, Maureen builds relationships by coaching and collaborating with in-house legal, executive and human resources teams. Clients know she is deeply entrenched in their businesses and cultures and therefore sees the bigger strategic picture. Maureen assesses facts and problems holistically, articulating the long-term implications of personnel, policy and other business choices to help clients make informed decisions in the short term and avoid unintended consequences down the road. She also investigates employee complaints of unfair or illegal treatment.
As a litigator, Maureen defends businesses in breach of contract, harassment, retaliation, discrimination, failure to accommodate, whistleblower status and restrictive covenant cases. She represents clients aggressively and effectively, drawing on substantial trial and mediation experience to explain probable outcomes, identify risks, estimate costs and provide practical counsel. In negotiations, she works to preserve business relationships, contain costly distractions, and protect clients’ brands, reputations and values.
Whether helping clients through a potentially contentious payment or services dispute, or navigating a sensitive employee complaint, Maureen equips legal, business and human resources teams with communication strategies and action plans designed to solve problems and avoid unnecessary conflict. Clients are happy that she is on their team.
Maureen also develops customized templates, policies and trainings to help employers maintain compliance, reduce risk, work efficiently and bolster a positive workplace environment. She partners with clients on diversity, equity and other employee relations initiatives and draws on her substantial counseling, investigation and litigation experience to advise businesses seeking to promote and retain talent.
Won dismissal of multiple discrimination, harassment, retaliation and unequal pay claims against an advertising agency at a very early stage of litigation, saving our client time and money and ending any chance of a class action lawsuit.
Defended a global advertising agency and related entities against claims for tortious misconduct and contract breaches made by a leading e-commerce platform. Counterclaimed and negotiated to collect a six-figure contract termination fee for the agency and to retain and obtain releases for all personnel accused of alleged wrongdoing.
Strategically avoided major damage to the brand and reputation of a large U.S. retailer by aggressive and discrete representation of the company and a C-Suite executive in confidential mediation and negotiation of harassment and retaliation claims.
Investigated and defended a manufacturer against whistleblower claims of fraud, price-fixing and unfair competition by managing communications and negotiations "behind the scenes" for C-Suite business leaders, which preserved valued vendor relationships and avoided litigation with competitors.
Resolved claims of Sarbanes-Oxley violations and other alleged financial and accounting impropriety by a former executive of a healthcare marketing agency seeking damages exceeding $20 million. Proved absence of wrongdoing after partnering with client’s in-house and outside audit and finance teams.
Partnered with an international advertising agency's in-house business team to gather and interpret sales and analytics to aggressively defend against a web hosting company's complex breach of contract and performance claims. Negotiated a deal whereby our client collected a termination fee and obtained releases for all of the individual executives allegedly implicated in unfair business practices after we completed a crash course in interpreting the client’s exhaustive data.
Won jury trial for an advertising agency and its individual executives defending against age discrimination and other claims brought by an executive who was laid off in a group reduction in force.
Insights + Events
- Alert Summer Camp Closures and Cancelled Enrichment Programs Allow Working Parents to Request Paid Leave from Covered Employers
July 1, 2020
- Alert Supreme Court Rules that Federal Law Protects Gay and Transgender/Transitioning Employees from Workplace Discrimination
June 17, 2020
- Alert Employers Risk FMLA Claims for Terminating Employees Whose Unexplained Absences May Be Medically Related
April 15, 2019
- Alert Employers May be Required to Accommodate Employees Who Request to Work Part Time Due to a Disability, Even if They had Previously Worked in Full-Time Roles
September 6, 2018
- Alert ADA Requires Online Businesses To Make Their Websites Usable By The Disabled
September 27, 2017
- Alert Aiding and Abetting Discrimination — Not Just For Employers and Supervisors Anymore
June 19, 2017
- Boston College Law School (J.D., 1994)
- Recipient, McGrath and Kane Award for Academic Achievement and Contribution to the Law School
- Rutgers College (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1987)
- New York
- New Jersey
Member, Davis+Gilbert Corporate Social Responsibility