Bridget Romero's practice is focused exclusively on employment and labor law. She regularly counsels business owners, HR professionals and in-house lawyers on a full range of matters, including performance management and HR best practices, employment and separation agreements, wage and hour/FLSA classifications, sick leave laws, drug testing policies and cutting-edge matters, including LGBTQ issues in the workplace and ban-the-box legislation. Bridget also drafts employee handbooks and offers cost-effective handbook update and training services, as well as workplace investigations.
Since 2014, Bridget has served as the firm's Personnel Partner. In this role, she is responsible for developing preventive policies and procedures, as well as managing the firm's employment issues as they arise. This perspective has further deepened Bridget's understanding and compassion for the real-world issues facing her clients, making her an extremely valuable ally in developing their employment-related strategies.
Having served as the firm's employment counsel, Bridget is extremely aware of the need to handle matters efficiently and cost-effectively. To save clients time and money, she has developed unique checklists and processes for handling employment issues. When prevention is not enough and legal issues arise, she seeks swift, pre-trial resolution to minimize the disruption to business operations and fees that clients often face in such situations. When matters ultimately require trial, Bridget is extremely effective at fiercely and aggressively advocating for her clients' positions.
Bridget has handled countless administrative charges of employment discrimination before the EEOC and state and local agencies, as well as unfair labor practices charges before the NLRB.
In the immigration field, Bridget assists employers who wish to employ executives, managers, professionals, artists and skilled workers from abroad. Bridget's achievements include receiving nonimmigrant and immigrant petition approvals on behalf of acclaimed ballet dancers, painters and physicians. She has filed countless H-1B, L and O-1 petitions, and she is also well-versed in the areas of employment eligibility verification (Form I-9 Compliance, E-Verify) and employment authorization under immigration law. Bridget has also helped shape revisions to state regulations regarding employment eligibility verification which conflicted with federal law on the topic.
Before going to law school, Bridget volunteered in Peru for two years and worked as a refugee resettlement case manager with refugees from Bosnia, Vietnam and Somalia. She is fluent in Spanish which allows her to serve clients in unique ways where Spanish is involved, from translation of key documents to witness interviews.