Felicia S. O'Connor

Senior Counsel

Overview

Felicia O’Connor is a senior counsel and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice and the Automotive Industry Team.

Felicia frequently represents and counsels clients on a wide range of labor and employment issues including, wage and hour compliance, leave issues including the intersection between the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), sexual and other harassment issues, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) compliance, the Service Contract Act and many other areas. She also has traditional labor experience including counseling on labor relations issues, responding to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charges and conducting labor arbitrations.

Prior to attending law school and joining Foley, Felicia worked for a large technology and information company managing a team of website developers that spanned three countries. During law school, she worked as a summer associate at Foley’s Detroit office (2011).

Recognition

  • Received, 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2012)
  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., history, 2001)

Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, “Oakland County, Michigan Rescinds Emergency Order 2020-10 Requiring Screening and Social Interaction Measures at Open Businesses and Operations – State Requirements Now Govern,” Foley’s Coronavirus Resource Center (June 4, 2020)
  • Presenter, “The Impact of COVID 19 in the Workplace,” Webinar, Clear Law Institute (March 31, 2020)
  • Co-author, “Key employment issues facing employers in the automotive industry,” Thomson Reuters® Westlaw® Journal (April 2, 2020)
  • Presenter, “#MeToo And The New Realities Of Workplace Harassment,” Foley & Lardner LLP’s 2018 Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Summit (May 3, 2018)
  • Author, “Massachusetts Poised to Become the Latest State Offering a Paid Family Leave Program,” Foley & Lardner LLP's Labor & Employment Perspectives Blog (June 25, 2018)
  • Author, “When Is a Seemingly Exempt Employee Not Truly Exempt?” Foley & Lardner LLP's Labor & Employment Law Perspectives Blog (January 2, 2018)
  • Author, “As If Leave Laws Aren’t Complicated Enough – Don’t Forget That Leave Can Be a Reasonable Accommodation,” Foley & Lardner LLP's Labor & Employment Law Perspectives Blog (July 24, 2017)
  • Author, “It Pays to Pay Attention to Impact When Considering Layoffs,” Foley & Lardner LLP's Labor & Employment Law Perspectives Blog (February 20, 2017)
  • Author, “Watch Out for the Cat’s Paw – Employers May Be Accountable for Low-Level Employee Actions,” Foley & Lardner LLP's Labor & Employment Law Perspectives Blog (September 19, 2016)
  • Co-author, “Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry,” CFSL Bulletin (June 2, 2016)
  • Co-author, “Non-Compete Agreements: Enforceability, Reasonableness and the Court’s Discretion to Blue Pencil,” Michigan Business Law Journal (Fall 2011)

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