Veronica Arechederra Hall is a Partner in the Las Vegas, Nevada office of Jackson Lewis LLP. She is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses her practice on representing employers in labor and employment matters.
Ms. Hall’s practice covers the spectrum of employment litigation, including both state and federal claims, and individual and class action suits. Her class action, and multi-plaintiff experience includes both suits by private parties and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She has handled cases involving claims of race, age, disability and sex discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, and non-compete/restrictive covenant issues. Ms. Hall has broad experience in representing clients in private arbitration and proceedings before the EEOC, Nevada Equal Rights Commission and other state agencies. Ms. Hall is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in Arizona, Nevada, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Hall also routinely counsels clients on a variety of employment practices, including employment contracts and employee handbooks and policies. She conducts employee training seminars, harassment investigations, and speaks on employment-related topics. Ms. Hall has extensive experience in the gaming, restaurant and hospitality industries.
Ms. Hall, who is fluent in Spanish, is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession), American Bar Association, and the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association (Founding Member, Past President, and Board Member). She has also been selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” by U.S. News. Ms. Hall is a mediator for the District of Nevada, Inmate Early Mediation Program. She received her J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, and her B.A. from the University of Arizona.
Representative Trial and Appellate Experience
Beldon v. Alamo (United States District Court, District of Oregon) This case involved state tort law claims, including defamation. Plaintiff dismissed her case with prejudice without any compensation by Defendant following the cross-examination of Plaintiff.
Berge v. Harrah’s (United States District Court, District of Nevada (Reno)) This case involved claims of age and sex discrimination. After an 8-day trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.
Jones v. Parball (Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, State of Nevada) This case involved a contract dispute resulting from the settlement agreement of an underlying race discrimination claim. After a three-day bench trial, the judge returned a complete defense verdict.
Finnegan-Curtis v. Smith’s Food & Drug Centers, Inc. (Superior Court, County of Mohave, State of Arizona) This case involved a claim of wrongful termination and other state tort law claims. After a five-day trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.
Kenneweg v. Trans Heathcare (Second Judicial Court, Washoe County, State of Nevada) This case involved wrongful termination and other state tort law claims. During trial, the judge issued a directed verdict on the tort claims for the Defendant. After a six-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.
Jespersen v. Harrah’s Operating Co., 280 F. Supp. 2d 1189 (D. Nev. Oct 22, 2002) NO. CV-N-01-0401-ECR (VPC), reconsideration denied (Nov. 27, 2002). This well-known case involved a gender discrimination claim for employer’s dismissal of a female bartender for non-compliance with its dress and grooming standards that included a requirement that female bartenders wear makeup. The court entered summary judgment in favor of the Defendant.
Jespersen v. Harrah’s Operating Co., Inc., 392 F. 3d 1076, 94 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1812, 85 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 41, 815, 04 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 11,332, 2004 Daily Journal D.A.R. 15, 328 (9th Cir. (Nev.) Dec. 28, 2004) (NO-03-15045)
Rehearing en Banc Granted by
Jespersen v. Harrah’s Operating Co., 409 F. 3d 1061, 95 Fair Empl. Prac, Cas. (BNA) 1536, 86 Empl. Prac, Dec. P 41, 935, 05 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 4258 (9th Cir. (Nev.) May 13, 2005) (NO. 03-15045)
AND On Rehearing en Banc
Jespersen v. Harrah’s Operating Co., Inc., 444 F. 3d 1104, 97 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1473, 87 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 42, 322, 06 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 3093, 2006 Daily Journal D.A.R. 4549 (9th Cir. (Nev.) Apr. 14, 2006) (NO. 15045). The seven-four majority opinion affirmed the right of employers in the Ninth Circuit to enforce reasonable dress and grooming standards in the workplace, including sex-differentiated standards.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- Selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” by U.S. News
- Citizens Task Force on Trauma System Development for Clark County
- Mediator for Inmate Early Mediation Program (Federal Court)
- Panel Member for Selection of Clark County Public Defender