With an MBA and undergraduate degree in business, Carrie Francis is the rare litigator who thinks like a business lawyer. Her extensive trial experience representing management clients in employment and commercial disputes both in jury and bench trials spans over 15 years. Carrie defends employers on a broad range of employment matters throughout several state and federal jurisdictions across the country. She has particular expertise in complex state and federal wage and hour litigation claims, including single-plaintiff, government-prosecuted, class or collective-action FLSA and state wage/hour matters. Matters have involved exempt status misclassification, independent contractor misclassification, overtime, off-the-clock work, meal and rest periods, itemized wage statements, vacation pay, commissions, wrongful termination, unfair competition, violation of public policy, and common law tort claims. Carrie also has considerable experience representing clients in matters involving trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, covenants not to compete, and employment agreements. In addition, she litigates and counsels clients on unequal pay, race, sex/gender, pregnancy, age, disability, religion, and hostile environment harassment, whistle-blower and other forms of retaliation, constructive discharge, wrongful termination, and reasonable accommodations. Carrie also writes about and conducts training for employers on virtually all employment based topics. Carrie's experience has allowed her to become familiar with a variety of industries, including hospitality, auto, manufacturing, funeral/cemetery/mortuary/crematory, technology, shipping/delivery/trucking, construction, retail, education, pharmaceutical, private clubs, healthcare, insurance, real estate and tribal communities. In an age when few matters go to trial, Carrie has considerable trial skills and experience before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. During trial, Carrie incorporates the use of advanced courtroom technology to tell the client’s story more effectively, and teaches up-and-coming lawyers to do the same. Her law school course at the Arizona State University Law School, "Litigation and Courtroom Technology," teaches students to augment oral advocacy through the use of effective demonstrative aids, images and videos.