Amy E. Beckstead

Former Partner at DLA Piper

Amy E. Beckstead

Amy E. Beckstead

Former Partner at DLA Piper

Biography

DLA Piper US LLP

Amy E. Beckstead
Partner


Amy E. Beckstead is a Labor and Employment partner in the firm's Austin office.

Ms. Beckstead assists employers in complying with the multitude of federal and state employment laws and is licensed in both Texas and California. She has guided employers through complicated employment matters, including reclassification of exempt employees to nonexempt positions and Department of Labor investigations and audits. Ms. Beckstead also is a litigator, defending employers in wage and hour class actions, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and other employment-related lawsuits in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and federal and state agencies. Ms. Beckstead has prosecuted and defended misappropriation of trade secret claims and also advises employers regarding OSHA compliance and handles OSHA investigations and appeals. She frequently speaks regarding employment-related topics to clients and industry-groups.

In 2012, the Travis County Women Lawyers Association (TCWLA) recognized Ms. Beckstead with its first annual Advancement of Women's Interests Award for her work on behalf of establishing and running the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association (MAMAs Austin), a unique networking and support organization for mother attorneys. Ms. Beckstead has twice received the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Distinguished Service Award and the California Bar Association’s Wiley M. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. She also routinely provides employment counseling and advise to nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis.

Representative Matters
Advised employers on all aspects of employment law compliance, from hiring to termination, including compliance with the FCRA, state and federal wage-and-hour laws, state and federal leave and disability laws, state and federal anti-discrimination and harassment laws, and the WARN Act, and conducted in-depth audits of employer compliance with these laws
Managed the resolution of several international labor and employment matters for U.S.-based clients, with collaboration and assistance from DLA’s team of international labor attorneys. Matters include employee disciplines, terminations, and drafting of global labor and employment policies
Drafted complex executive employment agreements and severance agreements, including severance agreements in connection with reductions-in-force
Represented several employers in class and collective actions brought by current and former employees relating to claims of misclassification, off-the-clock work, California meal and rest period violations and other violations of Texas, California and federal labor laws
Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of a number of causes of action, including exempt misclassification claims, race, sex, age and disability discrimination, sex, age and race harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of implied contract and defamation
Successfully defended a four-week trial in which a plaintiff brought claims for wrongful termination, retaliation, sexual harassment, discrimination, breach of contract and defamation.

Admissions
California
Texas
All California state and federal district courts
All Texas state and federal district courts

Prior Experience
Ms. Beckstead has practiced her entire career at DLA Piper, beginning her career as an associate for the Firm in 2001. Ms. Beckstead was promoted to partnership in January 2012.

Civic and Charitable
Founder of MAMAs Austin, a networking organization for working mother attorneys


EDUCATION

J.D., University of Kansas 2001
Order of the Coif
ABA Excellence in Study of Labor & Employment Law
Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellow
B.A., Kansas State University 1998
summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

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Labor and Employment Law
Litigation
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United States


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DLA Piper represents Synergy Health in its US$25 million acquisition of SRI/Surgical Express
DLA Piper represents Silicon Laboratories in its acquisition of Ember Corporation

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2001 - Prior

DLA Piper provides legal services covering a broad range practice areas. It was created in 2005 by the merger of DLA, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia, the Middle East and US markets. Core practices include Litigation and Arbitration, Corporate and Finance, Real Estate and Real Estate Capital Markets, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Intellectual Property and Technology, Employment and Tax

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Vonage Holdings Corp. purchases Vocalocity, Inc. from TechOperators LLC, Imlay Investments, Inc., Noro-Moseley Partners

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Silicon Laboratories, Inc. purchases Silicon Labs Ember, Inc.

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Stefanini International Holdings Ltd. (Brazil) purchases Stefanini, Inc.

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