Overview

Dane Steffenson is a nationally recognized employment litigator, trusted advisor, and skilled problem solver with unique insight into the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) enforcement strategies, policies and procedures. Dane spent more than 17 years litigating some of the DOL’s most complex, novel and high-profile cases. He served as lead counsel on hundreds of employment law cases, including more than 25 trials and many mediations involving complex matters under the:

  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Service Contract Act (SCA)
  • Executive Order 11246 (OFCCP)
  • H1-B visa program for temporary specialty workers
  • Various whistleblower statutes

In 2016, Dane’s peers and the Solicitor of Labor recognized him as the DOL’s top litigator.

Dane applies creative problem solving and sound business acumen to balance client objectives with effective strategies for minimizing legal risk. He effectively diffuses high-pressure situations and works collaboratively with adversaries to creatively expand available options, opportunities and solutions to resolve complex issues. When matters cannot be resolved early, Dane consistently and successfully crafts efficient litigation strategies to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses. His discovery methods are designed to win summary judgment, successfully limit or strike opposing experts, and obtain favorable trial verdicts.

Dane focuses his practice on the FLSA and other wage and hour litigation, ERISA, and OSHA. His unique insights and years of experience working with and training DOL investigators proves invaluable to clients successfully navigating DOL investigations. His FLSA and ERISA practice ranges from single plaintiff to large, complex class or collective actions, and he has particular experience with contingent workforces, independent contractor misclassification and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Dane manages OSHA inspections, including those resulting from fatalities and catastrophes, and any resulting litigation for small subcontractors to large multinationals in general industry and construction.  Dane’s practice involves employers in many industries, including:

  • Airlines and aerospace
  • Construction
  • Cable and dish installers
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Staffing agencies and PEOs
  • Transportation

Dane is a regular speaker on wage and hour issues, OSHA, ERISA and DOL investigations. In addition to training many DOL attorneys and investigators, he co-produced training materials for the federal judiciary on the FLSA and appears in the current FLSA training video for federal law clerks. He is a co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Fair Labor Legislation Standards committee, editor for the Collective Actions and “Hybrid” Class Actions chapter of the Fair Labor Standards Act (BNA Third Edition), and regular contributor to FLSA and ERISA annual case updates.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Co-Chair

Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee

American Bar Association

2016-present

Co-Chair

Federal Law Clerk Training Committee

American Bar Association

2014-present

Coordinator, Wage and Hour Track

Annual Labor and Employment Conferences

American Bar Association

2014-2019

Co-Chair

Webinar Committee

American Bar Association

2013-2016

Board Member

Stonewall Bar Association

1996-1998

Recognition

Fellow

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Recipient, Bobbye Spears Award for Litigation Excellence

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor

2016

Recipient, Exceptional Achievement Awards

Related to more than a dozen cases and litigation initiatives

Secretary of Labor

Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Research and Writing

1994

Books & Book Chapters

  • Midwinter Report, The Fair Labor Standards Act, Chapter Editor and Contributor, 2013-present
  • FLSA Law Clerk Training Material, Federal Judicial Center, Co-Author, 2017
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, Associate Editor, Third Edition, Bloomberg BNA, 2017
  • Employee Benefits Law, Contributing Editor, Bloomberg BNA, 2008-2011

Speaking Engagements

You’re Not Alone: Answers for GA Employers Operating in the New Norm

SHRM Webinar

August 18, 2020

Avoiding Wage and Hour Landmines in the Age of COVID-19

ComplianceHR Webinar

June 2020

COVID-19 and OSHA Compliance

Client Webinar

May 2020

Making Key Employment Decisions in These Tumultuous Times: Common Employer Questions Asked and Answered About COVID-19

Client Webinar

March 2020

When the DOL Comes Knocking: Handling Wage and Hour Investigations and Litigation

CompianceHR Webinar

March 2020

Government Investigations and Audits of Employee Benefit Plans

American Bar Association (ABA), Employee Benefits Committee

February 2020

Wage and Hour Update

Georgia State Bar

December 2019

Independent Contractors

American Bar Association (ABA), Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee (FLSL)

February 2019

Mediation Strategies

ABA, Labor & Employment Section’s National Conference

November 2018

FLSA Training Video for all Federal Law Clerks

Federal Judicial Center

April 2018

Discovery in Wage Hour Class Actions

ABA, Labor & Employment Section’s National Conference

November 2017

FLSA Update

National Employment Lawyers Association

September 2017

Misclassification Training for Health Care

Wage Hour Division, U.S. Dept. of Labor

2017

ERISA Basics

ABA, Joint Committee on Employee Benefits

2017-2018

Front Line Insight from DOL

ABA, FLSL Committee

February 2017

Education

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, 1997magna cum laude
  • M.A., Baylor University, 1995
  • B.S., California State University, East Bay, 1992

Bar Admission

Georgia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Tax Court