PITTSBURGH, PA – March 30, 2020- Leech Tishman is proud to announce that firm attorney Leah K. Sell recently passed the SHRM-SCP Exam, earning her the designation of a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Sell is an Associate with Leech Tishman, and a member of the firm’s Employment & Labor, Corporate and Litigation Practice Groups. Based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office, Sell focuses her practice in the areas of employment counseling and defense and corporate transactions.
The SHRM-SCP certification is designed for HR professionals at a senior level who operate primarily in a strategic role—developing policies and strategies, overseeing the execution of HR operations, analyzing performance metrics, and/or contributing to the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals. This prestigious exam typically has only a 50% pass rate.
Non-HR professionals seeking SHRM-SCP certification must have at least four years (totaling 4,000 hours) of experience in an HR-related function (experience must be related to the 15 functional areas of SHRM Body Competency & Knowledge) in addition to successfully passing the SHRM-SCP exam.
Sell regularly counsels private employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, from hiring through termination. She advises clients on employment discrimination issues, workplace and sexual harassment, disability accommodation, Family & Medical Leave Act compliance, employee handbooks, human resource policies and practices, wage and hour issues, use of temporary employees and independent contractors, performance appraisals, workplace investigations, drug and alcohol testing, workplace privacy issues, disciplinary action and termination, reductions in force, employment at-will/wrongful discharge, alternative dispute resolution, employment agreements, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, waivers and releases, and unemployment compensation claims. Sell represents clients in state and federal court, arbitration, mediation and agency proceedings.
Sell also supports many Pittsburgh area start-ups, business owners, employers and managers in the development and protection of their interests and assets. Sell regularly develops business strategies and plans, forms a variety of entities and assists clients with an array of legal matters as they develop. Experienced in negotiating and drafting, Sell supports clients in asset sales and acquisitions and the development of client and vendor agreements to facilitate business expansion. Sell also has experience advising employers on issues related to medical cannabis, particularly long-term care facilities.
“Passing the SHRM-SCP exam requires a high level of technical knowledge of the HR field,” stated Philip A. Toomey, Chair of Leech Tishman’s Employment & Labor Practice Group. “This professional distinction will help Leah become a leader in her field and will be a great asset to our employer clients and internal lawyer team.”
ABOUT THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at SHRM.org and on Twitter @SHRM.
ABOUT LEECH TISHMAN
Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. Leech Tishman offers legal services in alternative dispute resolution, aviation & aerospace, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employee benefits, employment & labor, energy, environmental, estates & trusts, family law, government relations, immigration, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, internal investigations, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Leech Tishman also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Sarasota, FL and Wilmington, DE. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit us at www.leechtishman.com.