Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their workers. Employers are required to implement preventative measures to ensure workers are not exposed to conditions which could be harmful to their health and safety while working. Failure to ensure a safe workplace can lead to liability under occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation, including fines and penalties, and, in serious cases, criminal prosecutions and/or civil liability for employers not covered under the applicable workers’ compensation regime.
Speakers: Michelle Jacobs and Mini Kapoor
About the Speakers:
Michelle Jacobs is an experienced trial lawyer who advocates with tireless dedication, whether in writing, in the courtroom, or at any other stage of litigation.
Michelle plays a lead role in complex litigation, including class action defense. She recently assisted in defeating a class action bid for AT&T involving claims of alleged environmental contamination and abandonment of property rights. She also currently manages product liability lawsuits for a large manufacturer nationwide.
Michelle’s recent experience also includes representing Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. in an arbitration proceeding involving technology used in hydraulic fracturing. The opposing party, Ecosphere Technologies, Inc., claimed that Halliburton misappropriated its alleged trade secrets and violated a non-disclosure agreement between the parties. After a two-week final hearing, the arbitration panel unanimously ruled in favor of Halliburton, rejecting each of Ecosphere’s claims.
Michelle enjoys dedicating her time to community service and pro bono work. She currently serves on the board of Genesis Young Leaders, an auxiliary of Genesis Women’s Shelter, and she leads the firm’s initiative to provide pro bono services to clients of Genesis Women’s Shelter. She also recently served as first chair in a trial seeking asylum on behalf of a mother and her four children who faced imminent physical harm and persecution if forced to return to Sudan. At the conclusion of the trial, the woman and her four children were all granted asylum. Because of her work on this case, she was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Associate Award for the Asylum Program of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.
- Selected as an “On The Rise” honoree by Texas Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2019
Mini Kapoor has wide-ranging litigation experience in commercial, labor and employment, and intellectual property matters. Her commercial litigation experience includes toxic torts, environmental, energy, and product and premises liability matters. Her labor and employment experience includes handling OSHA matters in multiple states, and breach of employment agreements. Mini’s intellectual property experience includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets litigation matters.
As an OSHA litigator, Mini has appeared in several states handling OSHA matters, including in Texas, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan. Mini has experience with both federal and State OSHA programs. Mini has also successfully defended clients in OSHA administrative trials including recent matters involving PPE, powered industrial trucks, injury reporting, document production, machine-guarding and accident-related matters.
Mini is a prolific writer who has published on both legal and scientific topics. Among other notable journals, her articles have appeared in the Houston Law Review and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mini has presented on multiple OSHA and intellectual property topics to inventor and entrepreneur societies as well as retail industry groups. She has presented at the Texas Life Science Forum and the State Bar of Texas Patent and Trademarks Workshop. On behalf of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, she organized and hosted the Houston World Intellectual Property Day in April 2017 which featured Sarah Harris, the General Counsel of the USPTO, as the keynote speaker. The World Intellectual Property Day focuses on creating awareness regarding protecting intellectual property and related issues.