Don H. Strobel


Don H. Strobel has 32 years experience with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standard Administration, Wage and Hour Division, where he retired as Assistant District Director. Don has expert knowledge of, and experience in, labor laws, government investigation procedures, negotiation practices and training techniques. He has vast experience in both the private and the public sector. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and founded LCC in 1993.

Education  
Louisiana State University , BS            Business Administration

Services

Seminars/ Training
On Site Compliance Audits 
Litigation Support- Expert Witness

Professional Background


U. S. Department of Labor
Employment Standards Act
Wage and Hour Division       
Wage and Hour Investigator -- 1961-1971       
Assistant District Director -- 1971-1993 (retired)
 
Labor Consultants Central, Inc.
President and Consultant -- 1993-present  

Overview of Responsibilities
As an Investigator investigations of private and public employers to determine and enforce compliance with various laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division were conducted. Engaged in informational programs such as workshops and seminars and conducted surveys to gather labor statistical information.         
As the Assistant District Director (now called Director of Enforcement) duties involved recruiting, training and supervising Investigators and clerical staff and conducting potential complex civil and criminal litigation cases. Also involved training of Louisiana State Department of Labor Investigators and coordinating various strike forces of other federal or state agencies for joint enforcement efforts.       
As a Consultant for Labor Consultants Central, services have been performed for employers in the public and private sectors by conducting seminars, workshops and audits to assist in compliance efforts.       
Negotiations conducted with U. S. Department of Labor representatives to resolve charges of violations and/ or assessments of civil money penalties.       
Litigation support services to attorneys by investigation of facts, application of the law and computations of any back wages that may be due, and as an Expert Witness.

Courts  - Expert Witness
   
For Plaintiff

Denise M. Coker v. Equity Mortgage Company, 22nd JDC No. 98-14411, St. Tammany Parish, LA Before: Judge Donald M. Fendlason       
January 2000     

For Defense
  
Roy Chauvin versus State of Louisiana, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and an Agency and/or a Political Subdivision of the State of Louisiana   No. 117,182 Div, “B” 32nd Judicial District Court, Parish of Terrebonne, State of Louisiana   - July 2003   Attorney: W. Brian Babin  

Merrill's Draperies., doing business as Builders Interiors, a California Corporation v. Richard Allen Covey., individually and doing business as R & R Tile; and Does 1-100 inclusive, Superior Court for the State of California, County of Ventura, Case No. CIV 206781 Before Judge Steve Hintz          
September 2002  

Dwayne Belaire et al, verses Burlington Resources, Inc.
US District Court Western District of Louisiana , Lafayette-Opelousas Division Case # CV00-0520-LO   Judge Haik     
date ---about-  June 2001 Attorney: Gerald J. Huffman, Jr., Lemle & Kelleher, 601 Poydras St., 21st floor, New Orleans 70130  

State of Louisiana adv. AFSCME, et al U.S.D.C. Eastern
District No. 90-4389, c/w 91-0857, 91-0858, &  5th Circuit No. 96-30992, June 25, 1998 Before: U. S. District Judge Marcel Livaudais, Jr.  1995-2001    

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Counsel 17 v. Department of Health and Hospitals, 1996 WL 14028 ED LA 1996  Judge
Marcel Livaudais, Jr. Attorney: W. Brian Babin  

George C. Samson, III, et al vs. Apollo Resources, Inc. et al
U.S.D.C. Western District of La. No CV97-1053 Before: U. S. District Judge Richard T. Haik        
March 1999  

Deanna Henegan v. Hulsey, Harwood and Hulsey, A Professional Corporation,
U.S.D.C. Western District of La. No. 96-0419   Before: U. S. District Judge Tucker Melancon
October 1998  

Futrel
v. State of Louisiana La. Ct. App. , 96 CA 1654, June 23, 1997 19th District Court Before: Judge J. Michael McDonald July 1995

During career with U. S. Dept. of Labor, ESA, Wage Hour Division from 1961 to 1993 I testified as a fact and/or expert witness in suits filed by the US DOL or individuals filing under 29 USC 216(b). Exact Number unknown - before U. S. District Judges E. Gorden West, John Parker, Frank  Polozola, N. Scott, and John M. Duhe, Jr.  

Depositions
 For Defense
Clinton A. Miley, Jr. et al  Vs. City of Bogalusa
Kelly O’Brian et al v.Rapid City Area School District, South Dakota -2006
   
Barry v. Excell Group 5th Circuit, No 01-40239, April 19, 2002


Audit Services

Professional and technical expertise provided in connection with the conduction of audits, which involve a comprehensive evaluation, and analysis of compliance with the various requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other labor laws. Particular emphasis is given to the integrity of FLSA classification system for exempt and non-exempt personnel relative to the payment of overtime or compensatory time and record keeping requirements.         

Audits involve the analysis and evaluations of job descriptions and specific functional responsibilities of employees. Evaluations include the integrity of the exempt or non-exempt classifications under the FLSA and also include issues such as travel time, interrupted lunch periods, compensatory time accruals and usage, on-call or stand-by time, preliminary and postliminary activities, educational and training functions, and minimum working time requirements prior to crediting of working time for overtime or compensatory time requirements.

Clientele
 
Law Firms:
      
A. Todd Caruso, Denham Springs, LA       
Adams & Reese, New Orleans, LA       
Allen & Gooch, Lafayette, LA       
Avant & Falcon, Baton Rouge, LA       
Breazeale Sachse & Wilson , L.L.P., Baton Rouge , LA       
Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell. Alexandria, LA       
Kean Miller Hawthorne D'Armond McCowan & Jarman LLP, Baton Rouge , LA
Onebane, Bernard, Torian, Diaz, McNamara & Abell, Lafayette , LA    

Governmental Sector
      
Louisiana Division of Administration       
Louisiana State Civil Service       
Louisiana Health Care Authority       
La. State Licensing Board for Contractors       
Louisiana State Workforce Commission       
Louisiana Workers Compensation Corp.       
University of Louisiana System (McNeese State University, Nicholls State University,
Southeastern University, Northwestern State University, University of Louisiana- Monroe, University of Louisiana- Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, and Grambling)       
Louisiana Municipal Association (On retainer for all cities, towns and villages in Louisiana)            
4th Judicial District Court- Ouachita       
16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office       
Allen Parish Ambulance Service, LA       
Assessor’s Office, Livingston, LA       
Clerk of Court, Livingston, LA       
Clerk of Court, West Baton Rouge Parish, LA       
DeSoto Parish EMS, Mansfield, LA       
Fifth La. Levee District, LA       
Iberia Parish Government, New Iberia, LA       
Livingston Parish, LA –Office of Parish President       
Livingston Parish, LA – Office of the Sheriff       
Natchitoches Parish School Board, Natchitoches, LA       
St. Mary Parish School Board, Centerville, LA       
St. Tammany Clerk of Court 22nd Judicial District       
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, Houma, LA       
Town of Flower Mound, TX  

Private Sector
      
Acadian Ambulance Service                             
Affiliated Blind of La., Lafayette, LA                  
Amethyst Construction Co.                                
Associated Grocers  (LA , AR, & TX)       
Bayou Land Seafood, LLC                                
Blue Flash Trucking, Baton Rouge, LA            
C. & C. Technology, Lafayette, LA                   
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Houston, TX                            
Cheyenne Ridge Lodge & Outfitters, S.D.        
D. C. International, Lafayette, LA       
Diamond B Construction                                    
Doerle Food Service, Inc.      
Environmental S & H.                                        
Hydo Carbon Flow Specialists       
Gold Pages Publishing, Spearfish, SD               
Inter Parish Security Corp.       
Intertrust Armored Car                                     
Investors Fast Track       
Lamar Advertising Co. Baton Rouge, LA         
La. Casino Cruses, Inc.       
La. Fish Fry- Tony’s Seafood                            
Lexus of New Orleans, No, LA       
Lofton Staffing Services                                    
Lo-Vac Trucking , Lottie, LA        
M. A. Patout & Sons, Ltd.                                  
Matrana’s Produce, Inc.                                      
Med Express, Pineville, LA                                
Morel G. Lemoine Distributors, Inc.                 
Neill Corporation , Hammond, LA                    
N.O. Center for Creative Arts-Riverfront         
Oak Point Fresh Market                                     
PhychSolutions, Coral Gables, FL                    
Randol’s Inc.                                                       
Sabine Pools & Spas                                         
Shilling Distributing Co.                                    
Southern Technologies of America, Inc.          
Southland Steel Fabricators                               
Sun Electric and Instrumentation                      
Superior Energy Services                                  
The Simon Group, Miami, FL                          
Trend Services, Inc.                                          
Woman’s Hospital

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