Ms. Pace concentrates her practice in the fields of employment, immigration compliance, OSHA, health care, and construction. She defends claims of sexual harassment, employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and wrongful discharge, and against charges filed at the EEOC and ACRD. She handles matters involving OSHA, ICE, OFCCP, DOL, NLRB, Davis-Bacon, Service Contract Act (SCA), FAR, ADA, FMLA, FFCRA, Cares Act, PPP, and wage and hour audits and debarment issues. She has extensive experience counseling, investigating and handling a full array of employee grievances, arbitration, contract negotiations, elections, administrative hearings, and litigation in both union and non-union settings.
Ms. Pace also handles issues involving Healthcare, HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and negotiations involving healthcare contracts. Her Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage practice includes counseling and training on federal, state, county, municipal and school prevailing wages and benefits requirements, coverage and applicability of prevailing wage laws, coverage exemptions, worker classification and pay issues, addressing wage determinations, wage conformances, wage surveys, and representation of employers before the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and similar state agencies.
She frequently conducts investigations and provides training to managers and employees, including respect at work, anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, I-9 and E-Verify audits. She regularly represents employers in dealing with ICE and E-Verify and has handled over 1,000 I-9 audits. She was described by Arizona Business Magazine as the “go to” lawyer for employer immigration compliance in Arizona.
She is the presenter and narrator of an award-winning video on respectful conduct in the workplace. She is the co-editor or primary author of three books on employment law. She has conducted over 1,000 training programs for clients and industry groups.
Ms. Pace counsels employers on non-compete contracts, confidentiality agreements, employee discipline, drug testing, accommodation of disabled individuals, leaves of absence, workplace violence, safety policies, and other human resource policies and procedures. She also handles contract disputes, business torts, trade practices, and construction matters. She regularly prepares and reviews employee handbooks and safety manuals.
For more than the past 28 years, Ms. Pace has regularly represented companies in over 1,000 OSHA inspections, audits, and proceedings throughout the country, including more than 220 fatalities in the workplace. She has been working on fall protection issues since the fall protection standard went into effect in 1995.
She has represented companies in government contracting disputes and numerous commercial litigation matters involving contracts, trade practices, financing, acquisitions, and other matters. She is known for creative, practical solutions to businesses’ legal challenges.
Ms. Pace regularly coordinates crisis response plans for clients to deal with workplace accidents, government investigations and other matters. She has been interviewed and quoted in news media across the nation, including the ABA Journal, Forbes, Business Week, The New York Times, CNN, NPR, Associated Press, USA Today, L.A. Times, CBS News, FOX News, Arizona Republic, East Valley Tribune, Arizona television stations, Arizona Daily Star, The Tucson Citizen, HR Magazine, Paradise Valley Independent, and many more.
Ms. Pace serves as an elected Council Member of the Town of Paradise Valley and was elected unanimously by her peers on the council to serve as Vice Mayor. Ms. Pace is a recipient of Arizona Business Magazine’s 2008 Centers of Influence Award, which recognized ten leading attorneys in Arizona. Ms. Pace is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Ms. Pace is a sustaining member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. She has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals and is a former judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joe W. Contreras of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Ms. Pace is a fourth generation Arizonan.