Rima Hartman


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Rima  Hartman
Rima  Hartman

“In my experience, employers want to do the right thing.  They want to abide by the law, treat people fairly, and develop a talented and loyal workforce.  When a dispute arises with an employee, it can be legally complicated and intensely personal.  My goal is to simplify the situation and help the employer achieve a result that makes good business sense.”

Rima Hartman’s practice focuses primarily on labor and employment litigation.  When Rima’s clients are faced with an employment related claim, complaint or charge, she delivers excellent strategic advice, an aggressive legal defense, and the diplomacy and good judgment needed to address the human dynamics that are invariably so powerfully at play in such disputes. 

Rima represents employers in all types of disputes including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).  She is also involved in litigating claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), ADA accommodation issues, as well as wage and hour disputes arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Rima handles litigation matters in both federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations (primarily in FINRA) and administrative proceedings before the EEOC and its state counterparts.

In addition to her litigation practice, Rima regularly counsels clients on day-to-day employment matters.  She also conducts investigations, drafts employee handbooks, reviews employee classification systems and provides on-site training sessions.

Before joining Bressler, Rima was a shareholder with the law firm of Maynard Cooper, as well as an equity partner with the law firm of Perkins Coie, L.L.P. in Seattle, Washington.  Prior to working at Perkins Coie, Rima served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr. in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1994 to1995.

In her free time, Rima enjoys her family.  A passionate advocate for children and a mother of four herself, Rima serves on the Board of Directors for Advent Episcopal Day School, as well as on the Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future.  In 2012, Rima helped to found Emma’s Circle, which supports the Alabama CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) program.  Emma’s Circle raises awareness regarding the plight of abused and neglected children in Alabama and raises money so that every foster child might have a consistent and effective lay advocate to advance their best interests not only in court, but in life.

  • Represented Bank of America in a four plaintiff gender discrimination suit brought first in federal court and then in state court, achieving summary judgment for the employer in both forums
  • Represented Bank of America before FINRA in an arbitration brought by an investment banker terminated for misconduct, ending in a complete defense victory
  • Successfully defended Merrill Lynch before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in an appeal involving the interplay between the retroactivity provision of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the rules of evidence, and the law regarding released claims
  • Defended The Boeing Company in a federal class action brought by engineers alleging race and national origin discrimination and won complete defense jury verdict
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018 - 2020