Debra L. Bouffard joined the firm as a litigation associate in September 2004 and is a principal of the firm. Ms. Bouffard focuses her practice on civil litigation and serves both businesses and individuals. Ms. Bouffard has represented numerous utilities in matters before state and federal courts, as well as in regulatory proceedings. She also frequently counsels and advises firm clients on all types of employment-related questions, including such topics as employee hiring, discipline, discrimination and harassment claims, internal investigations, leave management, and termination. Ms. Bouffard provides training to management teams to facilitate compliance with state and federal employment laws, and works with employers to update and revise employment handbooks, policies and related notices and forms.