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Employment Law Forum

Austin Holian
 •  $295

2017 Employment Law Forum will cover the most important substantive and procedural issues currently confronting employment lawyers. The informative, cutting edge and comprehensive employment law content is valuable for corporate counsel, employment lawyers and those involved in the human resource process. Our distinguished faculty features employment law practitioners, members of the judiciary, consultants and human resource professionals.

This is more than just an educational conference, 2017 Employment Law Forum offers unparalleled networking with the faculty and registrants.

About our Keynote

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Chief Legal Correspondent, CBS News

Jan Crawford is CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent and contributes regularly to the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” “CBS This Morning,” and “Face The Nation,” as well as CBS Radio News and

Crawford joined CBS News in October 2009. She had been a regular contributor to CBS News in 2005 to 2006.

Crawford is a recognized authority on the Supreme Court whose 2007 book, “Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for the Control of the United States Supreme Court” (Penguin Press), gained critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times Bestseller. She began covering the Court in 1994 for the Chicago Tribune and went on to become a law and political correspondent for all ABC News programs, a Supreme Court analyst for The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer on PBS and a legal analyst for the CBS News broadcasts the “CBS Evening News” and “Face The Nation.” She has reported on most of the major judicial appointments and confirmation hearings of the past 15 years and amassed crucial sources in the White House, the Justice Department and Congress along the way.

Chief Justice John Roberts granted his first network television interview to Crawford, just one of the rare interviews she was able to obtain with a total of five of the Court’s current members, as well as retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Crawford also sat down with then-86-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens in his first television interview, as well as Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer.

Crawford’s in-depth reports on the Bush Administration’s legal war on terror and her exclusive reports on controversial interrogation techniques used for terror suspects have received wide acclaim and been credited with being a catalyst for congressional hearings. Washingtonian Magazine named her one of Washington’s top journalists.

About our Chairs

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Chair, Paul Hastings’ Los Angeles office and Co-Vice Chair of the Employment Law practice

Elena Baca is chair of Paul Hastings’ Los Angeles office and co-vice chair of the Employment Law practice. Ms. Baca is recognized as a leading trial lawyer and has been consistently ranked as one of the top employment defense lawyers in California. Her litigation practice focuses on employment related issues, including employee mobility, pay equity, wage and hour, and whistleblower issues. Ms. Baca received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame School of Law



Apalla Chopra

Chair, O’Melveny & Myers’ Labor and Employment and Colleges and Universities Practices

Apalla Chopra is Chair of O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment and Colleges and Universities Practices. She specializes in litigating complex multi-plaintiff and class action discrimination and wage and hour cases. Apalla also represents clients in traditional labor matters and has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and executive employment contracts. She is among a handful of lawyers universities turn to for their most complex legal challenges, including investigations and litigation into their handling of sexual assault allegations.



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Partner, Head of Hospitality Practice Group, Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC

Jeffrey S. Horton Thomas is a partner in Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC, a preeminent employment litigation defense boutique in Southern California.  Jeffrey leads the firm’s hospitality practice group and is recognized nationally as a thought leader in the defense of restaurant, bar, private club and other hospitality employers.  The firm is recognized by US News Best Lawyers among the Best Law Firms in employment defense for 2017.  Jeffrey is listed, individually, by US News Best Lawyers in employment litigation defense, recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in employment litigation defense each year since 2014, and is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  The firm’s current and former clients include EG Hospitality (the Taste, Tortilla Republic and Pizzetta restaurants), Soho House West Hollywood, Love Serve Remember (the Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre restaurants), Cecconi’s, and the Hugo’s restaurant group.

Jeffrey is a well-regarded speaker and author.  National publications regularly seek Jeffrey’s leadership on breaking employment law issues, particularly for hospitality employers.  Restaurant HospitalityHotel BusinessInside CounselHuman Resource Executive OnlineSHRM – the Society for Human Resource Management and others regularly seek Jeffrey’s articles and commentary on issues of importance to employers.  Jeffrey is a member of the board of directors of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

About our Speakers

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Acting Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Law for Southern California Gas Company

Christopher Bissonnette is currently the Acting Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Law for Southern California Gas Company.  Prior this role, Mr. Bissonnette was the Senior Counsel for Labor and Employment for Sempra Energy.  Sempra is a Fortune 500 company, based in San Diego, California.  Sempra is the parent company to Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric, U.S. Gas and Power, and Sempra International.  With 17,000 employees worldwide, the Sempra Energy companies develop energy infrastructure, operate utilities, and provide related products and services to more than 29 million consumers worldwide.  Mr. Bissonnette represents all Sempra companies in various state and federal labor and employment matters.

Mr. Bissonnette was formerly a senior associate in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings LLP, specializing in employment litigation (including class action and complex wage/hour litigation) traditional labor law, and advice and counsel to employers in a variety of industries.

Mr. Bissonnette is a graduate of Hofstra University (B.A. 1994) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D. 1999).  He is admitted to practice in federal and state court in California, Massachusetts and Maine.  Mr. Bissonnette is also admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


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Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Michael represents large companies and multinational firms. In addition, he has represented individual clients, startup companies and small and mid-size companies on U.S. immigration matters.  Michael partners with corporate clients to provide strategic counsel on all matters involving U.S. immigration and nationality law, as well as policy and compliance, to manage large immigration programs. He guides corporate clients on immigration aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, outsourcing and corporate restructuring, as well as I-9 employer sanctions matters.



Lori A. BowmanBowman

Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Lori Bowman has more than 30 years of experience representing employers in labor and employment law.  For several years, Lori has been named a Best Lawyer in America and a Southern California Super Lawyer.  Lori graduated from Indiana University School of Law where she was an Editor of the Indiana Law Journal.  She received a MA in labor relations from the University of Illinois and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an AB from Indiana University.


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Senior Manager, Relocation, Immigration & Compliance,

Warner Brothers Entertainment Group of Companies

Deanne (“Dee”) Bringle recently celebrated her 26th year at Warner Bros. and is currently is employed as Senior Manager, Relocation, Immigration and Compliance…which means she manages the Worldwide Relocation program, acts as SME and Company’s subject matter expert and sole point of contact on Immigration worldwide, and manages the Corporate  Compliance Department. She has also previously served as a corporate trainer in specialty subjects, such as emergency services, has managed the new hire orientation program and trained for 17 years with the WB Fire Department as a Search and Rescue captain.

Dee graduated with a split degree in Film/TV Production and Communications at Cal State Northridge, and holds a Music degree from USC and a Master’s in Film Production from UCLA.

In her spare time, Dee is a semi-professional photographer and sings/plays keyboards in a classic rock band.


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Principal, The deRubertis Law Firm, APC

David M. deRubertis, the principal of The deRubertis Law Firm, APC, handles employment, catastrophic injury and contingency business litigation matters, including as last-minute trial counsel.  A member of ABOTA, his honors include CAALA’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” CELA’s Joe Posner Award, Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year – Employment Law Individuals,” Top 100 Southern California SuperLawyer, and being recognized by the Daily Journal as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer every year since the inception of this honor.


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Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment, Viacom Inc.

Amy Dow is Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment Law for Viacom Inc.  She oversees the employment, immigration, and benefits and compensation legal functions for all Viacom businesses, including Viacom Media Networks (MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Spike TV, VH1, CMT, TV Land and Logo) and Paramount Pictures Corporation and the production risk and labor relations functions across Viacom Media Networks.  Prior to joining MTV Networks in 2008, Amy was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Kauff McGuire & Margolis LLP, specializing in employment litigation.  Amy began her career in employment law department of the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings.

Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and her J.D. from New York University Law School.



Dr. Zev J. EigenEigen_Zev_091015-web

Global Director of Data Analytics, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Dr. Zev Eigen, Global Director of Data Analytics, combines his expertise in labor and employment law with his deep experience in complex data analytics and social scientific research to handle three categories of work: (1) predictive analytics using artificial intelligence or “machine learning” algorithms as applied to HR and related business decisions; (2) statistical analysis and econometric modeling of issues arising out of class actions and pattern and practice matters; and (3) statistical analysis of labor, employment and HR-related data.

He is a nationally recognized expert in these fields appearing in the media frequently (Wall Street JournalNew York TimesForbes, NPR, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc.). Zev is a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to workplace data analytics.

Zev is an accomplished public speaker and is invited regularly to lecture and present papers at academic institutions and professional organizations across the country.



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Partner, Feldman Browne Olivares, APC  

Mr. Feldman has been practicing plaintiff’s side employment law for more than 20 years. He is the founding partner of Feldman Browne Olivares, APC., and is widely recognized as one of the top employment lawyers in California, having been named to the Daily Journal’s list of the Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in California in each of the past five (5) consecutive years, to Best Lawyers in America for five (5) consecutive years, and to LA Magazine’s Southern California Super Lawyers list for 11 straight years.



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Partner, Girardi & Keese

Keith Griffin is a partner with the law firm of Girardi & Keese.  Mr. Griffin’s practice areas include employment litigation, aviation litigation, pharmaceutical and medical device mass tort litigation, product liability, toxic tort litigation, and class action litigation.  Mr. Griffin is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an exclusive, invitation-only group of the most experienced trial lawyers throughout the country.

Mr. Griffin has been a member and partner at the Girardi firm for 18 years.  The firm has been recognized as one of the preeminent trial firms in the country.  The Girardi firm has been appointed to various leadership roles in Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) cases and JCCP litigations across the country, including Actos JCCP No. 4696 (Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee), DePuy ASR JCCP No. 4649 (Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee), DePuy ASR MDL No. 2197 (Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee), Yaz/Yasmin JCCP No. 4608 (Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel), Yaz/Yasmin MDL No. 2100 (Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee), Vioxx JCCP No. 4247 (Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel), Nexium MDL No. 2404 (Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel), and GranuFlo JCCP No. 4749 (Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel). 

Mr. Griffin currently serves as lead counsel in both the California Zofran Litigation, JCCP 4905, as well as in the GranuFlo JCCP (JCCP No. 4749, In re: GranuFlo/NaturaLyte Dialysis Cases).  Mr. Griffin has previously served as lead counsel in the California JCCP In re Avandia Drug Cases (JCCP No. 4578) proceedings.   In connection with these appointments, Mr. Griffin has coordinated the prosecution of defective drug cases, and has been instrumental in eventual resolution and settlement for thousands of plaintiffs.


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Lead Trial Attorney, Genie Harrison Law Firm

Genie Harrison  has been named by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 10 and Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017, ranked Number 3 in 2017, as one of the Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers, recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation, and for seven years has been named by the Daily Journal  as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer.



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Partner, Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC

Daniel T. Ho is a partner with the premiere employment litigation defense boutique Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC, West Hollywood.  The firm is recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers as among the Best Law Firms in employment defense for 2017.  Dan practiced at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Seyfarth Shaw, after which he served as in-house Senior Litigation Counsel with NBCUniversal.  There, he supervised the defense of employment-related actions on the television side of the business.

Dan now serves as outside litigation counsel advising in-house counsel at many of the firm’s clients.  The firm regularly defends employers in hospitality, retail and technology ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid-market employers.  Dan’s expertise lies in defending Fair Employment and Housing Act claims, wage-and-hour violations, breach of contract, and unfair competition.  Dan was awarded his J.D., with honors, by the University of Chicago School of Law and has practiced for over 17 years.


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Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers

Susannah Howard is an experienced labor and employment lawyer specializing in a range of employment and labor matters, including wage-and-hour disputes, enforcements of non-compete agreements, background check procedures, employee discipline and termination discrimination based on age, rage, sex, national origin, physical handicap, and related matters. She skillfully defends and represents a variety of clients in a diverse array of industries including the airline, staffing, financial services, technology, and private equity sectors.


Roger King Roger King
Senior Labor and Employment Counsel, HR Policy Association

Roger King is a highly regarded labor relations attorney, whose career spans more than 40 years. Roger recently retired as a partner with Jones Day law firm. He now serves as Senior Labor and Employment counsel for HR Policy Association.

Roger specializes in labor and employment, collective bargaining, contract administration and representation campaigns. Roger represented the winning side as co-counsel in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case known as Noel Canning, which successfully challenged President Obama’s authority to make recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

After graduating from Cornell University Law School, he was a Captain and Legal Services Officer in the United States Air Force, on the Staff of United States Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and, subsequently, was appointed as Professional Staff Counsel to the United States Senate Labor Committee.

Roger has testified before both the U.S. Senate and House Labor Committees, is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and serves on the Advocacy Committee of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association (ASHHRA) and on the Executive Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Council.


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Partner, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Rachael Meny has extensive experience handling trade secret and employee mobility disputes, complex civil litigation and white collar criminal matters. She has extensive experience representing technology companies, other companies and executives throughout the U.S. in pre-litigation and disputes regarding trade secrets, employee mobility and non-competition matters. Ms. Meny litigates such matters in state and federal courts, but also frequently provides counseling on pre-litigation disputes that allows such matters to be successfully resolved before litigation.


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Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Jon Meer is one of the most successful trial lawyers in Southern California and one of only a few lawyers nationwide with successful class action jury trial experience.  He represents many of the nation’s best known retailers in “bet the company” class action cases, with an unmatched record of defeating class certification, including high-profile class action cases with potential exposure in excess of $200 million


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Founding Chair, Paul Hastings’
Global Employee Mobility and Trade Secret Practice Group

Brad Newman, founding chair of the Paul Hastings Global Employee Mobility and Trade Secret practice group, has established a distinguished record of achievement on a national level for his Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets expertise. As an indication of his leading national reputation in the area, American Law Media sought out Brad to create the original scholarship that has become the leading treatise on trade secrets, Protecting IP in the Age of Employee Mobility (ALM, March 2014, now in its 3rd Edition). Brad also serves as the Editor of the American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Developments in Trade Secrets and Employee Mobility.  Brad routinely represents the country’s leading technology, financial institution, software, and manufacturing companies in their most-challenging “bet the company” trade secret matters, both prosecuting claims of data theft and defending companies accused of data theft in cases with eight and nine figure liability.  Brad is also a recognized national expert on computer forensics as it pertains to protecting data and detecting data theft from a computer science standpoint, and has assisted any of the world’s leading brands in devising state of the art legal and technical ways to prevent data theft.


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Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Mr. Paparelli is a partner in the Business Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A Certified Immigration Law Specialist (CA), he is known among clients and peers for providing creative solutions to complex immigration law problems, especially those involving mergers and acquisitions.  He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on immigration issues arising in litigation.

Mr. Paparelli’s immigration practice areas include compliance audits; counsel and due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring; immigration-related corporate policy formulation; permanent residence and citizenship; visas for executives, managers, scientists, scholars, investigators, professionals, students and visitors; PERM labor certifications; employment-based immigrant visa petitions; global visas and consular practice; legislative advocacy and immigration messaging; federal court litigation under the Administrative Procedures Act; waivers, white-collar immigration and asylum.



Steven G. Pearl, Esq. PEARL

ADR Services, Inc.

Steven G. Pearl is a full­-time mediator with ADR Services, Inc. He mediates all types of employment law disputes, from individual discrimination, harassment, and retaliation suits to wage and hour class actions. Mr. Pearl has more than 20 years of litigation experience, representing both employers and employees. He earned his BA with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley and was a Dean’s Scholar at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is available for mediation across California.


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Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Live Nation Entertainment

Richard Patti is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Live Nation Entertainment, headquartered in Beverly Hills, California. His duties are management of the company’s global litigation docket along with governmental and regulatory affairs, compliance, and dispute resolution.

Richard performed these same duties as Assistant General Counsel at Clear Channel Entertainment, which he joined in 2002 and which in 2005 spun off from Clear Channel to become Live Nation.

Previously, Richard was General Counsel to the Texas Comptroller at the state capital in Austin. Before joining the Comptroller’s Office in 1999, Richard was in private practice as a civil trial attorney in Texas since 1991.

Richard holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston (1991), and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1988). In law school, he won First Place and the Best Speaker award in both the intramural mock trial and moot court competitions.

Richard was recognized by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel as its 2017 Counsel of the Year, and the National LGBT Bar Association presented him with its Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award in 2015.

Richard is a Member of the State Bars of California and Texas, and is a native of Houston, Texas



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Judicate West

Michelle Reinglass is a full-time mediator following a 30-year litigation career, handling all aspects of employment, business, insurance and personal injury cases.  She is affiliated with Judicate West and has received an “AV” rating and “Premier” status from Martindale-Hubbell Directory of Lawyers.  Michelle is a member of ABOTA, a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM).  She is a past President of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), past Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), and past Chair and lawyer representative (two terms) of the Central District Delegation to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She is a frequent author and speaker on employment, litigation and ADR issues.

Michelle has also received many honors including “Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year”, Orange County Trial Lawyers, in both Employment and Business Litigation.  She has also been recognized as one of The Daily Journal “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California”, “Top Female Litigators”, “Top Labor and Employment Lawyers”, as well as one of “California’s Top 50 Neutrals”.  She has been named as one of California’s “Super Lawyers,” 2004-2017, and was inducted into the Western State University College of Law Hall of Fame.



Deborah Crandall Saxe, Esq.Saxe


Deborah Saxe is a sought-after arbitrator and mediator specializing in labor and employment law matters.  She has arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases, including wage and hour, ERISA, and employment discrimination class actions, collective actions, and PAGA actions, and is a frequent speaker on the subject of employment arbitration.

Before becoming a full-time neutral in 2012, Ms. Saxe practiced labor and employment law at Jones Day, Heller Ehrman, and Seyfarth Shaw for more than 30 years and was widely recognized as one of the best in the business.  She is a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, is routinely listed in Best Lawyers in America (2006-2017), was identified by LawDragon and Human Resource Executive Magazine in 2010, 2011, and 2012 as one of the 100 Most Powerful Labor & Employment Lawyers in the Nation, and was recognized by her peers as one of the Top 50 Women SuperLawyers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties for ten consecutive years (2004-2013).   She was recognized as a SuperLawyer in ADR in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017


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Executive, Office of the General Counsel, Creative Artists Agency

Ms. Shepherd is an Executive in the Office of the General Counsel at Creative Artists Agency, the world’s leading entertainment and sports talent agency, with offices around the globe. Founded in 1975, CAA represents many of the most successful professionals working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, sports and digital content, and provides a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients.  CAA Sports alone represents more than 1,000 of the world’s top athletes in football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis and golf, and works in the areas of broadcast rights, licensing, and property sales.

Previously, Ms. Shepherd had been in-house counsel at Mattel, the world’s largest toy company; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Inc., a MacAndrews & Forbes company which provides a range of post-production services and technologies to the entertainment industry in North America, Europe and Australia; and Ascent Media Group, LLC, a Liberty Media company that provided creative and technical post-production services to the media and entertainment industries in North America and Europe.

Ms. Shepherd’s career as in-house counsel has focused on civil and employment litigation, as well as executive compensation and benefits, ethics and compliance programs, workplace investigations, and advice and counsel regarding employment, labor and immigration laws for North America and Europe.

Previously, Ms. Shepherd was an associate at Proskauer Rose LLP and Paul Hasting, representing corporate and individual clients in entertainment, manufacturing and other industries in employment-related lawsuits, and advising on compliance matters pertaining to employment law.


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Partner, Rutan & Tucker, LLP

As an employment law partner at Orange County’s largest law firm, Maria is sought after by clients for her unique approach to representing employers in all areas of employment.  Maria’s practice includes defense of wage and hour class actions and traditional employment litigation, management training, development of personnel policies and other transactional documents, and day-to-day advice and counseling.

Maria has received several notable honors for her unorthodox yet highly effective and efficient approach to representing employers, including selection to the Daily Journal’s exclusive list of Top Women Lawyers for the last four years and its list of Top Employment Lawyers.

Maria is a frequent public speaker, including an annual presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel in Los Angeles and Orange County and several large human resources organizations.  Maria is a committed community member, including serving as President of the Global Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance, Board Member for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Orange County Bar Foundation, and pro-bono counsel to non-profits.  Maria is a graduate of Harvard Law School and was a full-scholarship varsity tennis player at the University of Kansas where she was named NCAA Woman of the Year.



Janet R. Thornton, Ph.D.Thornton_Janet_cropped

Berkeley Research Group, LLC    

For over 30 years, Dr. Janet R. Thornton has prepared analyses of the outcomes of a variety of labor practices, including selection, termination, and compensation, and how they relate to allegations of gender, race, ethnicity, religious, and age discrimination.  She has extensive experience in conducting statistical analyses of the various elements of compensation to determine whether similarly situated demographic group members are similarly paid.  She frequently assists organizations in responding to allegations of pay discrimination brought by the OFCCP, EEOC, and Plaintiffs, and has provided expert testimony in federal and state court regarding these allegations.  In addition, she has conducted numerous compensation audits for employers seeking to proactively determine if there are potential pay disparities in base and incentive compensation, as well as to assist in settlement negotiations.

Dr. Thornton has been an adjunct professor of quantitative methods and statistics at The Florida State University.  She has published in the Journal of Legal Economics and the Journal of Forensic Economics, and co-authored a chapter in the anthology Developments in Litigation Economics


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Managing Director, iDiscovery Solutions  

James D. Vaughn, a Managing Director of iDiscovery Solutions (iDS), is a court-recognized expert who has given testimony in nearly 70 cases involving topics such as evidence preservation, documentation of events, and computer forensic methodologies and procedures.  In addition to being an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Mr. Vaughn is certified by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE).

Mr. Vaughn has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers, attorneys, and other examiners on computer forensics and high-technology related issues involving best practices and methodologies.

Mr. Vaughn’s matters have widely varied and span across diverse areas such as misappropriation of trade secrets, intellectual property issues, contract disputes, fraud investigations, alleged hacking, and employment disputes, among others.  He has served clients on the plaintiff side, the defendant side, and has served as a third party neutral on several occasions.


The Montage Beverly Hills

225 N Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:55am

Introduction by Co-Chairs

8:55 am - 9:00 am

Pay Equity

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Pay equity is one of the most rife areas of compliance companies face today.  From regulatory oversight, and the differences in states’ laws and federal law, to the constant threat of potential class and representative litigation, addressing this subject matter well requires a multi-faceted, expert approach.  This panel will tackle the most significant aspects of addressing pay equity, including:  drafting compliant policies and processes, developing effective litigation strategies, and understanding the risks associated with internal and external communications about pay equity.



Apalla Chopra, Chair, Labor & Employment, O’Melveny & Myers



Lori Bowman,  Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Dr. Zev J. Eigen, Global Director of Data Analytics, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Genie Harrison,  Lead Trial Attorney, Genie Harrison Law Firm

Susannah Howard,  Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers

Janet Thornton, Ph.D., Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC


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Labor & Employment Law In the Trump Era - A View from DC

10:00 am - 11:00 am

What is the future of federal labor and employment law and enforcement under the new administration?  We have your answers.  This conversation with Roger King will provide you with an overview of what is happening on the ground in Washington D.C,. as it relates labor and employment law, and how that will impact employers over the next four years.

Moderator:  Apalla Chopra, Chair, Labor & Employment, O’Melveny & Myers


Roger King, Senior Labor and Employment Counsel, HR Policy Association

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Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:20 pm

Inside Secrets On Successfully Navigating Wage and Hour Class Action and PAGA Exposure

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

California wage and hour compliance can be a costly minefield for the unsuspecting employer.  Get insider tips from the experts who have seen  and heard it all from both sides of the aisle and know what does and  doesn’t work.

Topics will include:

  • Arbitration Agreements
  • Pick-Up Stix Settlements
  • Most common employer policy blunders
  • Best practices for success



Maria Z. Stearns, Partner, Rutan & Tucker, LLP



Keith D. Griffin, Esq.,  Partner, Girardi | Keese

Jon Meer, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Steven G. Pearl, Esq., ADR Services, Inc.                          

Michelle A. Reinglass, Esq., Judicate West

Deborah Crandall Saxe, Esq., JAMS

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Luncheon conversation with Jan Crawford, Chief Legal Correspondent/Political Correspondent, CBS News

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm

Employee Mobility

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm



Elena Baca, Chair, Employment Law Practice, Paul Hastings LLP



David deRubertis, Founder and Principal Attorney, The deRubertis Law Firm, APC

Rachael E. Meny, Partner, Keker,Van Nest & Peters LLP

Bradford K. Newman, Partner, Employment Law Department, Paul Hastings LLP

James Vaughn, Managing Director, iDiscovery Solutions

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Networking Break

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm


2:50 pm - 3:50 pm

The audience will hear the most updated perspectives from     leading practitioners throughout the area of Immigration as it relates to today’s Employment Law Environment.  Some topics to be covered include:

  • Employment based immigration
  • Device restrictions on certain US-bound flights from the Middle East for all travelers
  • I-9s
  • ICE Enforcement / Raids
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Sanctuary City Status
  • Executive Order Entry Ban (Muslim Ban)



Jeffrey S. Horton Thomas, Partner, Head of the Hospitality Group, Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC



Michael Boshnaick, Partner, Fragomen

Deanne M. Bringle, Senior Manager, Relocation, Immigration & Compliance, Warner Brothers Entertainment Group of Companies

Angelo A. Paparelli, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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In-House Chief Litigation and Employment Counsel: What Keeps You Up at Night?

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm

This discussion will cover the things that keep in-house Chief Litigation and Employment Counsel and their staff up at night in the area of Employment Law. The audience will certainly have a chance not only to hear from these corporate leaders but we will leave room for questions and answers.



Elena Baca, Chair, Employment Law Practice, Paul Hastings LLP


Christopher Bissonnette, Acting Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Law, Southern California Gas Company 

Amy Dow, Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Employment Law, Viacom Inc.

Daniel T. Ho, Esq., Partner, Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC

Richard Patti, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

Niloofar Shepherd, Executive, Office of the General Counsel, Creative Artists Agency


Networking Reception

5:00 pm






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