NELA's 2012 Gala Fundraiser: Honoring NELA's Champions
Friday, June 22, 2012
8:00-11:30 p.m.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

As a member of the NELA family, you are moving full speed ahead to advance equality and justice in the American workplace. NELA's 2012 Gala Fundraiser: Honoring NELA's Champions will be your opportunity to pause between inspiration and action for a celebration with hundreds of employee rights advocates from around the country. You are cordially invited to join us on Friday evening, June 22, 2012, following NELA's Annual Dinner, for this festive evening of music, dancing, and fun.

Make a Video Honoring Your NELA Champions

Honor Your NELA Champion! You are invited to make a 3 minute video telling us about your NELA Champion. A NELA Champion may be an individual NELA member or NELA Affiliate member, or a group comprising such individuals (e.g., a law firm, a legal team in a case, etc.). The only requirement is that your NELA Champion inspires you with their work to advance equality and justice in the American workplace. You may even name yourself!

Need some help? Here is an example we recorded in our conference room with a Cannon Powershot SX200 IS.

Video Guidelines | Video Tips

NELA is dedicating this year's Gala Fundraiser to each and every NELA member—our champions of employee rights. Along with a toast to you, Honoring NELA's Champions will feature the premiere of a video montage produced by and for NELA members. NELA members are invited to honor their own NELA Champion by submitting a video of up to three minutes explaining how and why their employee rights advocate inspires them as a champion of equality and justice in the American workplace. NELA will produce a composite video, Honoring NELA's Champions, as a tribute to NELA members. Live music and dancing will follow the video presentation.

This collective project is meant to encourage the involvement of all the members of the NELA family, and is not a competition. Any NELA member or Convention registrant may honor a NELA member or NELA Affiliate member as their NELA Champion. A NELA Champion may be an individual NELA member or NELA Affiliate member, or a group comprising such individuals (e.g., a law firm, a legal team in a case, etc.). The only requirement is that your NELA Champion inspires you with their work to advance equality and justice in the American workplace. You may even name yourself! For more information, please contact Pedro A. Valverde, NELA's Technology & Office Administrator (Tel: (415) 296-7629; Email:

The proceeds from Honoring NELA's Champions will support NELA's initiatives to advance equality and justice in the American workplace, including our Legislative & Public Policy, Judicial Nominations, and Amicus Programs. We welcome your support as an event sponsor of the 2012 Gala Fundraiser. As a sponsor, you will make it possible for NELA to continue championing employee rights in our nation's capital and courtrooms. In addition to other benefits, sponsors will be listed in the Commemorative Gala Fundraiser Program, NELA's 2012 Annual Convention Program Guide, and on the Gala Fundraiser Sponsor Board at the Convention. Pre-event sponsors will be listed in the invitation if your sponsorship pledge is received by Friday, April 27, 2012. Sponsorships are tax-deductible as a business expense (advertising).

Sponsorship Opportunities
Please join us for a celebratory evening dedicated to you and all of NELA’s champions of equality and justice in the American workplace. Proceeds from the 2012 Gala Fundraiser support NELA’s important advocacy initiatives, including our Legislative & Public Policy, Judicial Nominations, and Amicus Programs. As a sponsor, you will make it possible for NELA to continue championing employee rights in our nation’s capital and courtrooms.

Your support is tax-deductible as a business expense (advertising). In order to be listed in the invitation and all promotional communications, we will need to receive your pledge form no later than Friday, April 27, 2012. Sponsorship of the Annual Gala does not include tickets to the Annual Dinner. For more information, contact Leah A. Hofkin, NELA’s Director of Development (Tel: (415) 296-7629,

Sponsorship Opportunities and Form

 Thank You to Our Gala Sponsors

Benefactor Sponsors ($10,000)
Bernstein & Lipsett
Nichols Kaster, PLLP
Passman & Kaplan, PC
Sanford, Wittels & Heisler, LLP

Founder's Circle Sponsors ($5,000)
Asian American Affairs Association
Texas Employment Lawyers Association

President's Cabinet Sponsors ($2,500)
Bogas, Koncius & Croson, PC
California Employment Lawyers Association
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC
Colorado PELA
Sue Ellen Eisenberg & Associates, PC
The Employment Law Group, PC
Farrise Firm, PC
Florida NELA
Freking & Betz
Barry Goldstein/Goldstein, Demchak, Baller,
Borgen & Dardarian
Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates
Haynes & Haynes, PC
Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, PC
LexisNexis Publishing
Mehri & Skalet, PLLC
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
Outten & Golden LLP
Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers & Golden
Schall & Barasch, LLC
Sedey Harper, PC
The Texas FLSA Posse – J. Derek Braziel, Richard J. Burch,
  David L. Kern & Trang Q. Tran

Advocate Sponsors ($1,000)
Alliance for Justice
Buckley & Klein, LLP
Burkhalter, Rayson & Associates, PC
Cashdan & Kane, PLLC
Terisa E. Chaw & James A. Hendriksen,
In Memory of Professor Robert Belton
Console Law Offices LLC
The deRubertis Law Firm
Dickson Geesman LLP
Donati Law Firm, LLP
Eighth Circuit NELA
Eisenberg & Schnell, LLP
James M. Finberg & Melanie M. Piech
Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Chimes, Richardson
& Fitzgerald, PC
Getman & Sweeney, PLLC
The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, PC
Carol Gillam, The Gillam Law Firm
Green, Savits & Lenzo, LLC
Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer
Halunen & Associates
Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman
Henrichsen Siegel, PLLC
Law Office of Wendy A. Kaplan
Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP
King & Greisen, LLP
Lawless & Lawless
Leonard Carder, LLP
Law Offices of Judith A. Lonnquist, PS
Larry Mann
Maryland Employment Lawyers Association
Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
NELA-Eastern Pennsylvania
NELA/New York
Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll
New Hampshire Chapter of NELA
Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association
Patrick J. Perotti/Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA
Robin Potter & Associates, PC
Service Employees International Union
Smith Johnson, Inc.
Paul H. Tobias
Virginia Employment Lawyers Association
Webster, Fredrickson, Correia & Puth
Douglas M. Werman, Werman Law Office, PC
Law Offices of Christopher H. Whelan, Inc.
Cynthia Wilkinson, Wilkinson Law Firm, PC

Partner Sponsors ($500)
Abbey Spanier Rodd & Abrams, LLP
AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
Alden Law Group, PLLC
Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP
Burgess & Sharp PLLC
Burr & Smith, LLP
Butler & Harris
Butler Royals, PLC
Caffarelli & Siegel Ltd.
Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
Wade B. Cowan
Creighton & Rose, PC
Cross Law Firm, SC
Deutsch Atkins, PC
Dobson, Goldberg, Berns & Rich, LLP
Law Office of William H. Ewing
Fiedler & Timmer, PLLC
Charlotte Fishman & Alan W. Sparer
Robert B. Fitzpatrick, PLLC
Frank Freed Subit & Thomas LLP
Gillespie, Rozen & Watsky, PC
Grant & Eisenhofer PA
Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC
Caryn Groedel and Associates Co., LPA
Heins Law Office LLC
Thomas J. Henderson, Henderson Law Firm, PLLC
Hill & Associates, PC
Jeffrey S. Hynes & Associates, SC
JMW Settlements, Inc
Kansas City NELA
Daniel B. Kohrman & Marie-Therese Connolly

Law Offices of David L. Lee
Elaine Leitner & Steven Zieff
Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP
Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, PC
McNamara, Roseman & Kazmierski, LLP
Law Offices of Paul H. Merry
Miller O'Brien Cummins, PLLP
Minami Tamaki, LLP

Partner Sponsors (continued)
Minnesota NELA
Victoria W. Ni & David K. Shim
NJP Litigation Consulting
O'Malley & Madden, PC
Patterson Harkavy LLP
St. Louis NELA
Rebecca L. Salawdeh
Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, LLP
Robert C. Seldon & Associates, PC
Tanner and Associates, PC
Tommy Warren/Settlement Services, Inc.
Waters & Kraus, LLP
Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association.

Supporter Sponsors ($250)
Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson
Law Office of Ronald P. Ackerman
Law Office of Alice W. Ballard, PC
Alan Banov and Associates
Barrett & Farahany, LLP
Benassi & Benassi, PC
Beranbaum Menken LLP
Bernabei & Wachtel, PLLC
Law Office of Scot Bernstein, A Professional Corporation
Eileen M. Bissen
Stephen A. Brandon, Attorney at Law
Bornn & Surls
Lawrence R. Chaban, Esquire
Chavez & Gertler LLP
The Collins Law Firm
The Cook Law Firm
Jac A. Cotiguala & Associates
William M. Crosby
Cupp & Cupp, PC
Dallas/Fort Worth Employment Lawyers Association
Law Office of David J. Duchrow
Brian East
Elfvin & Besser
Emmett & Glander
Finch McCranie, LLP
Michael L. Foreman
Law Offices of Joshua Friedman
Gilbert Russell McWherter PLC
Jonathan L. Gould
John Griffin, Immediate Past Chair of the Board,
American Diabetes Association
Law Offices of Carlos E. Hernandez Jr., PC
Leah A. Hofkin
Lee Holen Law Office
Graham Hollis, APC
The Impact Fund
Toni Jaramilla, A Professional Law Corporation
Law Offices of Mark Allen Kleiman
Klimaski & Associates, PC
Dolores Y. Leal & Tomás Olmos
David Lichtenstein
Karen Maoki
Magid & Williams, PA
Maine Employment Lawyers Association
Masters & Ribakoff
Michigan Employment Lawyers Association
Murphy Anderson PLLC
Nacht, Roumel, Salvatore, Blanchard & Walker, PC
Law Offices of Jeffrey Needle
Newkirk Law Firm, PLC
Pine & Pine
The Rager Law Firm
Michelle A. Reinglass
Rothman Gordon, PC
Sapir & Frumkin LLP
Robert W. Schmidt
David E. Schreiber, PC
Bryan Schwartz Law
J. Arthur Smith, III
Geraldine Sumter
Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC
Talk Sense Mediation
Bill Tamayo
Irwin B. Venick
Washington Employment Lawyers Association
Michael L. Weathers, Attorney at Law
Law Offices of John D. Weiss
Williams Law Firm, PC

Friend Sponsor ($100)
Bell Law Firm
Bergstein & Ullrich, LLP
Rebecca Hamburg Cappy & Donald Cappy
Tammy Edwards
Law Offices of Dana M. Gallup, PA
Victor M. Glasberg & Associates
Lisa B. Golan, Attorney at Law
Charles Guerrier
James J. Guziak
Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisenberg, LLP
Harris & Helwig, PA
Michael J. Hoare
The Law Office of Susan E. Jewell
Law Office of Lindy Korn
David A. Kotzian, PLLC
Law Offices of Joseph M. Lovretovich
Jonathan J. Margolis
McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky
Nareeya & James Nalivka
Neill & Byrne, PLLC
Ogden Law Offices, PC
Richard R. Renner
Alan H. Schorr & Associates, PC
Law Office of Richard T. Seymour, PLLC
Henry F. Sherrod III, PC
Peter T. Skeie & Associates
Elbridge W. Smith
The Spiggle Law Firm
Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC
The Sturdevant Law Firm
Truhlar and Truhlar, LLP
Janet E. Wise
Law Offices of Richard E. Yaskin, PC
Lewis A. Zipkin, Zipkin Whiting Company, LPA

                                                  Sponsors as of June 4, 2012

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