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Cutting Edge Issues In Representing LGBTQ+ Workers, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 10, 2020

Summary

LGBTQ workers are often faced with harassment in the workplace, discrimination in hiring, firing or promotion, and inadequate healthcare coverage from employers. With a minority of states providing non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ workers, attorneys often use cutting edge legal interpretations and arguments to represent these clients. Our panel of experts discusses the current patchwork framework surrounding protections for LGBTQ workers, and how the Supreme Court decision in the Bostock, Zarda, and Harris cases will change the landscape.

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Katie R. Eyer

Katie R. Eyer is an anti-discrimination law teacher, scholar and litigator, who joined the Rutgers Law Faculty in June 2012. ... Read More

Joshua R. Goodbaum

Joshua R. Goodbaum is a partner at Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., in New Haven, where he represents... Read More

Maureen T. Holland

Maureen T. Holland graduated from Vermont Law School, cum laude. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Vermont... Read More

Neelima Vanguri

Neelima Vanguri is an associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C., which has been recognized... Read More

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Discovery In Wage & Hour Cases, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 9, 2020

Summary

This panel discusses the frequent areas where disputes tend to arise and/or where early discovery is key for later success: (a) discovery about arbitration formation in connection with a motion to compel; (b) representative discovery (how do you make a discovery plan and how to you field employers' attempts to cherry-pick or make representative mean "all"); (c) common discovery disputes in wage and hour cases; and (d) discovery for purposes of calculating damages including what discovery you need to prove willfulness.

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Rachel Geman
Partner - Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Rachel Geman is a partner with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. She is the Chair of NELA/NY's Amicus Committee and... Read More

Summer H. Murshid

Summer Murshid's practice focuses largely on federal class action wage litigation. Her work with the wage and hour practice... Read More

Rachhana T. Srey

Rachhana T. Srey has extensive litigation experience, primarily dedicating her legal practice to large-scale wage and hour... Read More

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EEOC Practice And Procedure Done Right, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 8, 2020

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This panel is for those who want to expand their practices to represent federal employees on their EEO claims or need the latest update on the recent decisions affecting Federal sector EEO claims. Seasoned practitioners and an EEOC judge explain the practice and procedures you need to know to represent federal employee competently and aggressively at all stages of EEO claims, and how to evaluate a possible jump to federal court.

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Doris J. Dabrowski

Doris J. Dabrowski practices law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her practice focuses on employee benefits and public employee... Read More

Michelle F. Bercovici

Michelle F. Bercovici is a partner with Alden Law Group and represents federal employees across the globe as well as private... Read More

Ricardo J.A. Pitts-Wiley

Ricardo J.A. Pitts-Wiley is a partner on the firm's federal employment law team. He has over 10 years of experience in the... Read More

Allyson S. Jozwik
Administrative Judge - Philadelphia District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Allyson S. Jozwik has been an Administrative Judge in the Philadelphia District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity... Read More

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Employee Benefits For Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyers, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 10, 2020

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This session equips plaintiffs’ employment lawyers both new and seasoned with the information they need to identify, issue-spot, and analyze problems related to employee benefits. Topics include (a) what kinds of benefits fall under which laws, and how to tell which you are looking at; (b) important things to know about claims for benefits under ERISA, including steps to take and scope of remedies; (c) important things to know about plan administrators’ fiduciary duties, the most common ways they breach those duties, and scope of remedies for those breaches.

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Denise M. Clark
Founder - Clark Law Group, PLLC

Denise M. Clark is the founder of Clark Law Group, PLLC in Washington, DC, where she practices employee benefits and... Read More

Tybe A. Brett

Tybe A. Brett is "Of Counsel" to Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a 1979 graduate of... Read More

Margo Hasselman Greenough

Margo Hasselman Greenough is a partner in Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP in San Francisco. She represents individual clients... Read More

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Ferreting Out & Exposing Implicit Bias From Intake To Trial, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 8, 2020

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Implicit bias can be an integral thread in your case – from the employment decision that led your client to seek representation, all the way to how the judge or jury decides the case. This session focuses on how practitioners can recognize the ways in which implicit bias impacts a case, use implicit bias research to explain these concepts to judges & juries, & bring attention to the unconscious biases of an employer.

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Christopher Houk
Founder - Houk Law Firm, PLLC

Christopher R. Houk is the founder and owner of the Houk Law Firm, PLLC devoting his practice to employment law and... Read More

Hon. Bernice B. Donald

The Honorable Bernice B. Donald, a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit appointed by President... Read More

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Focus Groups: Why You Need Them & How To Do Them On A Budget, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 9, 2020

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This session explains why you should use focus groups and mocks, how to set them up, ways to conduct the focus group/mock, and what to do with the information once you get it.

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Brian P. Sanford

Brian Sanford practices in Dallas, Texas at the Sanford Firm. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Labor and... Read More

Amanda A. Farahany

Amanda A. Farahany’s work on behalf of employees has been widely recognized, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and... Read More

David G. Webbert

David G. Webbert specializes in employment, civil rights, and complex litigation. He graduated magna cum laude from both Yale... Read More

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How To Do Good Work & Do Well, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 9, 2020

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Being a plaintiffs’ employment lawyer can be a difficult path, with the odds rarely in your favor. This session focuses on how to be personally fulfilled & healthy as an advocate, while also managing & marketing your law practice in a successful way.

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Joseph D. Garrison

Joseph D. Garrison is the senior partner at Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., in New Haven, Connecticut,... Read More

Nicole Farber

ENX2 Marketing CEO Nicole Farber is a legal marketing expert on an array of topics, such as social media, SEM, SEO, web... Read More

David L. Lee

David L. Lee has practiced and taught law for over forty-one years, the last thirty-four of which he has concentrated his... Read More

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Making The Most Of Arbitration, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 10, 2020

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A spate of recent federal and state court decisions have created this world in which it is now common practice to deprive workers of their right to a jury trial, even for egregious harassment and discrimination claims. But all is not lost. This is a pragmatic discussion about ways to defeat forced arbitration clauses and offer strategies for success in arbitration, focusing in particular on the unique considerations present in harassment and discrimination cases.

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Gary Phelan

Gary Phelan is a shareholder at Mitchell & Sheahan, P.C. He represents employees and employers in a wide range of matters,... Read More

Sasha A. Carbone

Sasha A. Carbone Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary Sasha Carbone is the Associate General... Read More

Matthew C. Hellend

Matthew C. Helland serves as the managing partner of Nichols Kaster's San Francisco office, where he focuses his practice on... Read More

Shannon Liss-Riordan

Shannon Liss-Riordan is a nationally recognized plaintiff-side employment attorney based in Boston who specializes in wage... Read More

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Proving Damages In Employment Trials, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 8, 2020

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Proving damages is essential to litigating any successful employment case. Our panel of experts address the most effective ways to prove economic & non-economic damages, including when & how to use experts, and how to ask judges & juries for money, both in jurisdictions where asking for a specific amount is allowed & jurisdictions where it isn’t.

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James H. Kaster

James H. Kaster is an experienced trial lawyer who concentrates on representing plaintiffs in employment cases. He has... Read More

J. Bernard Alexander, III

J. Bernard Alexander, III prosecutes demanding private and public sector employment cases. He has tried over sixty cases to... Read More

Alicia K. Haynes

Alicia K. Haynes practices exclusively in the area of plaintiff's employment law. She is the current President of NELA and... Read More

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The ABCs Of ESI, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 8, 2020

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E-discovery continues to be a vital and emerging area in the practice of employment law. This introductory level panel provides the technical vocabulary & knowledge to help you recognize what you need to ask for, and how to ask for it.

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M. Nieves Bolaños

Maria de las Nieves Bolaños is a partner at Potter Bolaños LLC, where she represents plaintiffs in wage and hour, False... Read More

Daniel Stromberg

Daniel S. Stromberg is eDiscovery Counsel at Outten & Golden LLP. He negotiates E-Discovery agreements and helps manage... Read More

Ariana J. Tadler

Ariana J. Tadler is the founding partner of Tadler Law LLP, one of only a handful of women-owned and -led plaintiffs’ law... Read More

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The Ethics Of Interviewing Defendant’s Employees & Candor To The Court, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 10, 2020

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Can the defense prevent plaintiffs' lawyers from speaking with witnesses just because the witnesses are employed by the employer? Does it matter how high-level the witness is or what role they play in the case? Can we, or defense lawyers, withhold adverse facts or authority from our opponents or the court, and if not, when must we disclose? Members of the NELA Ethics & Sanctions Committee share real-life examples about how to incorporate Rules of Professional Responsibility 4.2 and 3.3 into the litigation of your clients' cases.

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Ellen J. Messing

Ellen J. Messing is a partner in the Newton firm of Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. A cum laude graduate of Harvard... Read More

Janet E. Wise

Janet E. Wise is an attorney with Sass Law Firm in Tampa, Florida, who has been Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Labor... Read More

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The Impacts Of COVID-19 On Employment Law, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 8, 2020

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This session explores key employment law issues that arise in the era of COVID-19, including: disability and reasonable accommodation issues; pregnancy discrimination and accommodations; new twists on the old FMLA; the Families First Coronavirus Response Act; and stereotyping claims to look out for.

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Christine T. Elzer

Christine T. Elzer is the founder of Elzer Law Firm, LLC in Pittsburgh. She primarily represents employees in employment... Read More

Brian East

Brian East is a Senior Attorney for Disability Rights Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977.... Read More

Rebecca G. Pontikes

Rebecca G. Pontikes, the founder of Pontikes Law, LLC, represents employees in all areas of employment law, specializing in... Read More

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The Nuts & Bolts Of Litigating Sexual Harassment & Assault Cases, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 10, 2020

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This panel of experienced litigators explores the nuts & bolts of litigating sexual harassment and sexual assault cases in the #MeToo era. The topics include discussion of arbitration as opposed to court; proceeding under a pseudonym; nondisclosure agreements; how to handle sensitive emotional distress issues; how to limit discovery of medical evidence; state laws that provide greater coverage; problems of protecting contractors or undocumented workers; gathering support from victims’ rights and women’s groups; and mediation of sexual harassment cases.

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Nina T. Pirrotti

Nina T. Pirrotti is a partner with the law firm of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti P.C. Nina represents... Read More

Lynne Bernabei

Lynne Bernabei has been litigating employment discrimination, civil rights, and whistleblower protection cases for over... Read More

Kalpana Kotagal

Kalpana Kotagal is a Civil Rights & Employment Partner at Cohen Milstein and co-author of the "Inclusion Rider," referenced... Read More

Marc J. Siegel

Marc J. Siegel is the Founder and Managing Partner of Siegel & Dolan in Chicago. After starting his career on the management... Read More

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The Year In Review: Significant Developments In Employment Law, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 10, 2020

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Professor Schnapper and Mr. Seymour review the employment cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during its 2019–2020 term, significant legislative and state law developments, as well as emerging issues in plaintiffs’ employment law.

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Prof. Eric Schnapper
Professor - University of Washington Law School

Professor Eric Schnapper, who joined the University of Washington Law School faculty in 1995, teaches Civil Rights, Civil... Read More

Richard T. Seymour

Richard T. Seymour in Washington, D.C., is a litigator, negotiator, arbitrator, and mediator in both individual and class... Read More

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Top Ten Trial Tips For Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 8, 2020

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This panel brings together NELA’s top experts to give the most important tips for a successful plaintiff employment practice. From voir dire to closing statements, these top trial attorneys discuss what works and what they have learned from their losses.

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Bruce A. Fredrickson

Bruce A. Fredrickson is a partner in Webster & Fredrickson, PLLC, in Washington, D.C. where he tries cases of harassment,... Read More

Hal K. Gillespie

Hal K. Gillespie is a shareholder in the law firm of Gillespie Sanford LLP in Dallas, Texas. He is a 1972 honor graduate... Read More

Toni J. Jaramilla

Toni J. Jaramilla believes in creating positive social change through dedicated and compassionate advocacy for the rights of... Read More

Megan O'Malley

Megan O'Malley is a principal and founding member of O'Malley & Madden, P.C. She concentrates her practice in the areas of... Read More

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Trial Strategies For Disability Cases, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 10, 2020

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Seasoned attorneys share their experience of successfully litigating an employment disability discrimination case in front of a jury. This panel includes strategies for trial, including presenting and framing your case, examining witnesses, addressing common biases about individuals with disabilities in the workplace, selecting jurors, jury instructions, maximizing damages, use of supporting witnesses and experts, opening and closing statements, preparing your plaintiff for testimony and other aspects of trial.

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Michal B. Shinnar

Michal Shinnar is a Senior Associate at Gilbert Employment Law, P.C. in Silver Spring, Maryland. She represents employees in... Read More

Carolyn S. Koch

Carolyn S. Koch is a trial consultant and the principal of Jury Solutions LLC, in Fairfax, Virginia (www.jurysolutions.com). ... Read More

Jeffrey Neil Young

Since 2018, Jeffrey Neil Young has concentrated on working both in Maine and nationally with groups like the National Women’s... Read More

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Unique Issues Facing Immigrant Workers, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 9, 2020

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Immigrant workers face unique challenges in enforcing their rights in the workplace. This session addresses hurdles that may come up in litigating cases on behalf of immigrant workers, particularly those in low-wage industries. Learn what potential claims are available to these workers, including race and national origin discrimination and retaliation based on immigration enforcement. Also addressed are issues that come up in discovery, such as disclosure of immigration status--and seeking a protective order on behalf of clients--filing under a pseudonym, and handling litigation while a client has a pending immigration application. Immigration enforcement actions which target immigrant workers, like workplace raids and I-9 audits, are also discussed.

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Julia Solórzano

Julia Solórzano is a Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She started at SPLC... Read More

Alia Al-Khatib

Alia Al-Khatib is a staff attorney with Justice at Work. Her work focuses on wage theft, discrimination, and other... Read More

Liz M. Chacko

Liz Maria Chacko is Deputy Director of Friends of Farmworker, Inc. (FOF), a Pennsylvania-based organization that, for over 40... Read More

Arash Jahanian

Arash Jahanian is the Director of Policy and Civil Rights Litigation at the Meyer Law Office, PC in Denver. His practice... Read More

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When To Use Experts In Employment Cases, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 10, 2020

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We're all familiar with the use of experts in criminal cases...but what about employment cases? Our panel of experts discusses how to determine if an expert is right for your case, how to work with expert witnesses, and even how to use your own client as an expert.

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Paige Fiedler

Paige Fiedler works in Des Moines at Fiedler Law Firm, PLC, the firm she founded in 2001. The firm has six attorneys and... Read More

Bruce C. Fox

Bruce C. Fox is a partner in the Pittsburgh, PA law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, where he focuses his practice... Read More

Dwight Steward, Ph.D.

Dwight Steward, Ph.D. is an economist and statistician, and principal of EmployStats since 1997. Dr. Steward often works on... Read More

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Whistleblower Claims 101, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 9, 2020

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Whistleblower claims are on the rise, and very much in the public eye. This introductory session covers the broad range of complex issues surrounding whistleblower litigation. From issue spotting and protected activity, to the basics of qui tam and bounty statutes, this panel will help guide you through whistleblower claims on both a federal and state level.

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Clayton E. Wire

Clayton “Clay” Wire is a partner at the law firm Ogborn Mihm, LLP. He is a trial lawyer who works with whistleblowers to... Read More

Ann Lubgill

Ann Lugbill practices with Murphy Anderson PLLC in Cincinnati and Washington. Her 15-lawyer firm represents unions and... Read More

Jordan A. Thomas

Jordan A. Thomas is the Chair of the Whistleblower Representation Practice at Labaton Sucharow, which is the first and only... Read More

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Winning Discovery Strategies, NELA 2020 Annual Convention

Date Published: July 9, 2020

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A lively discussion about how lawyers can use discovery to their advantage. The discussion tackles such topics as proportionality, how best to propound discovery with specificity, how to use Rule 34 to require parties to state objections with particularity and identify what withheld documents, strategies to get discovery moving expeditiously, & the use of ESI.

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David E. Schlesinger

David E. Schlesinger, a partner at Nichols Kaster, PLLP, is an experienced attorney who has been recognized for the quality... Read More

Diane S. King
Partner - King & Greisen, LLP

Diane S. King is a partner in the Denver Colorado civil rights law firm of King & Greisen, LLP, where she practices... Read More

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