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ahlrichs-karlKarl Ahlrich, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Consultant
Gregory & Appel Insurance

Karl Ahlrich is Consultant and Business Developer for Gregory & Appel. He has broad experience in senior level problem solving, with proven skills in handling complex organizational issues with uncommon sense. Mr. Ahlrich is a national speaker and author, and is often quoted in the local and national media. He joined Gregory & Appel after serving as a founding partner of ExactHire, a human resources services firm. Prior experience was as a Senior Consultant for Professional Staff Management, Indiana’s largest and oldest PEO, he was in Business Development in the Indianapolis office of Marsh & McLennan, and Vice President of Right Management Consultants, an international human resources consulting and outplacement firm. At those firms, his clients included Roche Diagnostics, Boeing, Apple Computer, Wellpoint, and Frito Lay. Mr. Ahlrich also facilitates an invitation-only roundtable for Indiana CFOs. For more than a decade he was the Program Chair for the Indiana Society for Human Resources Management annual conference. He is a member of HRPDA, SHRM, the American Society of Training and Development, and the Association for Psychological Type and is president of the Indiana Chapter of the National Speaker’s Association. In 2003, Karl was named the SHRM Human Resource Professional of the Year for the State of Indiana. He has presented at the National SHRM Conference for 10 consecutive years and is enrolled in the Butler University M.B.A. program.

bordogna-marioMario Bordogna, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Clark Hill PLC

Mario Bordogna is Senior Counsel in Clark Hill’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He takes pride in partnering with employers throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia and works with clients on the front end to keep them in legal compliance with labor and employment laws. In addition, he also assists his clients on the back end if things happen to go wring and they need a strong and experienced litigation advocate.

Mr. Bordogna has represented employers the health care, energy, hospitality, manufacturing, and education sectors. He counsels on almost any employment issue including areas of HR and employment counseling (hiring, firing, policy development and employment handbooks); labor and management relations (collective bargaining, grievances, union avoidance, arbitration); employment litigation (discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, wage and hour); Pennsylvania workers’ compensation and general employment and civil litigation.

Mr. Bordogna’s wealth of skill and experience in the labor and employment arena has been regularly recognized by his clients and within the legal community. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer three times, and was selected as a Best Lawyer in America in both 2017 and 2017.

bradley-elizabethElizabeth B. Bradley, Esq.
Fortney & Scott, LLC

Elizabeth Bradley, a Shareholder at FortneyScott, has over 10 years of experience representing employers and federal contractors in litigation and mediation matters before state and federal agencies and courts, as well as counseling and training private, public, and non-profit employers in all aspects of employment law. Specifically, Ms. Bradley has extensive knowledge and experience in advising employers on wage and hour compliance under federal and state laws; litigating discrimination and retaliation claims advanced under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and comparable state and local statues; counseling on ADA and FMLA compliance; advising and defending federal contractors in OFCCP compliance proceedings; conducting internal investigations involving discrimination complaints; performing wage and hour compliance reviews; drafting and negotiating employment agreements including non-compete and non-solicitation provisions; and advising employers on their obligations under the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Prior to joining FortneyScott, Ms. Bradley represented and counseled employers in labor and employment law matters at Epstein, Becker & Green. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, as well as in various federal courts.

brodabahm-kenDr. Ken Broda-Bahm
Senior Litigation Consultant
Persuasion Strategies

Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm, a senior litigation consultant with Persuasion Strategies in Denver, has provided research and strategic advice on several hundred cases across the country for the past 16 years, applying a doctorate in communication and emphasizing the areas of legal persuasion and rhetoric. As a tenured Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Dr. Broda-Bahm has taught courses including legal communication, argumentation, persuasion, and research methods. He has trained and consulted in 19 countries around the world and is past president of the American Society of Trial Consultants. Dr. Broda-Bahm has provided frequent on-call assistance in a wide range of employment arbitrations for several large transportation companies based in Denver. His involvement has focused on enhancing the message and improving arbitration outcomes by providing strategic advice, developing a case theme and opening statement recommendations, helping witnesses testify effectively, creating cross-examination plans for adverse witnesses, and advising on persuasive demonstrative exhibits.

caraway-stacieStacie L. Caraway, Esq.
Miller & Martin PLLC

Stacie Caraway is a national employment law advisor, litigator and trainer. She advises national, regional and local employers concerning general employment and labor law issues; develops, reviews, and updates human resource policies and supporting agreements and represents employers in local, state and federal legal proceedings including EEOC and state human rights commission investigations, mediations and lawsuits throughout the United States. Caraway is a frequent speaker at national, state and local employment law symposiums on topics ranging from the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/ADAAA) to wage and hour law or harassment, discrimination or retaliation issues. She also provides in-house training and counsel on these and other employment law issues relating to hiring, discipline, accommodations, and terminations.

cave-bradleyBradley T. Cave, Esq.
Holland & Hart

Bradley T. Cave is an employment law attorney in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and a member of the Holland & Hart Management Committee. He works with family businesses, nonprofit organizations, large and small companies, and public entities in the healthcare, human services, education, mining, oil and gas, and construction industries on a wide array of employment compliance matters and disputes. A believer in the value of training, Brad enjoys leading training sessions for employers, managers, and supervisors in areas such as investigations, discipline and termination, harassment, discrimination, disability accommodation and leave management, and supervisory responsibilities. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Wyoming Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Wyoming Association of Defense Trial Counsel and is the editor of Wyoming Employment Law Letter.

fentin-susanSusan G. Fentin, Esq.
Of Counsel
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Susan Fentin is of counsel to the Massachusetts labor and employment law firm of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and graduated magna cum laude from Western New England College School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

Ms. Fentin specializes in preventing and defending claims of employment discrimination and helping companies develop policies and practices that comply with the myriad of state and federal laws governing employment. She has routinely been named a SuperLawyer by Boston Magazine, and from 2010 to 2014, she was named one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA as. In 2015, she was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts. She is also Editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter and teaches Master Classes on the FMLA and ADA for BLR. Prior to attending law school, Susan owned and operated her own business, giving her unique insight into the problems faced by management.

frazier-ryanRyan B. Frazier, Esq.
Kirton McConkie

Ryan Frazier is a member of Kirton McConkie’s Employment and Labor and Litigation sections. His practice focuses on civil and commercial lawsuits, with a specific emphasis on representing employers in employment disputes. He has extensive experience representing clients in discrimination, harassment, noncompetition and leave disputes. He has tried cases before judges, juries, arbitrators, and administrative panels, ranging from one-day bench trials to a seven-week jury trial. Regardless of whether he is litigating in state or federal courts or engaging in alternatives to the court system, such as mediation or arbitration, he takes an efficient, results-oriented approach to problem solving.

Drawing upon his education, training, and experience, Mr. Frazier regularly advises employers regarding sensitive employment matters, including termination issues, discrimination and harassment allegations, sexual harassment investigations, leave issues, wage and hour issues, and accommodations for persons with disabilities. He routinely drafts and reviews employment contracts, noncompetition and confidentiality restrictive covenants, employee handbooks, separation agreements and policies relating to employment.

Mr. Frazier previously served as Chair of the firm’s Litigation section and has served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar. Before joining Kirton McConkie in 2005, he was a judicial clerk for Associate Chief Justice Leonard H. Russon, Utah Supreme Court (2001-2002) and worked as an associate at a Salt Lake City law firm specializing in litigation.

Mr. Frazier has been recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite and one of the Mountain States Super Lawyers for business litigation. He is an editor of the Utah Employment Law Letter.

gadomski-andrewAndrew Gadomski
Aspen Advisors

Andrew Gadomski, CEO of Aspen Advisors, has been in the talent acquisition game long enough to know what it takes for a business to succeed. He is known for sharing his expertise and educating on talent acquisition strategy with others and regularly presents at staffing management conferences. He is also an adjunct Professor at New York University where he teaches a class on successful career transitioning. Mr. Gadomski began his talent acquisition career doing business development, client management and recruiting for supply and operations searches at Banister International, a Philadelphia-based executive search and consulting firm. As Banister International’s director of research, he led the creation and optimization of centralized research function across all function and industry practices in North America. Prior to Aspen’s inception, he was head of staffing for Honeywell Specialty Materials (currently Performance Materials), a multi-billion-dollar global leader in high-performance manufacturing.

garrison-brianBrian Garrison, Esq.
Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP

Brian Garrison represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters. A significant portion of his practice involves representing management in collective bargaining, arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, and unfair labor practice and representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He also advises employers about labor issues that arise in connection with mergers, acquisitions, relocations, closings and other business transactions involving unionized facilities.

Additionally, Mr. Garrison’s practice involves representing employers in litigation and administrative matters before federal and state courts and agencies. He has handled appellate work before multiple federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and argued before the Indiana Supreme Court. He has handled labor and employment matters for employers in a variety of industries, including the automotive, construction, gaming, health care, hospitality, logistics, manufacturing, medical device and utility.

Mr. Garrison regularly counsels clients on day-to-day human resources matters, including advising on disciplinary and termination issues, drafting and enforcing employment agreements, implementing and administrating employment-related policies, and complying with state and federal employment-related statutes, regulations and ordinances. He is a frequent author and presenter to employer and trade groups on employment-related issues, including union avoidance, labor relations, wage and hour compliance, workplace harassment, equal employment opportunity, hiring and firing, and other human resources and personnel-related topics.

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael M. Mihm in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He also was a member of Teach for America and taught social studies in the Chicago Public Schools.

gray-cathyCatherine Gray, JD
Senior Managing Editor

Catherine Moreton Gray, JD, is BLR’s Senior Managing Editor for Human Resources and Compensation. She has over 30 years combined experience in HR management and as a management-side labor and employment attorney. Her HR experience includes recruiting, employee relations, affirmative action and compensation.

As an attorney, Ms. Gray regularly counseled employers on issues such as complying with federal and state wage and hour laws, accommodating employees with disabilities, complying with federal and state laws requiring paid sick leave and family and medical leave, and union avoidance and labor relations. She also represented employers in government audits, before administrative agencies, and in federal and state courts on matters including discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, affirmative action compliance, unfair labor practices and wage and hour violations.

Ms. Gray received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

hickman-johnJohn Hickman, Esq.
Alston & Bird LLP

John Hickman is head of the Alston & Bird, LLP Health Benefits Practice where he leads an experienced team of attorneys devoted exclusively to health care reform issues under the ACA, HIPAA privacy, flexible benefits, and other health & welfare benefit issues. Mr. Hickman has been a pioneer in the consumer directed health care arena and has worked closely with health plans, financial institutions, and employers as well as the IRS, Treasury, and DOL in developing guidance for tax-favored health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs).

Mr. Hickman is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) and Who’s Who Legal in the employee benefits area. Mr. Hickman has lectured widely and published articles on HSAs, HIPAA, ERISA litigation, cafeteria and health plan issues. He is co-author of the Cafeteria Plans Manual, Health Care Reform, HIPAA Portability and Privacy, and Consumer-Driven Health Care (published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America). Mr. Hickman is head of the Technical Advisory Committee and is on the board of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC). Mr. Hickman has also been an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law.

husband-johnJohn Husband, Esq.
Holland & Hart LLP

John Husband, Partner at Holland & Hart, develops labor and employment solutions to help companies maintain compliance with federal and state laws regulating the
employment relationship. He counsels Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike on
matters including wrongful discharge, equal opportunity, trade secrets and covenants not to compete, wage and hour, privacy, disability, occupational safety, affirmative action and collective action, strikes, unions, and collective bargaining.

Mr. Husband has tried cases in 20 states and been lead counsel in over 300 adversarial proceedings, trials, major arbitrations, or administrative actions that have been tried to conclusion. Many of these cases have set precedent under Colorado and federal law. He has extensive class and collective action experience and has successfully defended nationwide
claims for highly recognizable companies.

Mr. Husband speaks frequently at seminars on fair employment and labor relations, and has provided training to over 30,000 professionals on a wide range of labor and employment-related topics. He is a frequent presenter at meetings of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association and on programs for Council on Education in Management, Continuing Legal Education of Colorado, Inc. and M. Lee Smith Publishers. He graduated first in his law school class, and before joining Holland & Hart, completed a clerkship with the Honorable Robert H. McWilliams, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also an editor of the Colorado Employment Law Letter.

hyman-jonJohnathan Hyman, Esq.
Meyer’s, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis

Jon Hyman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Group and Cybersecurity Group at Cleveland’s Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis. He applies his decades of experience to offer proactive solutions to businesses’ workforce and technology problems. Mr. Hyman is an in-demand national speaker on a variety of issues, including cybersecurity, social media, and workplace technology and privacy. He most recently appeared as a featured guest on John Stossel’s Fox News show. He was recently enshrined in the ABA Journal’s Blawg Hall of Fame and is a regular columnist, advisory board member, and blogger for Workforce Magazine.

kahf-usamaUsama Kahf, Esq.
Fisher Phillips, LLP

Usama Kahf is an employment law attorney at the Irvine office of Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm with over 350 attorneys in 33 cities. His practice focuses on privacy and data security, as well as on trade secrets and unfair competition. Mr. Kahf is an active member of the firm’s Data Security & Workplace Privacy practice group, and he regularly conducts seminars and trainings on privacy compliance, best practices, and data breach response. He is also a member of his firm’s Electronic Discovery Committee and has co-authored a book on electronic discovery practice under the federal rules. He has also been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Southern California Rising Star” every year since 2013.

kaplan-charlieCharles H. Kaplan, Esq.
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Charles H. Kaplan, a member of Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., he practices in the Employment and Labor Practice Group in the firm’s New York City office. For over three decades, he has counseled management in New York and throughout the United States in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law, employee benefits law, and related litigation. Mr. Kaplan represents employers in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in mediations and arbitrations, as well as before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and other federal, state, and local enforcement agencies.

Admitted to practice in New York and Florida, as well as in key federal trial and appellate courts around the nation, Mr. Kaplan has extensive experience representing employers in employment discrimination, wage and hour, labor relations, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, disability, sick time, retaliation, and whistleblower matters. A former president of the NYC Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Mr. Kaplan earned his B.A., magna cum laude with Distinction in History, from Yale University. A graduate of Harvard University’s J.D./M.B.A Joint Program, he received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. During a break from the private practice of law in the 1980’s, Mr. Kaplan was the Labor Counsel at The New York Times.

Mr. Kaplan is an active in the Employers’ Counsel Network, the American Employment Law Council, the Management Attorneys Conference, the International Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, as well as state and local bar associations. Mr. Kaplan also served on the New York State Lieutenant Governor’s Task Force on Plant Closings. In 1997, he traveled to Africa under the auspices of The World Bank to help Uganda revise its labor and employment laws. Mr. Kaplan has spoken on labor and employment law topics to legal, business, and government audiences in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as throughout the United States. He is also an editor of the New York Employment Law Letter.

kelleher-bobKeynote Speaker – Bob Kelleher
President and Founder
The Employee Engagement Group

Bob Kelleher is a best-selling author and consultant and travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends. He is the author of the best-selling books Louder Than Words: 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps That Drive Results; Creativeship, A Novel for Evolving Leaders; Employee Engagement for Dummies, and the recently released I-Engage, Your Personal Engagement Roadmap.

Mr. Kelleher can be seen or heard on national media (most recently on CNBC, CBS, NBC News, Business Week, Forbes, and Fortune), and is a frequent guest writer and contributing editor on many national publications.

He has also presented to the leadership teams of many of the world’s top companies including Lockheed Martin, Cannon, Ceridian, Dana Farber, Cumberland Farms, Gulf, TJX, The Cheesecake Factory, Prudential, Abbott Labs, Fidelity, Dale Carnegie, amongst many others.

Mr. Kelleher is also the founder and president of The Employee Engagement Group, a global survey, products, and consulting firm working with leadership teams to enhance their leadership and employee engagement effectiveness.

Before becoming a speaker, author and entrepreneur, Mr. Kelleher was the Chief Human Capital Officer for AECOM, a Fortune 500 global professional services firm, with 45,000 employees located in 450 offices throughout the world, and CHRO and COO for ENSR, a 3,000 employee global consulting firm, and now a subsidiary of AECOM. During his years at AECOM and ENSR, both designed and spearheaded award winning engagement and leadership initiatives.

lowe-peterPeter D. Lowe, Esq.
Brann & Isaacson

Peter D. Lowe is a partner with the law firm of Brann & Isaacson in Lewiston, Maine. Peter provides advice and counsel to clients on labor and employment law and education law. Peter serves as lead labor counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine, including L.L. Bean, Inc. He also represents many schools and municipalities. Peter edits the Maine Employment Law Letter and has been recognized as a Best Lawyer for representing management in employment law. Since 2009, when Maine legalized medical marijuana, Peter has written and spoken extensively on the workplace and legal issues relating to employee impairment, medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. He was a member of a Maine Department of Labor working group which recommended changes to drug-testing and impairment rules. After Maine legalized recreational marijuana earlier this year, Peter is working closely with employers to help shape the new legislation and regulatory framework.

mcclaren-anthonyAnthony McClaren, Esq.
Head of Transportation and Employment
ADLI Law Group

Anthony McClaren is the head of transportation and employment at ADLI Law Group. Mr. McClaren’s primary focus at ADLI Law will be litigation, with an emphasis on business and employment matters and issues impacting the transportation industry. Mr. McClaren has spent his entire legal career focusing on business and employment litigation. He began his practice in Sacramento, California, servicing small business clients for his first mentor, Susan Sheridan of Sheridan & Associates Law Corporation. He continued his practice in Sacramento, joining The Mastagni Law Firm and providing labor representation to that firm’s police officer and sheriff association clients.

Mr. McClaren then relocated to Los Angeles in 2010, and continued his labor and employment representation practice with the well-established municipal defense firm of Burke, Williams, & Sorensen, LLP. He thereafter opened his own law practice, The McClaren Law Firm, APC, which focused on representation of small businesses in employment and business litigation, before joining forces with ADLI Law Group.

mccormick-kevinKevin C. McCormick, Esq.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP

Kevin C. McCormick, chair of the Labor and Employment Section with the Baltimore law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and an editor of the Maryland Employment Law Letter, provides advice and counsel to public and private employers on all phases of the employment relationship to ensure compliance with applicable laws, avoid costly litigation, and, when necessary, successfully defend against individual and governmental challenges to policies and procedures.

Mr. McCormick’s practice areas include EEO/Discrimination claim representation, employment claim prevention strategies, employment torts, executive compensation, government sector employment, Human Resource management advice, labor relations, non-compete agreements, occupational safety, wage and hour issues, workers’ comp, and more.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McCormick served as trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor. He successfully represented public and private employers against discrimination and employment-related claims before federal, state and local FEP agencies, and at trial (both jury and nonjury) in state and federal courts and respective courts of appeal throughout Mid-Atlantic region.

mook-jonathanJonathan R. Mook, Esq.
DiMuroGinsburg P.C.

Jonathan R. Mook is a partner in the law firm of DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a nationally recognized practitioner in employment law and has written two treatises on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations and Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities, both published by LexisNexis. He frequently counsels employers on issues involving compliance with the ADA and accommodating disabled employees, as well as other employment related matters. He is a co-editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and is a regular contributor to several legal publications, including Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin. Mr. Mook is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is a member of the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Mook earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He authored the 2013-2015 updates to Chapter 5A, “The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.” He is an editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter. Mr. Mook can be reached at

nathan-arte-1Arte Nathan
Strategic Development Worldwide

Arte Nathan served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Steve Wynn’s gaming companies from 1983 – 2006, and opened all of his casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Mississippi and China. He retired from the gaming industry in 2006 and moved to Southern California to open the Resort at Pelican Hill. In 2013, he returned to Las Vegas where he’s engaged with several startups and providing advisory services to companies interested in optimizing their human capital.
Mr. Nathan graduated from Cornell University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He has been the recipient of many awards for his work in Human Resources, community affairs and education. He is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities, and has addressed numerous professional associations and conferences on the subjects of leadership and human resource management.

olson-ryanRyan Olson, Esq.
Felhaber Larson

Ryan Olson is a member of Felhaber Larson’s Labor and Employment section, and a co-chair of its Litigation section. Mr. Olson has over 12 years of experience counseling and representing employers in a variety of employment-related matters. He advises employers on personnel and policy issues, recordkeeping obligations, employment agreements and other employment issues, and litigates numerous employment law related claims, including non-compete, non-solicitation, and unfair competition claims. Mr. Olson also regularly assists federal and state contractors and subcontractors with their affirmative action obligations. His assistance to contractors range from the development and implementation of affirmative action plans to assisting contractors with federal and state compliance audits. He is an editor of the Minnesota Employment Law Letter.

plumb-charlieCharlie S. Plumb, Esq.
McAfee & Taft

Charlie Plumb represents management in all phases of employment law and labor relations. Much of his practice is dedicated to counseling employers on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations and educating management on best practices for avoiding disputes arising from the employer/employee relationship. He also has extensive litigation experience before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, and constitutional law violations.

As part of his labor practice, Mr. Plumb represents unionized employers in collective bargaining negotiations with labor unions, arbitrates grievances, and defends management against a variety of claims before the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Justice and in state and federal courts. He also represents employers who seek to maintain a non-unionized workforce by counseling management on union avoidance strategies and by providing training and advice to management and supervisors. His clients include numerous municipalities throughout Oklahoma and companies engaged in the manufacturing and distribution, construction, energy, public utility, technology and business services industries.

Mr. Plumb’s achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employment law–management; labor law–management; labor and employment litigation), Oklahoma Super Lawyers (“Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers”), Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where he has been lauded as “an impressive public speaker who utilizes his vast experience to effectively defend clients.” Researchers at Chambers & Partners also quoted market observers as admiring him for his “practicality of advice and specialized knowledge of complex legal issues,” with sources commenting that he “immediately commands respect, is always up to date and knows how to handle a problem.” He was named by Best Lawyers as the “Tulsa Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 and “Tulsa Labor Lawyer of the Year (Management)” in 2014, honors only given to a single lawyer in each legal specialty in each community.

ross-paulPaul A. Ross, Esq.
Shareholder, Labor and Employment Practice Group Leader
McAfee & Taft

Paul Ross is a trial lawyer whose primary practice involves the representation of employers in labor and employment disputes. His experience includes first-chair management of discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge matters in both federal and state courts, trial and appellate, as well as in arbitration and before governmental agencies. He routinely represents employers in a wide variety of matters, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal and state laws governing employers.

Mr. Ross also provides training and on-demand advice to employers regarding litigation avoidance and assists in day-to-day planning and decision-making, discrimination and harassment investigations, development of policies and procedures, employment contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, reductions-in-force, and alternatives to reductions-in-force. His diverse client base includes municipalities and nonprofit organizations as well as companies engaged in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, energy, telecommunications, retail and business services.

Ms. Ross is a highly regarded speaker on issues in employment law, regularly addressing various human resource groups and management-level employees, and is an editor and contributing author to the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter. He has also provided training to other Oklahoma lawyers on employment law topics through the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Law of the Workplace program in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He has earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employment law–management; labor law–management; labor and employment litigation) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

royal-kK Royal, JD, FIP, CIPP/US/E, CIPM
Senior Privacy Consultant

K Royal is a senior privacy consultant with TrustArc with over 25 years of experience in the legal and health-related fields (RN turned attorney). She is certified in both U.S. and EU privacy law, privacy program management, and is a fellow of information privacy. K works with global companies on a variety of privacy compliance areas, such as incident response, program development, and vendor management and works with industries ranging from healthcare to biomedical to tech and start-ups. She both speaks and writes often on data protection and related issues and holds leadership positions in a variety of professional associations. K is an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and currently in the dissertation phase of her PhD in public policy. She has received numerous recognitions, such as being named Member of the Year for the Association of Corporate Counsel (43k members globally) and an Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal.

schickman-markMark Schickman, Esq.
Freeland, Cooper & Foreman LLP

Mark I. Schickman is a partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP in San Francisco. He is the Editor of the California Employment Law Letter and has written and appeared in numerous employment training videos. He concentrates on employment and labor law, litigating every type of employment matter, handling charges before California and Federal administrative agencies and providing advice in avoiding liability for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, union-related charges, and all other aspects of the employment relationship. He is a member of the blue ribbon employment arbitration panel of the America Arbitration Association and has written about and taught labor and employment law across the country.

Mr. Schickman represents California on the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors and has served as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as governor of the State Bar of California –posts that keep him focused on the entire employment law landscape in California.

scott-kellyKelly O. Scott, Esq.
Ervin, Cohen & Jessup LLP

Kelly Scott is a partner at the Beverly Hills law firm of Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP and the head of the firm’s Employment Law Department. He is also a member of the Litigation Department and has practiced law since 1987. His areas of practice include representation of employers in all types of employment matters, including class actions, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour claims and advice and/or training for compliance with various employment laws.

Mr. Scott is also an experienced investigator in various types of employment law related complaints and problems, including, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, workplace violence, wage and hour issues, overtime exemptions, employee theft and various allegations of employee misconduct. He is well versed in pre-employment investigations and background checks, and is frequently active in the interviewing and review process for hiring, terminating and improving the performance of employees.

Mr. Scott has authored numerous articles on a wide variety of employment law topics, which have been published in print and on-line. Mr. Scott serves as Editor of ECJ’s Employment Law Reporter, a monthly publication dealing with a variety of employment and labor law issues and one of the longest running employment law newsletters on the West Coast.

In addition, Mr. Scott co-authored the attorney practice tips of the 2008 Judicial Council Publication of California Forms of Jury Instruction on Trade Secrets. He is a frequently requested public speaker and has provided seminars to several prestigious organizations.

Mr. Scott has been included on the Southern California Super Lawyers list, published in Los Angeles magazine, for 2016 and eleven previous years. He was also selected by the 5W Report as the best Employment Lawyer in Southern California for 2010. Mr. Scott is also recognized by Angeleno magazine in the April 2014 issue as one of the “Faces of the Beverly Hills Centennial,” celebrating past, present, and future business leaders, contributors, and tastemakers of the community. Mr. Scott has been appointed to the Business and Legal Reports Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for The Maple Counseling Center, and serves as Chairman of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is an approved MCLE provider, and a member of the State Bar of California and the California Lawyers for the Arts. Mr. Scott maintains a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of AV Preeminent. Mr. Scott received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center.

shea-karaKara E. Shea, Esq.
Butler Snow

Kara E. Shea provides practical advice on employment issues and compliance to national, regional, and local employers of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, in a variety of industries. She also represents employers before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and in litigation, including discrimination, retaliatory discharge, whistleblower, and wage and hour cases, including class actions. Ms. Shea has briefed cases presented to both the Tennessee Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Shea regularly speaks on employment-related topics and provides supervisory training on topics including FMLA and FLSA compliance, conducting workplace investigations, and implementing employee discipline. She has been a regular columnist for the Nashville City Paper and is the editor of the Tennessee Employment Law Letter. Ms. Shea also practices in the area of intellectual property, including trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright matters.

willars-ruthRuth M. Willars, Esq.
Monty & Ramirez LLP

Ruth Willars’ practice consists of employment and commercial litigation, employment counseling, and regulatory compliance. She represents companies during investigations by regulatory agencies including the Department of Labor, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service, and the Security and Exchange Commission. Given the myriad regulations associated with both small and large businesses, Ruth assists her clients in working through the complexities of running a business and being an employer amidst the austere regulatory work environment the United States has become.
Prior to joining Monty & Ramirez LLP, Ms. Willars was the Chief Compliance and Legal Officer for a registered investment adviser. Before taking the in-house position, she worked at other nationally recognized law firms handling labor and employment litigation, which included allegations of discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violation and breach of contract.

young-elaineElaine C. Young, Esq.
Kirton McConkie

Elaine Young currently serves as International practice group chair at Kirton McConkie. She manages work visa processes for clients, including large multinationals and small businesses. Elaine’s practice includes securing visas in nonimmigrant classifications like the H-1B, and immigrant visas, including employment-based green cards in a wide range of industries. Elaine speaks frequently on topics related to hiring foreign workers, addressing visa issues and the unique payroll tax issues that employers face when hiring foreign workers. She also helps employers with global migration needs, including coordination of the overall visa process for outbound employees. Elaine writes the monthly immigration columns for the Federal Employment Law Newsletter and Utah Employment Law Newsletter, and edits the Immigration chapter of BLR’s HR Guide to Employment Law.



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November 15-17, 2017
Paris Las Vegas
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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