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|Karl Ahlrich, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
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.
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.
Natasha Bowman JD, SPHR has been leading organizations through the complex, fast-changing human resources landscape for over fifteen years. She has developed a reputation as an expert consultant and thought leader for organizations like The Heritage Foundation, Knowledge International, and Wiley Publishing and many others. Her expertise spans human resources management, talent management, employment law, organizational development, sourcing and recruiting, collective bargaining, and ethics and compliance. Because of her ability to diagnose workplace issues and provide proven solutions to organizations, she is often referred to as The Workplace Doctor.Apart from rich expertise and cross-sector experience, she brings an ardent intellectual commitment to the field. Her law degree has equipped her to guide million-person companies through HR crises by designing policies, training company leaders, directing investigations and keeping the pulse of emerging trends in employment and labor law.Ms. Bowman is one of the most sought after speakers and teachers around the globe. She is frequently seen speaking for SHRM, ATD, and BLR. She is an Associate Professor at the Jack Welch Management Institute and Manhattan College, and is the author of You Can’t Do That at Work! 100 Legal Mistakes that Managers Make in the Workplace. Her expertise has been quoted by Bloomberg BNA, Business Insider and Glassdoor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Husband, Partner at Holland & Hart, develops labor and employment solutions to help companies maintain compliance with federal and state laws regulating the
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crystal Miller Law, the CEO and founding strategist for Branded Strategies, a boutique strategy agency for HR & talent attraction, works in predictive recruitment marketing to help numerous organizations refine and optimize their marketing spend as well as improve workforce retention through better hiring experiences. Her development of game-changing university marketing programs has been called “ground-breaking,” saving employers thousands of collective man-hours spent on college campuses, while strengthening relations with faculty. Her creative strategies and commitment to pioneering work in her field has earned recognition with the Shorty Awards and the Trailblazer Award with AT&T. Ms. Miller and her team at Branded Strategies focus on changing the way companies attract and retain talent, engage in digital media, culture & reputation marketing, and predictive analytics to help employers maximize business impact.
After spending several years in B2C construction marketing, and human resources, Ms. Miller saw the need for a new niche to be fully developed at the intersection of HR and marketing. She has devoted over a decade to improving the employer branding, recruitment marketing, and culture marketing of employers.
Ms. Miller has a passion for furthering knowledge within her industry. She has supported movements to improve the balance between employers and job seekers and has volunteered to lead the Awareness & Branding Committee of the Candidate Experience Council since 2014. To help further the interests of talent acquisition and attraction professionals around the world, she has worked with a team of others to establish a non-profit organization, ATAP, as well as volunteer to lead its PR and communications committee.
Ms. Miller’s passion, extensive knowledge, and fresh insight has made her a sought-after speaker across the globe, as well as keynoting conferences on several continents. She has been featured as a reliable expert source and thought leader for multiple media outlets including CBS, Fox News, Hanley-Wood, Mashable, Huffington Post and ABC. As an industry leader, she is recognized for expertise in employer branding, recruitment strategy and marketing, technology and analytics, social media, community building, culture marketing, reputation marketing and digital strategic solutions.
Peter Lowe is partner at Brann & Isaacson in Lewiston, Maine and provides advice and counsel to clients on labor and employment law, education and municipal law, and corporate and public governance issues. He serves as lead employment counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine, including L.L. Bean. Mr. Lowe also is counsel to many mid-size companies and smaller public and private entities.
The focus of Mr. Lowe’s practice is providing legal counselling to our clients in order to develop practical solutions to tricky issues right at the time an issue arises. Clients look to him for his expertise before they get sued. Mr. Lowe’s skills have been called upon to resolve many high profile and sensitive cases, and he understands the need to couple his legal strategies with careful attention to the reputational and public relations implications of these challenging cases.
Mr. Lowe advises senior executives, superintendents, town managers and board members on governance, fiduciary duties, freedom of access, risk management, and personnel matters. He negotiates employment contracts, non-competition agreements and severance agreements. Mr. Lowe has advised many organizations on strategies to reorganize and sometimes reduce their workforces. He has also defended successfully scores of claims of discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge.
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.
Jacob M. Monty is the founding and managing partner of Monty & Ramirez LLP and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His distinguished career involves the representation of employers in litigation matters in Texas and California and his expertise in handling labor issues in Hispanic workforces. He represents employers in federal and state courts in civil cases and in investigations and audits conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Homeland Security-Citizenship and Immigration Service (DHS-CIS), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In these cases, Mr. Monty specializes in employee allegations of wage and hour violations, invasion of privacy, wrongful discharge and discrimination based on age, race, sex, national origin, disability, and other protected classes, as well as traditional labor matters including collective bargaining agreements and executive employment contracts.
Mr. Monty also advises clients on all aspects of immigration compliance by providing counsel on Form I-9 issues, the use of E-verify, identity theft indicators, and changes in the law regarding federal and state identification documentation. His broad industry experience extends to clients in the restaurant, manufacturing, health, retail, food and entertainment industries, private and public education systems, and government entities. He also offers a comprehensive selection of manager training courses and is an editor of the Texas Employment Law Letter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacob (“Jake”) Muklewicz, a shareholder with Kirton McConkie, focuses his practice on employment, business, and investor immigration. He partners with employers and investors to obtain the proper visas for their executive, managerial, and professional personnel and families. He also counsels foreign nationals regarding the employment-based green card and naturalization processes.
Mr. Muklewicz often lectures and writes professional articles on topics involving employment-based immigration, including employment-based immigrant preference and nonimmigrant visa categories, as well as worksite enforcement issues including proper I-9 completion and maintenance and compliance with federal and state E-Verify provisions. While partnering with clients to achieve their short- and long-term immigration and business goals, he proactively strategizes to identify as many viable immigration strategies as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kate Visosky’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on employment-related litigation and proactive counseling of management-side clients.
Ms. Visosky represents her clients in all areas of employment-related litigation and dispute resolution. An aggressive and effective litigator and proven negotiator, she is skilled in handling class action and complex litigation; high-stakes wage and hour disputes; and harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims and agency charges. Ms. Visosky also regularly prosecutes and defends actions involving employee mobility, including restrictive covenants, protection of confidential or proprietary information, employee raiding and trade secret matters.
In addition, Ms. Visosky provides proactive, pragmatic solutions that help clients avoid litigation by developing internal compliance initiatives. She has considerable experience in negotiating employment, severance and non-compete/nondisclosure agreements, as well as in drafting and updating employment policies, agreements and handbooks. She also conducts employee and management training and investigations related to allegations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Moreover, she advises employers on the protection of their intellectual property and related matters, independent contractor relationships, onboarding, drug and alcohol testing, leave of absence and disability accommodation management processes, workplace violence issues, reductions in force, WARN and other employee relations issues.
Clients and colleagues alike appreciate Ms. Visosky’s strong work ethic, ability to ensue immediate confidence, acute attention to detail and absolute responsiveness to their needs. She is valued for her ability to balance the law with practical business sense. Because the employer-employee relationship is more complicated than ever before, she strives to help her clients adapt prudent strategies that protect them from liability, assist them with ongoing compliance, safeguard their interests and protect their rights in the event litigation arises.
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.
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.