Cal/OSHA Summit Speakers

Thomas E. (TED) Boyce, Ph.D.
Founder and President
Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC

Thomas E. (TED) Boyce, Ph.D. is the only applied psychologist, formally-trained professional musician and recording artist, author, keynote speaker, university professor, Fortune 100 business consultant in the world.  Dr. Boyce pioneered the application of behavioral science in the mining industry and has been providing cost-effective safety and culture change training to the U.S. mining, manufacturing, and construction industries for over 22 years.  He was recently placed on a list of the Top 10 Culture Change Experts you should pay attention to.  Dr. Boyce is a full member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He is also active with local and regional Chapters of ASSE.

Shelley Scalzo Brown
Regional SH&E Manager – Pacific Region & LA Metro

Shelley Scalzo Brown has over 14 years of experience as a safety professional working in the environmental services, construction, emergency management, transportation, and energy industries. She has provided support to private companies and government agencies seeking to achieve world-class safety performance, and has recent experience in this area working with complex organizations, including military facilities, airports, and educational settings.

Ms. Brown has been a Certified Safety Professional since 2012. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of San Diego, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from San Diego State University.  She is a member of the National Safety Council’s Board of Delegates, a Campbell Award reviewer, a recipient of NSC’s 2010 Rising Star of Safety Award, and ASSE’s 2016 the Common Safety Professional of the Year Award for Young Professionals.

Karen Capasso, Esq.
Smith Law Offices, LLP

Karen Capasso is a partner with Smith Law Offices, LLP – a trial and litigation law firm that specializes in labor and employment, regulatory, healthcare and business litigation – in Riverside, California. Her current practice is focused on public entity law and labor and employment litigation. She has represented some of the largest employers in the Southern California region and, prior to joining Smith Law Offices, LLP, she handled employment law and construction defect litigation cases for major businesses.

Eric J. Conn, Esq.
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Eric J. Conn is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national OSHA Workplace Safety Practice Group. His practice focuses exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law. Mr. Conn develops safety and health regulatory strategies for his clients across all industries.

Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn was Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a “Rising Star” by Washington, DC SuperLawyers, and was selected as a SuperLawyer for inclusion in the Washington Post’s Top Rated Lawyers list in Washington, DC in 2015 – 2017.

Joshua Henderson, Esq.
Partner & National Vice Chair, Labor & Employee Relations Group
Seyfarth Shaw

Joshua Henderson is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and the national Vice Chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employee Relations Group. He represents management in various industries in a broad range of labor and employment litigation and counseling.

Mr. Henderson has a broad-based workplace safety and health practice, including advice, counsel, and training on various OSHA regulations, and has defended employers in litigation before the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board, the OSHRC (OSHA), the Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (WISHA), and others. Mr. Henderson also is a trusted advisor and representative for management in traditional labor matters. His labor relations practice includes NLRB and federal litigation, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, strikes and other concerted activity, and secondary boycotts.

Frederick Porter
Health & Safety Specialist

Fred Porter is a Safety Specialist with AECOM conducting safety audits and safety training for AECOM clients. Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Porter retired from Cal/OSHA as an associate safety engineer in the enforcement branch.  In this capacity Mr. Porter conducted compliance audits and injury investigations at work sites to ensure the employer was in compliance with applicable California regulations. Before joining Cal/OSHA, Mr. Porter was a safety director for over 20 years for manufacturing firms with locations in multiple states and countries successfully identifying unsafe conditions and practices, developed programs and procedures to enhance employee safety, and evaluated continued results.

Lisa Prince, Esq.
Walter & Prince LLP

As a partner with Walter & Prince LLP, Lisa Prince works with employers, safety directors, risk managers, and human resources administrators on the development of effective, preventive safety programs that answer regulatory mandates.  Her litigation practice is now focused on representing employers in defense of OSHA citations, serious and willful misconduct and worker’s compensation discrimination claims.

Ms. Prince is a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the American, California State and Sonoma County Bar Associations, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Safety and Health Council of the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC).   The firm’s latest edition of the Workplace Safety chapter of the Continuing Legal Education of the Bar publication “Advising California Employers and Employees” was published in 2015.

Christopher Romero, Esq.
Associate Attorney
Smith Law Offices, LLP

Christopher Romero is an associate attorney with Smith Law Offices, LLP – a trial and litigation law firm that specializes in labor and employment, regulatory, healthcare and business litigation – in Riverside, California. His practice is focused on public entity and civil defense litigation. He has also successfully defended numerous individual and business clients involved in construction defect litigation and personal injury claims.

Joshua Schultz, Esq.
Managing Attorney
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams, P.C.

Joshua Schultz is the Managing Attorney at the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Denver, Colorado. The Law Office of Adele L. Abrams is an 8-attorney firm that represents employers in MSHA and OSHA defense, compliance, and training nationwide. Mr. Schultz is accredited by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals as a Mine Safety Professional and is a safety professional who regularly speaks on safety and health issues in California and elsewhere throughout the United States.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Maryland, College Park School of Journalism. Before joining the Law Office of Adele Abrams in September 2008, he clerked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

Andrew Sommer, Esq.
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Andrew Sommer is a partner with Conn Maciel Carey’s Workplace Safety and Employment practice groups.  He defends employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters, with a particular emphasis on Cal/OSHA enforcement actions and employment litigation. Mr. Sommer represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving Cal/OSHA, and advises on issues related to workplace safety.

Jeffrey Tanenbaum, Esq.
Nixon Peabody, LLP

Jeff Tanenbaum is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Labor and Employment practice and chairs the firm’s Occupational Health & Safety (OSHA) practice. He represents employers in a wide range of employment and labor law matters.

Mr. Tanenbaum’s practice has special focus on OSHA compliance and litigation, including but not limited to Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA matters. This involves developing state of the art safety procedures, training, safety and health audits, appeals of citations, obtaining variances and representing employers in the rulemaking process. He has litigated well over a thousand OSHA citations.

Jeff Zisner, CPP
President & CEO
AEGIS Security & Investigations Inc.

Jeff Zisner specializes in high-end, customer-centric security, investigation, training, and consulting services. He manages complex investigations and large scale events, in addition to conducting security assessments, conducting training programs, and managing day-to-day business of his firm. As president and CEO of AEGIS Security & Investigations Inc., he is responsible overseeing all facets of AEGIS’ security, investigations, training and consulting operations, manages clients, and ensures best practices and quality control adhered to from the top down.

Mr. Zisner is a recognized security industry expert with over 10 years of experience in the security and investigations industry. He is a Bureau of Security & Investigative Services Security instructor, private investigator, ASIS certified protection professional, and a coordinator through the FBI’s Infragard Commercial Facilities Sector. As a result of his dedication to Infragard’s mission and his production of high-quality training workshops, Mr. Zinser was awarded the National Infragard Rookie of the Year Award 2012.


Where & When

October 10-11, 2017
The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
686 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

View Brochure
Submit Speaker
Partner With Us