Interested in speaking at CELU? Fill out our survey here.
Nannina Angioni, Esq.
Nannina Angioni is a founding partner of KAEDIAN LLP. She focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation and compliance. Ms. Angioni advocates on behalf of companies, entrepreneurs, and management in all areas of business and employment relations throughout California and Nevada. Her clients include businesses of all sizes, from small family-owned operations to large, publicly-traded companies.
Ms. Angioni proactively advises businesses, provides guidance on human resources and discipline issues, trains management and supervisory staff, and conducts workplace investigations as part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent litigation and facilitate clients’ growth. Ms. Angioni’s practice also covers a full spectrum of litigation in single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits and administrative hearings, involving claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower protection, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, Labor Code violations, disability accommodations, breach of contract, unfair business practices, and privacy rights violations.
Callan Carter, Esq.
Trucker Huss APC
Callan Carter, special counsel at Trucker Huss, has extensive experience in the areas of health and welfare plans, qualified plans and deferred compensation. Today, she focuses her practice primarily on health and welfare plans, cafeteria plans and the effects of healthcare reform. She advises clients on plan design, prepares required documents, and assists in compliance with applicable laws, including ERISA, HIPAA, IRC, USERRA, COBRA and the ACA (as well as state and local requirements). She advises clients on the complex application of non-discrimination rules, prohibited transactions, fiduciary issues, controlled group determinations, and benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions. She also negotiates services contracts on behalf of her clients with insurance companies and other health and welfare plan vendors.
Lisa Chapman, Esq.
Royse Law Firm PC
Lisa Chapman of Royse Law Firm PC is an experienced employment attorney and litigator. In her employment law practice, she helps startup and mid-size companies navigate and comply with federal and state employment laws and regulations. This includes laws related to wage and hour requirements, sexual harassment and retaliation, worker classification (independent contractor vs. employee status) and overtime laws, among others. She acts as a sounding board and advise clients as they face critical decisions about their employment practices, such as mass (or “one-off”) termination of employees, compliance with disability laws and regulations, expansion of the workforce, classifying employees as “exempt” from overtime, transitioning “exempt” employees to non-exempt status, creating and enforcing social media policies, classifying workers as employees or independent contractors, and other employment and labor issues. She also provides training in sensitive and problematic areas such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and other equally important employment law related issues critical for ensuring that companies remain compliant with employment (and other) laws, and avoid government investigations and litigation.
In addition, Ms. Chapman provides counsel to senior executives in job transitions, helping them navigate issues relating to stock options, severance packages and providing advice about their obligations under intellectual property and trade secret laws whether they return to the workforce or form a new company of their own. Royse Law Firm has both ERISA and tax counsel who assist her in this type of retention.
Marc L. Jacuzzi, Esq.
Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi PC
Marc L. Jacuzzi is a shareholder of Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi, PC and has broad experience in employment law matters. He represents employers in civil rights actions (including claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and other state discrimination statutes), trade secret misappropriation claims, wage claims, wrongful termination claims; unfair business practices claims (Section 17200), non-competition claims (Section 16600), contract disputes and various tort claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), various other state agencies and in various State and Federal Courts.
Mr. Jacuzzi’s practice also involves employment law counseling. He regularly advises clients regarding all aspects of the employer/employee relationship including hiring and termination issues, wage and hour requirements, employee classification issues, civil rights/discrimination issues, commission plans, employment contracts, employee handbooks and policies, confidential information agreements, reductions in force, leaves of absence issues, employment audits, M&A employment issues, violence in the workplace issues and international employment issues.
Anthony McClaren, Esq.
ADLI Law Group
Anthony McClaren has joined ADLI Law Group as Senior Counsel. 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.
Danielle Moore, Esq.
Fisher Phillips LLP
Danielle Moore, a partner with Fisher Phillips, represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including preparation of employment handbooks, personnel policies, and management training and lectures on employment issues. She has experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, state administrative tribunals, and in arbitration.
Ms. Moore is “AV” Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and was named one of San Diego’s “Top Attorneys,” “Best of the Bar,” and one of the “Top 40 under 40 Best and Brightest Minds of San Diego.” She was also a 2016 finalist for San Diego Magazine’s “Woman of the Year.”
Christopher T. Scanlan, Esq.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Chris Scanlan is a partner in the labor and employment practice of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where he is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office. He regularly handles California wage-hour matters, including those involving overtime eligibility, the proper calculation of overtime and piece-rate compensation, break relief, the suitability of wage claims for arbitration, and the application of California law to out-of-state activities. He has appeared before numerous federal and state courts, private and labor arbitrators, and the California Labor Commissioner. He has been an invited speaker and commentator on a variety of workplace legal issues and has received professional recognition as one of the top employment lawyers in California (from the California Daily Journal) and as a “Rising Star” (from the SuperLawyers group).
John Skousen, Esq.
Fisher Phillips LLP
John Skousen is a partner in Fisher Phillip LLP’s Irvine office. His practice is concentrated on wage and hour law and employment litigation. He has a unique blend of managerial experience in business and personnel management prior to law school, coupled with transactional and trial experience as a lawyer.
As a lawyer, Mr. Skousen not only represents employers in class actions and other employment litigation, he creates and presents webinars and conducts management training on a variety of topics, including management practices impacting on state and federal equal employment opportunity laws, harassment prevention, and compliance with state and federal wage & hour laws.
Mr. Skousen was recently appointed as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Redlands.
Mellissa Schafer, Esq.
Hinshaw & Culberton LLP
Mellissa Schafer concentrates her trial practice in the representation of employers in labor and employment matters as well as general liability claims. Ms. Schafer has a particular specialization in workers’ compensation issues and has extensive experience handling all aspects of work injuries including discrimination and 132(a) claims, Serious and Willful claims, OSHA violations, and harassment. In addition, she has an emphasis handling claims on behalf of self insured employers.
Ms. Schafer represents and advises employers on all aspects of the law governing labor and employment. She is lead counsel for a national retailer and oversees their national program within the Firm. In addition, Ms. Schafer represents a leading human resource company, various insurance companies, home health care facilities, and multiple other retail and hospitality clients. Ms. Schafer has had multiple bench and jury trials in addition to numerous administrative trials in both Wisconsin and California.
Ms. Schafer joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in December 2002 in the Milwaukee office. While there, she focused her practice on toxic tort cases in addition to defending medical and legal professionals. In August 2003, Ms. Schafer transferred to the Los Angeles office where she began her specialization representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment. She was promoted to capital partner in July 2012, making her one of the youngest capital partners in the firm. Ms. Schafer manages the workers’ compensation practice group in Los Angeles and is on the Firm’s Hiring Committee.
Ms. Schafer is licensed in both California and Wisconsin.
Rebecca Speer, Esq.
An attorney-investigator and founder of Speer Associates in San Francisco, Rebecca Speer has conducted hundreds of investigations on behalf of employers across varied industries, with an emphasis on allegations affecting senior management. Ms. Speer regularly works with executive management, in-house counsel, outside law firms, and boards of directors to deliver first-rate investigations services. In addition to conducting investigations, she partners with clients to help them build and sustain world-class investigations teams.
Ms. Speer graduated from Stanford University and the Santa Clara University School of Law. She was associated with the national law firms of Morrison & Foerster and Seyfarth Shaw before establishing Speer Associates. A member of the State Bar of California, she belongs to numerous professional organizations in the areas of law, compliance, human resources, and security.
Karina Sterman, Esq.
Greenberg Glusker LLP
Karina Sterman is a partner in the Litigation and Employment Law Departments of Greenberg Glusker LLP. A creative and ardent advocate for her clients, Ms. Sterman defends businesses in class action lawsuits as well as in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other lawsuits. She also defends companies in administrative proceedings in front of the EEOC, Department of Labor, California Labor Commissioner and others.
Ms. Sterman has significant experience in “behind the scenes” counseling on wage and hour and other employment law compliance, drafting employment related documents, and participating in business minded employment strategy to avoid litigation and costly long-term mistakes. She regularly performs HR legal audits and build trade secret protection plans for businesses that wish to maximize the value of their investment in their intellectual property.
Brandon A. Takahashi, Esq.
Partner Labor & Employment National Practice Group
Hinshaw & Culberston, LLP
Brandon Takahashi is Partner at Hinshaw & Culberston LLP. He represents companies’ interests as both a counselor and litigator in the employment and labor law sector. Having handled hundreds of employment matters, Mr. Takahashi utilizes his experience and skills to advise and counsel clients on all manner of employment-related issues, including employee management, discipline and termination, internal investigations, leave management, proper employee classification, and sexual harassment training.
As an experienced litigator, he has handled all aspects of litigation, up through and including trial preparation, in numerous cases and claims regarding all types of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, Fair Employment and Housing Act retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, Family Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act violations, and wage and hour claims.
Cathleen S. Yonahara, Esq.
Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP
Cathleen Yonahara, a partner with San-Francisco based Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP, received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1999. She concentrates her practice on labor and employment law, including Title VII, FEHA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, CFRA, and the California Labor Code. Cathleen has represented clients before federal and state courts, the EEOC, the DFEH, the California Labor Commissioner and other government agencies. Her employment litigation practice includes claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, unfair competition, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract. Ms. Yonahara’s practice also includes counseling clients on all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring to termination. She is an experienced speaker on labor and employment law matters, such as complying with California employment laws, preventing sexual harassment, legally managing leaves of absences, and wage and hour compliance. She is also the assistant editor of the California Employment Law Letter.