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Michelle Lee Flores, Esq.
Michelle Lee Flores of Akerman LLP’s Los Angeles office is an employment litigator with deep experience handling jury and bench trials, arbitration, mediation and pre-litigation negotiations involving sex, race, religion, age and disability harassment and discrimination, and wage and hour violations, including class actions, and wrongful termination. Ms. Flores advises clients on employment compliance, internal investigations, discipline, terminations, reductions in force and wage and hour matters. She prepares workplace policies and procedures manuals, drug testing policies, employment contracts and separation agreements, and harassment and discrimination prevention policies, including preventive counseling and in-house training.
Marc Jacuzzi, Esq.
Simpson, Garrity, Innes, & Jacuzzi, P.C.
Marc Jacuzzi has broad experience in employment law matters. He has represents numerous employers as defendants 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. Mr. Jacuzzi has also conducted numerous in-house training programs on a number of employment law topics.
Usama Kahf, Esq.
Fisher Phillips LLP
Usama Kahf is a partner in the Irvine office of Fisher Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm with over 350 attorneys in 32 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.
Joanna Kim-Brunetti, Esq.
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
First Capitol Consulting, Inc.
Attorney Joanna Kim-Brunetti is vice president of regulatory affairs and general counsel for First Capitol Consulting, Inc., where she spearheads the company’s Affordable Care Act practice, focusing on employer compliance issues. She regularly speaks at conferences on ACA compliance and writes about the ACA for trade publications, such as Employee Benefit Adviser and Accounting Today. She regularly comments on ACA compliance issues with the IRS in the blog, The ACA Times.
Ms. Kim-Brunetti, a former partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, has nearly 20 years of experience advising clients on a wide range of employment, tax, intellectual property, and other related business issues. She brings additional regulatory compliance experience from her pre-legal career in the consulting and aerospace industry.
Ms. Kim-Brunetti holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. from Loyola Law School (with honors). She was President of the Korean American Bar Association; Rising Star, Super Lawyers; Co-Chair of Trade Secrets Subcommittee for Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, and Committee Member of the Federal Courts Coordinating Committee of Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Kristine E. Kwong, Esq.
Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP
Kristine Kwong, a partner in Musick Peeler’s Los Angeles office, advises and counsels clients on a wide range of business, corporate, operational and employment issues, including business counseling, contract negotiation and preparation, restrictive covenant and non-compete agreements, executive mobility issues, due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and range of employment matters. In addition to her many years of experience, Ms. Kwong is a prolific and sought-after trainer. She regularly produces and presents training programs throughout the country on current issues of employment law, particularly in the area of government-mandated programs such as the FMLA, FEHA, CFRA, PDL and ADA. Her training programs also include business and operational compliance matters. Ms. Kwong is frequently requested as a speaker and regularly presents to various associations across the country.
Jennifer N. Lutz, Esq.
Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin
Jennifer Lutz, a founding shareholder with Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin, focuses her practice in employment litigation and counseling. She represents California’s employers in all aspects of employment disputes in state and federal court, and before administrative and government agencies. She has successfully litigated disputes involving issues of discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, defamation, and both individual and class action wage and hour claims. In addition, she provides advice and training to employers on a full range of employment law issues, including drafting employment policies and procedures, terminations, and discipline. She is also a speaker and author on issues such as wage and hour law, employee privacy, and leaves of absence. Ms. Lutz earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona and J.D. degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.
Jeanne M. Malitz, Esq.
Jeanne M. Malitz is the principal of Malitzlaw, Inc., a boutique law firm specializing in employment-based immigration matters. Malitzlaw, Inc. has a national presence representing employers on a wide variety of immigration-related matters with an emphasis on permanent labor certification and temporary labor certification for agricultural employers. Her practice also includes counseling on employment verification including E-Verify and I-9-related issues. Ms. Malitz actively participates in advocacy for immigration reform through national committee work on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) and the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE). She is a member and former co-chair of AILA’s national Department of Labor Committee. Ms. Malitz also chaired the H-2A Committee for the NCAE. She frequently presents and writes on immigration-related topics.
Ms. Malitz received her B.A. degree from the University of San Diego (Magna Cum Laude, 1985) and her J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law (1990). She was employed by several national and international law firms including: Gray Cary Ames & Frye and Morrison & Foerster. Ms. Malitz and has been nominated as a San Diego “Top Lawyer” for the years 2013 to the present.
David B. Monks, Esq.
Fisher & Phillips LLP
David Monks is a partner in Fisher Phillips’s San Diego office. He counsels employers on a wide variety of matters, including employee discipline and termination, wage-and-hour issues, disability accommodation protocols, family and medical leave issues, investigations of harassment and other misconduct, and independent contractor issues.
In addition, Mr. Monks has substantial experience defending employers and managers against lawsuits and administrative claims involving discrimination, harassment, defamation, breach of contract, and violations of wage-and-hour laws.
As an avid proponent of proactive training and compliance, he presents training seminars on preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace, workplace investigations, wage-and-hour compliance, disability management and accommodation, and other areas.
Mr. Monks’s practice has included assisting religious organizations, restaurants, hotels, school districts, credit unions, homeowner associations, professional employer organizations, franchisors, retail markets, and medical practices.
He has been selected for inclusion in San Diego Super Lawyers since 2007 and he has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013.
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.”
Lester S. Rosen, Esq.
Founder & CEO
Employment Screening Resources®
Attorney Lester S. Rosen is Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background check firm located in the San Francisco, California-area that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He is a nationally recognized background check expert and the author of The Safe Hiring Manual, the first comprehensive guide to employment screening. He is a frequent presenter on safe hiring issues, and his speaking appearances for “ESR Speaks” include numerous state and national conferences.
He holds the highest attorney rating of A.V. in Martindale-Hubbell. He has served as an adjunct professor of law teaching criminal law and procedure at Hastings College of the Law and has served as faculty member and program chairman of the nationally recognized Hastings College of Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Rosen established Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) in 1997 in order to promote a safe and profitable workplace for both employers and employees using legally compliant best practices. Mr. Rosen has qualified and testified in the California, Florida, and Arkansas Superior Court as an employment screening expert on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence.
He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a professional trade organization for the screening industry. He was also elected to the first board of directors and served as the co-chair in 2004. As a background screening expert, he has been quoted by USA Today, Businessweek, Reuters, Christian Science Monitor, HR Magazine, and numerous newspapers, web sites, and trade journals across the United States.
Mr. Rosen created a comprehensive Online Safe Hiring Certification Course and narrated the training video “Safe Hiring: How You Can Avoid Bad Hires” by Kantola Productions. He has written numerous articles and whitepapers on the subject of employment screening and selects the annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends.
Mr. Rosen has authored a module of the Global HR Practitioner Handbook Volume 3 published by Global Immersion Press titled “Criminal History Screening of Global Job Applicants: Hidden Dangers Employers Should Know.” He co-authored the ‘International Employment Background Checks’ module in the Global HR Practitioner Handbook Volume 2 from Global Immersion Press.
Mr. Rosen has also been active in working on legislation in California, and in 2002, he worked with the California legislature to amend AB 655, a law that adversely affected employers in the area of reference checks and hiring in California.
Rebecca A. Speer, Esq.
Co-Founder & Attorney
Tribù Partners LLP
Rebecca Speer is an attorney and co-founder of Tribù Partners LLP, a unique law firm that aligns law, compliance, and culture. Tribù Partners provides dedicated training, development, and legal oversight to internal investigative teams. And, it helps organizations to evaluate and implement best practices for the prevention and management of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other employee misconduct.
With nearly thirty years of legal and investigative experience, Ms. Speer has conducted hundreds of investigations on behalf of top employers across varied industries. With Tribù Partners, she works closely with HR, Legal, and Compliance leaders across industries to protect the workplace culture by bolstering the organization’s ability to prevent, investigate, and manage employee misconduct and complaints.
Ms. Speer graduated from Stanford University and the Santa Clara University School of Law; she began her career at the international law firms of Morrison & Foerster and Seyfarth Shaw. A member of the State Bar of California, she belongs to numerous professional organizations in the areas of law, compliance, human resources, and security.
Cathleen 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. She concentrates her practice on employment and labor law. Ms. Yonahara has successfully represented employers in courts and before various government agencies, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Labor Commissioner. She has litigated all types of employment matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, violation of California Family Rights Act, misappropriation of trade secrets, and wage and hour violations.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Yonahara’s practice also includes providing advice and counseling to employers on all aspects of the employment relationship in order to avoid potential legal disputes. She advises employers on the myriad legal requirements facing California employers including anti-discrimination and harassment laws, family and medical leave laws, wage and hour compliance, and proper classification of independent contractors and exempt employees. She conducts audits of her client’s employment practices, policies and agreements to ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws, and drafts employee handbooks and personnel policies, and employment, arbitration, confidentiality and severance agreements. She is an experienced speaker and trainer 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 and a contributing author to 50 Employment Laws in 50 States.