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Workplace Innovator, Culture and Leadership Consultant
Former Chief Talent Officer, Netflix
Patty McCord coaches and advises a small group of companies and entrepreneurs on culture and leadership as the Principal of Patty McCord Consulting. She has many years of working with business leaders and aspiring management to help people realize and practice leadership. She is an innovative businessperson who is willing to push the boundaries of thinking about the way we work.
Ms. McCord served as chief talent officer of Netflix for 12 years. Along with input from the Netflix management team, she helped to create the Netflix Culture Deck. When it was posted on the web, this presentation took on a life of its own. Sheryl Sandberg has said it “may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.” The presentation has been viewed more than five million times. Ms. McCord was in charge of operationalizing those concepts. This involved creating or sometimes eliminating patterns, systems and structure so that the words and aspirations of the culture document became behaviors ad modes of operating.
McCord participated in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) with Netflix and before that with Pure Atria Software. She has worked with small start-ups and very large companies. She is a veteran of Sun Microsystems, Borland and Seagate Technologies. Her background includes staffing, diversity, communications and international Human Resources positions.
Her new book “Powerful. Teams, Leaders and the Culture of Freedom and Responsibility” will change how you think about work and the way a business should be run.
Mario Bordogna, Esq.
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.
Stacie 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.
Todd Ewan, Esq.
Fisher Phillips LLP
Todd Ewan is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Philadelphia office. Mr. Ewan’s practice focuses on defending employment related claims in federal, state, and administrative venues as well as advising clients on statutory compliance issues. He is routinely involved in cases in which discrimination based on race, gender, age, disability, national origin, and/or religion have been alleged as well as cases in which former employees have claimed sexual harassment, breach of employment contract, defamation, and wrongful termination.
In addition to his active litigation practice, Mr. Ewan provides training and guidance to employers with respect to complying with employment statutes including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Skoler, Abbott & Presser P.C.
Susan Fentin is Senior Counsel with the Springfield 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. 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 is a frequent presenter of webinars on a variety of subjects in addition to Master Classes on the FMLA and ADA for BLR.
Ryan Frazier, Esq.
Mr. 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, he 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, non-competition and confidentiality restrictive covenants, employee handbooks, separation agreements and policies relating to employment.
He previously served as Chair of Kirton McConkie’s Litigation sections 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 judicial clerk for Associate Chief Justice Leonard H. Russon, Utah Supreme Court (2001-2002) and worked as an associate at a Salt Lake 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.
Professor of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ruben J. Garcia is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research and Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Prior to joining the UNLV faculty in 2011, he was Professor of Law and Director of the Labor and Employment Law Program at California Western School of Law in San Diego, where he taught for eight years. He also has held academic appointments at the University of California, Davis School of Law, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and at the University of California, San Diego. Before beginning his teaching career in 2000, Professor Garcia worked as an attorney for public and private sector labor unions and employees in the Los Angeles area.
He is a graduate of Stanford University, received his Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law, and has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. His scholarship has appeared in a number of leading law reviews, including the Hastings Law Journal, the University of Chicago Legal Forum and the Florida State University Law Review, among others. His first book, published by New York University Press in 2012, is entitled Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection. From January 2014 to January 2016, he served as the Co-President of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and has served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Nevada. In Fall 2015, he was selected as a UNLV Leadership Development Academy fellow. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society (ACS), a national nonprofit organization, and an advisor to the Boyd Law Student and Las Vegas Lawyer Chapters of the ACS.
Manager, Human Capital Organizational Transformation & Talent
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Joan Goodwin, the manager of Deloitte’s Human Capital Organizational Transformation & Talent group, has an extensive background that combines both consulting and business development for leadership and professional services. She is a dynamic organizational development professional with 20 years of experience working with C-level executives at global Fortune 500 firms. Her expertise includes working on global leadership development and change initiatives, strategy implementation, talent management and culture transformation for companies from a wide cross-section of industries.
Ms. Goodwin previously worked at KPMG as a director for the People & Change Practice where she was responsible for leading large change management efforts, talent management, leadership and market development for the Pacific Southwest Region, and she has held many consulting and business development roles, including co-leading several large scale global organizational change initiatives at RR Donnelley, Tenneco Automotive, Alcoa, and domestically at Henry Ford Health System.
Michael D. Haberman
Vice President, Co-Founder
Omega HR Solutions, Inc.
Michael D. Haberman is Vice-President and co-founder of Omega HR Solutions, Inc., a consulting and services company offering complete human resources solutions. Prior to Omega HR Solutions Mr. Haberman founded MDH Consulting, a Human Resources consulting firm working with small to mid-sized companies. Before consulting, he held positions in HR management at two Atlanta based corporations.
Mr. Haberman has a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside; a Master’s of Science in Industrial Relations from Georgia State University and is certified both as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-SCP. He is currently a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, where he has served on the official Blogger Squad for the last 6 national conferences. He is also a member of the Atlanta-SHRM chapter.
He is the author of a Human Resources blog found at Omega HR Solutions, Inc. which has been recognized several times as a top blog in human resources and is often republished in other publications. He has been named a top digital influencer in Human Resources and writes extensively on the future of work and HR.
Mr. Haberman has gained a reputation as a compliance expert. He speaks on a variety of subjects to business associations and business based civic clubs and presents webinars on a monthly basis on a variety of HR subjects. He has also spoken on a national basis on the subject of HR futurism and the things that HR departments need to be prepared for in the year 2020 and beyond.
On the educational front he has been teaching HR certification preparation for over 18 years, currently for the University of Georgia.
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.
Senior Manager – Workforce transformation
Stefan Lint is a Senior Manager within Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice. He has 20 years of experience in the area of talent acquisition and focuses on designing and implementing global and business critical talent acquisition programs for large clients. Mr. Lint has deep expertise in talent acquisition strategy, technology selection and implementation, process and operating model design and transformation, employment branding and candidate assessment tools. He has extensive experience implementing and delivering large scale transformative outsourced recruitment programs (RPO) and has worked across a wide variety of industries including life sciences, manufacturing, technology, financial services, and consumer goods. Prior to joining Deloitte, he worked with IBM/ Kenexa, Accenture, and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and business administration from Hotelschool The Hague in the Netherlands.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Racquel Martin is an attorney in the labor and employment group of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. With a passion for problem solving, conflict resolution, and employment law, Ms. Martin represents public and private employers in employment-related litigation involving discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour, FMLA, and non-compete issues in state and federal court. She also assists employers with drafting, reviewing, and updating employment policies, employee handbooks, and a variety of employment agreements. She has aided clients in conducting workplace investigations and routinely advises employers regarding new developments in employment law and compliance with state and federal employment statutes such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Tennessee Human Rights Act, the Tennessee Public Protection Act, and the Tennessee Worker’s Compensation Act. Ms. Martin has been involved in a number of lawsuits regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations and has effectively defended employers in EEOC and state department of labor investigations and mediations, specifically those concerning age, race, and disability discrimination claims.
Ms. Martin earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law and her B.A. in Public Policy Studies at Vanderbilt University. She frequently writes for Bradley’s labor and employment blog, “Labor & Employment Insights.”
Kevin McCormick, Esq.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston
Kevin McCormick, chair of the Labor and Employment Section with the Baltimore law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, 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.
His 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.
Jonathan R. Mook, Esq.
DiMuro Ginsberg PC
Mr. Mook is a nationally recognized practitioner in employment law and has written two treatises on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Americans with Disabilities Act: Employment Rights and Employer Obligations and Americans with disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and commercial facilities, both published by LexisNexis. He represents employers and businesses on matters relating to employment law, business torts and business disputes.
Mr. Mook 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. He is included in Best Lawyers in America (2017) for employment law.
Mr. Mook is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar and has been a member of the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Mook earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
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.”
Darrell Moon founded Orriant in 1996 to change the dynamics of healthcare and give employers some control over the ever-increasing costs of the healthcare benefits they offer their employees. Darrell believed that engaging individuals in the management of their own health was a key that had to be inserted back into the economic equation of healthcare. Mr. Moon received both his Bachelor of Science in Finance and his Master of Health Administration from Brigham Young University. As the CEO, COO, or CFO, Darrell managed 10 different medical and psychiatric hospitals throughout the country prior to creating Orriant, one of the first health coaching companies. Orriant has had tremendous success at improving population health by changing population behavior. He has also had more than a decade of experience successfully managing population mental health by focusing on preventive interventions and care integration. He is a Forbes Leadership Contributor as well as a top speaker for Vistage CEO groups on controlling healthcare costs.
Daniel Nelson, C|EH, CIPP/US
Partner & Co-Leader, Privacy and Data Security Practice Area
Dan Nelson is both a commercial litigator and a privacy and data security lawyer. And what makes him even more unique is that he is among the few U.S. attorneys to hold the title of Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH). That means he has been trained to break into computers, but for the right reasons.
His combined interest in technology and the desire to help clients protect their privacy and sensitive data motivated him to take the unusual step of becoming what’s known as a “white hat” hacker. Through this arduous training, Mr. Nelson learned how to break into protected systems and networks to test and assess their security. Because of this, he offers clients a perspective that few lawyers possess.
In addition to his ethical hacking credential, he is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). This credential means that he knows privacy laws and regulations and how to apply them.
Mr. Nelson’s special training and experience enhances his ability to help clients protect against and prepare for data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents. He assists clients in the creation, implementation and enforcement of privacy and security policies and data breach plans. This guidance includes counseling on appropriate cybersecurity insurance coverage and risk assessment engagements. He also assists businesses with understanding their duties to retain and protect sensitive information, including privacy and document retention requirements.
In the event of a cyberattack, Mr. Nelson serves as a data breach/cyber incident coach. He advises on the immediate steps needed to contain, investigate and remediate the incident. His knowledge of both the technical details of likely breaches and the attendant legal and business impacts enables him to provide clients the information needed from both a technical and legal standpoint.
Kathleen (Kathie) L. Patterson
Kathie Patterson, chief human resources officer of Ally Financial, is responsible for overseeing the company’s human capital, talent management, compensation, benefits, well-being, internal communications and cultural efforts – ensuring they support the organization’s overall strategic objectives and drive Ally’s efforts to be a leading employer of choice.
Most recently, Ms. Patterson served as the senior vice president of human resources for Ally’s Auto Finance and Insurance lines of business. She joined Ally in 2007 to lead change management as the company underwent a major functional reorganization in the wake of its spin-off as an independent financial services company.
Prior to joining Ally, Patterson was the managing director of human resources at DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company. There, she managed the company’s talent acquisition and development and consulting efforts including organizational and leadership development, employee engagement strategies, and diversity management. She also led DTE’s efforts to grow young talent through a partnership with local schools, developing an age-appropriate, hands-on curriculum that developed energy-related trade skills.
Ms. Patterson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in industrial/organizational psychology. She serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit, which focuses on changing children’s lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success, as well as Cranbrook Institute of Science, which aims to build a scientifically literate public with a specific focus on transformational experiences in STEM education.
Born and raised in the city of Detroit, Ms. Patterson is active in several organizations aimed at helping the city’s renaissance with a particular focus on mentorship and couching young people in Metro Detroit This includes 3 years as a mentor and executive guest lecturer in Wayne State University’s mentorship program, which provides first generation college students with coaching to help them succeed in business. She’s also an active member of Impact 100 Metro Detroit, a volunteer group of women whose purpose is to fuel transformation in the Detroit-area by uniting women in collective giving.
Kara Shea, Esq.
Practice Group Leader, Labor & Employment Group
Butler Snow, LLP
Kara Shea serves as the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Leader and focuses her work on employment counseling, employment litigation. She has extensive trial and appellate experience and regularly counsels clients in financial services, healthcare and home health industries on employment law compliance. She has conducted dozens of workplace investigations for public and private employers and drafts and assists in enforcement of non-compete agreements.
Her work has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers®. She has been named “Best of the Bar” by Nashville Business Journal and “Nashville’s Top 101 Lawyers” by Nashville Post Magazine.
Ms. Shea obtained her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and is admitted to the State Bar of Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth, Seventh, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mickey Silberman, Esq.
Shareholder/Chair, Affirmative Action & Pay Equity Practice Group
Fortney Scott LLC
Mickey Silberman, a shareholder and the chair of Fortney & Scott LLC’s Affirmative Action & Pay Equity Practice Group, has more than 20 years of experience representing management in all areas of employment law, specializing in pay equity, OFCCP compliance and audit defense, affirmative action and EEO, and diversity and inclusion. He is recognized as a national expert in the areas of pay equity and systemic pay discrimination and works closely with clients and a team of statisticians to prepare pay equity analyses both on a proactive basis and also in response to OFCCP and EEOC pay investigations and private pay litigation. He regularly defends employers against claims of systemic pay discrimination. He also advises clients on pay system design and administration to identify and address often subtle or hidden barriers to pay equity.
Mr. Silberman has overseen the preparation of thousands of affirmative action plans for government contractors in all industries and across the country. He has directed the defense of hundreds of OFCCP audits, including many corporate management reviews. This high volume of audit defense keeps him on the “cutting edge” of OFCCP’s rapidly evolving enforcement trends. He often is asked to step in to defend OFCCP audits and investigations “gone wrong” and has a strong track record achieving great results in those audits. In fact, in the last 1,000 audits he has defended, he has obtained Letters of Compliance-the best possible audit outcome-in more than 99.5% of the audits.
Mr. Silberman spends much of his time counseling employers on complex “real world” issues relating to pay equity, EEO and diversity. In the area of Diversity & Inclusion, he works closely with clients in the design and successful administration D&I programs. He develops creative diversity analytics that allow employers to see what is and isn’t working in their programs and how to “move the needle”on diversity.
Mr. Silberman is the co-chair of the Institute for Workplace Equality, a national employer association. Through his role with the Institute, he meets with OFCCP, EEOC and other federal agency national leadership to present the employer community’s perspective on proposed laws and regulations and agency enforcement trends.
He has been recognized by Chambers USA from 2014 to present as a leading labor and employment attorney in Colorado.
James P. Reidy, Esq.
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA
James (Jim) P. Reidy is a shareholder at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA in Manchester, NH where he is the chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Mr. Reidy earned his B.A. from Assumption College in 1980, his M.P.A. from Northeastern University in 1981, and his J.D. (cum laude) from New England School of Law in 1989. He has extensive experience handling matters before the NH Department of Labor, the NH Commission for Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor as well as several other state agencies. Mr. Reidy is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Sections. He is the Manchester Area Human Resource Association V.P. of Legal and Legislative Affairs, former Legislative Affairs V.P. for the NH State (HR) Council, member of the NH Business and Industry Association (BIA), chair of the NH High Tech Council’s HR Exchange, moderator of NHLABORNET, and the editor of Good Company, Sheehan Phinney’s quarterly e-newsletter. Mr. Reidy is also one of the editors for BLR’s monthly New Hampshire Employment Law newsletter. He writes, lectures and presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He has been a workplace law resource for several media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, WMUR, NPR, NH Business Review and Business NH Magazine.
Most recently he was asked to present again this year at the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) Annual Legal and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., as well as their national convention in Chicago, IL.
Mark 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.
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.
Elaine Young, Esq.
Elaine Young currently serves as International practice group chair at Kirton McConkie. She manages U.S. work visa processes for the firm’s clients, including large multinationals, small businesses, public entities, and individual investors. Her practice also includes worksite compliance, unique payroll tax issues that employers face when transferring employees across borders, and helping employers secure long-term work visas for their expatriate employees abroad. Ms. Young writes the 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. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, and then practiced in the U.S. tax group of a global firm in New York before joining Kirton McConkie in 2004.