Dena B. Calo, Esq.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Dena B. Calo, a partner with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, counsels companies through complex labor and employment risks that pose a threat to their reputation in the marketplace. As a seasoned HR strategist and employment lawyer, she understands employers are facing increasing scrutiny of their labor and employment policies and procedures from government regulators and employees. She advises management clients, particularly in the hospitality, higher education and multi-family real estate industries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, on the application of employment laws to their particular business needs, the implementation of legal HR policies, and representation in litigation in courts throughout the United States when their compliance is challenged.
Ms. Calo’s perspective also stems from a combination of experience working both in private practice and in-house. Before joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, she was director of the Human Resources Practice Group at a regional New Jersey law firm. While at that firm, she also had a secondary assignment to one of the largest real estate development companies in New York City, where she was acting Chief Human Resources Officer and Employment Counsel for the organization. In that role, she oversaw the HR Department and provided legal advice and employment counseling to the company on a daily basis.
In addition, Ms. Calo has litigated cases to state and federal juries throughout the United States involving Title VII, ERISA, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, state and federal constitutional issues, defamation, restrictive covenants and contract disputes.
Stacie Caraway, Esq.
Miller & Martin PLLC
Stacie Caraway, a partner with Miller & Martin, advises employers of all sizes on how to comply with applicable state and federal laws concerning employee leave and pregnancy, disability and religious accommodation as well as anti-discrimination, harassment and retaliation laws while still effectively running their businesses. She is an employment law strategist, litigator and trainer, advising national, regional and local employers on employment law matters focusing on FMLA leave administration, ADA, pregnancy and religious accommodations, as well as anti-harassment, discrimination and retaliation laws. She develops, reviews and updates employee handbooks, policies, employment contracts and severance agreements, and represents employers in local, state and federal legal proceedings including the EEOC, DOL and state human rights commission investigations, mediations and lawsuits throughout the United States. Ms. Caraway is also a frequent speaker at national, regional and state HR, executive and management forums regarding the above-described topics and provides in-house training and counsel to HR professionals and supervisors to help them address various issues relating to employee hiring, discipline and termination which impact companies of all sizes.
Glianny Fagundo, Esq.
Taylor English Duma LLP
Glianny Fagundo of Taylor English Duma LLP prides herself in partnering with clients to design and implement workplace policies and practices that are not just compliant with the law, but that further business goals and protect a company’s culture. Her years as a high-stakes employment and business litigator gave her a full appreciation of the value, and cost, of human capital. As a result, her employment law counsel and advice is carefully designed to maximize returns and decrease risks. Ms. Fagundo routinely counsels national employers on a multitude of workplace issues, including wage and hour, worker classification, joint employer/single enterprise, religious and disability accommodations, discipline, terminations, RIF’s, executive employment agreements, and background checks. She also continues to defend companies in high-stakes cases including claims for restrictive covenants violations, discrimination, collective FLSA/wage, contractual breaches, fraud, consumer disputes, professional liability and products liability. Some of the industries in which Ms. Fagundo has considerable experience include healthcare, restaurants and hospitality, retail, professional services, transportation and logistics, and media/entertainment. Ms. Fagundo’s engaging personality and natural public speaking knack have resulted in numerous invitations to address and train management and trade groups on policies and legal developments.
Chief Operating Officer
F&H Solutions Group
Brad Federman, the chief operating officer of F&H Solutions Group, is an author, a speaker, and a consultant with more than 25 years of corporate experience in various aspects of human resources including performance management and employee engagement, employee compensation, executive recruiting, change management and instructional design. His background also includes sales, marketing, product development and operations. He works with clients to create healthy organizations through employee and customer engagement, leadership, sales and customer service. He helps clients develop the best talent and reputation and provides them with the tools to help clients become the organization of choice for both employees and customers.
Mr. Federman is a frequently requested featured speaker at conferences and business meetings worldwide. He is the author of Employee Engagement: A Roadmap for Creating Profits, Optimizing Performance, and Increasing Loyalty, Jump Start: 50 Ways to Engage Your Team and a contributing author to 101 Ways to Enhance Your Career. He also has been interviewed for Fox Business News’ John Stossel Show and articles in numerous publications such as American Banker, Fortune Small Business, Los Angeles Times and HR Magazine. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in communications from University of Maryland and a master of education degree in human resource development from Vanderbilt University. He also a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.
Brian R. Garrison, Esq.
Faegre Baker Daniels
Brian Garrison, a partner with Faegre Baker Daniels, 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). Brian also advises employers about labor issues that arise in connection with mergers, acquisitions, relocations, closings and other business transactions involving unionized facilities.
Additionally, his 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.
John Hickman, Esq.
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 with 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.
Susan Hartmus Hiser, Esq.
The Murray Law Group PC
Susan Hartmus Hiser, a partner with The Murray Law Group PC, practices in the areas of labor and employment litigation on behalf of private and public sector employers. Ms. Hiser represents employers in litigation filed in both state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. She has experience in representing employers in multi-plaintiff harassment and disparate treatment cases. In addition to counseling employers on various employment matters, such as FMLA compliance, ADA accommodations, disciplinary issues and workplace investigations, Ms. Hiser has drafted and reviewed employment contracts, personnel policies, and employee handbooks. She has also conducted in-house training on all areas of employment law, including harassment prevention, legal compliance, and workplace policies. Ms. Hiser is frequently called upon both to assist in and to conduct workplace investigations on behalf of her clients.
Dinita L. James, Esq.
Gonzalez Law, LLC
Dinita L. James of Gonzalez Law, LLC, has been litigating complex matters in state and federal court for nearly 30 years, including large employment discrimination class actions and wage and hour collective actions. She also represents employers in defense of individual cases arising under antidiscrimination, whistleblower protection, and antiretaliation laws and in enforcement of noncompetition and other restrictive covenants. Notably, Ms. James’ experience also includes antitrust, environmental, real estate, and disputes involving contracts of all kinds. She draws from her broad litigation experience in providing advice and counsel to businesses of all sizes regarding employment and other legal compliance matters. Ms. James regularly speaks on topics concerning immigration for Arizona employers, employment discrimination, FMLA compliance and employee leave challenges, and maximizing in-house/outside counsel relationships.
Ms. James has held an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 2001 and has been on the Best Lawyers® list in Labor and Employment Law since 2013. She also has been selected for inclusion on the Southwest Super Lawyers® list and was named one of “Florida’s Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine. She is a former newspaper journalist and has edited Arizona Employment Law Letter since 2010. She is an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association panel for employment, commercial and consumer cases. She is a Morehead-Cain scholar who earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism and her law degree with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Joanna Kim-Brunetti, Esq.
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel
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 over 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.
David L. Johnson, Esq.
Practice Group Leader, Labor and Employment Group
Butler Snow LLP
David L. Johnson is a member of Butler Snow’s Labor and Employment Group, Appellate and Written Advocacy Group, and Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on business and employment litigation, noncompete and trade secret litigation, as well as employment compliance, counseling, and training. Mr. Johnson regularly speaks on employment-related topics including covenants not to compete, noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements, and workplace harassment.
Peter D. Lowe, Esq.
Brann & Isaacson
Peter D. Lowe is a partner with Brann & Isaacson in Lewiston, Maine, who provides advice and counsel to clients on labor and employment law and education law. He serves as lead labor counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine, including L.L. Bean, Inc. In this role, he advises clients on personnel practices and employee relations matters, including discrimination and harassment issues, layoffs and plant closures, union grievances and collective bargaining, disability and religious accommodation issues, conducting and supervising internal investigations, coordinating state and federal leave laws, and negotiating and drafting employment contracts and separation agreements. He also represents public school districts and municipalities throughout Maine. Before settling in Maine, Mr. Lowe worked for law firms in London, Seattle and Washington, D.C. He has spoken and written extensively on workplace marijuana and drug issues, after Maine legalized medical marijuana in 2008.
Kevin C. McCormick, Esq.
Senior Member, Labor & Employment Section
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston
Kevin C. McCormick, senior member 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.
Jacob M. Monty, Esq.
Founding and Managing Partner
Monty & Ramirez LLP
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, Esq.
DiMuro Ginsberg, PC
Jonathan R. Mook, a partner with DiMuro Ginsberg, is a nationally recognized authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the author of two treatises published by Matthew Bender Company, “Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations” and “Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities.” Mr. Mook lectures nationally on the ADA and other employment law topics. He represents employers and businesses on matters relating to employment law, business torts, and business disputes. 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 a regular contributor to several legal publications, including Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin.
Daniel Nelson, Esq., 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.
Anthropologist & Conflict Resolution Expert
Founder, Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc.
Jeremy Pollack, the founder of Pollack Peacebuilding Systems Inc., is an anthropologist and conflict resolution expert based out of Silicon Valley with peacebuilding specialists around the country. As a scientist, Mr. Pollack studies how individuals construct social identities and how those identities impact conflict and cooperation. In the process of applied conflict management and peacebuilding, he helps transform relationships by implementing on-the-ground interventions for companies experiencing internal conflict. With a focus on psychology, social dynamics, and peacebuilding methodologies, Mr. Pollack helps individuals and organizations resolve interpersonal and intergroup conflicts.
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.
Kara E. Shea, Esq.
Butler Snow LLP
Kara E. Shea, a partner with Butler Snow LLP, 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.
Todd Snapp is the president of Stridepoint LLC. He and his team have led the charge against Social Engineering and have developed key programs and systems to help organizations defend themselves. He was instrumental in performing ethical social engineering attacks on some of the largest companies in the United States, including government and Fortune 500. The attacks yielded unprecedented access to the organization’s sensitive and highly secured data using only the telephone, email, and facility visits. Having had over 20 years of experience educating contact centers and managing large global networks, he has insight into the marriage between technical and non-technical security. A self-proclaimed “ethical con man,” he has made it his career goal to enlighten the corporate and government worlds to the serious threat posed by low-tech hackers and has been a presenter and keynote speaker at numerous events.
Patricia Wise, Esq.
Partner & Member of EEOC Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment
Spengler Nathanson P.L.L.
Patricia (Patty) A. Wise, a partner with Spengler Nathanson P.L.L. and member of the EEOC Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment, practices in labor and employment law and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in that area. She recently testified before the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues at their hearing, “Beyond the Headlines: Combating Service Sector Sexual Harassment in the Age of #MeToo” and before the California Legislature’s Joint Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response. Ms. Wise served as a representative of the Ohio State Bar Association to develop an Ohio Judicial College training program requested by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to address the issue of harassment.
Ms. Wise was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers in the Class of 2018. Former EEOC Chair Jenny Yang appointed her as one of 16 members of the EEOC Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment, and she is a mediator for the EEOC.
Ms. Wise has trained, provided webinars, and spoken before thousands in all areas of employment law. She is on the faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been an adjunct or visiting professor at the University of Toledo College of Law since 1999. She has written several books and numerous articles on employment law matters. She was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and interviewed on NPR regarding sexual harassment in the workplace.
Cathleen S. Yonahara, Esq.
Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP
Cathleen S. Yonahara, Esq., 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. Cathleen 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. Cathleen also represents clients in commercial business disputes.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Yonahara also provides 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.
Ms. Yonahara serves as the Assistant Editor to the California Employment Law Letter, a semimonthly newsletter focused on current labor employment cases in California, and a contributing author to 50 Employment Laws in 50 States. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on all aspects of the employment relationship.