37th Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium

 Program Information

In one day, this Symposium will provide invaluable practical information and insights concerning topics of vital importance to professionals who work in, or whose work brings them in contact with, the field of labor and employment law.

8:20–9:50 AM
2016 Year in Review: On the Precipice of Change

Labor and employment law continued to show significant developments over the past year and promises to demonstrate considerable change in the years to come. Join our seasoned practitioners in a lively discussion of the past year's notable cases and legislative amendments affecting the practice.
Scott R. Ames, Law Offices of Scott R. Ames
Emilio G. Gonzalez, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Jason C. Marsili, Posner & Rosen LLP

10:00–11:00 AM
Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Law

This panel will focus on recent and often times complicated developments in wage and hour law. Our experts will address new developments in PAGA litigation, including PAGA settlements and procedural issues; various paid time off and minimum wage ordinances throughout California; the latest cases involving arbitration agreements; and other hot topics impacting the wage and hour law practitioner.
Eric Kingsley, Kingsley & Kingsley
Barbara Fitzgerald, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Hon. Michael Marcus (Ret.), Marcus Mediation


The 50 Cases You Need to Know to Obtain and Oppose Summary Judgment

Learn the top 50 cases you need to know in preparing and opposing motions for summary adjudication and/or summary judgment in major areas of employment law, including claims of harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, age, disability and claims of retaliation.
Hon. Jeffrey K. Winikow (Ret.), Winikow Mediation
Jesse A. Cripps, Gibson Dunn
María G. Díaz, Allred Maroko Goldberg

11:15–12:15 AM
Seven Deadly Sins of Disability Accommodation Law
(0.5 hrs Elimination of Bias credit)

Disability accommodation requests and claims are exploding. Our panel of experts will discuss the seven areas most likely to generate a failure to accommodate lawsuit, including the overuse of leaves of absence as a reasonable accommodation; protections for employees who are associated with a person with disabilities or perceived as disabled; the intersection of workers’ compensation, FMLA and disability law; and problems arising from third party administration of leaves of absence.
Douglas N. Silverstein, Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob
Yesenia M. Gallegos, Fox Rothschild LLP
Natasha R. Chesler, Chesler McCaffrey LLP

12:15–1:30 PM Luncheon

Keynote Speaker:
Mia Frances Yamamoto, Criminal
Defense Lawyer and Trans Advocate

1:35–2:35 PM
California’s Fair Pay Act: Breathing New Life into an Old Statute
(0.5 hrs Elimination of Bias credit)

Everyone’s talking about equal pay. This panel will give you the tools you need to represent your clients effectively, whether they are plaintiffs or defendants. Learn about recent changes to the statute and enforcement trends; open questions in the shifting legal landscape; case selection, litigation, and settlement strategies; and best practices for employers.
Nancy Abell, Paul Hastings LLP
Lori Andrus, Andrus Anderson LLP
Doris Ng, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement

2:45–3:45 PM
Litigation CSI: Electronic Evidence

Technology—computers, emails, social networks, text messages—can be a valuable source of evidence in an employment lawsuit. But discovering such evidence and getting it admitted in motion practice or at trial can present challenges, as the law is still evolving. With the help of a forensics expert, our panelists will explain how to navigate this emerging area.
Elizabeth T. Arce, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Renuka V. Jain, Law Offices of Renuka V. Jain
Thomas G. Mackey, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Samuel Rubin, Stroz Friedberg


The National Labor Relations Board: Preemption, Employer Rules, and Changes under the New Administration

Employment lawyers can find themselves embroiled in traditional labor law issues unknowingly or unintentionally. This panel will discuss creative ways to bring traditional labor cases under California law without running afoul of the federal scheme governing labor-management relations. Panelists will address the topics of preemption and workplace rights without remedy beyond the NLRB in addition to exploring areas of potential change in Board law under the new administration.
Lisa Demidovich, Bush Gottlieb
Matt Wakefield, Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP
Nathan Seidman, National Labor Relations Board, Region 21 – Los Angeles

4:00–5:15 PM Investigations for Advocates (0.5 hrs Ethics credit)
A workplace investigations expert, in-house employment counsel, and a litigator share their insight and knowledge about how to use workplace investigations effectively in settlement, litigation and trial. Learn what they know about the landmines, pitfalls, and ethical challenges that investigations present.
Sue Ann Van Dermyden, Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation
Victor L. George, Law Offices of Victor L. George
Caroline Elkin, Activision Blizzard

5:15–6:30 PM Hosted Cocktail Reception

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Date and Times:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Breakfast/Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Program: 8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Cocktail Reception: 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

CLE Hours: 7.5 CLE hours (includes .5 hrs of Legal Ethics and 1.0 hr of Elimination of Bias)

Written course materials will be distributed via e-mail prior to the program. Please make sure we have your correct e-mail address at the time of registration.


CLE+ Members


Labor & Employment Section Member


LACBA Members


All Others


Government or NPO Attorney


CA State Bar Labor & Employment Members


AWI Members (Assoc of Workplace Investigators)


Law Students



3/8/2017 8:15 AM - 5:15 PM
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles 506 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles
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