Your CELU Faculty
Callan Carter is a partner in the San Francisco office of Fisher & Phillips LLP and a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group. Ms. Carter has practiced employee benefits law since 1997, advising clients on plan design, drafting, implementation and termination of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, fringe benefit programs, and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements. She advises clients on complex application of qualified and welfare plan non-discrimination rules, IRS and DOL correction programs, prohibited transactions, fiduciary issues, determination letters, controlled group determinations, and benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions.
Allison Dibley is an associate at Nossaman LLP, she is a litigator focusing on complex litigation matters. She has 15 years of experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, representing clients in antitrust litigation, contract disputes, intellectual property disputes (trademark and copyright infringement matters), and healthcare matters. Ms. Dibley also specializes in California employment law, and has represented her employer clients in all areas of employment litigation including discrimination, retaliation and harassment lawsuits, claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, wage and hour class action litigation, and labor arbitration hearings.
Patricia Eyres is the managing partner of Eyres Law Group, LLP, a specialized law practice focusing exclusively on helping employers in the areas of labor, employment and education law. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, school districts and public agencies. In addition to guiding employers through the maze of risks associated with workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, she is an expert on return-to-work, reasonable accommodation and leave of absence compliance.
Mary E. Farrell, founder of the Farrell Law Group, is a litigator with substantial experience and expertise in representing employers of all sizes. Mary and her team have successfully defended several wage & hour class action lawsuits as well as individual claims. She works closely with clients to develop credible litigation avoidance strategies in high-risk employment disputes as well as every day personnel challenges. Mary has experience handling individual harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims, contract & tort-based employment litigation, whistleblower actions, unfair competition & trade secret litigation as well as class action wage & hour claims.
Dan Forman is a partner of the Los Angles office of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP. Jury and bench trial experiences shape Dan M. Forman’s strategies when defending California employers against employee claims in any forum. Forman’s knowledge expands beyond traditional employment law to the developing field of trade secret litigation where he has successfully prosecuted and defended complicated cases. Forman’s vast litigation experience also allows him to adeptly utilize alternative dispute resolution techniques to achieve efficient and expedited results in cases with high financial exposure.
Grace Horoupian is a partner in the Fisher & Phillips LLP Irvine office. Her practice is focused on representing employers in a variety of employment cases, including claims for civil rights violations, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour claims, ADA and ADEA violations, unfair business practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, and class action disputes. Grace represents employers in both state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Marc Jacuzzi is a partner at the law firm of Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi, PC, in South San Francisco, California. Jacuzzi has broad experience in employment law matters. He has represented numerous employers as defendants in civil rights actions, trade secret misappropriation claims, wage claims, wrongful termination claims, unfair business practices claims, contract disputes, and various tort claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, various other state agencies, and in various state and federal courts.
Ron Keimach, a principal and the West Region Reward Practice Leader for Hay Group, has a progressive and versatile track record in human resources, finance, and marketing. A reward and training expert, he has helped implement organization design, job measurement, compensation planning, incentive, and cultural change initiatives in public sector organizations, in the technology sector, and in health care, retail, manufacturing, and financial services. Keimach’s toolkit includes solutions in organization design, program communication, compensation planning and implementation (base, variable, and total remuneration), job evaluation, and compensation and benefits survey analysis.
Kristine Kwong is a partner at the Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment counseling, litigation, transactions, executive compensation and executive mobility matters. In particular, Ms. Kwong advises and counsels clients on a wide range of business and employment issues, including wage and hour matters, non-compete and restrictive covenant agreements, executive compensation packages, the full range of disciplinary matters, discrimination, harassment and leaves of absences, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL), the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). She has defended class action lawsuits in wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims.
Myron “Mike” D. Moye specializes in litigation and counseling related to employment and labor law. He represents employers in disputes in state and federal court, arbitrations, administrative hearings and before government agencies. In addition, he provides preventive advice and training to employers on a variety of employment law issues, including union organizing activity and collective bargaining. Mike works with private clients ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Mike’s clients include public employers and nonprofit organizations.
Mark Schickman is a partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP in San Francisco. He concentrates on employment and labor law, litigating every type of employment matter and providing advice in avoiding liability for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, union-related charges, and all other aspects of the employment relationship. He has served as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as governor of the State Bar of California and is currently on the American Bar Association Board of Governors -– posts that keep him focused on the entire employment law landscape in California and nationwide. He is a member of the blue ribbon American Arbitration Association employment arbitration panel. He also is a widely known and quoted analyst on the broad range of cutting-edge labor and employment issues.
Mary L. Topliff of the Law Offices of Mary L. Topliff in San Francisco, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, has advised human resources professionals in all aspects of employment law with a focus on preventing costly litigation for over 20 years. She frequently conducts workplace investigations and helps employers deal with the aftermath of workplace disputes through mediation and problem-solving strategies. She also serves as a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Dr. B. Lynn Ware is President and CEO of Integral Talent Systems, Inc., a technology enabled global talent management consulting firm based in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Ware is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who has practiced for over twenty five years. She is a recognized thought leader in talent management, and particulary in employee retention and engagement, leads innovative research teams and has personally provided expert advice and proven solutions to 150 of the Fortune 1000. Dr. Ware is frequently quoted in industry publications and has also been featured on CNN.