CELU 2017 Speakers

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buchert-sasha Sasha Buchert, Esq.
Staff Attorney and Policy Counsel
Transgender Law CenterSasha Buchert serves as Staff Attorney and Policy Counsel with Transgender Law Center. She has been on the team of several groundbreaking legal cases that have advanced transgender rights and has worked on multiple trans-related bills that have advanced protections in employment law, identity documents, and health care. Before joining Transgender Law Center, she had the honor of working at Basic Rights Oregon and was the first openly trans person to be appointed to an Oregon State Board. Ms. Buchert received her J.D. from Willamette University and is a proud Marine Corps veteran.


carter-callan Callan Carter, Esq.
Special Counsel
Trucker Huss APC

Callan Carter, special counsel at Trucker Huss, has extensive experience in the areas of health and welfare plans, qualified plans and deferred compensation. Today, she focuses her practice primarily on health and welfare plans, cafeteria plans and the effects of healthcare reform. She advises clients on plan design, prepares required documents, and assists in compliance with applicable laws, including ERISA, HIPAA, IRC, USERRA, COBRA and the ACA (as well as state and local requirements). She advises clients on the complex application of non-discrimination rules, prohibited transactions, fiduciary issues, controlled group determinations, and benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions. She also negotiates services contracts on behalf of her clients with insurance companies and other health and welfare plan vendors.


chapman-lisa Lisa Chapman, Esq.
Attorney
Royse Law Firm PC

Lisa Chapman of Royse Law Firm PC is an experienced employment attorney and litigator. In her employment law practice she helps startup and mid-size companies navigate and comply with federal and state employment laws and regulations. This includes laws related to wage and hour requirements, sexual harassment and retaliation, worker classification (independent contractor vs. employee status) and overtime laws, among others. She acts as a sounding board and advise clients as they face critical decisions about their employment practices, such as mass (or “one-off”) termination of employees, compliance with disability laws and regulations, expansion of the workforce, classifying employees as “exempt” from overtime, transitioning “exempt” employees to non-exempt status, creating and enforcing social media policies, classifying workers as employees or independent contractors, and other employment and labor issues. She also provides training in sensitive and problematic areas such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and other equally important employment law related issues critical for ensuring that companies remain compliant with employment (and other) laws, and avoid government investigations and litigation.

In addition, Ms. Chapman provides counsel to senior executives in job transitions, helping them navigate issues relating to stock options, severance packages and providing advice about their obligations under intellectual property and trade secret laws whether they return to the workforce or form a new company of their own. Royse Law Firm has both ERISA and tax counsel who assist her in this type of retention.

Ms. Chapman litigates cases before federal and state courts in California and other states and represent clients in matters before the California Labor Commissioner, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Labor, taxing agencies and other agencies and commissions. Her litigation practice involves both employment and non-employment related matters. She has litigated employment related cases for companies and individuals involving, among other issues, ADA compliance, sexual harassment, improper employee classification, wage and hour claims (including class action claims).

Ms. Chapman’s general (non-employment) civil litigation experience has involved a wide range of issues focused primarily on commercial disputes. This has included, among others, partnership disputes, collection matters, real estate claims, breach of contract and fraud claims.

Finally, Ms. Chapman provides legal counseling relating to compliance with trade secret laws, with an emphasis on helping her clients resolve their differences prior to resorting to litigation.


gallion-michael Michael Gallion, Esq.
Partner
Kelley Drye

Michael Gallion is a partner in Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment practice group, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. For over two decades, he has focused exclusively on representing clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has defended companies in virtually every type of employment dispute, administrative proceeding and regulatory action in venues throughout California and across the country. Maintaining a national practice, Mr. Gallion services clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, retail, entertainment, advertising healthcare and real estate. He has a concentrated skill defending California wage and hour class actions and high-stakes discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases. He also has deep experience handling trade secrets litigation.

Mr. Gallion assists clients comply with the increasingly complex set of laws and regulations governing the workplace and develop preventative measures to reduce claims. Often serving as an extension of clients’ legal and human resources departments, he has helped them navigate the most challenging employment-related scenarios, including large reductions in force, mergers and acquisition due diligence, leave management programs, wage and hour compliance and high-profile investigations and terminations. Whether by providing practical advice, defending a lawsuit aggressively or negotiating a favorable settlement, he is committed to representing the best interests of clients both inside and outside the courtroom.
Mr. Gallion is a long-standing supporter and leader in the LGBT community who devotes significant time and resources to key organizations serving this community, including GLAAD, LAMBDA Legal, Lavender Law and the Human Rights Campaign. Most recently, he served as GLAAD’s outside general counsel, overseeing all of the organization’s legal affairs for the last four years. Prior to transitioning to Kelley Drye, he also served in several administrative roles at his prior firms, including Deputy General Counsel and Hiring Partner.


mcclaren-anthony Anthony McClaren, Esq.
Senior Counsel
ADLI Law Group

Anthony McClaren has joined ADLI Law Group as Senior Counsel. Mr. McClaren’s primary focus at ADLI Law will be litigation, with an emphasis on business and employment matters and issues impacting the transportation industry. Mr. McClaren has spent his entire legal career focusing on business and employment litigation. He began his practice in Sacramento, California, servicing small business clients for his first mentor, Susan Sheridan of Sheridan & Associates Law Corporation. He continued his practice in Sacramento, joining The Mastagni Law Firm and providing labor representation to that firm’s police officer and sheriff association clients.

Mr. McClaren then relocated to Los Angeles in 2010, and continued his labor and employment representation practice with the well-established municipal defense firm of Burke, Williams, & Sorensen, LLP. He thereafter opened his own law practice, The McClaren Law Firm, APC, which focused on representation of small businesses in employment and business litigation, before joining forces with ADLI Law Group.


moore-danielle Danielle Moore, Esq.
Partner
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.”


christopher-scanlan Christopher T. Scanlan, Esq.
Partner
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Chris Scanlan is a partner in the labor and employment practice of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where he is resident in the firm’s San Francisco office. He regularly handles California wage-hour matters, including those involving overtime eligibility, the proper calculation of overtime and piece-rate compensation, break relief, the suitability of wage claims for arbitration, and the application of California law to out-of-state activities. He has appeared before numerous federal and state courts, private and labor arbitrators, and the California Labor Commissioner. He has been an invited speaker and commentator on a variety of workplace legal issues and has received professional recognition as one of the top employment lawyers in California (from the California Daily Journal) and as a “Rising Star” (from the SuperLawyers group).


rebecca-speer Rebecca Speer, Esq.
Founder/Attorney-Investigator
Speer Associates

An attorney-investigator and founder of Speer Associates in San Francisco, Rebecca Speer has conducted hundreds of investigations on behalf of employers across varied industries, with an emphasis on allegations affecting senior management. Ms. Speer regularly works with executive management, in-house counsel, outside law firms, and boards of directors to deliver first-rate investigations services. In addition to conducting investigations, she partners with clients to help them build and sustain world-class investigations teams.
Ms. Speer graduated from Stanford University and the Santa Clara University School of Law. She was associated with the national law firms of Morrison & Foerster and Seyfarth Shaw before establishing Speer Associates. A member of the State Bar of California, she belongs to numerous professional organizations in the areas of law, compliance, human resources, and security.


sterman-karina Karina Sterman, Esq.
Partner
Greenberg Glusker LLP

Karina Sterman is a partner in the Litigation and Employment Law Departments of Greenberg Glusker LLP. A creative and ardent advocate for her clients, Ms. Sterman defends businesses in class action lawsuits as well as in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other lawsuits. She also defends companies in administrative proceedings in front of the EEOC, Department of Labor, California Labor Commissioner and others.

Ms. Sterman has significant experience in “behind the scenes” counseling on wage and hour and other employment law compliance, drafting employment related documents, and participating in business minded employment strategy to avoid litigation and costly long-term mistakes. She regularly performs HR legal audits and build trade secret protection plans for businesses that wish to maximize the value of their investment in their intellectual property.

In addition to being a published author and frequent guest speaker on employment law and intellectual property matters, Ms. Sterman is proud to maintain a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of AV Preeminent. She is also honored to have been recognized by her peers for many years as a Rising Star and then as a Super Lawyer in the Field of Employment Law, as published by LOS ANGELES magazine.


takahashi-brandon Brandon A. Takahashi, Esq.
Head of Labor and Employment
ADLI Law Group

Brandon Takahashi is the head of Labor and Employment at ADLI Law Group. His practice specializes in advice and counseling, and employment litigation in both State and Federal Court, on behalf of private sector and public entity employers. Having handled hundreds of employment matters, Mr. Takahashi utilizes his experience and skills to advise and counsel clients on all manner of employment-related issues, including employee management, discipline and termination, internal investigations, leave management, proper employee classification, and sexual harassment training.

As an experienced litigator, Mr. Takahashi has handled all aspects of litigation, up through and including trial preparation, in numerous cases and claims regarding all types of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, Fair Employment and Housing Act retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, Family Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act violations, and wage and hour claims.

Prior to joining ADLI Law Group, Mr. Takahashi was Senior Associate with the national employment law firm, Jackson Lewis P.C. In this capacity, he focused on employment issues in several areas, including the hospitality, retail, restaurant, banking and commerce, medical and medical device manufacturing, sports, and software programming industries. In his years as an employment litigator, Mr. Takahashi represented, among other clients, the Regents of the University of California in a case of first impression involving interpretation and application of California Government Code section 12940(g) with respect to claims of employer retaliation following alleged reports of suspected patient abuse at medical facilities. He also assisted in the defense of a series of cases throughout California which addressed a split of authority between the Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeal regarding the continued viability of the judicial exhaustion defense for public entities.

Mr. Takahashi was selected to the Lawyers of Color inaugural “Hot List” in 2013, consisting of the top 100 minority attorneys under the age of 40 in the Western Region of the United States. He has also been named a Rising Star by Southern California Super Lawyers, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% attorneys, in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.


yonahara-cathleenCathleen S. Yonahara, Esq.
Partner
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 in 1999. She concentrates her practice on labor and employment law, including Title VII, FEHA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, CFRA, and the California Labor Code. Cathleen has represented clients before federal and state courts, the EEOC, the DFEH, the California Labor Commissioner and other government agencies. Her employment litigation practice includes claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, unfair competition, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract. Ms. Yonahara’s practice also includes counseling clients on all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring to termination. She is an experienced speaker 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.