CELU 2017’s esteemed roster of presenters will be announced soon!

ayers-lindsay Lindsay A. Ayers, Esq.

Partner, Orange County

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Lindsay A. Ayers advises and defends California businesses in labor, employment, and general business matters. She is an experienced trial attorney and has represented clients in matters involving employment, unfair competition, fiduciary duty, breach of contract, negligence, unjust enrichment, securities, and fraud. She also has experience representing clients in government regulatory actions involving the EEOC, DFEH, and SEC, among others. Ayers has practiced in federal and state courts throughout California.

darling-jenniferJennifer Darling, Esq.

Associate, Employment Practice Group Nossaman LLP

Jennifer Darling has substantial experience representing public and private employers in a wide array of employment and labor relations matters ranging from single plaintiff lawsuits to wage and hour class actions. Darling represents clients in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration. Common claims include discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and violations of the California Labor Code, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. She also provides antiharassment and other training to supervisors, managers, and employees.

Joan S. Farrell, JD

Senior Legal Editor


Joan S. Farrell, JD, is a Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Farrell writes extensively on the topics of workplace discrimination, unlawful harassment, retaliation, and reasonable accommodation. She is the editor of the ADA compliance manual—ADA Compliance: Practical Solutions for HR. Before coming to BLR, Ms. Farrell worked as in-house counsel for a multistate employer where she represented management in administrative matters and provided counseling on employment practices.

Michelle Lee Flores, Esq.


Cozen O’Connor

Michelle Lee Flores focuses her practice on all aspects of employment litigation, including jury and bench trials, arbitration, mediation, and prelitigation negotiations involving sex, race, religion, age and disability harassment and discrimination, wage and hour violations, including class actions, and wrongful termination. She also advises clients on employment compliance, internal investigations, discipline, terminations, reductions in force, and wage and hour matters. She is an advisory board contributor to the California Employment Law Letter/HRhero, and was most recently named a 2016 California Super Lawyer.

gray-veronicaVeronica Gray, Esq.

Partner & Employment Practice Group Chair

Nossaman LLP

Veronica M. Gray is a prominent trial attorney with 4 decades of experience litigating and negotiating employment issues for her clients. Gray provides counseling, advice, and litigation services to private and public companies and public entities in a broad array of employment and labor related matters. She has taken on leadership roles in many professional and philanthropic organizations on a local and international level with a focus on microenterprise and children’s education. Gray is also a passionate photographer and has donated her photography to many nonprofits to support their fund-raising efforts.

jacobs-markMark Jacobs, Esq.


Fisher Phillips LLP

Mark Jacobs focuses on defending employment-related lawsuits and administrative complaints on a variety of issues, including harassment, retaliation, and discrimination. He represents employers in both state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). He regularly conducts in-house management seminars and training sessions for executives, supervisors, managers, and Human Resources professionals in all aspects of labor and employment law.

jacuzzi-marcMarc Jacuzzi, Esq.


Attorney Simpson, Garrity, Innes, & Jacuzzi, P.C. Marc Jacuzzi has represented numerous employers as defendants in civil rights actions, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and other state discrimination statutes. He has also represented clients in trade secret misappropriation claims, wage claims, wrongful termination claims, unfair business practices claims, noncompetition claims, contract disputes, and various tort claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jacuzzi’s practice also involves employment law counseling, and he regularly advises clients regarding all aspects of the employer/employee relationship.

Danielle Moore, Esq.


Fisher Phillips LLP

Danielle Moore represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and wage-hour class action lawsuits, as well as employment handbook and personnel policy preparation, and general preventive advice, including hiring, discipline, and termination practices. Moore has experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, state administrative tribunals, and in arbitration. She also regularly conducts management training and lectures on employment issues and teaches an employment law course at San Diego State University.

Mark Schickman, Esq.


Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP

Mark Schickman 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 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. He is also the editor of the California Employment Law Letter.

Ryan D. Wheeler, Esq.


Fisher Phillips LLP

Ryan Wheeler’s practice includes counseling and defending employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Specifically, he regularly counsels employers on compliance with and implementation of federal and state leave of absence laws, including the California Family Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Pregnancy Disability Leave, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

wulffson-toddTodd R. Wulffson, Esq.

Managing Partner, Orange County

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Todd R. Wulffson has focused his practice on counseling and defending businesses in labor and employment matters for over 25 years. In addition to private practice, from 2006 to 2010, he served as General Counsel and SVP of Human Resources to Palace Entertainment, overseeing the SEC filings and legal and human resources issues for a company with over 12,000 employees at 40 locations in 11 states. Wulffson currently assists clients ranging from local sole proprietorships to large, multinational corporations. He has considerable experience representing employers in the entertainment, manufacturing, banking, hospitality, financial services, and retail industries.

yonahara-cathleenCathleen Yonahara, Esq.


Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP

Cathleen Yonahara represents and advises clients in all areas of labor and employment law, including Title VII, the ADA, ADEA, FEHA, FMLA, CFRA, and the California Labor Code. She appears in state and federal court and before government agencies, including the EEOC, DFEH, the California Labor Commissioner, and other agencies. She counsels clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment, severance, and confidentiality agreements; independent contractor agreements; personnel policies; employee handbooks; and internal investigations. She is the assistant editor of the California Employment Law Letter.