Los Angeles Legal Education Conference | June 29, 2016


Gordon & Rees presented a half-day symposium covering important developments and trends in Employment Law at the downtown Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore on June 29, 2016. The content of this program was specifically tailored for in-house general counsel, human resource professions, insurance brokers and claims adjusters. Our top attorneys addressed hot button employment issues, discussed trends in wage and hour litigation, and disclosed top trial strategies. California CLE and CE credits were offered.


The programs, lunch and valet parking are offered at no cost to our valued clients and guests.


Heather Shearer


Joelle Underwood


Wednesday June 29, 2016

506 South Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Conference Programs

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Our panelists will provide information and guidance on the five biggest “hot button” employment issues facing employers and claims representatives in 2016.  We will discuss our Top Five Rules to avoid employer liability and also address new litigation trends in employment law with insightful advice on how to develop best practices to avoid liability.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Fair/Equal pay laws;
  • LGBT issues in the workplace;
  • Politics in the workplace;
  • Physical and electronic ADA accessibility;
  • Background checks and the hiring process.

Debra Ellwood Meppen / Partner, GRSM
Gina Haggerty Lindell / Partner, GRSM
Alexis Amber / Senior Counsel, GRSM
Jim McMullen
 / Partner, GRSM
Lisa Garner / Partner, GRSM

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM

Class action wage and hour litigation is on the rise. Our program will address an overview of the class action landscape, as well as discuss resolution and preventative strategies to avoid employer liability.  Current California trends and cutting-edge advice on how to develop best practices to avoid liability will also be discussed.  Our panelists will cover:

  • Rise of PAGA representative actions
  • Wage & hour technicalities under the Labor Code
  • Internal resolution strategies
  • Litigation strategies
  • Best practices in class action arbitration

Brandon Saxon / Partner, GRSM
Dina Glucksman / Senior Counsel, GRSM
Linh Hua / Associate, GRSM
Sat Sang Khalsa / Associate, GRSM
Stephanie Alexander / Partner, GRSM

12:20 PM - 1:30 PM

During lunch, our top employment trial attorneys will share their best advice about pre-trial, discovery, settlement and trial tactics that change the dynamics of how cases are tried and how they are won.  These trial “gurus” will share valuable lessons learned on the trial “battlefield,” and provide the audience with a realistic perspective on the complexities of taking a case to trial, the challenges of jury selection, and working with opposing counsel.  Included  will be discussion on:

  • Key trial preparation intended to “one up” your opponent
  • Choosing your best jury
  • Telling the right story – effectively
  • How to connect with your jury
  • Creating magic in opening and closing remarks
  • Impact of budget cuts
  • Lessons learned when you don’t win

Peter Schwartz / Partner, GRSM
Christopher Cato / Partner, GRSM
Asim Desai / Partner, GRSM
Stephen Ronk / Partner, GRSM