2018 Los Angeles Legal Education Conference | June 28, 2018


Gordon & Rees attorneys and distinguished guest speakers will present stimulating and timely legal education on Thursday, June 28.  The speakers at our half-day symposium will address recent Employment Hot Button issues; the Meaning of the #MeToo Movement to Your Organization; and Class Action Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them. Our distinguished panelists will also discuss Four Distinct Issues Employers Need to Know and How to Handle “Tag Along” Tort Claims Associated with Employment Claims.  Attendees will earn up to 5.0 California CLE and CE credits.


Registration & Breakfast
The half-day of programs, light breakfast, lunch, and CE/CLE credit will be offered at no cost to our valued clients and guests.


Joelle Underwood

Thursday, June 28, 2018
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Millennium Biltmore
506 S Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Conference Program

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

During this panel presentation, we will discuss our Top Five Rules to avoid employer liability. Our speakers will provide cutting edge advice so that well-informed employment decisions can be made to avoid the expense and uncertainty of litigation. We will also address new litigation trends identified in employment law and provide insightful advice on how to develop best practices to avoid liability.      

Laurie DeYoung / Senior Counsel, GRSM
Dina Glucksman / Partner, GRSM 
Gina Haggerty Lindell / Partner, GRSM
Jim McMullen / Partner, GRSM
David Rocklin / Assistant Vice President, Supervisor North American Financial Lines, Chubb

10:25 AM - 11:25 AM

This panel will provide practical advice to in house counsel, claims representatives and general counsel on navigating sexual harassment claims, from inception to resolution. Speakers will share real life litigation, trial, and settlement secrets, war stories, and detailed advice on best practices.

Mike Bruno / Partner, GRSM
Jeff Krivis / Mediator
Gig Kyriacou / Mediator
Debra Ellwood Meppen / Partner, GRSM

11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

This course will examine a common tactic by Plaintiff’s counsel in employment lawsuits—namely the inclusion of additional “tag along” torts which, although typically arising within the workplace setting, are separate and distinct from the employment claims themselves. Such claims can also carry additional/enhanced measures of damages and may trigger additional insurance policies. Participants in the program will learn about these increasingly-used techniques, how best to prevent them, and defending against them in court.

Dion Cominos / Partner, GRSM
Linda Moroney / Partner, GRSM 

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Over the last several years, the landscape of the class action practice area has seen a lot of movement and volatility with a split of opinions on issues in both state and federal courts. Speakers will discuss the most controversial issues which have drawn the attention of employment law practitioners and have caused some strife for California employers.                 

Linh Hua / Senior Counsel, GRSM
Travis Jang Busby / Senior Counsel, GRSM  
Brandon Saxon / Partner, GRSM 
Robert Wilson / Partner, GRSM 


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This panel will address significant regulatory/statutory and societal changes over the past year and how these changes impact business, the legal profession, your families and the nation. Join us as we discuss the new tax law, employee benefits, immigration, the opioid epidemic and the legalization of marijuana.

Jennifer Ghozland / Partner, GRSM
Barry Klein / Partner, GRSM 
Brenda Radmacher / Partner, GRSM
Peter Schwartz / Partner, GRSM 
Tiffany Woods / Senior Counsel, GRSM