2019 Los Angeles Legal Education Conference | June 20, 2019


Gordon & Rees attorneys and distinguished guest speakers will present stimulating and timely legal education on Thursday, June 20. This half-day symposium, intended to benefit employers, HR professionals, general counsel and claims attorneys, will address cutting-edge trends, new case law and recent landmark verdicts impacting businesses.


Attendees will earn up to 4.0 California CLE credits and HRCI credits, provided free of charge. The conference program includes a light breakfast and lunch with our keynote speaker, Professor Catherine A. Sanderson.

Keynote Speaker

Catherine A. Sanderson, PhD
Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology)

Catherine A. Sanderson, PhD



Joelle Underwood

Thursday, June 20, 2019
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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


Catherine A. Sanderson, PhD
Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology)

Catherine A. Sanderson, PhD


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 “Hot Button” Issues evolving in employment law in 2019 and recap the biggest changes in employment law in 2018. 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.

Debra Ellwood Meppen / Partner, GRSM 
Gina Haggerty Lindell / Partner, GRSM 
Gayle Wilder / Senior Claim Counsel, Travelers
Orly Nosrati / Senior Global Management Liability Claims, Markel

10:25 AM - 11:25 AM

During this panel presentation, we will discuss how the #metoo movement has not only created but continues to influence far-reaching and permanent change for employers in the conduct of their business, but also for lawyers and employers finding themselves in litigation concerning sexual harassment or gender discrimination in the workplace. Our speakers will survey changes in the law and impacts in the courtroom now that the initial #metoo wave has receded.

Laurie DeYoung / Partner, GRSM 
Dina Glucksman / Partner, GRSM
Jim McMullen / Partner, GRSM

11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

This talk presents both surprising and not-so-surprising information on the science behind happiness. What role do money, marriage, friends, children, weather, age, and social media play in making us feel happier? Is happiness stable over time? How can happiness be increased? Dr. Catherine Sanderson will describe cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology on the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, and provide participants with practical (and relatively easy!) ways to increase their own psychological well-being.

Catherine A. Sanderson is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to four college textbooks, middle school and high school health textbooks, and a trade book on parenting. Her latest trade book, The Positive Shift, examines how mindset influences happiness, health, and even how long we live. In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Drawing on the combined 60+ years of experience and observations of a highly accomplished mediator and a seasoned litigator, this session explores creative and effective ways to achieve favorable outcomes and resolutions in legal disputes short of full-blown litigation. 

Dion Cominos / Firm Managing Partner, GRSM
Judge Michael Marcus, ADR Services

2:00 PM - 3:00 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.     

Stacey Cooper / Partner, GRSM
Travis Jang Busby / Partner, GRSM
Brandon Saxon / Partner, GRSM
Linh T. Hua / Partner, GRSM