2017 Los Angeles Legal Education Conference | June 29, 2017


Gordon & Rees attorneys and distinguished guest speakers will present stimulating and timely legal education on Thursday, June 29.  This half-day symposium will address recent developments in employment law, trends in wage and hour class action litigation, and provide insight into handling consumer class action litigation.  We will also address cutting edge cyber security dangers as well as provide useful techniques and best practices for mediation.  Attendees will be able to earn up to 5.0 California CLE and CE credits.

Registration and 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 29, 2017
8 AM - 3 PM

Millennium Biltmore
506 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Conference Programs

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. A number of Gordon & Rees’s top employment attorneys 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
Anthony Bellone / Partner, GRSM
Jacob Grillot / Partner, GRSM
Dina Glucksman / Senior Counsel, GRSM

10:25 AM - 11:25 AM

A group of our top employment attorneys will provide practical advice on handling an employment claim, from inception to resolution. Speakers will share real life litigation, trial, and settlement secrets, war stories, and detailed advice on best practices.

Peter Schwartz / Partner, GRSM
Jim McMullen / Partner, GRSM
Chris Cato / Partner, GRSM
Erika Shao / Senior Counsel, GRSM
Melissa Manning / Travelers

11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

This course will educate attorneys, risk managers and claims professionals about current challenges in the workplace related to data privacy and security, including computer use policies, safe use of social media, staying current, creating a culture of compliance and other work-related security issues.  The course will also address best practices in mitigating risks of data and security breaches in these topic areas. Speakers will share real life situations from their own experience, as well as lessons learned from published settlements and Resolution Agreements entered between the government and companies suffering breach incidents.

Linda Mullany / Partner, GRSM
Christina Vander Werf / Senior Counsel, GRSM

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

This course will focus on maximizing positive results and driving claim closure through effective use of mediations. Attorneys will learn about the most common and recurring problems that routinely frustrate mediations/scuttle settlements, and how to avoid these pitfalls and achieve a favorable and lasting resolution of their claims.   

Dion Cominos / Managing Partner, GRSM
Judge Alexander Williams / 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.

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