2019 San Francisco Legal Education Conference | October 23, 2019


Gordon & Rees attorneys and distinguished guest speakers will present stimulating and timely legal education on Wednesday, October 23. This symposium will address recent Employment Hot Button issues; an update on the #MeToo movement; Class Action Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them; and an ethics panel covering the overlay between traditional ethical perils and technology. Attendees will earn up to 4.0 California CLE credit, including 1.0 Ethics credit, and HRCI credit.


Registration & Breakfast
The programs, light breakfast, lunch, and CLE/HRCI credits will be offered at no cost to our valued clients and guests.


Joelle Underwood

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Banking Hall, Bently Reserve (Connected to Le Méridien Hotel)
301 Battery Street,
San Francisco, CA 94111

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.

Michael Bruno / Partner, GRSM
Hieu Tran Williams / Partner, GRSM
Marcie Isom Fitzsimmons / Partner, GRSM

10:20 AM - 11:20 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.

Mike Laurenson / Partner, GRSM
Alyson Cabrera / Partner, GRSM
Marie Trimble Holvick / Partner, GRSM

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

This session will delve into the overlay between traditional ethical perils and technology, and provide an insightful exploration of both problems and solutions in this arena. The topics to be covered will include, among others: how the digital age has impacted the ethical obligations of attorneys in competently representing their clients; inadvertent disclosures during e-discovery; obtaining personal information from wearables and other personal devices; the propriety of recording conversations; hazards of utilizing cloud-based sites; dangers from metadata and other embedded phenomena; use of social media - under false pretexts or otherwise - to gather information regarding parties, witnesses and jurors; and ethical boundaries for using electronic means to “spy” on the opposing side.

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


12:55 PM - 2:00 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.

Mollie Burks / Partner, GRSM
Jessica Luke / Partner, GRSM
Sara Moore / Partner, GRSM
Sat Sang Khalsa / Associate, GRSM