Labor & Employment

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Program Co-Chairs:

Eric W. Iskra, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Charleston, WV

Arnold H. Pedowitz, Pedowitz & Meister LLP, New York, NY



  • Brush Up on Over 20 Employment Law Topics with More Than 50 Speakers Representing In-house Counsel, Management, Plaintiff and Judicial Perspectives
  • Hear Both the Plaintiff and Defense Side of Important Labor and Employment Issues at ONE Conference
  • Learn and Network with Colleagues in Your Practice Area from Across the U.S.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017


3:00-7:00 p.m.



4:30-5:30 p.m.

Employment Discrimination: 2016 Year in Review

Steven Suflas, Ballard Spahr LLP, Cherry Hill, NJ, and Denver, CO

Nantiya Ruan, Hartje & Reese LP Chair and Professor of the Practice of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO

Moderated by Kelly M. Dermody, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, San Francisco, CA



5:30-6:00 p.m.
Investigating the C-Suite Executive

Elizabeth Rooney Rita, WPi — WorkPlace Intelligence, LLC, Denver, CO

Julie A. Moore, Employment Practices Group, Wellesley, MA

Sue Ann Van Dermyden, Van Dermyden Maddux, Sacramento, CA

Moderated by Jeffrey D. Patton, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Winston-Salem, NC



6:00-6:30 p.m.

A Primer on the False Claims Act

  1. Nelson Thomas, Thomas & Solomon LLP, Rochester, NY

Jeffrey A. Dretler, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Boston, MA



Thursday, January 5, 2017


7:00-8:00 a.m.

Pay Equity on the Cutting Edge: The Latest Developments and Litigation Strategies

David A. Hughes, Jackson Lewis, Atlanta, GA

Timothy J. Long, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Sacramento, CA


8:00-8:30 a.m.
In House Counsel Think Tank — How In-House Counsel Mitigate the Risks of Employment Litigation

Eric W. Iskra, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Charleston, WV

Wayne J. Paschke, Staff Counsel, Labor and Employment, Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, NJ

Jennifer Hays Gorman, ABA Insurance Services, Mayfield Heights, OH


8:30-9:00 a.m.

The Latest ERISA Developments

Erin Sweeney, Miller Chevalier, Washington, DC
Bernard T. King, Blitman & King LLP, Syracuse, NY


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Plenary Session
Cyberliability: Understanding and Preparing for the Risk
A Panel Presentation By:

Erica Gann Kitaev, JD, CIPP/US, Managing Editor, Privacy & Data Security,  Practical Law,  Thomson Reuters
Paul Karlsgodt, Baker Hostetler, Denver, CO
Samantha Levine, Assistant Vice President, Aon Risk Services, Denver, CO


5:30-6:30 p.m.
Plenary Session – 1 Ethics Credit
An Ethical Hour at the Movies

Larry J. Cohen, Ph.D., J.D., Cohen’s Counsel, Bethel, VT


6:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting Reception


Friday, January 6, 2017


7:00-7:30 a.m.

ADA and Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation: How Much is Too Long?

Glenn A. Duhl, Siegel O’Connor O’Donnell & Beck PC, Hartford, CT

Patrick Solomon, Thomas & Solomon LLP, Rochester, NY


7:30-8:00 a.m.

What Happens to the Noncompete Agreement When the Written Contract Ends and Employment Continues?

Marisa Warren, Pedowitz & Meister, LLP, New York, NY

Christina H. Bost Seaton, FisherBroyles, New York, NY


8:00-8:30 a.m.

The Latest on Class and Collective Actions
John M. Husband, Holland & Hart LLP, Denver, CO

Adam T. Klein, Outten & Golden LLP, New York. NY


8:30-9:00 a.m.

The Criminal Conviction Conundrum: Fresh Start or Liability Nightmare?

Arnold H. Pedowitz, Pedowitz & Meister LLP, New York, NY

Gregory M. Sato, Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda, LLP, Honolulu, HI


4:30-5:00 p.m.
Labor Law Developments That Impact Employment Lawyers
Michael P. (Mike) Royal, Littler Mendelson, Dallas, TX


5:00-5:30 p.m.

What Makes for a Good Opening Statement in an Employment Case?

Barry D. Roseman, McNamara Roseman & Kazmierski LLP, Denver, CO

Doug Dexter, Farella Braun + Martel LLP, San Francisco, CA


5:30-6:00 p.m.

How to Best Effectively Utilize Trial Exhibits in Employment Matters
Laura S. Schnell, Eisenberg & Schnell, New York, NY

Mark N. Mallery, Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, New Orleans, LA


6:00-6:30 p.m.

Keeping the Peace: What Can and Should You Put in all Settlement Agreements?

Anna S. Itenberg, Of Counsel, Karp Neu Hanlon, PC, Glenwood Springs, CO

Gail Golman Holtzman, Jackson Lewis PC, Tampa, FL

Bryan Brum, Attorney, Legal Department, United Parcel Service, Atlanta, GA


Saturday, January 7, 2017


7:00-7:30 a.m.

Immigration Consequences of Mergers and Acquisitions

Jonathan A. Grode, Green & Spiegel LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Christopher L. Thomas, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Denver, CO

Moderator: Amy Novak, Novak Law Office, Vail, CO


7:30-8:00 a.m.

Employment Mediation: Do’s and Don’ts

Louis Kushner, Rothman Gordon, Pittsburgh, PA

Daniel M. Klein, Klein Dispute Resolution, Atlanta, GA


8:00-8:30 a.m.

International Employment Issues and the Impact on Your Practice

Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen, CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne, Germany


8:30-9:00 a.m.

Litigating and Defending Retaliation Claims

Daniel M. Combs, Campbell Litigation, P.C., Denver, CO

Jennifer Schwartz, Outten & Golden LLP, San Francisco, CA


4:30-5:00 p.m.
Direct and Cross Examination of Employment Discrimination Witnesses: Strategies and Pitfalls

Ty Hyderally, Hyderally & Associates PC, Montclair, NJ

Sean Gallagher, Polsinelli, Denver, CO

Honorable Michael J. Watanabe, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Denver, CO


5:00-5:30 p.m.

Strategies on Presenting (and Defending Against) Economic Damages in Employment Discrimination Cases

Bernie J. Fuhs, Butzel Long, Detroit, MI

Robert A. Meister, Pedowitz & Meister LLP, New York, NY


5:30-6:00 p.m.

Discovery Objections Under the New Federal Rules
Susan Martin, Martin & Bonnett, PLLC

Stephen Fox, Polsinelli PC, Dallas, TX

Honorable Michael J. Watanabe, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Denver, CO


Sunday, January 8, 2017


7:00-8:00 a.m.
Plenary Session

Evidence, Judicial Holds, and Social Media: How to Advise Your Clients About Their Social Media Use

Jabez LeBret, CMO, Get Noticed Get Found (GNGF), Cincinnati, OH


8:00-9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

Data Security and Your Ethical Responsibilities: Client Data, Discovery Requests, and Wifi … What Are You Responsible for With Your Data?

Jabez LeBret, CMO, Get Noticed Get Found (GNGF), Cincinnati, OH


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