Labor & Employment

36th Annual National CLE & Ski Conference

January 2-6, 2019

The Westin Snowmass Resort, 100 Elbert Lane, Snowmass Village, CO


Program Agenda: Labor and Employment Law


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 40 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 2, 2019


3:00 – 7:00 p.m.



 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The Impactful Employment Law Decisions of 2018

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

Nantiya Ruan, Professor of the Practice of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Of Counsel, Outten & Golden LLP, Denver, CO

Moderated by David Carr, Ice Miller, Indianapolis, IN


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Workplace Transformation Post “#Me Too”

Anne Rooney McCord, Investigations Law Group, LLC, Denver, CO

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

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


Thursday, January 3, 2019


7:00 – 7:45 a.m.

Harassment and Workplace Investigations: A Series of Sticky Issues

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

Stephen E. Fox, Sheppard Mullin, Dallas, TX

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

Moderated by Julie Moore, Employment Practices Group, Wellesley, MA


7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

Creative Approaches to Resolving Difficult Employment Lawsuits

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

Ty Hyderally, Hyderally & Associates PC, Montclair, NJ

Justine B. Laurier, Borden Ladner Gervais, Montreal, Canada

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


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Is the Block Chain the New Benefit Panacea?

Erin M. Sweeney, Miller Chevalier, Washington, DC

Bernard T. King, Blitman & King LLP, Syracuse, NY


4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Plenary Session – Much More Fun with Ethics at the Movies!

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


6:30 p.m.

Wine Reception


Friday, January 4, 2019


7:00 – 7:30 a.m.

The Most Commonly Litigated Issues in FMLA Claims and How to Win 

Glenn A. Duhl, Zangari Cohn Cuthbertson Duhl & Grello P.C., New Hartford, CT

Patrick Solomon, Thomas & Solomon LLP, Rochester, NY


7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Trade Secrets and Non-Competes

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

Gary Eidleman, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Jehr LLP, Baltimore, MD


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Class and Collective Actions: What 2018 Has Taught Us on Strategies in Prosecuting and Defending Class and Collective Claims

John M. Husband, Holland & Hart LLP, Denver, CO

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


3:20 – 4:20 p.m.

Bonus Plenary Session – CTE and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: An Update and a Litigator’s Protocol

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


4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Hot Topics on Wage and Hour Issues

Ellen C. Kearns, Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP, Boston, MA

Anne Shaver, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, San Francisco, CA


5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Lunacy at the Table: Effective Techniques in the Mediation Process

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

Louis B. Kushner, Rothman Gordon, Pittsburgh, PA

Moderated by Al Feliu, New York, NY


5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Religion in the Workplace

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

Caryl Flannery, Staff Vice President, Human Resources, Centene Corporation, St. Louis, MO


6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

The Latest on Issues Dealing with Equal Pay in the Workplace

Zoë DeGeer, Outten & Golden LLP, San Francisco, CA

Michael (Mike) P. Royal, Littler Mendelson, Dallas, TX

Mary A. Smigielski, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Chicago, IL


Saturday, January 5, 2019


7:00 – 7:30 a.m.

What to Do When the ICEman Cometh

Labor and Employment Lawyers

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

Amy Novak, Novak Law Office, Vail, CO


7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Litigating Undue Hardship in Disability Claims

Denise Drake, Polsinelli PC, Kansas City, MO  


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

The Flexible Workplace in the Gig Economy

Jane Greenman, JFG Global HR Solutions, Oceanport, NJ

Dr. Janis Block, CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne, Germany


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

How Social Media Impacts the Workplace

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

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


4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Effective Techniques for Winning (or Opposing) Summary Judgment Motions

Steven Seymour, Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP, Portland, OR

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


5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

Preparing for Trial: Effective Use of Mock Focus Groups to Win Your Case

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

Laura Schnell, Eisenberg & Schnell, LLP, New York, NY

Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel, Senior District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Denver, CO


5:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Voir Dire in Employment Cases: How to Select the Winning Jury

Sean Gallagher, Polsinelli PC, Denver, CO  

Honorable Michael J. Watanabe, Magistrate Judge (ret.) U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Denver, CO


Sunday, January 6, 2019




7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Cyber-Rights and Cyber-Wrongs:  Legal Ethics in a Digital Age

Sherman W. Kahn, Mauriel Kapouytian Woods LLP, New York, NY

Joseph V. DeMarco, DeVore and DeMarco LLP, New York, NY

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