Labor & Employment

35th Annual National CLE & Ski Conference



Program Agenda:

Labor and Employment Law

January 3-7, 2018, Marriott Vail Mountain Resort & Spa

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 3, 2018

3:00 – 7:00 p.m.                     


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.                    

2017 Year in Review— Key Employment Law Decisions
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

5:30- 6:30 p.m.                     

Workplace Investigations: Overcoming Difficult Issues

Elizabeth Rooney Rita, Investigations Law Group, LLC, Denver, CO
Julie Moore, Employment Practices Group, Wellesley, MA
Sue Ann Van Dermyden, Van Dermyden Maddux, Sacramento, CA

Moderated by Jeffrey D. Patton, Spilman,Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Thursday, January 4, 2018

7:00 – 7:45 a.m.                

Sexual Orientation and Gender Discrimination: The Evolving Landscape

Gail Golman Holtzman, Jackson Lewis P.C., Tampa, FL
Timothy J. Long, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Sacramento, CA
Jennifer Schwartz, Outten & Golden LLP, San Francisco, CA

7:45 – 8:30 a.m.                  

The Most Pressing Issues Facing In-House Counsel
Caryl Flannery, Staff Vice President, Human Resources, Centene Corporation, St. Louis, MO                                   
Wayne J. Paschke, Staff Counsel, Labor and Employment, Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, NJ
Bryan Brum, Attorney, Legal Department, United Parcel Service, Atlanta, GA
Eric W. Iskra, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC,  Charleston, WV

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                   

The Trump Administration’s Impact on Benefits: The Statutory and Regulatory Landscape

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

4:30- 6:30 p.m.                  

Plenary Session – 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 5, 2018

7:00 – 7:30 a.m.              

The Opioid Epidemic: The Interactive Process and Accommodations in the Workplace 

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: The Most Common Litigated Issues

Arnold H. Pedowitz, Pedowitz & Meister LLP, New York, NY 
Gary Eidelman, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Baltimore, MD   

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.               

Class and Collective Actions: 2017 Updates and Best in “Class” Strategies on Prosecuting and Defending Class and Collective Claims
John M. Husband, Holland & Hart LLP  
Adam T. Klein, Outten & Golden LLP, New York, NY  
Moderated by Michael P. (Mike) Royal, Littler Mendelson, Dallas, TX       

Bonus Session*
Friday, January 5, 2018
3:20 – 4:20 p.m.

CTE: What It Means for Civil and Criminal Litigation 

  • CTE — What It Is and What It Does to Functioning and Behavior
    • Is It More than a Sports Injury Issue?
  • Detecting CTE — Neurology, Neuropathology, Neuroimaging, Neuropsychology, Biomarkers
  • CTE in Litigation
    • Its Role and Potential Role in Civil and Criminal Litigation
    • Admissibility Issues
  • The Future of CTE in Litigation — A Disorder Along the Concussion Spectrum?
    Larry J. Cohen, 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
Orin Kurtz, Gardy  & Notis, LLP, New York NY

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.               

Tips from Neutrals: A “Decision Tree” Analysis to Resolving Claims

Daniel M. Klein, Klein Dispute Resolution, Atlanta, GA
Louis B. Kushner, Rothman Gordon, Pittsburgh, PA

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.                

Navigating Landmines During Workplace Investigations

Barry D. Roseman, McNamara Roseman & Kazmierski LLP, Denver, CO
Mark Mallery, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, New Orleans, LA                                         

6:00- 6:30 p.m.                

Is Your Settlement Agreement Enforceable? Key Concerns in Enforcing Settlement Provisions

Zoë Tellman, Dickson Geesman LLP, San Francisco, CA     
Sean Gallagher, Polsinelli PC, Denver, CO                                                      

Saturday, January 6, 2018

7:00 – 7:30 a.m.               

What We Know About Trump and Immigration: How It Impacts Labor and Employment Lawyers  
Jonathan A. Grode, Green & Spiegel LLC, Philadelphia, PA
Ceridwen (Ceri) KoskiOgletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, Denver, CO

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

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.              

Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

David A. Hughes, Jackson Lewis P.C., Atlanta, GA   
Anne Shaver, Lief Cabraiser Heimann & Bernstein, San Francisco, CA     
Moderated by Mary Smigielski, Lewis Brisbois, Chicago, IL

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.                

The Impact of Technology on the Global Workplace and Labor and Employment Law    

Wendi S. Lazar, Outten & Golden LLP, New York, NY
Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen, CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne, Germany

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.               

The Latest on the Social Media Impact on Labor and Employment Issues    

Daniel M. Combs, Campbell Litigation, P.C., Denver, CO
J. Nelson Thomas, Thomas & Solomon LLP, Rochester, NY

4:30-5:00 p.m.                

Trying Cases to Win: How to Theme Your Employment Case

Laura Schnell, Eisenberg & Schnell LLP, New York, NY
Doug Dexter, Farella Braun + Martel LLP, San Francisco, CA

5:00- 5:45 p.m.                

How to Win Your Case During Jury Selection

Ty Hyderally, Hyderally & Associates PC, Montclair, NJ
Stephen E. Fox, Polsinelli PC, Dallas, TX                                                            

5:45 – 6:30 p.m              

Employment Law Motions in Limine – Observations – What Is Trending or Successful?

Gregory Sato, Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda, LLP, Honolulu, HI  
Honorable Michael J. Watanabe, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Denver, CO

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Plenary Sessions

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.    

The Ethical Boundaries of Adversary Investigations

  • Addressing the Need for Information about Your Adversaries, Including Such in Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Investigative Techniques Generally, and Use of Private Investigators, Specifically  
  • Applicable Law and Rules, Including Rules 4.1 (a), 4.2, 4.3, 4.4(a), 8.4(c), and 5.3 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Potential Penalties and Consequences for Violations
  • Case Analyses and Hypotheticals

Presented by Michael Chiappetta, Senior Legal Editor, Intellectual Property & Technology, Practical Law, New York, NY.  Your speaker will share with you his experiences in the intellectual property practice area along with how such ethical considerations may apply in other practice areas and other practice area examples

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.    
Ethical Considerations Regarding Collection and Admission of Social Media Evidence

What was once a thought or a spoken word is now memorialized as tangible evidence. A running journal of an individual’s activities, thoughts, and movements is a potential treasure trove of evidence not to be ignored. Improper collection can lead to spoliation and/or preclusion of evidence.  Gregory MacFarlane, JD, E-Discovery Specialist, Thomson Reuters/Pangea3, New York, NY will discuss the case law (state & federal), FRCP, Rules of Evidence (801, 901, & 902), ABA Model Rules (401 & 804), and bar opinions surrounding preservation of evidence, best practices for collection, rules of evidence and how to lay a proper for admission of this evidence.  These winning strategies will lower the cost of litigation and improve work product.

Presented by Gregory MacFarlane, JD, Legal Consultant│E-Discovery Specialist, Thomson Reuters, New York, NY



* Hot topic presentation that we would like everyone to have the opportunity to attend so we are offering it as a bonus session for which attendees will need to individually submit for CLE credit should they wish CLE credit for attending, and that we are happy to answer questions regarding such.

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