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|2013 Annual Conference Speakers|
Samantha E. Blake is a Director with EXTTI, Incorporated, which provides consulting services on labor and employment matters, including expert testimony, training, workplace investigations, and executive coaching. Prior to EXTTI, Ms. Blake worked for the EEOC in Los Angeles for over six years. While with the EEOC, Ms. Blake served as a Trial Attorney; adjudicated discrimination claims of federal employees as an Administrative Judge; supervised EEOC investigators and staff as an EEOC Enforcement Supervisor; and provided oversight and guidance, as State and Local Coordinator, to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and the Nevada Equal Rights Commission. Ms. Blake also frequently provided outreach and training to various groups, large and small, including public and private employers, human resources and management professionals, law enforcement, attorneys, and employee advocacy groups. Before joining the EEOC in 2001, Ms. Blake was a litigator in the private sector for several years. Ms. Blake received her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. in Philosophy (with honors) and Psychology from the University of Washington.
D. Jan Duffy is the President of Management Practices Group, Inc., a San Francisco, and London based firm that provides skills-based employment law and practices education to management and employees. A former management attorney and advisor, Ms. Dufy also serves as an expert witness in employment cases, including harassment, retaliation and other discrimination litigation, as well as wrongful termination, defamation, privacy and other common law cases. A graduate of Stanford and Case Western Reserve University, until 1997, Ms. Duffy was Professor of Business at California Polytechnic State University, where she taught employment law, government regulation of business and international law to MBA and undergraduate students. She is the author of numerous articles on workplace investigations, privacy, and harassment, discrimination, and retaliation prevention and correction and a frequent lecturer on employment matters. Ms. Duffy currently serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Committee on Technologies. She is past co-chair of the Section’s Committee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities and has co-chaired subcommittees on workplace privacy, employee competition, and class actions. Ms. Duffy is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Debra Fischer is co-chair of Bingham McCutchen's Labor and Employment Practice Group and firm administrative partner. She also is the chair of the firm’s Committee on Associates, a member of the Management Committee and National Pro Bono Committee. Ms. Fischer has practiced employment law for more than 20 years, successfully trying cases in both California state and federal courts. She has experience in arbitrations, and her appellate work consists of briefing and arguing cases in state and federal courts of appeal, including briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court. She has defended clients in a wide variety of employment matters, including sexual harassment and wrongful termination suits; claims of race, sex, disability, pregnancy, age and sexual orientation discrimination; and assault, battery, invasion of privacy, defamation, fraud and false imprisonment allegations. Ms. Fischer advises on trade secret and unfair competition issues that arise when employees change employment. In addition, she defends clients against wage and hour class actions and Section 17200 claims. She is often called upon to handle employment disputes with high-level executives and other highly confidential matters.
Elizabeth Gramigna has practiced labor and employment law since graduating from Rutgers Law School in 1988. After 15 years of employment and labor litigation, during which time she spent several years practicing defense work and then representing plaintiffs, she made a decision to shift the focus of her practice to neutral, independent work. For the past ten years, Ms. Gramigna has conducted independent workplace investigations of employee complaints, provided workplace training on labor and employment issues, and is often retained to mediate employee disputes. Ms. Gramigna has also provided training and instruction for in-house human resource managers on “How to Conduct Workplace Investigations”, and has served as an expert on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants on the issue of what constitutes reasonable sexual harassment policies and investigations in the workplace. Ms. Gramigna is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management, of which she is also a member. She is also an invited member of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI), a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), and serves as a Bencher on the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court, where she previously served as program co-chair. Ms. Gramigna has completed the state training requirements for mediation skills provided by the State of New Jersey, and the forty (40) hour “Mediation Skills for the Workplace” certificate program provided by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) Institute. Ms Gramigna is a also a member of the ABA Labor and Employment Section, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Subsection, Committee on Workplace Investigations (as a neutral), where she has presented on the topic of workplace harassment investigations.
Nikki Hall, a Sustaining Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and Partner in the San Francisco based law firm of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, leads the firm’s investigative practice. Ms. Hall has specialized in employment law since 1996. She started her career as a plaintiff-side employment litigator prior to representing employers. Ms. Hall’s practice is now focused on conducting workplace investigations for public sector employers. She has conducted more than 70 investigations, many involving high-ranking employees, law enforcement officers and elected officials. Ms. Hall’s background as both a plaintiff and management side employment litigator gives her a unique ability to serve as a neutral investigator. Having conducted numerous high-profile public safety investigations, Ms. Hall is well versed in the Public Safety Procedural Bill of Rights and Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. She also regularly leads investigations training statewide and nationally and is co-author of Conducting Effective Personnel Investigations: A Manual for Public Sector Managers (Public Law Group Press, 3rd Edition.)
Justin Kochan is an associate attorney with Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation. Mr. Kochan is an employment attorney, specializing in workplace investigations. He graduated from UC Davis School of Law, and earned an undergraduate degree in Media Studies from UC Berkeley. He decided to pursue a career in law after facilitating a Teach in Prison class with UC Berkeley and San Quentin State Prison. Mr. Kochan is licensed to practice law in the State of California. He is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), and obtained his certificate of completion at the AWI National Institute for Workplace Investigators. He produced the hands-on computer forensics exercises for the 2012 AWI Annual Conference Pre-Conference session, and is doing the same for the 2013 AWI Annual Conference Pre-Conference session.
Deborah Maddux is a founding principal of Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation. She specializes in employment law and human resources management. Her firm heavily focuses on conducting workplace investigations and other neutral work. Ms. Maddux is a licensed California attorney, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a certified EEOC investigator. Drawing upon her extensive background, which includes experience as a litigator, advisor to a State Commission, in-house counsel, and now owner and manager of her own firm, Ms. Maddux has provided employment law services throughout California for nearly two decades. Ms. Maddux is a frequent trainer and speaker. She pioneered the interactive computer forensics Pre-Conference session at the 2012 AWI Annual Conference, and is leading the Pre-Conference session at the 2013 AWI Annual Conference.
Mark Mallery is the Managing Shareholder of the New Orleans office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., where he has practiced labor and employment law for over twenty-five years. A problem-solver for employers, Mr. Mallery has acted as lead counsel on complex disputes, including Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims before the Office of Administrative Law Judges; pattern and practice and class based claims prosecuted by the EEOC; collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act; and class-based discrimination claims with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center. Mr. Mallery has also litigated a variety of “intellectual property” issues, including disputes involving non-compete covenants, trade secrets, non-solicitation of customer and employee agreements, confidentiality and proprietary obligations, fiduciary and loyalty duties, and the duty under the antitrust laws to refrain from “predatory hiring.” On the traditional labor side, Mr. Mallery has represented management in union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, work stoppages and unfair labor practice charges. As an advisor to employers, he has developed employment practices and systems, has written contracts and employment policies and has trained managers on their implementation. Mr. Mallery was the Editor-in-Chief of the treatise, Employment Termination – Rights & Remedies (BNA and ABA, 2nd Ed. Supp. 2003), and has authored many other published articles on employment law issues during his career. He has spoken at dozens of national conferences on employment law issues, including the Georgetown Employment Law & Litigation Institute, the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section’s Annual CLE Conference, the ABA Annual Meeting, the Industrial Relations Research Association’s Annual Meeting, and the LIMRA/LOMA Compliance and Market Conduct Exchange. Mr. Mallery is the youngest Louisiana Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America; Louisiana Super Lawyers; International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Corporate Counsel, The Business Magazine for the Chief Legal Officer; Louisiana Life Magazine’s Top Attorneys in Louisiana; and New Orleans Magazine’s Louisiana’s Top Lawyers.
Kevin G. McGuire is Chairman & CEO of McGuire Associates, Inc. His professional training and diversified experiences have provided him with a wide range of knowledge and skills. A graduate of Boston University and the Georgetown University Law Center, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, and a Juris Doctorate. Mr. McGuire has developed his skills through hands-on experience in government and disability law. He has conducted over 500 conferences, trained over 25,000 facilities staff people, and lectured widely to conventions, TV audiences, public sector workshops, and corporate compliance executives. He has also consulted on building projects with construction budgets in excess of $19 billion. Mr. McGuire has compiled an impressive résumé through working with corporations, legislative offices, and state agencies, including IBM Corporation, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Boston University, Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr., District Attorney's Office, Bronx, New York, Governor's Office, State of California, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and Boston Center for Independent Living.
Judy L. Mims received a BA in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa from University of Idaho in 1990 and earned a Juris Doctorate at Howard University School of Law in D.C. Since 2011, Ms. Mims has been the leader of a team of attorneys (Employee Relations Investigations Team – ERIT) responsible for discrimination investigations globally for the Microsoft Corporation. Prior to Microsoft, she was an Assistant Attorney General representing public agencies, including the University of Washington, in all employment and labor union matters. Ms. Mims also served for 7 years in an administrative HR role in higher education at the Dean’s office for the University of Washington School of Medicine working on various policy and employment matters involving tenured medical faculty. She served on the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board as a Trustee and Chair from 1999-2001. From 2002-2006, she was the Public Sector lawyer/representative and Chair (2006) of the Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment Section of the Washington State Bar Association. Ms. Mims is presently serving on the Board of Directors for the charity WestSide Baby which provides nearly half a million diapers and supplies to underserved populations in South King County each year.
Marilou F. Mirkovich is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Ms. Mirkovich represents employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law. She focuses on defending discrimination claims in federal and state courts and handles matters pending before the EEOC, DFEH, and FEHC. In addition to her employment practice, Ms. Mirkovich serves as the firm's lead investigator on numerous public and private sector matters. Ms. Mirkovich has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Community Family Guidance Center. She has been an active participant in the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance (HALSA). Ms. Mirkovich has also been on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Mirkovich is a founding Director of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI) and serves on the AWI Executive Committee as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.
Julie A. Moore is President of Employment Practices Group, a legal and human resources consulting firm in MA and NH which she founded in 1998. She has been practicing law for 20 years and previously litigated cases. Much of her practice is devoted to conducting investigations into alleged harassment and misconduct. She also conducts training for employers; drafts policies, procedures and handbooks; consults and advises on employment law and HR issues; and represents employers and employees before administrative agencies. Ms. Moore has over 100 publications and speaks at seminars for the MA Bar Ass'n, NH Bar Ass'n, Business and Legal Resources (BLR), local and regional SHRM chapters, and many business and trade organizations. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She has been retained as an expert witness in cases involving a wide variety of employment-related issues, and has testified at trial in NH, MA and ME courts. She is a memer of the Board of Directors of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI) and chairs the AWI Annual Conference Committee.
Sarah Murphy is an associate with the New Orleans office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. Ms. Murphy practices primarily in the area of employment litigation and represents employers in claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended in 1991, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as well as other federal and state employment laws. Ms. Murphy received her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law, cum laude, from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, in 2008. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Murphy received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Louisiana State University.
Amy Oppenheimer is an attorney with over 30 years experience working in the field of employment law, emphasizing preventing and responding to workplace harassment and discrimination. She is also a retired Administrative Law Judge. An expert in investigations of workplace discrimination, harassment and misconduct, Ms. Oppenheimer is the co-author of Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal, published in 2003 by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Oppenheimer is the founder and past-president of the board of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and is on the executive committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California. She has qualified as an expert witness, in state and federal court, on preventing and responding to workplace harassment and on workplace investigations and has trained employers throughout the country in preventing and investigating workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
Cynthia Pevehouse has more than 26 years of legal and compliance experience, and over a decade of experience as the most senior legal and/or compliance executive in publicly traded, multi-national companies. As a chief legal, compliance and ethics executive, she has built and managed a range of business, legal, and compliance operations, both nationally and internationally. She has conducted investigations and supervised independent investigators in areas such as violations of company policies, e.g., conflict of interest, theft of trade secrets, fraud, embezzlement, bribery (FCPA), as well as discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Over the last ten years, Ms. Pevehouse has worked directly with the executive teams and boards of publicly traded companies to manage and resolve issues stemming from violations of company policies, laws and regulations. Her experience spans a wide variety of industries, including technology, interactive media, financial services, retail and manufacturing. Ms. Pevehouse started her career in private practice as a trial attorney for a large national law firm.
Cynthia L. Remmers, before starting her full-time neutral practice, practiced employment law for over 25 years as a partner and trial attorney at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, and as in-house counsel at Intel Corporation. As the principal of Remmers Global, Ms. Remmers investigates, mediates and arbitrates the full range of domestic and international employment issues. She has investigated countless high-value workplace matters to effective conclusion in her outside and inside counsel roles and as a neutral. At Intel, Ms. Remmers also managed teams of internal investigators in Asia and the U.S., developed and delivered investigation training, and worked closely with internal audit and security investigators on a variety of challenging compliance matters. Ms. Remmers formerly was a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) and a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. She was a founding Director and Vice President of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI), and is Member of the Board of Directors of The Mediation Society.
Elizabeth Rita has been conducting workplace investigations since 1994. An employment lawyer with 20 years of experience, Ms. Rita has conducted hundreds of investigations for clients around the nation and in Canada. She has investigated complaints involving company-wide race discrimination, sexual harassment, rape, assault, ethics violations, ethnic origin discrimination, hostile work environment, age discrimination, retaliation, gender bias, SOX retaliation, public corruption and employee misconduct. Ms. Rita has worked for government entities, Fortune 100 companies, small family-run businesses, professional partnerships and every sized organization in between. She has trained HR professionals and lawyers in conducting investigations, and has spoken and written on this subject for a variety of audiences. In addition to investigations, Ms. Rita maintains a law practice with her friends David Stacy and Bill Kelly at Kelly, Stacy & Rita, LLP. Her firm provides employment law services to corporate and individual clients. She spends her free time hiking, camping and skiing in the Colorado Rockies, playing with her kids and dogs and trying to keep mind and body together with a regular yoga practice. She loves cooking and food, and is attempting to produce a kitchen garden despite Colorado’s minute growing season.
Michael A. Robbins is President of EXTTI, Incorporated-- a company he founded more than 15 years ago. EXTTI provides Expert Testimony, Training and Investigation services in employment matters. He is a frequent lecturer and author on employment issues. Mr. Robbins has conducted and/or supervised over 500 workplace investigations and has served as an expert witness in more than 450 employment cases--mostly on workplace investigation and interactive process issues. In addition, he serves as a Consent Decree Monitor in discrimination cases in Federal District Court. Prior to forming EXTTI, he was a Labor & Employment attorney for 20 years--including 4 years as in-house counsel and 16 years in two nationally recognized law firms. Mr. Robbins graduated Phi Beta Kappa from San Diego State University and received his JD degree from UCLA School of Law. He is a long–time member of the Executive Board of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section and is an Officer of that Section. In addition, he is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a Founding Member and Immediate Past President of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI) and is a Charter Member and current President of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI).
Keith Rohman has worked as an investigator in the public and private sectors for 30 years. As president of Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII) in Los Angeles, he has been involved in many high-profile cases, including litigation related to the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, allegations of shootings of Iraqis by Blackwater, Inc., the trial against Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King, and numerous capital murder cases. Mr. Rohman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches fact investigation. Mr. Rohman currently serves as the court appointed Monitor in the matter of Pierce v. Orange County, et al., a federal ADA class action case filed on behalf of disabled inmates at the Orange County Jail. He was appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to the Equity Oversight Panel (EOP) of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, a civilian oversight board that oversees Internal Affairs investigations of discrimination allegations at the LASD. PII is currently contracted to investigate discrimination complaints against elected officials and high-level County executives with the County of Los Angeles, and was recently selected by the City of Los Angeles as an investigator for the Special Committee on Investigative Oversight which handles similar investigations. Mr. Rohman served as the executive director of Los Angeles City Office of Discrimination Investigation, which conducted more than 300 employment discrimination investigations, and provided recommendations to the City Council on restructuring how the City handled these matters. Mr. Rohman is holds the office of secretary on the Board of Directors of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI).
Jody Shipper is the Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity for the University of Southern California, where she investigates claims of harassment and discrimination brought by faculty, students, and staff. She also oversees the university's affirmative action compliance program, provides advice on diversity efforts, and trains staff and faculty on harassment and discrimination issues. In addition to litigating employment matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, she has conducted and overseen countless investigations, lectured on investigative procedures and employment law, and provided counsel to employers on risk management, employment practices, and legal compliance. She is the author of Workplace Investigations: The HR Manager's Step-by-Step Guide, published by M. Lee Smith.
Kitt Shute is the Director of Employee Relations & Investigations for Google. In this role, she attempts to minimize legal risk and create and maintain an environment that is fair, safe and productive for employees. Ms. Shute and her team are responsible for employee relations investigations at Google’s offices around the world and they also provide expert advice inreventing and resolving workplace issues, reorganizations and performance management. Ms. Shute joined Google in 2008. Prior to that, she practiced employment law in San Francisco where she was an Employment Litigation Associate at Cook Roos Wilbur Thompson LLP from 2007 – 2008, an Associate General Counsel on the Employment Law Team with the Office of the General Counsel for the Social Security Administration from 2005 – 2007 and an Employment Law Associate at Hansen Bridgett from 2002 - 2005. Ms. Shute represented private and public employers in state and federal court and administrative proceedings, specializing in litigating discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, FMLA/CFRA, wage and hour and breach of contract actions. Ms. Shute also advised employers on conducting investigations, employment policies and handbooks, disciplinary actions and terminations, leave and attendance issues and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements. She has experience representing employers before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, the California Labor Commissioner, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Ms. Shute also has experience outside of the employment law context litigating social security program cases in federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Shute worked as a stage manager and production manager for various theater companies in California and Washington D.C. Ms. Shute has a J.D. from U.C. Hasting College of the Law where she was a Senior Executive Editor for COMM/ENT, the Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal. She also has a B.A. in theater arts from UCLA. Ms. Shute lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two cats, Raider and Niner.
Jeff Stanton is an Incident Response and Digital Forensic Analyst with Kivu Consulting. He conducts forensic analysis of digital evidence, leads computer investigations and provides expert reports, declarations and testimony. His current emphasis is on how employees have stolen trade secrets or otherwise acted inappropriately on company computers – particularly using social media/online storage accounts/cell phones, iPads and Macs – things that are becoming increasingly common in workplace investigations. Mr. Stanton has 10 years’ experience as a police detective and computer examiner. Before joining Kivu, he was a police officer with the cyber squad in Contra Costa County. He is a court-qualified computer forensics expert, and has testified as an expert in numerous cyber-related cases, including homicides and child pornography. He has also worked with attorneys in preparing cases and explaining the relevance of digital data. He has extensive experience in the forensic preservation and analysis of various systems including Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. Mr. Stanton is an expert in mobile device forensics and cell tower evidence. He has performed forensic analyses on a diversity of cell phones and smart phones including Android, Apple, and Blackberry devices.
Sabrina Thomas, an Associate of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai in the firm’s Sacramento office, practices in the area of employment law. Ms. Thomas regularly conducts workplace investigations, including those involving senior and executive level management. Clients regularly request Ms. Thomas to conduct workplace investigations based on her neutrality and professional demeanor. She also represents public sector employers in employment litigation matters, including allegations of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Thomas worked at the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the Employment Development Department (EDD), where she had responsibility, among other things, for conducting workplace investigations
Sue Ann Van Dermyden is a licensed California attorney who has specialized in employment law since 1993 as a litigator and workplace investigator. She also provides expert witness testimony on employment matters; advises clients on complex employment-related matters; and, conducts interactive and entertaining training seminars. Ms. Van Dermyden was listed in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Her professional affiliations include the American Bar Association – Employment Law Section, American Bar Association – Workplace Investigations Sub-Committee, Association of Workplace Investigators – Board of Directors, Executive Committee Member, Strategic Committee Member, Certification Committee Member, Chair of Annual Conference Committee, Local Circle Convener (October 2009 – present), ASIS Investigations Standards Technical Committee, Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court (September 2006 – present), American Inns of Court, Program Awards Committee (2010 – 2011), Street Law International, Volunteer Instructor for High School Students (2008), University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Board of Directors, Alumni Association (1995-1997), State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Section, Sacramento County Bar Association Membership Committee, and California Chamber of Commerce.
Sindy Warren has been practicing law and helping employers comply with employment laws for 17 years. Since 2003 she has brought her legal expertise to bear in her role as an HR consultant. She is driven by a passion to help employers have excellent employee relations and avoid employment-related conflicts. She conducts workplace investigations, presents training programs, and consults on human resources issues for private and public employers. She has investigated many employee complaints, including complaints of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and other workplace misconduct. She has trained managers and employees on issues ranging from harassment to performance management. She has provided one-on-one sensitivity training to executive employees. She has also provided consulting services including creating employee handbooks, revising policies and procedures, and assisting employers with discipline and termination issues.Prior to starting her consulting business Ms. Warren was an employment litigator for McCutchen Doyle in San Francisco; Foley Hoag in Boston; and Duvin, Cahn & Hutton in Cleveland. She graduated from Stanford Law School with honors in 1996 and Tufts University (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude) in 1993. Ms. Warren brings her legal expertise and experience to her consulting work. Combining extensive legal knowledge with a practical, down-to-earth understanding of employee relations, she is able to help companies develop and maintain sound employment practices and positive working environments.
Allison West has a simple approach to employment practices: be proactive. Ms. West uses her employment law background, coupled with her sound knowledge of human resource practices, to help employers create a safe and productive work environment. In 2000, after practicing law at a San Francisco labor and employment firm, Ms. West focused her practice on conducting workplace investigations for employers of all sizes and industries, on a variety of topics including harassment, discrimination, theft, violence, disability, whistleblower and other issues. Ms. West also delivers interactive investigation training programs as well as other topics on employment law and HR. Her expertise also includes expert witness assistance on investigations and HR practices and delivering one-on-one sensitivity training to executives and managers concerning harassment, discrimination, and disciplinary and/or behavioral issues and other HR consulting. Ms. West is licensed to practice law in California, holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and is a frequent, top-rated speaker on employment law topics at national and local HR and industry conferences.