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2014 Annual Conference Speakers
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Lisa Buehler

Lisa Buehler

Lisa Buehler has over 20 years of legal experience in employment law. She has conducted hundreds of investigations for both public and private employers on a wide range of matters, including claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower complaints, and employee misconduct. She has led investigations addressing allegations against corporate executives, government and elected officials, and judicial officers. Ms. Buehler also provides legal advice to California employers, executives, managers, and human resources professionals on all aspects of employment law. She works closely with her clients to address issues of employee performance, termination, leaves of absence, disability, and wage-hour compliance, and has acted as in-house employment counsel providing daily advice to executives and management on complex issues. Prior to co-founding Ellis Buehler Makus, Ms. Buehler ran her own boutique employment law firm, where she specialized in conducting workplace investigations. Prior to that, she was a partner at the employment practice firm of Schachter, Kristoff, Orenstein & Berkowitz in San Francisco, where she represented employers and managers in all aspects of employment law and litigated employment claims in state and federal courts. Ms. Buehler graduated from the University of California, Davis and the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the law review.

Gary M. Edwards

Gary M. Edwards

Gary M. Edwards leads the Global Human Resource Investigations team at Facebook. He and his team ensure the fair and thorough investigation of complaints and concerns regarding violations of company policy or law. Mr. Edwards joined Facebook in 2012 as its first company investigator and as an executive coach. His professional background spans the fields of manufacturing and procurement operations, business development, sales operations and human resources. Mr. Edwards has had firsthand knowledge of the challenges of managing a diverse workforce, as he has worked extensively in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and has also lived in Japan and North Africa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Master’s degree from Columbia University.

Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd is a founding partner in QVerity and a NY Times Best Selling co-author of Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception and the forthcoming book Get the Truth: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Persuade Anyone to Tell All. He is recognized as a leading authority on information collection. Mr. Floyd provides training and consulting services for local, state and federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies; high net-worth families; and large corporations and firms throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  He is widely recognized as a leading authority on interviewing, detection of deception and elicitation in cases involving criminal activity, personnel screening and national security issues. Mr. Floyd is the founder of Advanced Polygraph Services, where he spent 10 years conducting high-profile interviews and interrogations for law enforcement agencies, law firms, and private industry. He has most recently been involved in providing training and consulting services in the areas of detection of deception and information collection to firms in the financial services and audit communities. He began his career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Military Police, serving in the U.S. and Asia. After spending 6 years on the staff of John E. Reid & Assoc. as a polygraph examiner and instructor on detection of deception, interviewing and interrogation, he subsequently served as an Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. Throughout a career that has spanned more than 40 years, he has conducted over 8,000 interviews and interrogations worldwide. A graduate of the University of South Dakota with a B.S. in Education, Mr. Floyd also holds an M.S. Degree in Detection of Deception from Reid College and a JD Degree from Seattle University School of Law. 

Mark J. Flynn

Mark J. Flynn

Mark J. Flynn is an attorney at Mountain States Employers Council Inc., where since 1997 he provides public, private, and non-profit employers counsel and administrative agency representation on employment matters. MSEC serves approximately 3,000 employer members in all aspects of employment law and human resources. Holding a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. Flynn has been licensed to practice law in Colorado since 1995. He also maintains the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Mr. Flynn's current position at MSEC is Director of Specialized Legal Services, encompassing workplace investigations, affirmative action planning, immigration, and risk management services.He developed MSEC’s workplace investigations service unit. He conducts and directs the performance of workplace investigations and provides expert witness services in the field. Mr. Flynn has personally conducted well over 100 workplace investigations for public and private employers and managed hundreds more. Mr. Flynn is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and serves on that organization’s Guiding Principles committee. In addition to writing frequently on the topic of workplace investigations, he also delivers seminar training and speaks on a variety of employment law topics for employers.

Marc. D Freiberger

Marc D. Freiberger

Marc D. Freiberger is an employment attorney who specializes in contract negotiation, executive employment agreements, and litigation. He routinely counsels high-level executives and professionals from a wide range of industries, including higher education, medicine, financial services, high-tech, bio-pharm, and law, on employment related claims such as discrimination/wrongful discharge, breach of contract, misrepresentation, and retaliation. Mr. Freiberger is an experienced negotiator of complex employment agreements, non-competition and trade secret restrictions, and separation agreements. He has been named a Super Lawyer among labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by Super Lawyers from 2010 - 2013. Mr. Freiberger also counsels employers on various employment issues, including all aspects of hiring and firing, compliance issues, and drafting/revising employee handbooks.  He regularly represents individuals and employers at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, state and federal courts, and federal agencies. Mr. Freiberger has spoken at various continuing legal education employment law seminars and authored several articles on employment law issues. In 2012, he was a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Steering Committee for Labor and Employment Law.  In 2007 – 2008, he served as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Public Service Committee of the Labor and Employment Section. From 2008 – 2009 he was a section council member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Mr. Freiberger is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, and Croatian American Bar Association. Mr. Freiberger earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1995 and his B.A. cum laude from Connecticut College in 1992.

Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher has spent more than 25 years fighting for his clients in boardrooms and courtrooms across the country, and is one of only a handful of lawyers in Colorado history to have argued a case in the Supreme Court of the United States and prevailed with a unanimous decision. Noted by the Chambers USA guide for his “excellent follow through,” Mr. Gallagher’s active trial and appellate practice emphasizes three general areas: commercial litigation, employment counseling/litigation, and constitutional/public policy matters. As a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice, Mr. Gallagher assists employers in implementing proactive employment policies that help minimize the risk of litigation. When necessary, however, he represents management in all aspects of employment litigation, including cases involving covenants not to compete, wage and hour violations, breach of fiduciary duty and discrimination. In 2012, he successfully represented two U.S. Secret Service agents in the Supreme Court of the United States in Reichle v. Howards, 566 U.S. ___ (2012) where he obtained a unanimous decision on behalf of his clients in a case involving the scope of civil liability of Secret Service agents protecting the President and Vice President. A sought after speaker, Mr. Gallagher has lectured at more than 150 programs across the country on litigation, ethics, and electronic discovery matters. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School, where he teaches Electronic Discovery.

Lynn D. Lieber

Lynn D. Lieber

Lynn D. Lieber has practiced employment law exclusively on the management side for 25 years. She began her legal career in San Francisco at Littler, the renowned leader in the field of employment law. She later moved to Fisher & Phillips LLP, where she became an equity partner in 1995. For a decade, Ms. Lieber was the Founder and CEO of Workplace Answers, a full-service employment law training company specializing in Web-based training solutions. Under her direction, Workplace Answers trained millions of employees around the globe in preventive employment practices. Ms. Lieber sold Workplace Answers in 2010, and now engages in her true passions–workplace investigations and in-person training of employees and supervisors. She regularly counsels employers on employment-law related matters and assists them in policy and procedure development and review. She also regularly conducts educational training webinars for thousands of attendees. Ms. Lieber has represented hundreds of private and public entities in harassment and discrimination charges and litigation. She has testified as an expert witness in unlawful harassment matters, and frequently conducts “remedial”/”sensitivity” training for employees, supervisors and executives who have been accused of workplace wrongdoing. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Pacific in California. She earned a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she served as the Technical Editor of the Computer and High Technology Law Journal.

Robert M. Lieber

Robert M. Lieber

Robert M. Lieber is a nationally recognized practitioner of employment and labor law with more than thirty years of experience representing employers. He has represented clients across a variety of industries, including broadcast and communication companies, high- and bio-technology and consulting firms, development and construction companies, and hotels and restaurants. Mr. Lieber has litigated extensively in both federal and California trial and appellate courts and has represented employers in arbitrations and administrative proceedings before the EEOC, DFEH, NLRB, DLSE, OFCCP, DOL, and other government agencies. In addition to litigation, Mr. Lieber also advises employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws, drafts and reviews employee handbooks, employment policies, job applications and employment contracts, reviews and advises on personnel actions, and audits employment and wage practices. He frequently speaks for distinguished business groups such as the American Newspaper Publishers Association, the California Broadcasters Association, the National Restaurant Association, and Associated General Contractors of America. He has also been a contributing author for the McGraw-Hill Construction Business Handbook, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1984) and the Handbook on Investigation of Substance Abuse in Workplaces (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1990). Mr. Lieber has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law since 1983, one of a distinguished group of attorneys who has been listed for thirty years or longer. He was also named a Northern California Super Lawyer for all published editions to date (2004-2012).

Eli Makus

Eli Makus

Eli Makus has a broad range of experience advising employers in all industries, from healthcare to transportation. He advises employers in employment law compliance and partners with clients to identify legal risks and develop efficient, creative solutions before claims arise. Mr. Makus conducts independent and unbiased workplace investigations on complex and sensitive workplace disputes. He is also experienced in conducting regulatory compliance investigations. Mr. Makus has trained thousands of managers and human resources representatives on all aspects of employment law, including introduction to employment law, wage-hour compliance, disability accommodations and leaves of absence, federal contractor compliance, retaliation, discrimination and harassment prevention, social media in the workplace, performance management, and reductions in force. Prior to co-founding Ellis Buehler Makus, Mr. Makus served as in-house employment and medical staff counsel for a major California healthcare system. He was also an attorney with Hanson Bridgett LLP, where he provided advice to public and private employers and defended clients in state and federal court actions and administrative proceedings. Mr. Makus received his law degree from the University of California, Davis. 

Mark Mallery

Mark Mallery 

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 AmericaLouisiana 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.

Julie A. Moore

Julie A. Moore

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 member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI) and chairs the AWI Annual Conference Committee.

Lisa Narrell-Mead

Lisa Narrell-Mead

Lisa Narrell-Mead has a distinguished and experienced background in corporate management and private law practice with over 25 years of employment law expertise. As a seasoned corporate executive, Ms. Narrell-Mead has had direct management over all areas of human resources and employment law, board of director governance and compensation committee, facilities management, vendor management, internal communication and corporate security. Ms. Narrell-Mead had responsibility for overseeing Whistleblower, Ethics and HR complaints and investigations at a Fortune 500 company. Ms. Narrell-Mead left corporate world in 2013 to found Workplace Advisors LLC, out of a genuine desire to help business leaders of all sizes with problematic workplace challenges. Being that every challenge is an opportunity, Workplace Advisors works with every client to customize an approach, plan and or solution for their unique situation. A major focus of Workplace Advisors is conducting independent investigations. Ms. Narrell-Mead uses her HR, legal and corporate expertise and experience to conduct a thorough, objective and professional investigation and provide a detailed report of findings. Ms. Narrell-Mead can find the pieces of the puzzle to show a true picture.

Amy Oppenheimer

Amy Oppenheimer

Amy Oppenheimer has more than 30 years experience working in the field of employment law. For the past twenty-five years her emphasis has been preventing and responding to workplace harassment and discrimination. After litigating on behalf of plaintiffs for eight years Ms. Oppenheimer began a neutral practice as an investigator of claims of harassment and discrimination, trainer, mediator and arbitrator. She is also a retired Administrative Law Judge for the State of California. Ms. Oppenheimer is the author of many articles about harassment, bias and discrimination, including one of the only practical guides to doing investigations: Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal, published in 2003 by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is a trial qualified expert on the issue of employment practices in preventing, responding to and investigating workplace harassment and discrimination, having testified at trial, deposition and arbitration more than sixty times. Ms. Oppenheimer is a frequent speaker on investigations for AWI and other professional associations. For AWI she has presented at seminars, webinars, annual conferences, and the AWI Institute. Ms. Oppenheimer is the Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, is the founder and immediate past president of AWI, and the Chair of the AWI Institute. 

Michael A. Robbins

Michael A. Robbins

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 close to 500 employment cases—mostly on workplace investigation and interactive process issues. In addition, he has served 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, Sustaining Member, and current President of the Association of Workplace Investigators.

Ketih Rohman

Keith Rohman

Keith Rohman is the president of Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII) in Los Angeles, a firm with 30 years’ experience assisting corporations, government entities and attorneys. 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 served 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 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 a Sustaining Member and Secretary of AWI and has been a popular speaker at AWI annual conferences, seminars, webinars, and Institutes. 

Jill Rosenthal

Jill Rosenthal

Jill Rosenthal has been practicing law for 23 years. She began her career as a litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom and later Morgan, Lewis & Bockius before accepting the position of General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs and Human Resources for The Sports Club Company where she oversaw all matters relating to a workforce of over 2,500 employees. Ms. Rosenthal now concentrates primarily on independent workplace investigations into such claims as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage-hour compliance, disability accommodations, leaves of absence and even white-collar crime and theft of corporate assets. She has worked on investigations in the hospitality and service, healthcare, insurance, real estate, information technology, sales, marketing and financial sectors. Ms. Rosenthal is also a certified DISC Behavioral Analyst and regularly employs the DISC methodology in her investigations and as an aid in mediating workplace disputes, re-engaging disgruntled employees and advising employers on other litigation prevention strategies. She is a member of the California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations and the Association of Workplace Investigators where she currently serves on several committees. She also serves on the Board of “Get Lit," a non-profit organization providing literacy and arts education to at-risk teens. Ms. Rosenthal graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley before obtaining her law degree from Georgetown University.


Sue Ann Van Dermyden

Sue Ann Van Dermyden

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, 2013 and 2014. 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.

Susan M. Woolley

Susan M. Woolley

Susan M. Woolley has practiced law for 25 years and has extensive experience with discrimination and workplace investigations. She served as the Director of Investigations for court-appointed Civil Rights Monitor in the landmark settlements in the Denny's race discrimination litigation, assembling and supervising a team of investigators which conducted workplace investigations in 49 states. She has since served as an expert and consultant in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and private corporations to design, implement, and monitor departments to investigate and remediate race discrimination. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed her to the County Equity Oversight Panel which reviews and evaluates workplace investigations conducted countywide by the County's staff of over 15 EEO investigators. Ms. Woolley conducts workplace investigations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation for government entities and private businesses. Prior to specializing in investigations, Ms. Woolley worked on complex business and civil rights litigation. Ms. Woolley is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where she teaches Fact Investigation with Keith Rohman. She practices law and conducts investigations from her office in Pasadena. Ms. Woolley graduated from Stanford Law School and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She was a Skadden Fellow.

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