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|2015 Institute Faculty and Guest Speakers|
David P. Atkins, Pullman & Comley LLC (CT). Mr. Atkins is chair of the Litigation Department and Professional Liability Section of Pullman & Comley LLC. He practices in the areas of professional liability, commercial litigation, appeals and administrative proceedings. He regularly represents professionals, including attorneys and law firms, in malpractice, business dissolution, licensing, court sanctions proceedings, ethics and disciplinary (grievance) matters. Mr. Atkins also is frequently engaged by law firms and corporate legal departments for risk management consultations and as an expert witness on legal ethics and professional liability issues. He has written and spoken widely on attorney discipline, legal ethics and law office risk management. He co-authored “Attorney Advertising in Connecticut: Everything You Need to Know about the New Era of Oversight and Regulation,” (Connecticut Lawyer); “Conflict Waivers: When in Doubt, Spell It Out,” (Connecticut Lawyer); “Responding To a Disciplinary Complaint: The Do’s and Don’ts,” (Connecticut Law Tribune); and “Advancing Client Costs: Pitfalls and Changes in Rule 1.8(e),” (Connecticut Law Tribune). He authored “The Duty To Report Client Misconduct and The Client Veto,” (Connecticut Law Tribune) and “Contacts With An Opposing Party’s Employees: When Is A Witness Off Limits?” (Connecticut Law Tribune). Mr. Atkins is a regular speaker at programs sponsored by the Connecticut, Fairfield County, Greater Bridgeport, New Haven County and Westport Bar Associations and the Connecticut and Westchester County chapters of the American Corporate Counsel Association. He also has been an invited speaker on professional responsibility issues at the University of Connecticut School of Law; Yale Law School; and Quinnipiac College School of Law.
Sharon Berlin, Lamb & Barnosky, LLP (CT). Ms. Berlin represents public and private sector employers in labor and employment law matters, including investigations, disciplinary proceedings, arbitrations, employment discrimination claims, improper practice proceedings, contract negotiations, mediation, fact-finding, interest arbitration, and court litigation. Ms. Berlin is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Municipal Law Section Executive Committee and chairs that Section’s Employment Relations Committee. She is a member of the NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Berlin is a past chair of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Education Law and Labor and Employment Law Committees and the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee. Ms. Berlin has been named a Super Lawyer in the New York-Metro Area in Labor and Employment Law, a Super Lawyer Top Woman Attorney in the New York-Metro Area and one of the 10 leaders in Employment Law on Long Island. She has been listed in Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Employment Law, Who’s Who in Labor Law, and Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services. Ms. Berlin serves on the Advisory Board to the Nassau Academy of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Long Island Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and co-chaired the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Honorary Board. Ms. Berlin was a co-editor-in-chief of the Third Edition of the NYSBA Public Sector Labor and Employment Law treatise and a chapter editor for the ABA treatise Discipline & Discharge in Arbitration. She has authored articles for the New York Law Journal, the NYSBA Municipal Lawyer, the NYSBA Journal, and the NYSBA Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. Ms. Berlin is an honors graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the George Washington University National Law Center.
Jim Carden, Townsend, Carden & Rose, Inc. (CA). Mr. Carden was the former CEO of a successful investigations firm that provided computer forensics and litigation support services to many Bay Area law firms. In addition to domestic civil litigation cases, Mr. Carden also supports a multi-national company. In that capacity, he has worked on a number of cross-border litigation matters. Prior to that role, Mr. Carden served in local law enforcement for over a decade. His greatest accomplishment was to create his department’s computer crime investigations program, working as their lead investigator. Mr. Carden retired as a police detective. Mr. Carden also has a distinguished military career. Currently, he is a Reserve Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI). As a Cyber Intelligence Officer, Mr. Carden is assigned to the Computer Investigations and Operations Branch. With extensive experience conducting investigations into classified national security matters. Mr. Carden is also a credentialed member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and Computer Crime Task Force. Mr. Carden holds a Top Secret (TS/SCI) Security Clearance with both the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Justice (DoJ). Mr. Carden began his military career as a Pararescueman. These specialists, also known as PJs (Pararescue Jumpers), are part of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC). As Special Operations Forces (SOF) operatives, they are tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments. Mr. Carden has achieved a number of military and combat decorations during his service.
James S. Cawood, Factor One (CA). Mr. Cawood is President of Factor One which is a California-based corporation specializing in violence risk assessment, threat assessment, behavioral analysis, security consulting, and investigations. He has worked in the area of threat assessment, violence risk assessment, behavioral analysis, violence prevention, security analysis, and incident resolution for more than 20 years. He has successfully assessed and managed over 4000 violence related cases for federal and state government agencies, public and private corporations, and other business entities throughout North America. Mr. Cawood has also provided consultation and training to these same types of organizations on the design and implementation of threat assessment, violence risk assessment, and incident response protocols. This included participation in the development of the P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers Standards and Training) telecourse for Workplace Violence for California and Arizona law enforcement; California P.O.S.T. development of a Fear and Anger Control telecourse; Association of Threat Assessment Professionals' Risk Assessment Guideline Elements for Violence (R.A.G.E.-V); ASIS International’s Workplace Violence Prevention and Response guideline; and development of a threat assessment protocol by the California District Attorney's Association for use in training judges, district attorneys, and others in the California justice system. Mr. Cawood has served as an expert witness in dozens of cases involving questions concerning investigative and security issues, including threat assessment and violence in the workplace. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), Physical Security Professional (PSP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and a Private Investigator licensed by the State of California. Mr. Cawood is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and holds a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.
Mark A. Dubois, Geraghty & Bonnano, LLC (CT). In 2011, after serving as Connecticut's first Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mark Dubois joined the firm Geraghty & Bonnano, LLC. His practice is concentrated on matters of lawyer ethics, discipline and malpractice. As Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Dubois organized and administered an office which investigated and prosecuted cases involving lawyer disciplinary violations and the unauthorized practice of law. He handled over 1000 lawyer discipline matters and over 450 unauthorized practice matters. He now represents lawyers accused of misconduct and acts as an adviser and expert witness on matters involving lawyer conduct, malpractice, and the unauthorized practice of law. Mr. Dubois had been board certified in civil trial advocacy since 1995. He has tried numerous cases to conclusion before judges and juries. He has served as an arbitrator, fact-finder, and mediator, both for the Judicial Branch and in private ADR proceedings. He has been recognized as an expert and testified in state and federal court. He has given over 80 talks and presentations. Mr. Dubois is co-author of Connecticut Legal Ethics and Malpractice, the only treatise devoted exclusively to Connecticut legal ethics. He is also a chapter contributor to Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer, a publication of the American Bar Association where he wrote chapters on Mastering the Craft of Lawyering and Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty. This text has been widely adopted by law schools throughout the country. He is the author of a weekly column on lawyer ethics for the Connecticut Law Tribune. Mr. Dubois is a member of a number of professional organizations, and he is the president of the Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut's largest voluntary bar association with approximately 9000 members, for the 2014/2015 year.
Jeremy Eaves, DaVita, Inc. (CT). Mr. Eaves is the head of employee relations and workplace investigations at DaVita Inc. headquartered in Denver, CO. He joined DaVita in 2010, and currently leads a team of 20 employee relations advisors and managers responsible for advising on and investigating all domestic employee relations issues for a population of over 45,000 employees. Mr. Eaves’ tenure in human resources spans over 15 years in both the financial services and health care industries. Prior to joining DaVita, he held a variety of human resources positions at ING, OppenheimerFunds, and KeyBank. In addition to being a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), Mr. Eaves is a board member of the Rocky Mountain Human Resource People and Strategy (RMHRPS) organization, and cofounder of the Colorado New Talent Management Network (CoNTMN). He previously held a board position with Colorado Human Resource Association (CHRA). A native of Colorado, Mr. Eaves holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, both from Colorado State University. He resides in Broomfield, CO with his wife and two sons where he’s trained for multiple marathons and century cycling events including the Boulder Backroads and Tour DaVita.
Gary M. Edwards, Facebook (CA). Mr. 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.
Joseph D. Garrison, Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. (CT). Since founding Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., in 1977, Joseph D. Garrison has become one of the most prominent employment lawyers in Connecticut and in the United States. His current practice draws upon his vast experience as a trial lawyer and negotiator, and combines the representation of individuals in litigation with an expanding focus on mediation and arbitration. For the past 10 years, Mr. Garrison has increasingly acted as a mediator and arbitrator of employment and commercial cases. His docket ranges from significant multi-plaintiff cases, including class actions, to individual lawsuits involving discrimination, breach of contract, and other claims. Since 2008, Mr. Garrison has been ranked as one of the top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers. For the past 25 years, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Garrison is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He served for three years as President of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and for 15 years on NELA’s Executive Board. He is now NELA’s representative to the Federal Rules Advisory Committee. Mr. Garrison was a Charter Fellow in the Board of Governors of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and later served as its national President. As an elected member of the American Law Institute, he has been substantially involved in drafting the highly-influential Restatement (Third) of Employment Law. Since 2009, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Garrison is a nationally-known speaker and a frequent author on the topics of employment law and alternative dispute resolution.
Elizabeth Gramigna, Elizabeth Watson Gramigna, P.C. (CT). Ms. 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. Ms. Gramigna is a graduate of AWI's 2013 Institute, presented at AWI's 2013 Annual Conference, and authored "Recent Employment Law Decisions Impacting Workplace Investigations" in the April June 2014 AWI Journal.
Lindsay Harris, West Coast Workplace Investigations (CT). Ms. Harris brings considerable employment law and investigative experience to her current practice focused on conducting independent investigations of suspected workplace misconduct. Prior to founding West Coast Workplace Investigations in 2009, she spent nearly five years as senior counsel at Speer Associates/Workplace Counsel, where her practice focused on conducting internal investigations of alleged workplace misconduct, with an emphasis on high-level, complex, and sensitive matters. Among other employment law-related claims, Ms. Harris has examined allegations of discrimination retaliation, harassment, and sexual favoritism. Ms. Harris has investigated allegations affecting senior and executive management, and her clients have included companies across a variety of industries, Fortune 500 companies, and public-sector organizations. Prior to joining Speer Associates, Ms. Harris practiced employment law at the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster. She is a member of the Board of Directors of AWI and has co-chaired AWI's Ethics Committee and chaired AWI's Marketing Committee. Ms. Harris co-authored "Attorneys Conducting Workplace Investigations: Avoiding Traps for the Unwary" in the July 2011 issue of the CAOWI Quarterly (predecessor to the AWI Journal). Ms. Harris has spoken frequently to AWI audiences regarding this topic, including webinars, the annual conference, and previous sessions of the AWI Institute.
Monica Jeffrey, JMJ Workplace Investigation Law LLP (CT). Ms. Jeffrey has practiced law in Canada for 10 years. She has practiced exclusively in the area of employment and labour law, working with public and private organizations across multiple industries and sectors, including unionized and non-unionized workplaces. She has experience in a diverse number of workplace matters including hiring, performance management, attendance and disability management, discipline and terminations, preparing and negotiating severance packages, wrongful dismissal and breach of contract litigation, drafting (executive) employment contracts, human resources policies and employee handbooks/manuals, employment standards, labour relations and all human rights issues. Throughout her entire career, Ms. Jeffrey has conducted workplace investigations, including those involving grievances and formal complaints of human rights, harassment, bullying and gross and willful misconduct. She has more recently developed an expertise in the investigative process and drafting reports of findings. Ms. Jeffrey received a Certificate of Completion from the 2013 AWI National Institute for Workplace Investigators. She is the convener of AWI's Toronto Local Circle.
Rob Kleeger, Digital4nx Group, Ltd. (CT). Mr. Kleeger is the Managing Director of Digital4nx Group, facilitating complex litigation and investigative matters involving electronically stored information (ESI). He has been involved in this emerging field since its inception in the private sector. He was a Senior Partner in a leading digital forensics firm where he led the growth from startup in early 2002 through an acquisition by a Fortune 500 subsidiary in 2006. For over twelve years, Mr. Kleeger has assisted corporate clients, outside counsel, and other professionals, advising, engaging, and managing digital forensic investigations. In addition, he routinely provides guidance to clients on litigation hold preparation; working with clients to identify the locations, custodians and methods of storing electronically stored information; preparing plans for electronic discovery in litigation; coordinating the preservation, collection and extraction of potentially discoverable ESI; preparing discovery requests and responses; and working with litigation teams to efficiently review and analyze documents for production and trial preparation. Mr. Kleeger is often involved in early case assessment (“ECA”) services for clients, which involves the proper identification, preservation, analysis, and interpretation of electronically stored information. These efforts have helped provide appropriate leverage to result in settlements and resolution of hundreds of matters in a cost effective fashion. He has extensive experience with criminal and civil matters in diverse areas including Data Theft, Restricted Covenant, Non-Compete and other related Employment Matters, Discrimination claims, Sexual Harassment matters, Theft and Piracy of Intellectual Property, Embezzlement and Financial Crimes, Frauds, Bankruptcies, Class Action Litigation, Toxic Tort matters, SEC/Securities violations and litigation, Domestic matters, and various Commercial Litigation matters filed in both State and Federal courts. Mr. Kleeger regularly lectures on issues regarding digital investigation and the production of electronically stored information to law firms, associations, and other business professionals.
Marguerite Malloy, Alameda County Employees' Retirement Association (CA). Ms. Malloy is Associate Counsel of the Alameda County Employees' Retirement Association (ACERA), a public agency which is the retirement pension plan for over 20,000 current and former public employees in Alameda County, California. ACERA is governed by a Board of Retirement consisting of nine members and two alternates, and has over 90 employees. Ms. Malloy provides legal advice and assistance to the ACERA Board of Retirement and ACERA staff. Her responsibilities include workplace investigations and other employment matters. Since ACERA is a public agency, Ms. Malloy's expertise includes conducting public sector workplace investigations. Ms. Malloy has been a member of AWI since 2010, has attended numerous AWI programs, and received a certificate of completion from AWI's 2014 Institute.
Michael P. McKeon, Pullman & Comley LLC (CT). Mr. McKeon represents boards of education, municipalities and private-sector employers across Connecticut in both federal and state courts on both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before federal and state boards and commissions. An attorney for more than 25 years, he is a member of the School Law Section of the firm's Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department. Mr. McKeon has established new case law in Connecticut in the areas of special education and Title IX. The favorable decisions he has obtained for Connecticut school districts have been cited by courts across the country and have been widely reported in The Hartford Courant, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Connecticut Law Tribune, as well as in television news reports. Mr. McKeon is a frequent speaker on both education and employment law issues, including on the national level at both the National School Boards Association's annual conference and the Council of School Attorney's annual conference. He has repeatedly spoken at the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education's annual convention on special education law, gender equality in student athletics, and both gender and disability-based student harassment, regularly presents at Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education forums, and was an author of Employer's Guide to Federal Labor and Employment Laws and Regulations. Mr. McKeon has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law and in the University of Bridgeport's Department of Education Leadership, and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Missouri prior to attending law school.
Judy Mims, Microsoft (CT). Ms. Mims received her BA in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Idaho and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Ms. Mims works on employee relations investigations at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to that she led a team of attorneys at Microsoft responsible for discrimination investigations globally. Before that, 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 University of Washington School of Medicine, working on various policy and employment matters involving tenured medical faculty. Ms. Mims 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. She is presently serving on the Board of Directors for the charity West Side Baby, which provides nearly half a million diapers and supplies to under-served populations in South King County each year. Ms. Mims received her Certificate of Completion from the 2013 AWI Training Institute, was a speaker on a panel on Corporate Investigations at the 2013 AWI Annual Conference, and co-presented AWI's 2014 Workplace Investigations Basics program in Seattle.
Ronald Minkoff, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz (CT). Mr. Minkoff is a partner in the Litigation Group and head of the Professional Responsibility Group of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz PC. He is one of New York’s leading practitioners in the field of attorney ethics and professional responsibility, representing attorneys in a wide variety of matters including law firm partnership disputes, disciplinary cases, legal fee disputes and legal malpractice and professional liability cases. He also provides ethics opinions and advice to a wide variety of law firm clients. Mr. Minkoff is a member of several Bar Ethics Committees, including the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct and the Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York State Bar Association. He is also the Chair of the Task Force on Professionalism of the New York County Lawyers Association, a former member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism, and a past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He is a member of the Media Law Resource Center ethics committee and has written extensively for the New York Professional Responsibility Report, The Professional Lawyer, The New York Law Journal, and other publications. Mr. Minkoff has served as an Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York University School of Law, Fordham Law School, and Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Minkoff was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County and was a member of Chief Judge Lippman’s Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. He is also a member of the Council on Judicial Administration of the New York City Bar Association. He is a frequent lecturer on the law of lawyering.
Marilou Mirkovich, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (CT). Ms. Mirkovich is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. She 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 also been on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Ms Mirkovich is a Charter Member and a Sustaining Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). She currently serves as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of AWI and chairs its Member Benefits Committee. Ms. Mirkovich is a frequent speaker on workplace investigations and public sector labor and employment issues, including presenting seminars and webinars on those issues for AWI.
Amy Oppenheimer, Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer (CA & CT). Ms. 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.
Debra L. Reilly, Reilly Workplace Investigations (CA). Ms. Reilly received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1989. She joined Murtaugh Miller Meyer & Nelson LLP, from 1990 to 1999, where she became a partner practicing employment law. Since 2002, Ms. Reilly has focused her practice on conducting workplace investigations, and from 1994 to present, she has conducted approximately six hundred employment investigations for Municipalities, Counties, Water and Sanitation Districts, Universities, School Districts, Fire Departments, Police Departments, the United States Postal Service (holding a “sensitive” security clearance by the Postal Inspector’s Office), and numerous private sector employers. She has testified in trial concerning her reports and has qualified as an expert witness in arbitration and testified as to best practices for conducting EEO harassment and discrimination investigations. Ms. Reilly is a Charter Member and a Sustaining Member of AWI, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of AWI since 2009. She was the founding editor of the AWI Journal, formerly the AWI Quarterly and the CAOWI Quarterly, and served as its editor for over three years. She has published numerous articles on workplace investigations and employment law and holds an SPHR certification from the HRCI. She has presented at AWI's Workplace Investigations Basics and Public Sector Investigations seminars. She is a long-time member of the State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Law Section. Although her office, Reilly Workplace Investigations, is located in San Diego County, she conducts investigations throughout California.
Michael Robbins, EXTTI, Incorporated (CA & CT). Mr. Robbins is President of EXTTI, Incorporated—a company he founded more than 17 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 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.
Keith Rohman, Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (CA & CT). Mr. 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.
Alexander Sperry, Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation (CA). Mr. Sperry is a partner with Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation. He has dedicated his career to providing labor and employment law counseling, training, and investigative and litigation services to public and private employers. Today, Mr. Sperry focuses primarily on conducting workplace investigations and training employers and employees on best practices. He is a frequent lecturer on workplace-related issues. In particular, he has studied and lectured on ethical issues in employment, including presenting “Workplace Ethics: Your Responsibilities” training to multiple groups. Mr. Sperry is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. He co-authored "Applying the California Supreme Court 'Mixed Motive' Analysis in Workplace Discrimination Investigations", published in the July, 2013 AWI Journal. He also co-presented the AWI Webinars "The Attorney Investigator: Avoiding Ethical Missteps" in January 2014 and "Retaliation: Tips and Techniques for the Workplace Investigator" in August 2014, and the Electronic Data session at the AWI Institute in February 2014, of which he is also a graduate.
Dan Stormer, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Resnick (CA). Mr. Stormer is a 1974 graduate of New York University School of Law. He has been a Civil Rights, International Human Rights and Constitutional lawyer for thirty-seven years. Mr. Stormer has repeatedly been listed in the Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California, Best Lawyers in America, as well as in the Top 10 Lawyers in Southern California. He was recently named "Attorney of the Year" by the California Lawyer for his work in International Human Rights. As a result of a nationwide survey, he is listed among Lawdragon Magazine's 500 Leading Lawyers and 500 Leading Litigators in America. He has been profiled repeatedly by various legal periodicals, including The Daily Journal, Los Angeles Lawyer, California Law - Business, California Lawyer, and The Legal Exchange. He was named as one of the top 10 plaintiff-side employment lawyers in California by The Daily Journal. He was also named one of the top 5 plaintiff-side employment lawyers in California by Chambers U.S.A. - America’s Leading Lawyers. He has been repeatedly named one of Southern California's Super Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine. He is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been repeatedly recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers. He has presented at the "Arguments of the Masters" and the "Legends of Litigation." Mr. Stormer has lectured and published extensively, including legal treatises and law reviews. He has taught at over 200 seminars and trial programs, including the national conventions for the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and other advocacy programs. He has also taught law school at Hastings College of Law, Loyola Law School, University of San Fernando Law School, Southwestern Law School and People’s College of Law. Mr. Stormer has been involved in over 70 published appellate decisions and has argued cases at all levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sue Ann Van Dermyden, Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation (CA). Ms. 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 Planning 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. Ms. Van Dermyden is a Charter Member and Sustaining Member of AWI, and currently serves as AWI's Vice President. She is also Vice Chair of the AWI Institute. Ms. Van Dermyden is a popular speaker at AWI annual conferences, seminars, and Institutes.
Bob Weronik, Alexion Pharmaceuticals (CT). Mr. Weronik is Senior Director of Global Security for Alexion Pharmaceuticals in Cheshire, Connecticut. He has worked as a corporate security professional for over 15 years, for companies including the William W. Backus Hospital in Connecticut, Risk Management Associates in North Carolina, Progress Energy in Florida, and General Electric in Florida and Connecticut. He also served for three years as a police officer for Hebron, Connecticut. Immediately before joining Alexion, Mr. Weronik was Assistant Chief Security Officer for General Electric. His responsibilities included coordinating the company-wide workplace violence policy, response teams, employee and manager training, and incident data collection. Mr. Weronik is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS, International; a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) by IAHSS; and a Certified Infrastructure Preparedness Specialist (CIPS) by the Office of Infrastructure Preparedness. His colleague Steve Lubeski, Manager of Global Security for Alexion Pharmaceuticals, will be joining Mr. Weronik in his presentation.
Susan Woolley, Law Offices of Susan Woolley (CA). Ms. 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. Ms. Woolley is a member of the Board of Directors of AWI and currently serves as the Editor of the AWI Journal.