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|Minneapolis 2020 Institute Faculty|
Daphne Pierre Bishop, AWI-CH has represented companies with California workforces for nearly two decades. Her experience advising and defending small to Fortune 500 companies in all types of industries against the gamut of employment-related claims offers her a unique advantage in assisting companies prevent, investigate and resolve employee and institutional misconduct. Daphne’s litigation experience ranges from defending companies against claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, and other employment-related claims, such as wrongful termination, breach of contract, and whistle-blowing. She has also defended employers in class action lawsuits alleging violations of wage and hour laws, payment of wages, meal and rest breaks, and commission chargebacks. Daphne also has extensive experience working closely with companies to help them avoid litigation, including providing advice on employment issues ranging from discipline to leaves of absence. Combining her litigation and counseling experience, Daphne’s practice now focuses on providing internal investigation services as a neutral third party investigator or a strategic advisor. Clients rely on Daphne’s extensive experience to ensure that employee complaints are promptly and thoroughly investigated, so that should a claim arise out of an investigation they minimize their overall legal risk. Daphne received a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law. Daphne is an AWI Certificate Holder.
Kathy Eppright, AWI-CH is the Chairman of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Civil Litigation, Hospitality and Wine & Agribusiness Practice Groups. Kathy has been practicing 25 years with a focus on employment litigation and counseling. Kathy has handled cases ranging from employment discrimination and sexual harassment to real property and business disputes. In addition to actions brought in state court, Kathy has successfully defended claims of discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the EEOC, the California Labor Commissioner and the U. S. Department of Labor. Kathy also frequently serves as an outside workplace investigator and is a Certificate Holder from the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and convener for the AWI Central Coast local circle.
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Maria Infanger, AWI-CH is currently a Senior EEO Investigator for Lockheed Martin. Ms. Infanger conducts internal investigations of varying complexity involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, other workplace misconduct, and violations of policy. Prior to her employment as an EEO Investigator, Ms. Infanger was an attorney for the United States Postal Service for almost 30 years where she practiced in a variety of areas, including many years litigating and providing advice in labor and employment matters. Also, during her time as an attorney at the Postal Service, Ms. Infanger provided training on a variety of topics to other attorneys and clients. Ms. Infanger received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a member of the DC Bar. Ms. Infanger is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and successfully completed AWI’s 2017 Training Institute for Workplace Investigators in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Infanger was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and currently resides with her husband in the DC metropolitan area.
Monica Jeffrey, AWI-CH is a founding partner at JMJ Workplace Investigation Law LLP, one of the first law firms in Canada to devote its practice exclusively to conducting impartial workplace investigations. Prior to becoming an impartial fact-finder, Monica specialized in employment and labour law for 10 years, working with public and private organizations across multiple industries and sectors, including unionized and non- unionized workplaces. Throughout her career, Monica conducted workplace investigations including those involving discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and other employee misconduct. Since the firm opened in early 2013, Monica has gained significant experience dealing with complex investigative issues including: multiple and/or anonymous complainants and respondents, highly politicized and sensitive matters involving senior executives and Board directors, and workplace reviews. Monica is a Board Director and sustaining member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). She was integrally involved in the establishment of the Canadian Chapter for AWI (CAWI), served as full-time faculty and chaired several AWI Training Institutes.
Emily Kaufer, AWI-CH is a graduate of McGill University, Faculty of Law, in Montreal, Quebec. She currently works at Air Canada, in the Human Resources department, as Director of the Human Rights and Harassment Office. Ms. Kaufer and her team are responsible for conducting formal workplace investigations involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, violence, workplace misconduct and violations of policy. Also, her team delivers training to employees and managers on human rights, harassment and respect in the workplace. Ms. Kaufer also supports Management in dealing with workplace conflict. Prior to her employment as a workplace investigator, Ms. Kaufer was an attorney at a multimedia company, where she practiced entertainment and labour law. Ms. Kaufer is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), including in her role as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Canadian Committee. Ms. Kaufer received her Certificate of Completion from the 2015 Training Institute in Mystic, Connecticut, and successfully completed AWI’s ANSI accredited certificate program in 2017. Ms. Kaufer has spoken at AWI on the topic of union-management joint investigation process, and at the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, International Labor and Employment Law Committee, in Milan, Italy, on the challenges of cross-boarder investigations and proceedings (Canada, US and EU).
Lynn Lieber, AWI-CH is an expert workplace investigator, having conducted hundreds of such investigations for all types of employers. She is an active member of the international organization AWI (Association of Workplace Investigators). Lynn has been designated as an AWI Certificate Holder, having passed an examination administered by AWI. From 2014-2019, Lynn served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at AWI’s Workplace Investigation Training Institute, as she will in 2020. In 1987, Lynn began practicing management-side employment law in San Francisco at Littler, the renowned world leader in the field of employment law. She later practiced at Fisher & Phillips LLP, where she became a full equity partner in 1995. For a decade, Lynn was the Founder and CEO of Workplace Answers, Inc., a full-service employment law training company specializing in Web-based training solutions. Lynn’s mission was to provide high quality, scalable training on a worldwide basis to Fortune 500 companies as well as educational, public and non-profit organizations. Workplace Answers trained millions of employees around the globe in preventive employment practices. Lynn successfully sold Workplace Answers in 2010; it is now owned and operated by EverFi, the largest web-based training company in the world. For the past decade, Lynn’s primary professional focus has been conducting workplace investigations that are efficient, cost-effective and objective. Lynn brings neutrality to her role after her decade of owning and managing a preventive training company. She conducts 15-25 investigations per year. Lynn earned a B.A. degree, Cum Laude, from the University of the Pacific in California. She earned a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she served as the Technical Editor of the Computer and High Technology Law Journal.
Eli Makus, AWI-CH is an employment attorney whose practice is focused on conducting impartial workplace investigations. He is a co-founder of the law firm Ellis Buehler Makus LLP, which specializes in workplace and Title IX investigations. The firm has several attorney investigators and conducts impartial investigations across California for public and private employers. Eli regularly trains on all areas of employment law, including conducting workplace investigations. Eli previously served as in-house counsel for a large healthcare provider where he conducted and supervised investigations and helped develop an internal investigations program. Before that, he worked for a large Northern California law firm representing employers in a variety of employment law matters. Eli is devoted to promoting and enhancing the quality of impartial workplace investigations. He is an AWI Board Member and is Co-Chair of the Institute committee. Eli earned his law degree from King Hall at the University of California, Davis.
Oliver McKinstry, AWI-CH has over a decade of experience conducting internal and external investigations. He is currently the Global Head of Employee Relations at Twilio, a San Francisco-based CPaaS (Cloud Communications Platform as a Service) company with 13 international locations. He previously led the HR investigations function at DaVita, a Fortune 200 healthcare company. He has also been an investigator at a Fortune 100 aerospace and defense company. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and conducted external workplace investigations as part of his employment law practice at two Am Law 100 law firms. Before law school, Oliver spent two years teaching English in rural Japan. He looks forward to helping others find and hone their authentic voice in conducting investigations.
Reuben Mjaanes, AWI-CH is a Senior Legal Director at Medtronic, Inc., where he has served as in-house counsel in Medtronic's Employment Law Group since 2006. In his role at Medtronic, Reuben provides advice and counsel to Human Resources (HR), Employee Relations (ER) and Managers on a wide range of employment related issues. He also conducts training for HR, ER and Medtronic managers and employees on employment related topics, respect in the workplace, performance management and investigations. Reuben coordinates Medtronic's Employment Law Group's investigation process and team. Prior to joining Medtronic, Reuben was a partner at the Minneapolis, MN law firm of Lindquist & Vennum where he worked in the Employment Law area (handling litigation and advice and counseling). While at Lindquist & Vennum, Reuben was named a Minnesota Lawyer Rising Star. Reuben is a current AWI Board Member and has served as part and full-time faculty at AWI Institutes since 2017. Reuben is a Madison, WI native and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Reuben taught for three years before attending law school.
Amy Oppenheimer, AWI-CH has over 30 years of experience in employment law as an attorney, investigator, arbitrator, mediator, trainer, and administrative law judge. She has trained employees and employers throughout the US in how to prevent harassment, investigate workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, in diversity in the workplace. She has performed impartial investigations for a large range of employers, public and private, large and small. A trial qualified expert in State and Federal court, Ms. Oppenheimer has testified for plaintiffs and the defense about employment practices in preventing, responding to and investigating workplace harassment. She has testified at deposition, arbitration or trial more than 60 times. Ms. Oppenheimer is the author of numerous articles about harassment and discrimination, and is co-author of one of the few books about the practice of investigations, Investigating Workplace Harassment: How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal, (Society of Human Resource Management, 2003). She speaks frequently on these issues. Ms. Oppenheimer is the founder and past president of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI), past president of Berkeley Dispute Resolution Services, and an advisor to the executive committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California.
Amit Patel, AWI-CH is the principal ethics and compliance officer and senior associate general counsel at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, where he leads and ensures a coordinated approach to ethics and compliance programs across the Lab. Amit’s wide range of experience includes providing counseling, investigatory and strategic planning advice in support of corporate legal goals and objectives. Before moving into his current role, Amit led a Laboratory-wide effort to enhance and implement ADA and EEO programs, including investigations related to sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Amit is a licensed attorney and mediator, a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) and Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH). He was named a 2019 Top Corporate Counsel by DCA Live, an honor recognizing the D.C. region’s top in-house attorneys.
Garon Wyatt, AWI-CH is owner of Garon Wyatt Investigative Services (GWIS) has been conducting public safety background checks and workplace investigations since May 2017. Mr. Wyatt previously spent 30 years in Public Safety. He is keenly aware of the ongoing need to maintain public trust, and the role that thorough independent investigations into allegations of misconduct play in maintaining this trust. Mr. Wyatt has considerable knowledge and training in criminal investigations and workplace investigations. He has accumulated over 200 hours of training in criminal and administrative investigative techniques. As an experienced investigator, Mr. Wyatt has investigated an array of administrative cases involving conduct and performance; including allegations of criminal behavior, excessive or unreasonable use of force, allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, integrity violations, and violations of departmental policies.
Sue Ann Van Dermyden, AWI-CH is a founding and Senior Partner of Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation, an investigations law firm. The Firm has a team of 17 attorneys dedicated almost exclusively to conducting workplace and campus investigations throughout California and Nevada. Sue Ann spent years litigating employment matters before focusing her practice on investigations. She is a founding member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, formed in 2009. Sue Ann has held almost every office and served on virtually every committee in AWI, and currently serves as the Board’s Immediate Past President. She also holds an AWI Accredited Certificate from the AWI Institute. Sue Ann is the co-chair of the Workplace Investigations Subcommittee with the American Bar Association, Employee Rights & Responsibilities section. Sue Ann has been listed in Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2010. She regularly speaks and acts as an expert witness on investigations. Sue Ann earned her Bachelor’s Degree from CSU Chico and received her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law.