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Untying the Knot: More Complex and Unexpected Scenarios in Workplace Investigations
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Outside Investigators Track

Friday, October 23
3:15 - 4:15pm

Every workplace investigation poses a unique set of factual disputes for investigators to pursue and resolve. But, sometimes, issues come up that have no easy or right answer; that threaten the integrity and outcome of the investigation; that jeopardize the client relationship; or that trigger novel obligations. By their nature, these issues are unexpected, complex, and unpredictable. As a follow up to last year’s Untying the Knot presentation, this advanced investigations program will engage the audience in how to resolve a series of new complex scenarios. The authorities discussed will include American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, and 4.1.

Speakers: Eli Makus and Lisa Buehler, Ellis Buehler Makus, LLP; and Linda Burwell, President, National Employment Counsel, PLLC


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.

Lisa Buehler

Lisa Buehler

Lisa Buehler has more than 20 years of legal experience, nearly all spent specializing in employment law. Ms. Buehler has specialized in conducting workplace investigations for over 14 years, working with public and private employers on a wide range of matters, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower claims, sexual assault and medical peer review investigations. She has conducted investigations for Fortune 500 companies, state agencies, school and college districts, healthcare organizations, police and fire departments and financial institutions. She also speaks frequently on conducting investigations.

Lisa Buehler

Linda G. Burwell

Linda G. Burwell is the president of National Employment Counsel, PLLC, a national niche firm serving in-house counsel, law firms and insurers, specializing in workplace investigations. She is a nationally recognized employment law expert with more than 25 years experience representing companies and is a frequent speaker and author on employment law and risk management issues. Ms. Burwell is recognized by the EEOC as an expert on the EEOC and was invited to testify before the commission in Washington, DC, regarding investigations and conciliations.

Ms. Burwell is a seasoned investigator who has successfully overseen hundreds of investigations, including numerous investigations of high-level individuals, including CEOs, presidents, CFOs, board members, owners of companies, and other executives.  She is often hired by regional and national law firms and has conducted national and international investigations. She works with counsel to quickly investigate and assess a broad range of compliance or workplace claims, such as allegations of harassment, discrimination, bullying, misconduct, whistleblower, violence, SOX, fraud, ethical violations and other employee complaints. 

Ms. Burwell is a member of the Michigan Bar. She is an ABA Foundation Fellow and has received numerous awards and honors including being recognized in the Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, one of Michigan’s Super Lawyers, Leaders in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Top 50 Female Lawyers in Michigan, Top Lawyers by DBusiness Magazine, and she received a lifetime achievement award for Women in Leadership, from the Michigan Business & Professional Association.

Approved for 1.0 hours HRCI general recertification credit.
1.0 hours CA MCLE credit approved in legal ethics; 1.0 hours WA MCLE credit approved; 1.0 hours NY CLE Professional Practice Credits approved. CO CLE credit pending.

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