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|Chicago Area 2019 Institute Faculty|
Linda G. Burwell, AWI-CH investigation counsel and president of National Investigation Counsel, PLLC, serves law firms, in-house counsel, and insurers primarily in workplace investigations, focusing her investigations on C-Suite and other high-level executives. She is often retained/referred by national employment law firms representing a wide variety of entities ranging from small non-profits to Fortune 100 Companies. Her investigations have spanned international borders, extending from the United States into Africa, Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, India and Thailand. She is a nationally recognized employment law expert with over 30 years' experience, is a frequent speaker/author on risk management issues, and was invited by the EEOC to testify (as a defense attorney) before the Commission in Washington DC regarding investigations and conciliations. She 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. Prior to forming National Investigation Counsel, PLLC, Ms. Burwell cofounded and grew an employment defense firm into the largest women-owned defense firm in the state of Michigan. Today, as the leader of National Investigation Counsel, PLLC, she no longer litigates, has no ties to any single law firm, and has become a valuable resource to her clients, many of whom are former competitors or courtroom adversaries.
Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, AWI-CH, a partner in Robinson+Cole's Labor and Employment Group, counsels boards of directors, senior management, and human resources professionals in all areas of employment law, with a focus on sensitive, high-risk personnel issues, investigations, compliance, training, and U.S. market entry initiatives for international organizations. She represents a wide array of employers, ranging from Global 500 Companies and publicly-traded companies to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to manufacturers and has been ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the state of Connecticut in the area of Labor & Employment since 2014 and in Connecticut Super Lawyers® since 2013. Britt-Marie regularly advises clients regarding personnel policies, affirmative action compliance, pay equity, discipline and terminations, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, employment contracts, severance and separation agreements, reductions in force, and workplace health and safety issues. She also represents employers across various industries in litigation involving discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and other employment claims. Britt-Marie is a trained workplace investigator, and regularly serves as a speaker for the Association of Workplace Investigators. Robinson+Cole is an Am Law 200 firm serving regional, national, and international clients from nine offices throughout the Northeast, Florida, and California.
Donna R. Evans, AWI-CH is a Director at EXTTI, Inc, where she conducts workplace investigations, training and expert witness review. Donna has years of expertise in the following areas: (1) investigation of claims of harassment, discrimination, and employee misconduct, including complaints made under Title VII and Title IX, EEOC and FEHA; (2) executive and staff training on respectful workplace conduct, leadership, communication, ethics, performance management and bullying; and (3) expert witness testimony and consulting in sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination litigation — particularly on workplace investigation issues. Donna’s background includes civil litigation and trial experience in healthcare, insurance as well as labor and employment law. She served as a Director with Aon Corporation where she managed a work group responsible for contract review and regulatory compliance. She is an adjunct instructor at California State University of Fullerton, where she has taught labor and employment law. Donna is a member of the State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section). She is a Sustaining Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and a Certificate Holder (AWI-CH). She has been a faculty member for AWI Training Institutes in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Donna also holds Title IX certificates of training from ATIXA and T9 Mastered (basic and advanced). In addition, she also received special training from the National Center for Campus Public Safety for trauma-informed sexual assault investigation and adjudication.
Kathryn M. Hartrick, AWI-CH is the founder and managing partner of Hartrick Employment Law, Ltd. She delivers legal solutions in the areas of investigations, training/coaching, and employment law counseling. She has recently supported many clients in implementing investigation programs, updated policies and training programs to deter discrimination/harassment and foster positive workplace cultures. She has been involved in several investigations addressing perceived bias and harassment. She has also coached several individuals where investigations have found violations of company policies. Kathryn combines over 25 years of employment law expertise with training in investigations and executive coaching. She has over 15 years first-hand knowledge of business needs as a senior corporate counsel and HR officer with global publicly traded corporations such as Career Education, Wolters Kluwer and United Stationers/Essendant. She is also General Counsel/Vice President for the global coaching firm, Robertson Lowstuter. In addition to being a former law firm partner, she taught Employment Discrimination at Loyola University School of Law, and served as Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations discrimination agency. She is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), International Coach Federation (ICF), and a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She’s a certified mediator and former volunteer with Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), EEOC and IDHR. For the past 15 years, she has chaired the North Shore Labor & Employment Counsel (NSLC), and serves on the Board of Directors for NISHRM. She frequently speaks and writes on sexual harassment/respect in the workplace, investigations, executive coaching topics, and employment law topics. Her law degree is from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she served on the Law Review, and she has a BBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
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.
Erin Mason, AWI-CH is an experienced ethics and compliance professional with recognized expertise in conducting and ensuring thorough, fair, and defensible workplace investigations. Ms. Mason is the Director of Ethics and Compliance at Reyes Holdings, LLC, a Chicago-based company with approximately 31,000 employees in nineteen countries. As part of her responsibilities at Reyes Holdings, Ms. Mason frequently trains management and Human Resources representatives in conducting internal investigations. Prior to joining Reyes Holdings, Ms. Mason practiced civil litigation for four years. Ms. Mason holds a B.A. from Indiana University – Bloomington and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law where she was a member of the DePaul Law Review. Ms. Mason is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP).
Judy Mims has been active in AWI since she joined in 2012 and attended the 2013 AWI Training Institute in Santa Barbara. Judy was elected to the AWI Board of Directors in 2015 and serves as the Chair for the Seminar and Webinar Committee which produces Basics in Investigations training as well as Public Investigations training annually. Judy has been a speaker about internal investigations at an annual AWI conference, and co-presented annual AWI Investigations Basics day long trainings in Seattle, WA, and in Vancouver, BC. In 2014, she was selected to be a full-time faculty member for the AWI Training Institute and has taught at the east coast institutes in Mystic, CT, Niagara, Ontario, and Baltimore, MD. Judy values her involvement with AWI as she appreciates conducting workplace investigations as a profession and wants to contribute to AWI’s efforts to continue setting the standard for this body of work. She brings her experience as a former EEO internal investigator at the Microsoft Corporation and 20+ years in labor and employment law as in-house counsel and HR for the University of Washington and the State of Washington. In the past, Ms. Mims has served as the chair of the Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment Section of the Washington State Bar Association as well as chair for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors for King County in Seattle, WA.
Marilou Mirkovich, AWI-CH has been an attorney for over 30 years. For more than 15 years, conducting, supervising, and evaluating impartial investigations has comprised the central part of Ms. Mirkovich’s practice. Her impartial investigation practice often concerns complex allegations against high‐level employees and focuses on whistleblower, discrimination, and harassment allegations. She has significant expertise in public sector investigations, including compliance with statutory requirements for California public safety officer and firefighter investigations. Before focusing on impartial workplace investigations, Ms. Mirkovich represented employers on all aspects of employment law, and she continues to provide employment advice and counsel to employers. Additionally, Ms. Mirkovich has received Title IX investigator certification through the Association of Title IX Administrators, and has acted as an external adjudicator for Title IX sexual misconduct hearings. Her training in trauma informed investigations enhances her skills in conducting sexual misconduct investigations at postsecondary academic institutions. She also trains employees of post‐secondary institutions and workplaces to investigate claims of sexual misconduct.
Reuben Mjaanes 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 Madison, WI native and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Reuben taught for three years before attending law school.
Keith Rohman has been an investigator in the public and private sectors for more than 30 years. As president and founder of Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII), a Los Angeles-based investigations firm, Rohman investigated many high-profile cases, including litigation related to the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib; allegations of shootings of Iraqis by Blackwater, Inc.; the enslavement of dozens of Thai workers in an El Monte, California, sweatshop; and the trial against Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King. Rohman has conducted defense investigations in death penalty cases in California, Utah, Alaska, Arizona, and Washington. His work has taken him throughout the United States, as well as to Mexico, Germany, Jordan, South Africa, and Turkey. Under Title IX, Rohman has conducted and overseen investigations of sexual assault complaints at numerous Southern California colleges and universities. He was the principal investigator for attorneys in landmark litigation filed on behalf of service women and men sexually assaulted in the U.S. military. He is a senior trainer with T9 Mastered Training for Campus Investigators. In the workplace, Rohman has conducted third-party investigations into allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, and retaliation for private- and public-sector employers, including school districts and universities. Previously, 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 at the Sheriff’s Department. Rohman also served as a court-appointed monitor in a federal lawsuit addressing the treatment of disabled inmates in the Orange County jails. The City of Los Angeles retained Rohman to serve as the executive director of its 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. These recommendations led to the establishment of a new City agency to oversee this work.In addition, Rohman has served as an expert witness and testified in court proceedings on investigative issues, both in civil and criminal cases. Rohman is the president of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), an international professional association of more than 850 attorneys, human resource professionals, and private investigators who conduct or manage workplace investigations. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches fact investigation. He is a Senior Faculty member at AWI’s accredited Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, and has conducted trainings throughout the U.S. and Canada.