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By Kari Santos |

Roundtable-Employment Law


Mark Romeo is a partner at Crowell & Moring and a member of the Labor & Employment and Litigation Groups. He is a trial lawyer, but he also advises and counsels clients in industries including semiconductors, securities, radio, live entertainment, construction, communications, medical device, and transportation. He has extensive experience, including several trials, representing companies in class action litigation and litigation generally in the areas of trade secrets/Lanham Act/state unfair competition, wage/hour; wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, misclassification of employees/independent contractors, reductions-in-force, executive compensation, and RICO.

JoAnna Brooks is a partner in the San Francisco office of Jackson Lewis, specializing in defense in employment disputes, including harassment, discrimination, breach of contract, wage and hour, and unfair business practices. She handles complex multi-plaintiff and class action matter and represents employers before the California Labor Commissioner and other agencies.  Brooks counsels clients on preventative measures to avoid litigation and assists in the formulation of personnel policies and procedures. She conducts training seminars on discrimination and harassment in the workplace, personnel management, and wage and hour compliance.

C. Christine Maloney, a partner at Jackson Lewis in San Francisco, represents employers in trial and appellate litigation. She has obtained numerous summary judgment dismissals in discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, and wrongful discharge suits, and has successfully defended those dismissals before state appeals courts and the Ninth Circuit. Maloney also provides preventative counseling to employers and is noted for her innovative training programs on harassment prevention, litigation avoidance, hiring practices, disability and leave management, discipline and discharge, and internal investigations.

Liza Ring is assistant general counsel for McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 15 health care company with more than $106 billion in sales and 32,000 employees. In her role, she is responsible for labor, employment, and benefit law matters for the corporation. She also advises the company on executive compensation issues and employment and benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Before joining McKesson, Ring practiced law at three San Francisco law firms, including Littler Mendelson, representing businesses and individual executives.

Ken Sugarman is an associate at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, specializing in representing employees. He has represented and counseled individual employees in a broad range of matters, including contracts, separation agreements, leave issues, and litigation and arbitration involving wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, unpaid compensation/breach of contract, fraud, and wage and hour violations. He also has represented classes of employees in numerous wage and hour class actions in federal and California state courts, as well as a WARN Act class action. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.


Kari Santos

Daily Journal Staff Writer

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