Boston Bar | Employment Law Conference

2019 Employment Law Conference

Thursday, October 17, 2019
11:30am – 5:45pm

Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA


The Boston Bar Association is excited to host its second annual Employment Law Conference. This conference offers practitioners a comprehensive look at the most pressing issues in the practice of employment law. Attendees will hear from experts on new case law, and statutory and regulatory developments, along with strategies to help better advise clients in this ever-changing landscape.

Our advisory committee is hard at work developing panels and inviting speakers. You won’t want to miss out on this year’s lineup, so reserve your seat today, space is limited.




Lunchtime Keynote: Dignity at Work and Workplace Bullying: Roles for Employment and Labor Lawyers?

David Yamada
Professor of Law and Director, New Workplace Institute, Suffolk University Law School


Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Implementation

Moderator: Melissa Brennan
Legal Counsel, Partners Healthcare

William Alpine, Esq.
Director at Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Family and Medical Leave

Kristina Gasson, Esq.
Appeals & Exemptions Manager at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Family & Medical Leave

Michael Murray
Director of Employee Benefits, The Bulfinch Group

Brian E. Whiteley
Partner, Barclay Damon LLP


Navigating Recent Divergence Between Federal and State Laws

Moderator: Renee Inomata
Partner, Casner & Edwards, LLP

Neldy Jean-Francois
Commissioner, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Justin Keith
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Oren Sellstrom
Litigation Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights

Track 1

Track 2


The State and Federal Legislative Response to the #MeToo Movement

Laurie Bishop
Partner, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP

Dan Blake
Partner, Barclay Damon LLP

Stephanie Holt, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Victim Rights Law Center

Lori Jodoin
Partner, Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP

Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Law

Moderator: Matthew Horvitz
Counsel, Goulston & Storrs

Andrea L. Martin
Partner, Burns & Levinson LLP

Raven Moeslinger
Partner, Law Office of Nicholas F. Ortiz, P.C.

Rachel Smit
Fair Work, P.C.


Investigating Claims of Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation: Practical Tips

Kori Anderson-Deasy
Employment Counsel, Biogen

Judy S. Kalisker Esq.
Compliance Plus

Barbara Robb
Hartley Michon & Robb LLP

L&E Issues Arising in M&A Deals

Moderator: Jack Gearan
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Megan Bisk
Partner, Ropes & Gray

Vanessa Gilbreth
Legal Counsel, Partners HealthCare

Stéphanie Smith
Casner & Edwards


Networking Reception

Carla Reeves (Co-Chair)
Goulston & Storrs

Melissa Brennan (Co-Chair)
Partners Healthcare

Carolyn Marcotte Crowley
Barclay Damon

Jack Gearan
Greenberg Traurig

Josh Nadreau
Fisher Phillips

Renee Inomata
Casner Edwards



  • Members: $330.00
  • Government/legal services: $200.00


  • Non-members: $430.00
  • Conference + BBA Membership Bundle: $555.00

For questions about registration or to take advantage of the conference + membership bundle, please contact Daniel Tillman: 617.778.1948 |

Thank you to our Title Sponsor

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Boston Bar educational programs are sponsored in part by the Joan B. DiCola Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please click here.

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