Burbank/Glendale - How Did We Get Here?
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Burbank/Glendale - How Did We Get Here?

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: Pickwick Gardens Conference Center
1001 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, California  91506
United States
Presenter: Various Speakers
Contact: Germaine Cresmer

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How Did We Get Here?

A Panel of Plaintiff's Lawyers Provide Insights Into What Motivates an Employee to Call a Lawyer and How HR Can Manage That Risk


Our panel of three Plaintiff’s attorneys will discuss both the arc of an employee’s decision to pursue litigation against a current or former employer, and the arc of the litigation itself from initiation through settlement or trial.

This promises to be a fascinating discussion revealing a litigant’s core motivations, how plaintiff’s attorneys can aid in avoiding litigation, what due diligence is involved, how employers complicate their own legal options, following the money to show how employers can minimize settlements, and still following the money to reveal surprises in billed hours to employers.


  • Understanding the hidden motivations or complications behind Employee’s decisions to pursue litigation
  • Understanding the technical process of Employee-initiated litigation;
  • Understanding mistakes Employers and/or Defense attorneys make
  • Understanding the challenges posed by Employment defense attorneys

Moderated by PIHRA Immediate Past President, Attorney Marilyn Monahan


Program Agenda

11:30am - 12:00pm - Welcome/Registration/Networking
12:00pm - 1:30pm - Speaker Presentation
Lunch will be served




Marilyn Monahan, Moderator

Marilyn A. Monahan is the owner of the Monahan Law Office in Marina del Rey, California. Marilyn focuses her practice on advising consultants, health plans, and employers on compliance with insurance and employee benefit laws, including ACA, ERISA, HIPAA, and COBRA. She lectures frequently to human resource and employee benefit professionals on new developments in the law. Her volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA); she currently serves as Immediate Past President of PIHRA. Marilyn is a also past chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California, and currently serves as an advisor to that group.


Andrew Friedman, Speaker

Andrew H. Friedman is a founding partner of the law firm of Helmer Friedman LLP which represents plaintiff employees in virtually all aspects of employment law. Mr. Friedman has settled multiple seven figure single plaintiff and class action employment lawsuits and won a $4.1 million single plaintiff jury verdict. Mr. Friedman served as Counsel of Record in Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corp. et. al. where he successfully convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to grant the petition for certiorari that he filed on behalf of his clients. In January 2017, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Sotomayor, reversed the Ninth Circuit and ruled in favor of Mr. Friedman’s clients. 
Finally, Mr. Friedman is also the author of a two-volume treatise on employment discrimination law.

  Teresa McQueen, Speaker

Teresa McQueen is a skilled trial attorney, a published author, and a respected member of the Orange County legal community. She has valuable expertise in Employment Law & HR Consulting, as well as Business Etiquette Training. SAFFIRE LEGAL, PC provides legal advice, education, and training from a perspective that assesses risk from a knowledge base solid on both the employer and employee perspectives. Teresa authors articles on a variety of employment issues and is a frequent speaker at seminars and lectures on various topics including ethics in business, workplace privacy, and preventing discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace.
  Lisa Maki, Speaker

Lisa is a Past – President of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. She practices plaintiff side employment, civil rights and injury cases along with class actions.




This program has been approved for 1.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs), towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).




This program has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at www.hrci.org.

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $35 $45
Guest/Nonmember $50 $60
PIHRA Member In-Transition $20 $20

Online registration closes on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 8:00am. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite.


Cancellation Policy

There will be a 50% administration fee for any cancellation. If you need to cancel, we must receive it in writing (email or fax) 2 business days prior to an event during normal business hours. Refunds will not be given to no-shows. Credits will not be issued for use towards future PIHRA events.


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