Woodland Hills - How Did We Get Here?
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Woodland Hills - How Did We Get Here?

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where: Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Road
Woodland Hills, California  91364
United States
Presenter: Various Speakers
Contact: PIHRA Woodland Hills Programs Chair

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PIHRA Woodland Hills

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.

Objectives are to learn:

  • The hidden motivations or complications behind employees’ decisions to pursue litigation
  • The technical process of Employee-initiated litigation;
  • Mistakes Employers and/or Defense attorneys make
  •  The challenges posed by Employment defense attorneys.

Moderated by PIHRA Immediate Past President, Attorney Marilyn Monahan


Program Agenda

7:30am – 7:55am - Registration
7:55am - 8:10am - Welcome/Announcements
8:10am - 9:25am - Speaker 
9:25am – 9:30am - Closing



  Moderator: Marilyn Monahan

Marilyn A. Monahan is the owner of the Monahan Law Office in Marina del Rey, CA. Marilyn focuses her practice on advising employers, health plans, and consultants on compliance with employee benefit and insurance 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), and as Secretary of the Employee Benefit Planning Association of Southern
California (EBPA). 

Speaker: Andrew H. Friedman, Helmer Friedman LLP

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. Mr. Friedman is also the author of a two-volume treatise on employment discrimination law entitled Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases.

  Speaker: Teresa McQueen

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. She is also the founder of Saffire Legal, an employment law firm, where she applies the skills and strategies learned as a litigator and general counsel attorney to provide employers and employees with legal advice, education, and training on developing and maintaining successful employee/employer relationships. 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.

Speaking:  Lisa Maki

Lisa is a Past President of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. She has her own legal practice representing plaintiff side employment, civil rights and injury cases along with class actions.



This program has been approved for 1.25 Professional Development Credits (PDCs), towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
This program has been approved for 1.25 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 $30 $45
Guest/Nonmember $45 $50
PIHRA Member In-Transition $20 $25
PIHRA Student Member $15 $20

Online registration closes on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8 PM. Registrations after this date will only be taken onsite.


Cancellation Policy

There will be a 50% administration fee for any cancellations. If you need to cancel, we must receive it in writing (email or fax) 2 business days prior to the 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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