2019 Labor and Employment Law Conference

The Labor and Employment Law Section’s biennial conference returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 21 and 22, 2019! During this one and a half-day conference, leaders in labor and employment matters will address compelling and timely topics of interest to practitioners. In addition to ample networking opportunities, this conference will provide educational insight on current hot topics in the field.

Advance registration for this event is now closed. Attendees can still register onsite at the conference hotel if they'd like to attend the conference!

Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday (Feb. 21) outside the Indigo Room at La Concha Resort. To expedite the onsite registration process - bring a completed onsite registration form with you.

Registration Fees

 Sustaining Member   $345
 Section Member  $215
 Member  $365
 Nonmember  $465
 Government/Academic   $250
 Student  $90

Payment Methods
Acceptable methods of payment include credit card and check. We can accept exact cash payments onsite on the event date. Registration forms received without payment will not be processed.
Cancellation Policy
No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, January 25, 2019. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification. Please contact Caitlin Rider at
crider@fedbar.org with cancellation and/or substitution requests.

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:00 - 10:50 a.m.

The Essential EEO Update
Grossman will provide an update on all important Court of Appeal and Supreme Court decisions in the field of employment discrimination law that have come down from January 1, 2016 to date. Attendees will learn practical strategies to use and defend against these new cases. 

  • Paul Grossman, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Employment Contracts - Best Practices and Common Mistakes
The world of employment contracts is ample, allowing for parties to develop mechanisms to create and protect the type of business relationship which may best suit their needs. This presentation will focus on the preparation, development and best practices associated with various types of employment agreements, including, executive compensation and independent contractor relationships in at-will and for-cause jurisdictions. Also, as restrictive covenants are common in employment contracts today, the presentation will also focus on the legal requirements to draft valid restrictive covenants and common mistakes to avoid when developing such covenants.

  • Corie J. Anderson, Shareholder, Seaton, Peters & Revnew, P.A.
  • Katherine González Valentín, Capital Member, Ferraiuoli, LLC
12:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon - Ethics Presentation
The panel will provide professional responsibility and ethics training that practitioners use every day.  With the use of fact patterns, panelists will walk through the rules and responsibilities of practicing lawyers and discuss real situations in which ethical dilemmas arise; including but not limited to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Federal Rules for Civil Procedure and the sham affidavit rule. Attendees will leave with tools to make sound ethical decisions.

  • Hon. Gustavo A. Gelpí, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; FBA Past National President
  • TJ McGrath, General Counsel, Congressional Budget Office, United States Congress

Sponsored by Estrella, LLC

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Persuasive Strategies for Trial
Panelists will walk through a trial toolkit, addressing the importance of jury demographics, case themes, and atmospherics. Attorneys will learn techniques to better connect with jurors and develop the most effective strategies for trial from the plaintiff and defense perspectives in several key areas of trial preparation. 

  • Jim Hammerschmidt, Co-President, The Law Firm of Paley Rothman (Moderator)
  • Dr. Samantha D. Holmes, Partner, EDGE Litigation Consulting LLC
  • Enrique J. Mendoza Mendez, Owner, Mendoza Law Offices
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

ERISA Pitfalls to Avoid for Employment Attorneys Who Do not Practice ERISA
Participants will learn as to the applicability of ERISA to Employee Benefits Plans, particularly to those established by employers in Puerto Rico, and the different rights and obligations that come into play based on the statute itself and its interpretations.  In addition, the participant will adequately identify the different limitations and the extent of the obligations that arise due to the participation of an employer in a multiemployer defined benefit plan.

  • Robert C. Christenson, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP
  • Carlos Rodríguez-Cintron, Owner, Rodríguez & Fernandez
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

New Developments in Cases of LGBT Harassment and Discrimination Under Title VII

  • Joyce E. Kitchens, Managing Partner, Kitchens New Cleghorn LLC (Moderator)
  • Jack Blum, Associate, Polsinelli PC
  • Hon. Daniel R. Dominguez, Senior District Judge, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • Phillip M. Kitzer, Attorney, Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel PLLP
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Network with fellow peers on the outside terrace, featuring ocean sunset views.

Sponsored by:

  • Best & Flanagan LLP
  • Ferrailouli LLC
  • McConnell Valdés LLC
  • Seaton, Peters & Revnew, P.A.
8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Best Practices for Handling #MeToo or #Time'sUp Allegations
This dynamic panel presentation will focus on how in-house and outside counsel can be better equipped to respond to allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate workplace conduct.  We will discuss how employment investigations have changed in the #MeToo era and how legal considerations may no longer be the driving force behind a report or complaint.  The panel also will provide tips for handling investigations, including when an investigation should be initiated, who should lead an investigation, best practices for interviewing witnesses, privilege issues, and writing an investigative report. 

  • Joel P. Schroeder, Partner, Best & Flanagan LLP (Moderator)
  • Dawn Blume, Senior Employment Counsel, Zebra Technologies Corporation
  • Ivelisse Bonilla, Founding Partner, Awerkamp, Bonilla & Giles, PLC
  • David R. Jiménez, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

E-Discovery, Evidence and Litigation Positions in Employment Cases
Attendees will learn about issues that typically arise in planning for, conducting, and responding to electronic discovery in employment litigation.  Panelists will cover some of the ways that employment litigation and the outside employment counsel/in-house counsel relationship present unique electronic discovery challenges and opportunities.  Attendees will also learn how different types of employment litigation (e.g., single plaintiff, wage and hour, investigations) may warrant different approaches and tools.

  • Rafael L. Guthartz, Business Development Manager, iDiscovery Solutions
  • Alejandro Mercado Martínez, Legal Counsel for Litigation and Legal Affairs, Triple-S Management Corporation
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

What Do In-House Counsel Expect from Outside Labor and Employment Counsel?

  • Ángel Omy Rey-Seijo, Associate, Pizarro & González (Moderator)
  • Dawn Blume, Senior Employment Counsel, Zebra Technologies Corporation
  • Timothy A. Perkins, Managing Attorney, Labor & Employment Litigation, AutoZone, Inc.

A discounted block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at La Concha Resort (1077 Ashford Avenue; San Juan, PR 00907) at $269/night (plus taxes & resort fees). Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out is 11:00 a.m.

Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 25, 2019. Any reservations received after the above date or until the block is full, whichever is sooner, will be accepted based on a room-type and rate-available basis.

Click Here to reserve your room online. To reserve over the phone, call 787-977-3399 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET or Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET and reference the group name "Federal Bar Association." Please have your arrival/departure dates and credit card information ready to expedite your reservation process.

In order to ensure the success of FBA meetings and programs, we encourage all participants to make their housing accommodations within the arranged room block. The Meetings Department makes every effort to keep expenses at this meeting as low as possible by negotiating the best hotel rate with its vendors. We appreciate your support and consideration.

 Event Partners

iDiscovery Solutions, Inc. 

Pizarro & González 

General Session Sponsors 

Estrella, LLC 

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Reception Sponsors 

Best & Flanagan LLP

Ferraiuoli LLC 

McConnell Valdés LLC

Puerto Rico - Hon. Raymond L. Acosta Chapter of the FBA

Rums of Puerto Rico

Seaton, Peters & Revnew, P.A. 

Breakfast & Break Sponsors 

 Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

 Oliver Maner LLP

Xact Data Discovery

Lanyard Sponsor

 Littler Mendelson P.C.

Contact Elizabeth Johnson if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Caitlin Rider, Sr. Meeting Planner.
February 21 - 22, 2019
La Concha Resort
1077 Ashford Ave
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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