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.

There are three ways to register for this national event:
Register Online
2) Fax PDF Registration Form to 571-481-9090 for processing
3) Mail
PDF Registration Form to the following address for processing
        Federal Bar Association
        Attn: 2019 Labor and Employment Law Conference
        PO Box 79395, Baltimore MD 21279-0395

Registration Fees

   Early Bird
(on or before 1/11)
(after 1/11)
 Sustaining Member   $300  $345
 Section Member  $215  $215
 Member  $315  $365
 Nonmember  $415  $465
 Government/Academic   $250  $250
 Student  $90  $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.

View the Conference E-Brochure

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

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

Employment Contracts - Best Practices and Common Mistakes

  • 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

  • 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
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Persuasive Strategies for Trial

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

ERISA Pitfalls to Avoid for Employment Attorneys Who Do not Practice ERISA

  • 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, The Law Firm of Paley Rothman
  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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 

Keynote Sponsor 

Estrella, LLC 

Reception Sponsors 

Ferraiuoli LLC 

Seaton, Peters & Revnew, P.A. 

Breakfast & Break Sponsors 

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

 Oliver Maner LLP

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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