CMCP 2016


CMCP 2016

Keynote Speaker

David J. Kelly

General Counsel and Vice President,
Basketball Legal Affairs
Golden State Warriors

David Kelly is in his fifth season with the Golden State Warriors. In the role of General Counsel and Vice President, Basketball Legal Affairs, Kelly serves as the team’s chief legal officer and manages many of the company’s key projects and initiatives on both the business and basketball sides of the operation, including legal matters related to the proposed new sports and entertainment center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.
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Additional Speakers will be added as confirmed.

Joseph A. Aguilar

Senior Associate
Archer Norris PLC

Joseph represents a diverse set of private, non-profit, and public entity clients in matters including real estate, financial services, waste management, construction disputes, employment, and general liability matters.  He also counsel clients on business matters ranging from development of waste management systems to matters of confidentiality in employment agreements.  He is the Associate member of Archer Norris, PC’s diversity committee.

Prior to entering civil litigation, Joseph served as a Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County where he prosecuted multiple jury trials and handled felony preliminary hearings.

Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and earned his law degree from the University of Denver.

Richard S. Amador

Sanchez & Amador, LLP

Richard S. Amador is managing partner of Sanchez & Amador, with offices in Los Angeles and Oakland, California.  He defends employers in state and federal court and represents companies victimized by fraud or unfair competition.  He primarily representsaca Fortune 500 companies.

A judge presiding over one of Richard’s trials called him “one of the finest trial lawyers in the legal profession,” adding—“His reputation for honesty and integrity is impeccable.”  GC California featured Richard as a “Hidden Gem” among the top California employment lawyers.

Richard serves on the boards of the National Employment Law Council and the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.  He previously served as a Director of CMCP, and has received numerous awards for his pro bono work.

Richard frequently speaks on trial advocacy, client service, and employment law topics, and is a founding faculty member of the NELC Academy—a selective advanced-skills training program for junior minority employment defense lawyers.

Julio Avalos

Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
GitHub, Inc.

Julio Avalos is GitHub’s Chief Business Officer and General Counsel. Julio serves on the company’s executive team overseeing GitHub’s legal, finance, HR, talent and internal communications teams.

Julio joined GitHub in December 2012 as the company’s first lawyer and General Counsel. Like the developers his teams support, Julio built GitHub Legal using the GitHub product, with lawyers writing in the light-weight Markdown programming language, crowdsourcing solutions to company legal issues and making the internal practice of law more distributed, open, and collaborative. In 2015, he was named the top in-house technology lawyer in the country by Legal 500 and was an inaugural recipient of The Recorder’s legal innovation awards.

Prior to GitHub, Julio was Corporate Counsel for Yelp, Inc., and, before that, represented Facebook, Inc. at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, specializing in issues at the digital frontier, including cybergovernance, intellectual property, online privacy, and digital rights and citizenship.

Evelin Bailey

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

Evelin Y. Bailey is an associate with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. Evelin provides advice and counsel on human-resources matters arising out of the employment/independent contractor relationship to mom-and-pop business owners, local business chains and national corporations across various industries. She develops workplace policies and procedures, ensures wage and hour compliance, manages leave entitlements and supports human resources personnel. Evelin also defends businesses in all aspects of employment litigation and before state, federal and administrative tribunals in the areas of discrimination and harassment claims, leaves of absence issues, employee termination and discipline, grievances, workplace privacy, and wage and hour. Her experience includes advising on I-9/immigration compliance matters arising from terms of non-prosecution agreements, Form I-9 audits, raids, employer-initiated preventative audits, and third-party audits triggered by contract clauses.

Na’il Benjamin

Managing Partner
Benjamin Law Group

Mr. Benjamin began his legal career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and continued his career at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass. He started Benjamin Law Group, P.C., after spending almost three years as a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco.  As a Deputy City Attorney, he managed an array of labor and employment litigation matters including labor negotiations, arbitrations, and trials.

Mr. Benjamin is a trial attorney with wide-ranging general litigation experience.  Since opening Benjamin Law Group, P.C., Mr. Benjamin has been recognized as a 2015 Rising Star by Super Lawyers, and then elevated to 2016 Super Lawyer status in just one year.  Mr. Benjamin has also been recognized as a top attorney by The National Black Lawyers – Top 100, and The Global Directory of Who’s Who as a Top Lawyer 2016.

Krystal N. Bowen

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Krystal Bowen is a partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Government Contacts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm’s San Francisco office.  As an experienced trial lawyer, Ms. Bowen focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations and complex commercial litigation. She represents business organizations and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and administrative proceedings.  In addition to private practice, Ms. Bowen served for nearly six years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central and Northern Districts of California. As an Assistant United States Attorney, she gained substantial trial and appellate experience, having conducted several trials in federal court and oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a broad range of criminal matters, including white collar and other offenses. She worked closely with the FBI, SEC and other regulatory and law-enforcement agencies in preparing criminal cases for indictment and trial.

Ms. Bowen serves on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She recently completed a three-year term as a Director of the San Francisco Bar Association, where she served as a member of BASF’s Finance Committee. Ms. Bowen is also a former Chair of BASF’s Judiciary Committee. She received her law degree from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley in 1992.

Rob Chesnut

General Counsel
Airbnb, Inc.

Rob Chesnut is the General Counsel for Airbnb, Inc., a company that connects millions of guests and hosts around the world, helping them “belong anywhere”.  Rob joined the company in April, 2016. Rob is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia.  He worked for 14 years with the U.S. Justice Department, including 10 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Northern Virginia. In 1999, Rob left the U.S. Attorney’s Office and moved to California to become eBay’s third attorney.  Rob was promoted to run the company’s North American legal division in 2001, and in 2004 he was promoted to eBay’s executive leadership team as Sr. Vice President.  He left eBay in the fall of 2008 to become the General Counsel of LiveOps, Inc. and he moved to Chegg in 2010.

Jill Dessalines

Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers

Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers, a consulting service aimed at providing lawyers with the tools for successful corporate client development, outside counsel management and career growth, has been practicing law for over 30 years and is a former Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 14 health care and informatics corporation.  As a recognized and respected master litigation strategist and risk mitigation specialist in high stakes litigation, she started her career as a trial attorney, then skillfully managed outside counsel and successfully resolved multi-billion-dollar privacy, mass tort, intellectual property, complex commercial litigation and class action matters for 17 years in-house. Ms. Dessalines rose through the ranks of McKesson’s large corporate law department, managed and trained direct reports including attorneys, created outside counsel management policy and conducted outside counsel training.  Ms. Dessalines also serves as Chief Litigation Strategist for Prometheus Partners, LLC in San Francisco.  Active in the community and the recipient of numerous professional awards and distinctions, Ms. Dessalines was named one of California’s Top 10 In-House Counsel by the Daily Journal.

Timothy S. Ernst

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

Tim Ernst is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. based in Hercules, California. Bio-Rad (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of innovative products and solutions for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. The company is renowned for its commitment to quality and customer service among university and research institutions, hospitals, public health and commercial laboratories, as well as the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food safety industries. Bio-Rad serves more than 100,000 research and health care industry customers throughout its global network of operations. The company employs more than 8,000 people worldwide and had revenues exceeding $2 billion in 2015.
Prior to joining Bio-Rad Tim was the General Counsel of Big Heart Pet Brands and Del Monte Foods and was in-house counsel at California and Hawaiian (C&H) Sugar Company. Tim received his J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law and also studied law at the University of Wales in Cardiff, Wales. He received his B.A. degree in Economics and History from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the California Bar and Association of Corporate Counsel.

Shaunicie Fielder

Employment Counsel
Pandora Media, Inc.

Shaunicie Fielder is Employment Counsel at Pandora, an internet radio company in Oakland, CA.  She’s a former associate in the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where she practiced employment law.  Her practice focused on a variety of employment-related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination claims and wage-and-hour issues.  Shaunicie also has experience representing clients in various federal and state litigation matters, including white collar criminal investigations and business contract disputes.  Prior to joining Orrick, Shaunicie worked as an associate at a firm specializing in complex litigation and she served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Raymond A. Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Spelman College.

Hon. Daniel A. Flores

Superior Court Judge
County of San Francisco

Judge Flores was born in San Francisco to immigrants from El Salvador.  He joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve upon graduating high school.  He went on to graduate from CSU Sacramento and UOP, McGeorge School of Law.

Judge Flores’ legal career began in 2001 with Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley and he established his solo practice in 2005.  As a lawyer, Judge Flores was able to help hundreds of clients and was recognized in the legal community as a “Rising Star,” a member of California’s “Top 40 Under 40” Criminal Defense Lawyers, and as a 2014 “Northern California Super Lawyer”.

Judge Flores was elected to the San Francisco Superior Court in 2014.  He spent his first year hearing criminal cases and is now presiding in a family law assignment.

Sergio Garcia

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc.

Sergio Garcia is a senior executive with substantial experience advising global public companies and their boards of directors on strategic transactions, international growth strategy, M&A, corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Garcia currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc., a public medical technology company based in Northern California. Sergio is responsible for managing global legal risk, human resources and global facilities. Sergio has provided strategic direction during a period of rapid global expansion at ZELTIQ during which revenue has grown from $70 million to $350 million through organic growth.

Prior to ZELTIQ, Sergio was a partner at Reed Smith LLP and Fenwick & West LLP where he assumed leadership roles in the life sciences and high technology practice groups. Sergio worked with private and public company clients on corporate governance matters, M&A, technology transactions and securities regulation. Sergio previously served as General Counsel of PDL Biopharma, a public biotechnology company, where he provided leadership to the executive team and board on corporate governance, global risk, M&A transactions and litigation.

Sergio graduated from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in International Relations with distinction, and earned his juris doctorate from Berkeley Law School.

Rasha Gerges Shields

Jones Day

Rasha Gerges Shields is a partner at Jones Day and is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who focuses on complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and internal corporate investigations.   Prior to joining Jones Day, Rasha was an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for over seven years where she also served as the Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Rasha has been the lead trial counsel in federal court and has argued before the California Supreme Court and federal and state appellate/trial courts.  Rasha was recently recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Most Influential Lawyers: White Collar and Cyber Crime.”  Rasha obtained her law degree from UCLA and then clerked in the Central District of California and Ninth Circuit.

Amanda Hairston

Senior Associate
Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Amanda Hairston is a senior associate in Farella Braun + Martel’s Insurance Coverage Group.  Ms. Hairston represents corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. She has assisted clients in pursuing claims related to products liability, employment class actions, SEC investigations, shareholder litigation, intellectual property claims, technology errors and omissions, and mass casualty torts.  Ms. Hairston’s clients include technology companies, health care companies, retailers, and financial services companies. She also performs insurance policy reviews and advises clients on insurance program renewals. Ms. Hairston has been named to the list of Northern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. Ms. Hairston received her J.D. from  Hastings College of the Law and her B.A. from Stanford University

Aimee G. Hamoy-Perera

Burnham Brown

Aimee Hamoy-Perera is a litigation partner and trial attorney at Burnham Brown, PLC in Oakland.  Her practice includes the defense of public entities in cases alleging violations of civil rights/excessive force, and the defense of national retailers in serious personal injury and premises liability matters.  She serves as the firm’s Education Partner, responsible for associate mentoring and development, and is Chair of the firm’s Annual Women’s Diversity Event.  Aimee is also an active member of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC).

Aimee graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2002, and returned home to the Bay Area to begin her legal career.  Prior to joining Burnham Brown, Aimee was a Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney, where she tried over 40 cases to verdict.

Paul Henderson

Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Public Safety
Mayor’s Office, San Francisco

Paul Henderson was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff & Public Safety Director by the Mayor of the City of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee, in March, 2011. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Henderson serves as a principal advisor to the Mayor and is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic policy and administration among various cabinet and supervisory officials of the local government. The City of San Francisco has over 27,000 employees, and Mr. Henderson is responsible for managing the various city departments that provide direct support to the Mayor on major issues affecting the City with an emphasis on the criminal justice system and local, state and federal partners.

Mr. Henderson has developed curricula and conducted trainings for legal professionals, public agencies and elected officials across the country. Most notably, Mr. Henderson serves on the national faculty for the Department of Justice where he trains other attorneys and municipalities on how to develop and implement innovative criminal justice models..

A native of San Francisco, Paul worked his way through his undergraduate studies at UCLA before venturing off to earn his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University, where he also served as class president.

Andy Hinton

Vice President, Global Ethics and Compliance
Google Inc.

Andy Hinton is the Vice President of Global Ethics and Compliance at Google.  In this role, Mr. Hinton leads the company’s efforts to identify and mitigate compliance risk and to nurture and expand upon the company’s core value of “Don’t be evil.”

Mr. Hinton joined Google in November 2006.  From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Hinton was the Chief Compliance Officer at two GE Capital financial services businesses.  From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Hinton was a federal prosecutor in New York City, focusing on white-collar crime.  From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Hinton was a litigation associate at the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he focused on commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

Mr. Hinton is a 1989 graduate of Fordham School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and a 1982 graduate of Harvard University, where he majored in Economics.

Mr. Hinton lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife, Joy, an accomplished securities lawyer, and their two children, Sarah and Eric.

Leslie Hom

Senior Consultant
Naomi Beard & Associates, Inc.

Since 2004, Leslie has counseled senior law firm leaders and associates on strategies designed to achieve meaningful and sustainable career success.

Leslie provides executive coaching to clients, specializing in career strategy issues such as:

  • business development
  • relationship building
  • leadership development
  • team management

She’s also a career transition specialist.  Central to her approach in developing a career path strategy is the belief that a client’s strengths and values are overarching considerations.

Leslie began her career as a litigator in the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Washington before moving into career management coaching.

She received her coaching training and certification from The Coaches Training Institute.  She is a member of the CA and WA Bar Associations. Leslie lives in San Francisco with her family where she enjoys kayaking.

Valerie A. Jackson

Senior Advisor to the Management Committee and Firmwide Director of Diversity and Inclusion
K&L Gates LLP

Valerie Jackson serves as Senior Advisor to the Management Committee and Firmwide Director of Diversity and Inclusion for K&L Gates. She advises firm leaders on talent and client development and leads the firm’s global diversity and inclusion initiatives across 45 offices on five continents. A former National Association for Law Placement (NALP) board member and founding member of DuPont’s Minority Counsel Network Executive Leadership Board, Valerie was named a NALP Diversity Champion and received The Network Journal’s “40 Under 40” Achievement Award. Previously, Valerie served as Director of Diversity at a U.S. firm, as Assistant Director, International Affairs at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and practiced securities law with King & Spalding. Valerie received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Mack E. Jenkins

Assistant United States Attorney, Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, Greater Los Angeles Area
United States Attorney’s Office

Mr. Jenkins is an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, California, where he has served since 2008.  He is assigned to the Public Corruption & Civil Rights Section where he prosecuted the corruption case that ended with the guilty pleas of then California Senator Ron Calderon and former California Assemblyman Tom Calderon to bribery and money laundering offenses.  Mr. Jenkins successfully tried two Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies for civil rights abuses of a waist-chained inmate.  They were the 18th LASD personnel convicted as result of a wide-ranging investigation by the USAO into the LASD that has included the guilty plea (since withdrawn) of former LA Sheriff Lee Baca.  Mr. Jenkins regularly litigates in the Ninth Circuit where he has argued seven cases.  Mr. Jenkins also prosecuted one of the nation’s leading counterfeit currency cases, which was featured on the CNBC program American Greed.  Mr. Jenkins is the recipient and nominee of several awards, including the California Lawyer’s Lawyer of the Year Award and the DOJ Attorney General’s Award. Prior to joining the USAO, Mr. Jenkins worked as an associate at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Candice E. Kim

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Candice E. Kim is a Shareholder in the Trademarks/Global Brand Management Group at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Candice’s practice focuses on the clearance, procurement, enforcement, licensing, management, and monetization of intellectual property rights, including trademarks, trade dress, domain names, copyrights, and rights of publicity.

Candice provides strategic counseling on all aspects related to the branding process. She acquires rights to trademarks and designs, conducts M&A due diligence, prosecutes applications in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and represents clients through the various stages of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Candice also advises clients on the acquisition and protection of domain names.

Candice’s most recent honors include being named in the World Trademark Review’s “WTR1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” for Prosecution and Strategy.

Kyong M. Kim

Holland & Knight LLP

Kyong Kim is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight’s San Francisco office and is a member of the firm’s Private Wealth Services Group. Ms. Kim has a broad range of experience in trust and estate litigation, as well as general commercial litigation.

Trust and Estate Litigation: Ms. Kim counsels clients on will and trust contests, breach of fiduciary duty matters and financial elder/dependent abuse matters.

Commercial Litigation: Corporate and individual clients call on Ms. Kim for a wide range of cases involving contract and commercial disputes, business torts, real estate disputes and other civil matters.

Pro Bono Services: Ms. Kim devotes a portion of her practice to pro bono legal services and has litigated cases obtained through the Holland & Knight Mickey Rooney Elder Financial Abuse Pro Bono Project.

John W. Kuo

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

John joined Varian in 2003 and became GC in 2005.  He manages the Legal, Trade Compliance, Environmental and Ethical Compliance functions.  Previously, John was GC at Broadvision and in senior positions at 3Com Corporation, Acer America and Baroid Corporation.  He was also at Gray Cary and Fulbright & Jaworski. John graduated from Cornell University and Berkeley Law.

Seminal in his development were expat assignments to Scotland and Singapore, and working in three different industries.  He is active with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Boalt Hall Alumni Association and Cornell University Council.

He and his team received SV Business Journal’s 2016 Corporate Counsel Lifetime Achievement, AALDEF’s 2015 Justice-in-Action, The Recorder’s 2015 Best Legal Department-Product Counseling, and APABA-SV’s 2014 Diversity awards.

Joseph Lutz

Senior Counsel
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Joseph Lutz is IP senior counsel in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He focuses his practice on intellectual property procurement, enforcement, and licensing.  Mr. Lutz’s experience includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications, post-grant review, litigation support and opinions regarding infringement analysis, patent validity and freedom to operate.  He also focuses his practice on establishing patent incentive programs and policies, designing patent prosecution programs, preparing and negotiating patent license agreements, and IP due diligence review and opinions.  He has worked with diverse technologies including IC design and fabrication, electronic packaging, voltage regulator circuits, power systems, non-volatile memory devices, RF front-end-module circuits for mobile platform devices, processor and chipset architecture, compilers, computer hardware and software, computer networks, computer graphics, consumer electronics, cryptography, data mining, and digital and wireless communications.

Previously, Mr. Lutz worked as a Senior Software Engineer in the information technology branch of the largest managed care organization in the United States.

Mr. Lutz is a member of the Mexican American Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and ProVisors. He is also fluent in Spanish.

Laura J. Maechtlen

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Laura J. Maechtlen is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and serves as the Firm’s National Vice-Chair of the Labor and Employment Department and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Team.  Laura’s practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of complex workplace litigation.  Laura is also honored to serve as the Co-Chair for the California Minority Counsel Program’s Board of Directors.

Bradley R. Marsh

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Bradley R. Marsh focuses his practice on tax controversy matters, including property, sales, payroll, business license, employment, franchise, parcel, district, documentary transfer, transient occupancy, utility user, income, parking, gift and estate taxes. Brad is experienced representing clients in audits, litigation and administrative hearings, as well as analyzing transactions and business models, and providing legislative solutions.

Mike Moye

General Counsel
Alameda Health System

Mike Moye serves as the General Counsel for Alameda Health System overseeing all legal services related to AHS administrative and clinical operations and advising leadership on health care, public agency, strategic business planning, and complex labor and employment matters.  Mike serves on the Executive Team and manages the Office of the General Counsel, provides administrative oversight for the Internal Audit and Compliance departments, oversees collaboration with outside counsel, and manages litigation involving AHS.

Mike has been recognized by the Bar Association of San Francisco and local law schools for his efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession.  Mike serves on the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Community Food Bank and is a former member of the Oakland Museum of California Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  Mike received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his B.S., from the United States Military Academy.

Joseph G. Naddour

Klatte, Budensiek & Young-Agriesti, LLP

Joe Naddour is an attorney at Klatte, Budensiek & Young-Agriesti, LLP, a labor and employment firm that places a premium on client care and relationships.

Mr. Naddour works in close partnership with California employers of all sizes, from start-ups to international corporations.  He serves as a trusted advisor on all issues related to employment law and defends his clients in all areas of employment litigation.

Mr. Naddour graduated from King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He also worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Senator.

In his free time, Mr. Naddour enjoys travelling with his wife, serving on his church’s pastoral council, and spending time with his cocker spaniel “Goofy.”

Ash Nagdev

Sidley Austin LLP

Ash Nagdev is an associate in Sidley’s California Palo Alto office, and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice. Ash litigates patent, trade secret and contract matters in federal court. He also assists both established and emerging companies with technology and IP transactions, and has led various intellectual property transactions to closing. Ash is frequently named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. As a litigator, Ash’s persistence and persuasion has helped his clients achieve advantageous jury verdicts, “walk away” dismissals and favorable settlements. As a transactional lawyer, Ash’s negotiation abilities, creativity, and knowledge of business helped clients enter into deals with highly-favorable terms. He is a member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, and serves on the Pro Bono Advisory Council of Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.

Kevin L. Nichols

KLN Consulting Group

Kevin L. Nichols  has worked in multifaceted capacities in some of the most prolific international law firms in the country, such as Morrison & Foerster, Paul Hastings, Heller Ehrman, and Holland & Knight.  He has been featured on LinkedIn’s Hall of Fame, Yahoo’s Blog, in the Examiner, CNN Money, MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. Millions saw Kevin while logging in to from 2012-2014. Kevin is currently a business development executive for RVM Enterprises, Inc. (a full service eDiscovery provider).

Angela L. Padilla

Associate General Counsel, Litigation, Employment Law & Labor Relations,
Uber Technologies Inc.

Angela L. Padilla is Associate General Counsel for Litigation, Employment Law and Labor Relations at Uber. Ms. Padilla previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at VMware, where she managed global litigation and corporate compliance. Prior to joining VMware, she was a litigation partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a partner at Morrison & Foerster and a Deputy District Attorney in the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Padilla has tried cases in state and federal courts and has substantial experience handling appeals in the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal. She is a recognized expert in constitutional challenges to anti-discrimination policies, including a victory in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of the City of Oakland in Good News Employees v. Oakland, et al. She also has an active pro bono practice which includes animal rights cases. She received her J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law and her B.A. degree from Harvard College.

Miguel R. Rivera

Of Counsel
Kutak Rock LLP

Mr. Rivera is Of Counsel with Kutak Rock LLP with a national litigation practice out of the firm’s Rogers, Arkansas office.  Mr. Rivera’s background includes experience as general counsel for a large international retailer, associate general counsel for a Fortune 50 international retailer, and legal counsel for an international diesel engine manufacturer.  Mr. Rivera focuses his practice on complex litigation and is a member of Kutak Rock’s litigation practice group.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Rivera served as the Indiana Commissioner of Labor, a cabinet level position, as Vice Chairman of the Indiana Parole Board, and as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana.

Diversity and inclusion are strong passions for Mr. Rivera. He has served as a regular speaker, panelist and author on the subjects.

Charles F. Robinson

General Counsel and Vice President – Legal Affairs
University of California Office of the General Counsel

Charles F. Robinson began his tenure as General Counsel and Vice President for the University of California in January 2007. As General Counsel, he is the Chief Legal Officer of the University, providing advice to The Regents, the President and other senior University officials; overseeing a legal staff of 80 attorneys at ten campuses, five medical centers and one national laboratory; and retaining and managing outside counsel.

Prior to joining the University, Robinson served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the California Independent System Operator Corporation, California’s wholesale electric transmission operator, based in Folsom, CA. Prior to that, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Packard Bell in Sacramento, Division Counsel for the Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park, and as a Litigation Partner at Heller Ehrman White and McAuliffe in San Francisco.

Eddie Rodriguez

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Eddie Rodriguez is the Managing Member of the firm’s San Diego office, and he also serves on the firm’s Policy Committee. His practice is focused on a full range of corporate and securities matters, including corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, venture financing, technology licensing, and general business counseling for both public and private companies.

He has extensive experience with counseling public and private companies in the medical devices, mobile, life sciences, healthcare services, telecommunications, software, hardware, e-commerce, and information technology industries in a broad range of transactional matters.

Eddie has represented clients in over 300 mergers and acquisition transactions. Eddie has also represented clients in numerous securities offerings ranging from venture capital financings to other private equity financings, and to public offerings in excess of $400 million.

Ray Sardo

Lead Counsel, Privacy, Product, and Licensing
Pandora Media, Inc.

Ray Sardo is the Lead Privacy Counsel at Pandora Media, Inc.  Ray was Pandora’s first dedicated privacy attorney, and spearheaded the development of the company’s privacy program.  Apart from general privacy counseling, Ray’s areas of expertise include data security, data usage, and online advertising.  Prior to working at Pandora, Ray was an associate at Cooley LLP, where he gave advice to Internet and mobile companies and defended them in class action lawsuits involving privacy, user-generated content, and other consumer-facing issues.  Ray has also represented companies before the California Legislature and state government agencies, and in litigation arising from administrative and legislative action.

George K. H. Schell

Chairman of the Board, Council of Better Business Bureaus, and Former Chief Marketing Counsel
The Coca-Cola Company

George K. H. Schell is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, Virginia.  Most recently, Mr. Schell was Chief Marketing Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia where he led Coca-Cola North America’s marketing and advertising legal team’s support of the marketing function in the U.S.  Over his 20 years at Coca-Cola had several roles in Coca-Cola Legal as well as spending seven years in the Coca-Cola Marketing Division working as a Director of Business Affairs where he was responsible for leading the negotiations for various sports and entertainment contracts including the Company’s relationships with the IOC, FIFA, the NBA, Rugby World Cup and numerous Major League Baseball, NFL and NBA team sponsorships.  Prior to Coca-Cola Mr. Schell was Vice President and General Counsel for the Oakland Athletics Baseball Company and Chief of General Litigation for the City of San Francisco.  He began his legal practice as a litigation associate for Steinhart & Falconer in San Francisco after serving as a Staff Attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Schell received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1984.

Mr. Schell is an accomplished and sought-after speaker by business associations, law firms, law schools and in-house legal staffs on the issues of leadership, career management, intellectual property, in-house people management and diversity.  Mr. Schell also is a member of Sedgwick LLP’s Diversity Advisory Board and was recently selected as one of the inaugural members of the California Minority Counsel Program’s Hall of Fame.

Tania P. Shah

Head of Employer Branding and Marketing
FLEX by Fenwick

Tania P. Shah is the new Head of Employer Branding & Marketing at FLEX by Fenwick.  Before joining FLEX, Tania launched the Corporate Social Responsibility function at Pillsbury, the first such role at a major U.S. law firm. Her vision to expand diversity and inclusion, pro bono, philanthropy and sustainability programs in law firms paved the way for greater professionalization of these efforts throughout the industry.  Prior to joining Pillsbury, Tania served as the Executive Director of the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), a networking organization for in-house counsel and law firm attorneys of color.   Before leading CMCP, Tania practiced corporate law at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Tania holds a B.A. in Social Welfare and a J.D., both from U.C. Berkeley.

Shana A. Simmons

Associate Corporate Counsel
Google Inc.

Shana Simmons currently serves as a lawyer at Google, supporting the Cloud and Infrastructure group. In this capacity, she not only negotiates various outbound and inbound deals, but she also counsels her internal clients on any legal risks associated with their products. Prior to Google, she was a corporate associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in its New York and London offices.

Before practicing law, Shana was a student at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. There, she was the Diversity Editor of California Law Review; Development and Solicitations Editor of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy; and President of Law Students of African Descent. Prior to law school, Shana was a public school teacher in Washington DC and Oakland, CA.

She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University where she graduated with honors, from the College of Social Studies major.  Shana was raised in the Bronx, NY by her most resilient mother who fled Antigua to come to the United States.

Shana has served on the boards of the YMCA of the East Bay and HARLEM WEEK, and currently sits on the board of Lawyers for One America.   Her most fulfilling job right now, however, is being a mother to her two kids, Dean (3 years) and Callie (10 months old).

Leslie M. Spencer

Ropes & Gray LLP

Leslie Spencer is co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s diversity committee and a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation practice.  She has over 15 years of experience with patent litigation and counseling, and represents clients in various technologies, including computer software, financial technology (“FinTech”), electronic devices, healthcare information technology and consumer products.

Leslie earned a B.S. in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She’s also received an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Leslie finds great reward in helping to lead Ropes & Gray’s diversity efforts, which consistently receive accolades and recognition from the legal community.  Most recently, in the 2017 Vault survey, the firm ranked number one for overall diversity among U.S. law firms – the second time in three years that the firm garnered the number one spot.

Martha Sullivan

Thornton Marketing

Martha Sullivan, Principal of Thornton Marketing, is a business development coach for lawyers and is a certified professional coach through New Ventures West in San Francisco.  The majority of her coaching clients are women and diverse lawyers.  She writes the business development “blawg” for the CMCP newsletter, and has spoken at CMCP events in San Francisco and LA.  She is a frequent speaker at law firm retreats, bar association events and other non-profit associations, including the California Women Lawyers annual conferences, ABA Annual Meetings, SCCBA Women’s Section event, GGU School of Law MCLE day, BASF, CCCBA, and many others.  Her workshops have included:   Elimination of Bias; Communication and Motivational Styles; Creating Confidence for Women; Developing Networking Skills; and Creating a Personal Marketing Plan.

Quyen Ta

Keker & Van Nest

Keker & Van Nest Partner Quyen Ta is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer. She has tried numerous cases, including five as first-chair, and has handled a significant number of civil and criminal matters in state courts, federal courts, and before the ITC. She focuses on class action defense, intellectual property, securities, and other high-stakes, complex civil litigation. Her representative clients include TSMC, Public Storage, NRG Energy, and JM Eagle. She has represented individual and institutional clients in various industries, including financial services, solar energy, semiconductor, internet, communications, and self-storage.

Michael D. Thomas

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

Michael Thomas is an Associate with Ogletree Deakins in San Francisco.  His practice focuses on representation of employers in wage and hour class actions and PAGA claims. Michael also advises and defends employers on all aspects of labor and employment matters.  Michael has a yoga certification from Niroga Institute in Berkeley.  He has studied mindfulness, meditation and yoga.  His article “Preventing Workplace Violence by Examining Trauma and the NFL” published with ACC, incorporates mindfulness, meditation and body awareness in understanding and preventing workplace violence.  He also spoke recently at Inclusion 2.0 on “Intergenerational Trauma, Diversity and Inclusion.”  Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University.  He graduated from law school at Boston College and has an MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at Berkeley.

Tiffany Renee Thomas

Reed Smith LLP

Tiffany is a partner in Reed Smith’s San Francisco office specializing in the defense and counseling of employers in all aspects of employment law. Tiffany represents a diverse client base that encompasses numerous industries including technology, financial services, healthcare, retail, public pension plans, and transportation.

Tiffany devotes a significant amount of her practice to the defense of employers in single and multi-plaintiff cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, wrongful termination, and workplace violence as well as actions involving leave, accommodations, and compensation issues. She represents employers before state and federal agencies and courts, including at trial and in arbitrations.

John Tsai

Open Source & Patent Counsel

John Tsai is Open Source and Patent Counsel at PayPal, one of the foremost digital payment companies.  John works as one of two attorneys focused on open source at PayPal, helping enable engineers to collaborate in new ways.  He also helps formulate PayPal’s patent strategy and handles patent litigations and assertions for the company.

Prior to joining PayPal, John worked at Bridges & Mavrakakis LLP as outside counsel providing strategic patent counseling and licensing, including assisting in the licensing, building, and purchasing of patent portfolios.  He started his career at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he had experience litigating complex patent matters in both the Federal district courts and the International Trade Commission.  John is a Double Bear, having gotten his J.D. and B.A. degrees at UC Berkeley.

Juan D. Walker

Senior Corporate Counsel
Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

Juan Walker is Senior Corporate Counsel and Director of Litigation for Varian Medical Systems, Inc.   He has over 15 years of experience in drug/medical device defense and commercial litigation, as well as counseling on employment and regulatory compliance.  Prior to joining Varian, he was an Assistant United States Attorney working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, where he represented the government in litigation matters.  He also worked in private law firms and served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer in the U.S. Air Force. Juan earned a J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Amy Weaver

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Amy Weaver leads the global legal and corporate security teams at and advises the company’s board of directors and management on legal issues. She is a member of the company’s executive committee.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Weaver was executive vice president and general counsel of Univar Inc., where she was responsible globally for all legal and corporate affairs, governance, corporate transactions, compliance, litigation and employment law matters. Previously Weaver was senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Expedia, Inc. Weaver practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Perkins Coie LLP. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a legislative aide to a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and as a clerk on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Weaver has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

Salle Yoo

General Counsel
Uber Technologies Inc.

As General Counsel, Salle Yoo ensures that Uber can rapidly expand its global presence and sustain long-term growth in existing markets. She and her team oversee an increasingly complex set of legal and regulatory matters, as Uber continues to attract hundreds of thousands of driver partners and riders globally.

Prior to joining Uber in 2012, Salle was a litigation partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where she represented energy, telecommunications and technology firms.  When she left to join Uber, it was because of her excitement about its potential to change the way millions of people move around cities.

Salle serves on the Museum Council for the Asian Art Museum and is a member of the Council of Korean Americans. In 2015, Salle was named one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. She previously served as Secretary, Director and Chair of the Judiciary Committee for the Asian-American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. She graduated from Scripps College and Boston University School of Law.

Mark Zemelman

SVP, General Counsel & Secretary
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Mark S. Zemelman is Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.  From 1998 until his promotion to General Counsel in 2010, Mr. Zemelman managed a group of lawyers providing legal support for the corporate and business operations of Kaiser Permanente.  Historically, his individual legal practice has been primarily in the areas of regulation of tax-exempt health plans and hospitals, business litigation, negotiation and drafting of contracts, and environmental law.

Mr. Zemelman has a long-standing commitment to diversity in the legal profession.  With his guidance, the Legal Department has greatly increased the use of women and minority-owned law firms as well as developed internal programs.  These are resulting in better diversity and inclusion with the department.  Mr. Zemelman has been an active member of the Board of Directors of the California Minority Counsel Program for many years and is frequently invited to speak and brainstorm with industry leaders about further diversifying the legal profession.  He is a magna cum laude graduate of Hastings College of the Law and served as judicial extern for Justice Joseph Grodin of the California Supreme Court.

Jim S. Zeng

Chief Legal Compliance Officer for SAP Cloud and SAP Business Network Applications

As SAP’s Chief Legal Compliance Officer for SAP Cloud, and Business Network and Applications Group, Mr. Jim S. Zeng is the principal business attorney who supports SAP’s cloud business at large.  In this role, he directly partners with the responsible c-suite leadership and executive board members on navigating regulatory issues at the heart of Cloud Computing—ranging from data privacy and data security, to export controls and anti-corruption—while maximizing business achievements.

Jim has held several leadership positions at SAP.  Initially, Jim led SAP’s efforts to build a class-leading IP Compliance program.  Then, he went on international assignment in Shanghai, China, where he oversaw the regional Compliance program.  Prior to SAP, Jim was a trial attorney, focusing on patent disputes at the United States International Trade Commission.

Jim holds a B.S. in engineering and J.D. from the University of Virginia.