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109. Employment Law Squares – 2017 L&E Hot Topics

DATE: Thursday, July 20, 2017      TIME: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 120

Workplace issues affect every one of us and the organizations we represent or are a part of.  Come watch plaintiff and defense attorneys duke it out Hollywood Square-style as we delve into employment issues ranging from employee and employer rights in the gig economy to trends in local and state ordinances to the never-ending saga on arbitration agreements.

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Alison Hong

Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Alison Hong is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.  Ms. Hong is also the current President of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC).

Ms. Hong specializes in management-side employment matters under state and federal law, including laws governing wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, protected leaves of absence, wrongful termination, whistleblower protection, and other workplace matters.  Ms. Hong additionally has extensive advice and counseling experience and advises employers on corrective actions, reasonable accommodations, pay and personnel practices, incentive plans, employment-related agreements, joint employer issues, and workforce classifications, including exempt and contractor statuses.

Ms. Hong received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and B.A. from the University of Washington. While attending law school, Ms. Hong served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Peter Busch and the Honorable Patrick J. Mahoney in the Law and Motion Department of the San Francisco Superior Court. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.


Justin Curley

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Mr. Curley is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Department. His practice is focused on employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour class and collective action litigation under the California Labor Code and FLSA. He also handles single and multi-plaintiff claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, including whistleblower claims, as well as employment-related tort and contract claims.

Mr. Curley has significant jury trial and arbitration experience, including second-chairing a four-week jury trial in San Mateo County (complete defense verdict), a six-week jury trial in Alameda County (nearly complete defense verdict), a two-week FINRA arbitration (complete defense award) and a one-week JAMS employment arbitration (complete defense award).

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Curley provides day-to-day counseling and advice to employers concerning the various state and federal laws affecting the employment relationship. He advises clients regarding wage and hour issues, employment policies, termination decisions, internal complaints and workplace investigations, and negotiating employment and severance agreements.

Mr. Curley received his J.D. from Duke University and B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to joining Seyfarth, Mr. Curley served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable James P. Donohue of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. Before law school, he earned his CPA license as a financial auditor at PwC LLP.

Sean Tamura

Partner, Minami Tanaki LLP


Sean Tamura, a Partner at Minami Tamaki LLP, is with the firm's Consumer and Employee Rights Group. He represents clients in complex business disputes, with an emphasis on employment law, business torts, breach of contract, and class actions.

Mr. Tamura has represented thousands of employees in individual and collective actions to recover unpaid wages. He has substantial experience representing low-wage and immigrant workers in actions combating wage theft and worker exploitation.  Mr. Tamura also advises entrepreneurs, executives, startup founders, and investors in matters involving employment contracts, executive compensation, shareholder & partnership disputes, trade secrets, media & technology, severance agreements, and strategic business decisions.

Mr. Tamura’s antitrust and consumer law practice involves prosecuting class actions across the country. He has been involved in some of the largest class action cases on behalf of consumers in the history of antitrust law, including In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.).

Mr. Tamura received his undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Gina Chang

Senior Employment Attorney, Intel Corporation

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Gina Chang is a Senior Employment Attorney at Intel.  At Intel, Gina works on a variety of employment related matters including litigation, counseling, and compliance.  Prior to Intel, Gina was Senior Director, Employment & Litigation at TIBCO Software, Inc., managing all employment issues and litigation including IP and licensing disputes in the Americas.  Prior to TIBCO, she was Of Counsel at Littler Mendenson, and a Partner in the Employment & Labor group at Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon in Chicago.  Gina received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  In her spare time, Gina serves as the Uber driver for her two kids’ many activities, coaches their soccer teams, and occasionally binge watches TV.