The American Employment Law Council's 2018 Conference

AELC

Conference | October.10.2018 - October.13.2018

The Breakers Resort, Palm Beach, Florida

Employment partners, Lynne Hermle, Julie Totten, and Erin Connell will be participating in AELC’s 2018 Conference.

Julie Totten is Program Chair of this year’s conference, Lynne Hermle is speaking on women in the courtroom, boardroom, and c-suite, and Erin Connell is speaking on pay equity and pay transparency. This multi-day event will focus on the significant transformations across every aspect of the workplace, from the new ways in which “work” is accomplished, an intense focus on company culture and compliance following the #MeToo movement, difficult issues surrounding pay equity and transparency, and challenges associated with increased use of data and technology. The program will provide practitioners with updates on the key legal developments they need to know, and offers practical insights on the best practices for addressing U.S. and key international workplace changes. For more information, please click below.

CLE Credits Available: Y

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Pay Equity

Lynne Hermle Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Wage and Hour

Silicon Valley

American College of Trial LawyersLynne Hermle, a Silicon Valley employment partner, has a long track record of winning high-profile jury trials on behalf of industry-leading clients, defeating class certification and obtaining summary judgment.

She has significant experience working on complex discrimination and wage-and-hour class actions for global leaders in the retail and technology sectors including The Gap, Genentech, Microsoft, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, Gymboree, Spencer’s Gifts, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn Kids, among many others.

Lynne led the trial team that obtained a complete defense verdict for Kleiner Perkins in Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case that garnered intense international media scrutiny. In naming Lynne “Litigator of the Week” for this victory, American Lawyer described her effective voir dire and how she “steadily poked holes in Pao’s testimony.” The Recorder called Lynne’s cross-examination “masterful” and Bloomberg reported that her “charismatic, intimidating oratory made her the trial’s breakout star.”

Following Pao, Lynne secured a complete defense verdict for SpaceX in an $8 million gender discrimination and retaliation suit. The Daily Journal called the outcome “another triumph for Hermle,” observing that her “string of successes for tech clients fighting off gender harassment and discrimination claims got longer.” The publication also pronounced Lynne to be “arguably the most feared employment defense attorney in California.”  Eight months later she followed that up with another defense verdict for SpaceX in a wrongful discharge and retaliation case. 

In recognition of these successes and career trial work, Lynne was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2017.

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Practice:

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Pay Equity

Erin M. Connell Partner Employment Law & Litigation, Pay Equity

San Francisco

Erin M. Connell, a San Francisco employment partner and Co-Chair of Orrick's EEO & OFCCP Compliance Group and Pay Equity Task Force, represents employers in high stakes employment litigation and is an expert in equal employment opportunity law, pay equity, and affirmative action (OFCCP) compliance.

Erin’s practice covers all aspects of employment law, as well as complex business litigation outside the employment context. Erin has successfully defended numerous class actions, EEOC systemic discrimination investigations, and complex individual cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour claims. Erin has particular expertise in the area of pay equity, compensation analyses, and diversity initiatives; and regularly advises clients with respect to OFCCP and other EEO audits.

Erin also is an accomplished trial lawyer. She has tried several cases before juries and in arbitration, and has successfully has obtained numerous defense summary judgment rulings and other favorable resolutions in state and federal court. Erin led the trial team that obtained a complete dismissal for Oracle in OFCCP v. Oracle, a high-stakes systemic compensation discrimination case that garnered national media attention. Erin was named, "Litigator of the Week" by American Lawyer for her successful defense representing Oracle in litigation against the OFCCP.

Erin's clients include leading technology and Fortune 500 companies, including: Oracle, Facebook, Netflix, Pandora, Pinterest, NVIDIA, NetApp, Splunk, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Seagate Technology.

Erin is currently the management chair of the ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, and frequently speaks on California and national employment law issues.  She has published numerous articles on employment law in publications around the country, including the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.  She also provides training on managing within the law and preventing sexual harassment, and conducts internal investigations on employment-related matters.