Kate Gold | Proskauer Rose LLP
Kate Gold is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department in the Los Angeles office.
Kate has over 25 years of experience representing clients in a range of industries, across all areas of employment law. An experienced litigator, she has represented clients in all types of employment-related suits, including class and collective actions, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, non-compete and wage/hour matters. In addition to litigating, she conducts high-level workplace investigations and routinely counsels clients on matters involving the full range of state and federal employment issues.
Kate also represents clients in disputes involving misappropriation of intellectual property and trade secrets, interference with contract, and unfair competition. Kate also counsels on classification of employees, employment issues in the context of purchase and sale of businesses, and non-competition agreements. Additionally, she negotiates and drafts executive employment and separation agreements and conducts training on sexual harassment prevention.
Kate received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michelle Annese | Proskauer Rose LLP
Michelle A. Annese is a senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Group.
Michelle represents employers in a variety of industries including financial services, retail, entertainment, and sports. She assists them with a wide range of labor and employment matters involving employment discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge. Michelle regularly appears in state and federal courts, as well as in proceedings before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other federal and state agencies.
In addition to litigating, Michelle counsels clients on compliance with employment-related laws, and on developing, implementing and enforcing personnel policies and procedures. She has also conducted numerous internal investigations on behalf of employers.
Michelle has been recognized as a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers since 2013.
Damien DeLaney | Akerman LLP
Damien DeLaney is a seasoned employment litigator and advisor with more than 15 years of experience helping solve employment law problems for clients large and small in a wide array of industries including retail, hospitality, food and beverage, real estate, construction, engineering, manufacturing, education, nonprofit, professional services, technology, fashion, sports, and entertainment. Clients come to Damien for creative and value-driven approaches to their most important employment litigation matters, as well as for proactive risk management to avoid liabilities before they emerge.
Damien routinely represents clients in class actions and complex litigation matters, including wage and hour class actions, California Private Attorneys General Act actions, and Fair Credit Reporting Act class actions. His track record of success in class actions includes defeating class certification motions, obtaining summary judgment prior to certification, and obtaining favorable settlements for his clients. In addition to his complex litigation practice, Damien’s litigation practice runs the gamut from employment discrimination and whistleblower claims to trade secret and restrictive covenant claims, and he has represented clients in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level as well as in arbitration. He also advises employers on a wide range of employment issues, including wage and hour compliance, workplace investigations, employee discipline, employee separations, and policy and procedure review.
Damien frequently presents on employment law topics of interest to small business owners, in-house counsel, and human resources professionals.
Jeffrey Kimmel | Akerman LLP
With a diverse, national practice focusing on employment law and complex commercial litigation, Jeffrey Kimmel represents clients in federal and state courts, as well as in various arbitration forums and before federal, state, and local administrative bodies. His clients operate across multiple sectors, including technology, entertainment, hospitality, real estate, insurance and financial services, and range in size from small, closely held companies to publicly traded corporations with thousands of employees. Jeffrey routinely represents management in matters relating to wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, and anti-discrimination and regularly counsels employers on day-to-day human resources and legal compliance issues. He has also led the employment law due diligence efforts on numerous middle market transactions.
In addition, Jeffrey represents high level executives in connection with the negotiation of employment contracts and compensation packages. He also works with many high net worth and high profile individuals on employment related matters to limit personal exposure arising from their direct or indirect employment relationships. Clients also seek Jeffrey’s advice on legal issues relating to general business matters and litigation avoidance strategies based on more than 25 years of experience as a litigator and employment lawyer.
Jeffrey is a certified mediator and has successfully mediated many cases for parties who seek to resolve their disputes without the on-going cost, business disruption, and uncertainty, inherent in litigation or arbitration. He was also selected by the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Mediation Program to provide mediation services as a member of the SDNY Mediation Panel. Jeffrey has acted as a mediator on a wide range of disputes, including commercial matters, employment matters, ADA accessibility cases, and intellectual property disputes. While Jeffrey can be an aggressive advocate when representing parties to a dispute, when acting as mediator he is a neutral party and focuses solely on the goal of reaching a resolution.
Alka Ramchandani-Raj | Littler Mendelson LLP
As an experienced employment lawyer with a concentration in Federal and State Occupational Safety and Health law, Alka Ramchandani-Raj assists employers with a wide range of complex situations with the workforce. Alka has extensive experience handling communicable disease inquiries for clients and she assisted with developing and leading Littler’s COVID-19 task force including developing the strategy behind responding to inquiries and developing products for clients including safety and health and employment policies, return to work plans, and programs for compliance.
Focusing on workplace safety and health, Alka assists employers with pre-injury/illness preventative practices, including site inspections and policy development. Alka also assists employers who have experienced workplace injuries and accidents or are subject to a Federal or state OSHA inspection. She has experience managing catastrophic workplace accidents or fatalities.
Alka is an experienced litigator and regularly represents employers in Occupational Safety and Health appeals, settlement conferences, and hearings. She also has broad experience assisting employers with workplace violence issues including obtaining temporary and permanent restraining orders to ensure the workplace is safe for employees.
Alka also regularly attends advisory committee meetings as part of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute and submits comments to proposed regulations. She is a core member of the firm’s Occupational Safety and Health and Workplace Violence practice groups, and a leading member of Littler’s OSHA Woman’s Group. She also has extensive experience with general employment advice and counsel and litigation matters relating to terminations, retaliation, whistleblowers complaints, discrimination, harassment, ADA accessibility and state agency complaint defense.
Alka is a popular speaker on OSHA and employment related legal issues and she regularly provides training sessions for clients and professional organizations on various topics, including:
• Federal and California Occupational Safety and Health compliance and training
• Managing performance in the workforce
• California Leave and Wage and hour compliance
• Harassment prevention
• Workplace investigations
• Workplace Violence Prevention
• COVID-19 compliance and pandemic preparation
Alka is co-chair of the Workplace Safety & Health (OSHA/MSHA) Practice Group. She is also a member of the firm’s Robotic, Artificial Intelligence and Automation practice group, which is focused on providing representation and compliance assistance to employers in the robotic industry and employers integrating automation, AI, telepresence, and robotics into their workplace.
Alok Nadig | Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
Alok Nadig is an Associate at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a nationwide employment litigation law firm that specializes in representing plaintiffs. He represents clients in both litigation matters and confidential negotiations, and works primarily in the firm’s Discrimination and Harassment and Public Interest Litigation practice areas.
Kirsten Nordstrom | Garner, Ginsburg & Johnsen P.A
Kirsten is an associate at Garner, Ginsburg & Johnsen P.A. Her practice focuses on franchise and distribution law, craft beer and distillery law, and cannabis law. Kirsten assists clients with regulatory and compliance issues, entity formation, civil litigation, contract negotiations, and more. She has published articles about issues in franchising, free speech, and free press. Kirsten received both a B.A. and B.S. from Colorado State University and earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota.