The Westin Galleria Dallas (Map)
Join us at The Westin Galleria Dallas, located in North Dallas!
2019 Welcome Reception
Brinker International, Inc. – Headquarters (Map)
This year’s reception will take place at Brinker International’s brand new headquarters in Cypress Waters! Enjoy drinks and light fare as you reconnect with industry friends and network with your peers!
- October 23
- Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Current Workplace Revolution
- What’s New In The Exciting World of Wage and Hour Compliance?
- 2019 Welcome Reception
- October 24
- Marketing Wants To Do What?
- In-House Counsel Panel on Influencing, Leading and Inspiring
- Keynote Session: A View From The States
- Up in Smoke? Dealing with Marijuana Issues
- Tour of George W. Bush Library and Museum (Optional)
- October 25
- Navigating Development in a Non-Traditional World
- Ethical Issues for In-House Lawyers: Privileged Communications, Settlement Negotiations, and Other Common Areas of Concern
Kyle D. Hawkins
Solicitor General, Texas
Kyle Hawkins is the Solicitor General of Texas. He represents the State in high-profile matters before federal and state appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
Solicitor General, Alabama
Edmund LaCour is the current Solicitor General of Alabama. Before he joined the Attorney General’s Office, LaCour was a partner at the DC office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he represented numerous clients before the Supreme Court, as well as courts of appeals and trial courts. Before joining Kirkland, LaCour practiced at Bancroft PLLC in Washington, DC, and Baker Botts LLP in Houston, Texas.
Solicitor General, Louisiana
Liz Murrill is the Solicitor General for the Louisiana Department of Justice, appointed by Attorney General Jeff Landry in early 2016. She has almost 30 years of experience working in diverse state and federal government legal environments and handling complex litigation, appeals, and government transactions.
General Counsel, P.F. Chang’s
Lisa Gressel is an active Member and serves as Secretary of the Restaurant Law Center Board of Directors. She joined P.F. Chang’s in October 2016 where she is General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer, managing all legal, licensing, risk and HR activities for the Company.
Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker & Green, PC – Washington, DC
Paul DeCamp is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s national Wage and Hour practice group. A former Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division, Mr. DeCamp has more than two decades of experience representing employers and trade associations in the most complex and challenging wage and hour litigations, government investigations, and counseling matters.
James J. Oh
Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker & Green, PC – Chicago
James J. Oh is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Chicago office of Epstein Becker Green. He represents employers from various industries, such as insurance and financial services, in employment cases in courts around the country.
Michael J. Lotito
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, PC – San Francisco & Washington, DC
As co-chair of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI), Michael Lotito strategically advises clients and policy makers on what labor and employment law might become, not just what it is today. He provides counsel in all aspects of traditional labor relations, including matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act.
Shannon L. Meade
Vice President, Public Policy & Legal Advocacy – National Restaurant Association | Deputy Director, Restaurant Law Center
Shannon Meade is vice president of public policy and legal advocacy for the National Restaurant Association. She oversees the Association’s public affairs policy team. She advocates before Congress and the Executive Branch on the Association's priority issues, including labor, workforce development, immigration, and judiciary issues.
Partner, SheppardMullin LLP – Dallas
Jason Mueller is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in SheppardMullin LLP's Dallas Office. Jason has tried numerous intellectual property cases to a verdict, including jury trials covering copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. In doing so he has represented some of the world’s leading entertainment, energy, healthcare and building products companies.
Rachel Tarko Hudson
Partner, SheppardMullin LLP – San Francisco
Rachel Tarko Hudson is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.
Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris
Principal, Jackson Lewis, PC – Orlando
Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris is a Principal and the Co-Leader of Jackson Lewis, PC's Class Actions and Complex Litigation practice group. Her practice focuses exclusively on the representation of employers at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts facing class and collective actions as well as claims of discrimination, retaliation or whistleblowing activity on an individual basis. She also appears regularly before administrative judges and agencies.
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Brinker International
Chris Green is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Brinker International, the parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurants.
Melissa M. Heidman
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Noodles & Company
Melissa M. Heidman has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since June 2018.
General Counsel, TAO Group Hospitality
Steve Lugerner, recently named General Counsel of TAO Group Hospitality, had served as Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs since February 2018.
Kevin W. Shaughnessy
Partner, Baker & Hostetler, LLP - Orlando
Kevin Shaughnessy is a class action litigator who provides high-level consultation to employers on sensitive internal matters and corporate compliance issues.
Joyce Ackerbaum Cox
Partner, Baker & Hostetler, LLP - Orlando
Joyce Ackerbaum Cox is an experienced employment litigator and adviser, focusing her practice on the management side of employment law matters for clients in all industries, with a particular focus on the hospitality, restaurant, healthcare and energy sectors.
Ashley M. Schachter
Associate, Baker & Hostetler, LLP - Orlando
Ashley Schachter focuses her practice on labor and employment law, representing clients on a wide scope of labor and employment law issues, including employment litigation before administrative agencies and state and federal courts.
Jana S. Baker
Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins, PC - Dallas
Jana Baker represents employers on all matters impacting their employees under federal and state labor and employment laws, including compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Anthony B. Byergo
Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins, PC - Seattle
Mr. Byergo is the managing shareholder of the Seattle office and chair of the firm’s national collective bargaining practice subgroup.
Michael L. Matula
Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins, PC - Kansas City, MO
Michael Matula is a shareholder in the firm’s Kansas City office. Mike concentrates his practice in the areas of employment litigation and counseling.
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Portland | Chair, National Restaurant Industry Practice Group
Riley founded and chairs DWT’s national restaurant industry practice group and is considered a leading business and legal force in the United States restaurant industry.
Executive Director, Restaurant Law Center
Angelo Amador is Executive Director of the Restaurant Law Center. He also serves as Senior Vice President of Legal Advocacy and Regulatory Counsel for the National Restaurant Association.