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Harvey Charles Berger

Pope, Berger & Williams, LLP

550 West "C" Street, Suite 1350

San Diego, California 92101

(619) 595-1366

Berger

Education

University Of San Diego School Of Law, Juris Doctor, December 1981, invited to write for San Diego Law Review.

M.I.T. Sloan School Of Management, Cambridge, Mass., M.S. in Management, June 1976, Concentration in Industrial Relations.

State University Of New York At Stony Brook, B.A. Magna Cum Laude, June 1974, Major in Economics

Legal Experience

Admitted to California Bar in June 1982

Pope, Berger & Williams, LLP, San Diego, January 2003 to present

Pope & Berger, San Diego, June 1996 to December 2002

Haasis, Pope & Correll, A.P.C., San Diego, January 1984 to May 1996; equity partner from February 1989

McInnis, Fitzgerald, Rees, Sharkey & McIntyre, San Diego, June 1982 to January 1984

Judicial Intern - June 1981 to August 1981, Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye, San Diego, Law Clerk, September 1980 to February 1981


Janice P. Brown

Brown Law Group

600 B Street, Ste 1650

San Diego CA, 92101

(619) 330-1700

brown@brownlawsd.com

Brown

Janice P. Brown is known for her professional distinctions as well as her commitment to the legal community with nearly 20 years as a trial lawyer with significant trial, arbitration and appellate experience.

Brown formed Brown Law Group in 2003, a law firm focused on business and employment litigation and was recently honored with the Bernard E. Witkin Award for civic leadership and excellence in the practice of law.

Brown received her undergraduate degree in journalism and graduated with honors from the University of Montana in 1981. She graduated from Gonzaga Law School in two years, and joined the Justice Department's Honors Program in 1984.

Her distinguished career includes receiving the Department of Justice "Outstanding Trial Attorney" Award in 1987. In 1995, she was honored as the "Lawyer of the Year" by the California Association of Black Lawyers. She received the "Women Who Mean Business" Award in Law from the San Diego Business Journal in 1998. In 2003, the San Diego County Bar Association recognized Brown for her commitment to diversity in the legal profession. She also has received recognition for her community involvement.

Brown served on the steering committee of the California Minority Council Program; is a member, past president and treasurer, of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the NAACP.

From 1995-1997, Brown served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association and currently serves on the editorial advisory board of San Diego Lawyer magazine. She currently serves as a San Diego delegate to the House of Delegates for the American Bar Association, was recently elected to the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) council, and is a Master of the American Inns of Court.


Michael Conger

Law Offices of Michael A. Conger

16236 San Dieguito Rd, Ste 4-14

Rancho Santa Fe CA, 92067

(858) 759-0200

congermike@aol.com

Conger

Education

Vanderbilt University School of Law. Graduated 1986.

Vanderbilt University. Bachelor of Arts, 1983. With Honors. Majored in Economics.

Work History

Law Offices of Michael A. Conger. Rancho Santa Fe, California. 1999 to present.

Partner, Monaghan & Conger. San Diego, California. 1995 to 1999

Associate, Monaghan & Warren. San Diego, California. 1992 to 1995.

Associate, Greco & Traficante. San Diego, California. 1990 to 1992.

Associate, Feldman, Hall, Franden, Woodard & Farris. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Professional Achievements

• tried numerous cases through to verdict, both jury and bench trials

• obtained in excess of $2.1 billion for my clients in verdicts and settlements

• obtained largest jury verdict in State of California, 1997 (Argo v. General Dynamics, $101 million)

• California Lawyer, California's Trial Lawyers of the Year, 1998

• received two Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

• Martindale-Hubbell AV rating (highest rating for professional ability and ethics)

• licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and California, all California courts, United States Supreme Court


George Howard

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

101 W Broadway, Ste 1800

San Diego CA, 92101

(619) 544-3286

george.howard@pillsburylaw.com

www.pillsburylaw.com

Howard

George Howard is a partner in the San Diego office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, as well as the San Diego Section Leader of the firm's Employment and Labor group. He is one of a handful of San Diego-area management labor lawyers selected for inclusion in the 2003 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, and was also listed in all editions beginning in 1993.

Howard is chair of The Employers Group Legal Committee, a group of sixteen California employment lawyers who represent the interests of employers, as amicus curiae, in appeals of important employment cases in California. He has been a member of the Employers Group Legal Committee since 1997. Howard was also recently listed by Chambers USA as one of the premier labor and employment lawyers in California, and the only San Diego practitioner so honored.

Howard has tried major employment cases including multi-week bench and jury cases. He has tried numerous shorter employment matters to judges, administrative law judges and arbitrators. He has handled a large number of employment-related lawsuits through pretrial proceedings including employment discrimination, wage/hour, harassment, trade secret and wrongful termination matters. He has extensive experience in union management relations and collective bargaining. He also has trial experience in contract, warranty and real estate cases.

Howard is a senior editor of The Rutter Group's "California Employment Litigation Practice Guide," first published in 2002. In 1999/2000, he was instrumental in negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement in California between a labor organization and a federally-recognized Indian tribe. In 1995, Howard conducted sexual harassment training, along with two other attorneys, for staff and Justices of three of the California Courts of Appeal and for the California Supreme Court.

He is a past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association. He appeared as the legal expert in an educational video entitled "Romance in the Workplace," produced by The Employers Group.

From 1986 through March 1999, George was chair of the labor and employment practice group at the San Diego law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP.


Lynne R. Lasry

Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez, LLP

402 W Broadway, Ste 1700

San Diego CA, 92101

(619) 235-5655

Lasry

Education

University of San Diego, School of Law, 1977-79

Juris Doctor: December 1979 (2.5 years)

University of California at Davis, 1974-75/1976-77

A.B. Comparative Literature 1977

University of Barcelona, Spain, 1975-76

Professional Experience

Partner, Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP

2000 - Present

Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

1987-2000

Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of California, Criminal Division - 1983-87; Civil Division - 1982-83

Associate, Hillyer & Irwin, A.P.C.

May 1980-May 1982

Adjunct Professor/Faculty

University of San Diego, School of Law, Lawyering Skills II, 1989-Present; Advanced Trial Advocacy, 1993-Present; Litigation Practicum, 1998-Present

National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

2001-Present; Co-Director, Pacific Deposition Program; Co-Director, Expert Deposition Program; 1987-Present

National Institute for Trial Advocacy-United Kingdom (NITA-UK) 1996, 1998

California Continuing Education of the Bar

1990-Present

Paralegal Program, University of San Diego School of Graduate Studies, 1984, 1985

Judge Pro Tem, San Diego Small Claims Court 1992-Present

Mediator, 1998-Present

Pro Bono Legal Representation, 1978-Present

Special Master, 1991-Present

Advanced Trial And Mediation Training

United States Department of Justice, Advocacy Institute

Civil (1982) / Criminal (1983)

San Diego Mediation Center, 1989

Honors And Awards

Honorable Robert E. Keeton Faculty Award, NITA, Outstanding Lawyer and Teacher of Trial Advocacy, 1999 (National Award)

Outstanding U.S.D. Law Alumna, 1998

Commendation, San Diego Inn of Court, Outstanding Service and Educator, 1997

Commendations, State Bar of California, Board of Governors, Pro Bono Services 1983, 1988-89, 1994-1995

Commendations for Distinguished Service, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1983-1998

Commissioner's Award for the Pacific Region, United States Department of Treasury, United States Customs, 1987

Commendations, United States Department of Treasury, United States Customs Service, 1984, 1986, 1987

Commendation, United States Immigration Service, Anti-Smuggling Unit, 1987

Commendation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1987

Commendation, United States Secret Service, 1987

Commendation, Anti-Defamation League, 1986

National Member of the Order of Barristers (awarded honorary membership for advocacy), 1984

Admissions

California

United States District Court, Southern, Northern and Central Districts of California

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

Member

American Bar Association

California Bar Association

San Diego Bar Association

American Trial Lawyers Association

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

National Institute for Trial Advocacy

California Women Lawyers


Rich Paul

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

401 B Street, Suite 1000

San Diego CA, 92101

(619) 237-5200

rpaul@paulplevin.com

www.paulplevin.com

Paul

Rich Paul has been one of Southern California's leading management employment lawyers for over 30 years. Paul is a frequent presenter and lecturer on employment law topics throughout California and the west. He has served since 1995 as adjunct professor of employment law at USD School of Law, and is a regular lecturer at University of California at San Diego.

A graduate of Stanford Law School, he has been chair of the Gray Cary Employment Law Department and an Editorial Review Board member for the California Employment Law Letters. He has also been named annually since 1986 as among "The Best Lawyers in America".

Professional Positions

Partner, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP (1998-); Partner, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, LLP (1973-1998); past Chair, Employment and Labor Law Division; Chair, Professional Standards Committee (1990-1993); Chair, Claims Committee (1991-1993); Attorney to the Firm (1989-1995); Compensation and Governance Committee (1996).

Professional Affiliations

Bar Member of the U.S. Supreme Court (1977) and various lower Federal and State Courts; American Bar Association (Labor and Litigation Sections); California Bar Association (Litigation and Labor and Employment Law Sections); San Diego Bar Association (Employment Law Section); San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (1978); Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association (1996, 1999); Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (1996-); Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego Law School (1996-); Adjunct faculty, Nonprofit Management, School of Education, University of San Diego (2003-); Lecturer, UCSD College of Extended Studies (various) (1992-).

Awards

Named among "The Best Lawyers in America" (Woodward/White) annually since 1985. Named among the "Best Lawyers in San Diego" (San Diego Magazine, 2001, 2005); the "Best Labor and Employment Counsel in California" (March, 2002); and the best labor and employment lawyers nationally (March 2004) by Corporate Counsel.

Martindale-Hubble AV rated.

Education

Juris Doctor, Stanford Law School (1973)


William B. Sailer

Qualcomm Inc.

5775 Morehouse Drive

San Diego CA, 92121

(858) 651-2477

Sailer

Bill Sailer is vice president and legal counsel for Qualcomm Inc., where he represents the company in legal matters relating to labor and employment law, business and intellectual property litigation and other general compliance matters.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Sailer was a partner in Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, where he represented employers in all areas of employment and labor law, with emphasis on employment law counseling and wrongful termination litigation.

Sailer has served in leadership positions in numerous business and charitable organizations, including as president of the board of directors of the San Diego Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association, executive committee member of the board of directors of the California Employment Law Council, executive committee member of the State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section, president of the San Diego Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association, chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section and general counsel to the San Diego Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Sailer has also served as president of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, a director of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, a trustee of the Children's Hospital Foundation of San Diego and has been thrice awarded the Wiley E. Manual Award by the State Bar of California for his pro bono work, as well as thrice receiving the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program's Distinguished Service Award.

He has also been recognized as the first ever "Corporate Lawyer of the Year" by the San Diego Chapter of the Corporate Counsel Association - Americas.

Sailer graduated from Swarthmore College with Honors in Economics. He received his J.D., cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.


David P. Strauss

Strauss & Asher

555 West Beech Street, Suite 302

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 237-5300

Strauss

Employment Law, Business Litigation, Class Actions

Member

State Bar of California

San Diego County Bar Association

National Employment Lawyers Association

California Employment Lawyers Association

Consumer Attorneys of California

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

Enright Inn of Court 1991-1994

American Inns of Court, 1996, 1997

Personal

Admitted to California Bar, 1981

Member of bars of various federal circuits

Member, California Western Law Review, 1979-1980.

Named "Outstanding Trial Lawyer" by San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, 1993, March 1996, May 1996

Education

California Western School of Law (J.D., 1980)

University of Iowa (B.A., 1976)

University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England


Michael C. Sullivan

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

401 B St., 10th floor

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 744-3655

msullivan@paulplevin.com

Sullivan has 17 years of experience representing employers. He regularly advises his clients on wage and hour issues, leaves of absence, discipline and discharges, layoffs, conducting internal investigations, dealing with union activity, workplace safety issues, drug and alcohol testing, and regulatory compliance.

His clients include Scripps Health, Qualcomm Inc., California Western School of Law, Broadcom Corp., and The Titan Corp.

Sullivan also has extensive experience litigating employment cases. He has handled over 200 employment cases, including claims for wrongful termination, trade secrets violations, discrimination, whistleblowing, sexual harassment and defamation. He has litigated class action lawsuits and claims brought by governmental agencies. He has tried over 20 employment cases before juries, judges and arbitrators.

Sullivan also provides management training to clients on the full spectrum of employment issues. For example, he has recently trained clients on conducting internal investigations, managing employees, sexual harassment, and proper classification of employees.

Sullivan has served as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law since 1992, teaching Employment Law and Employment Discrimination. He is also a frequent lecturer on employment law issues for industry and human resources groups.

Sullivan writes frequently on employment law issues and is the editor-in-chief of Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin.

Sullivan is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California. He has received an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating provided, based on the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary.

Professional Experience

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP - Partner August, 1998 - Present

Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich - Partner

September 1987 - February 1996; June 1997 - July 1998

Graham & James - Principal

February 1996 - June 1997

Education

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

J.D. 1987

University of California, Riverside

B.A. 1984, magna cum laude

Judson Baptist College

A.S. 1981, Highest Honors

Professional Activities

Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego School of Law teaching Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Labor Law

Editor-in-Chief, Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin

Member, San Diego County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section

Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys


Claudette G. Wilson

Wilson Petty Kosmo & Turner LLP

550 West C Street, Ste. 1050

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 236-9600

Wilson

Professional Experience

Partner, Wilson Petty Kosmo & Turner LLP, September, 1991 - present

In-House Counsel, HomeFed Bank, San Diego, California - June, 1989 - August, 1991

Associate, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, San Diego, California - October, 1983 - May, 1989

Education

University of California at Davis Law School, Juris Doctor, 1983,

• Winner of Neumiller Moot Court competition, Winner of Outstanding Appellate Brief Award, Member, UC Davis National Moot Court Team, Member, Educational Policy Committee (1980/1981)

University of California at San Diego, Revelle College, Bachelor of Arts (1978), Major: European History

Universite de Bordeaux, Talence, France, August, 1976 - June, 1977

Professional Activities

• Recipient, San Diego Business Journal's San Diego Women Who Mean Business Award (2002)

• President, Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego (1999)(Vice President (1998), Treasurer (1997), Secretary (1996), Board Member (1994-1996)

• Master, Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court (1998-Present)

• Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (1999-2001)

• Co-Chair, Use of Technology in Practice Subcommittee, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Technology Committee (2001 - 2003)

• Committee Member, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Technology Committee (2001 - 2003)

• Committee Member, San Diego County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee (1998)

• Recipient, San Diego County Bar Association Annual Award for Service to Legal Education (1994)

• Recipient, YWCA's Tribute to Women in Industry Award (1993)

• Co-Chair, Sexual Harassment Task Force, Sponsored by Lawyers Club of San Diego (1992-1994)

• Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

• Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego

• Member, California Women Lawyers Association

• Member, State Bar of California and San Diego County Bar Association


Semifinalists

John Adler, Littler Mendelson

Sherry Bahrambeygui, Hosey & Bahrambeygui

William L. Banning, Banning Micklow Bull & Lopez, LLP

Ann Bradley, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP

Michael H. Crosby, Attorney at Law

James J. Cunningham, Riverside Sheriffs' Association

George L. De La Flor, Law Office of George L. De La Flor

Joshua D. Gruenberg, Larabee & Gruenberg

Jody A. Landry, Littler Mendelson

Harvey R. Levine, Law Office of Harvey R. Levine

Tracee L. Lorens, Lorens & Associates, APLC

Ronald J. Mix, Law Office of Ronald J. Mix

Janice F. Mulligan, Mulligan & Banham

Arlene Prater, Best Best & Krieger, LLP

Stephen J. Schultz, Marks, Golia & Finch, LLP

Lynde Selden II, Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Sean D. Simpson, Simpson & Brenner, LLP

Keith Zakarin, Duane Morris LLP

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