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Faculty

IAML's faculty is a veritable “who’s who” of leading attorneys and consultants. Each member is an industry thought leader who inspires and shares our focus of ensuring the highest quality training programs available.

Gavin S. Appleby

Gavin S. Appleby, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Gavin S. Appleby, Esq. is a Shareholder with the law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Atlanta where he advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters. He has been consistently rated as an IAML "all-star" instructor for more than 20 years. He has been named in Best Lawyers in America, Employment & Labor-Management, Atlanta every year since 2010. Mr. Appleby...

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Joseph L. Beachboard

Joseph L. Beachboard, Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins

Joseph L. Beachboard, a Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, is a nationally recognized expert on employment law issues. In addition to assisting employers with workplace law issues, Mr. Beachboard serves as the chair of the firm’s Client Service Committee. In this capacity, Mr. Beachboard oversees the client service, marketing, and business development activities of the firm’s 400 attorneys in 33...

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Stephen L. Berry

Stephen L. Berry, Partner at Paul Hastings

Stephen L. Berry is the Chair of Paul Hastings LLP’s Employment Law Department in the firm’s Orange County office. He concentrates his practice in the representation of public and private employers in all aspects of employment law and labor relations, including defense of wage and hour, class action, and discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and whistleblower lawsuits; union...

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James P. Carter

James P. Carter, Principal at Jackson Lewis

James P. Carter, Esq. is a Principal with Jackson Lewis where he concentrates his practice in the defense and counseling of employers on all aspects of employment law, including employment discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination litigation, wage and hour claims, breach of contract claims, and workers’ compensation issues. Mr. Carter brings to this practice prior litigation...

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Brigham M. Cheney

Brigham M. Cheney, Partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Brigham M. Cheney is Partner with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo in its Orange County Office. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employee class action lawsuits; traditional labor law; discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination litigation; breach of contract claims; trade secret, employee mobility, and mass layoff litigation; and...

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George F. Cicotte

George F. Cicotte, Founder of the Cicotte Law Firm

George F. Cicotte founded the Cicotte Law Firm in 2002. Mr. Cicotte's entire career has focused on employee benefits, beginning in 1989 as a pension actuary and, since 1995, as an ERISA attorney. He serves clients throughout the U.S., representing employers in all ERISA matters including health reform, ESOP transactions, fiduciary responsibility, tax compliance, and labor relations. ...

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Raymond M. Deeny

Raymond M. Deeny, Resident Partner at Sherman & Howard, LLC

Raymond M. Deeny is Resident Partner of Sherman & Howard, LLC's Denver office. He is a member of the firm's three-person executive committee.  Mr. Deeny is a highly popular 25+ year veteran IAML instructor. His engaging sense of humor, savvy insights and terrific platform skills earn him consistently outstanding ratings from IAML seminar participants.  Mr. Deeny is widely...

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Dominic DeMatties

Dominic DeMatties, Partner at Alston & Bird

Dominic DeMatties is a partner with Alston & Bird’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Team in Washington, D.C.  Dominic focuses on the design and compliance of qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. He has significant practical and policy experience related to 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and defined benefit plans, in particular...

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Patrick C. DiCarlo

Patrick C. DiCarlo, Counsel at Alston & Bird

Patrick C. DiCarlo is Counsel at Alston & Bird's Atlanta office. He has more than 18 years of experience litigating employee benefit disputes, and counseling plan sponsors and fiduciaries on regulatory compliance issues and litigation avoidance. Mr. DiCarlo has counseled and represented some of America's largest employers in disputes stemming from service provider fees, investments in...

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Ashley Gillihan

Ashley Gillihan, Counsel at Alston & Bird

Ashley Gillihan is a member of Alston & Bird's Employee Benefits and ERISA Litigation Groups in Atlanta.  Mr. Gillihan has been a member of the IAML faculty for more than 10 years and receives high ratings for his use of humor in the classroom. Mr. Gillihan focuses his practice exclusively on health and welfare employee benefit compliance and litigation issues for employers, health...

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Brenda K. Heinicke

Brenda K. Heinicke, Founder of the Law Offices of Brenda K. Heinicke

Brenda K. Heinicke is an attorney in private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Ms. Heinicke opened her own law firm in March 2005 where she specializes in representing employers in a broad range of workplace issues.  Her expertise encompasses advising and defending human resources professionals and managers on compliance matters related to federal, state, and local labor and...

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John R. Hickman

John R. Hickman, Counsel at Alston & Bird

John R. Hickman is head of Alston & Bird’s Health Benefits Practice where he leads five attorneys devoted exclusively to health care compliance including Affordable Care Act (ACA), HIPAA privacy, flexible benefits, HSAs, and other health and welfare benefit issues. Mr. Hickman has been a pioneer in the consumer-directed health care arena and has worked closely with health plans, financial...

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H. Douglas Hinson

H. Douglas Hinson, Counsel at Alston & Bird

H. Douglas Hinson is the leader of Alston & Bird's ERISA Litigation Group and a member of the Securities Litigation Group. He has led the defense of numerous Fortune 500, government, private and non-profit clients in all types of ERISA class actions, including 401(k) fee and employer stock matters, welfare benefit terminations, defined benefit calculation and anti-cutback actions, and...

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David C. Kaleda

David C. Kaleda, Principal at Groom Law Group

David C. Kaleda is a principal in the Fiduciary Responsibility practice group at the Groom Law Group in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Kaleda has an extensive background in the employee benefits and financial services sectors.  His broad range of experience includes handling fiduciary matters impacting plan sponsors, investment and other fiduciary committees, investment managers/advisors,...

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Jacqueline E. Kalk

Jacqueline E. Kalk, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Jacqueline E. Kalk is a Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C., where she represents and counsels management clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, crowd sourcing and virtual companies. Her practice encompasses a broad range of employment law matters, with a particular focus on independent contractor classification and wage and hour litigation and...

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Ann Kiernan

Ann Kiernan, Founder of the Law Offices of Ann Kiernan

Ann Kiernan, Esq. is in private practice in New Brunswick, New Jersey where she focuses on preventive law for employers. As part of her commitment to helping management create fair and respectful workplaces and prevent costly employee lawsuits she presents in-person workshops and online classes on managing within the law; corporate compliance; legal pitfalls in e-mail and internet use;...

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Jason C. Kim

Jason C. Kim, Partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

Jason C. Kim is a Partner with Neal, Gerber, Eisenberg's Labor & Employment Practice Group, where he represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He defends employers in arbitration and litigation matters brought under a variety of employment-related statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans...

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Beth Ann Lennon

Beth Ann Lennon, Associate at Sherman & Howard, LLC

Beth Ann Lennon is an Associate in the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Sherman & Howard. Before joining the firm, she spent two years clerking for the Honorable Paul Olson in Anchorage, Alaska. Since joining Sherman & Howard, Beth Ann has focused her efforts on assisting employers – large and small – in all aspects of their labor and employment law needs, from drafting...

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Jorge R. Lopez

Jorge R. Lopez, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson

Jorge R. Lopez is a shareholder of Littler Mendelson, P.C. and a chair of their Global Mobility & Immigration Practice Group.  Mr. Lopez has practiced immigration law for more than 28 years and focuses on corporate immigration, processing temporary and permanent corporate visa petitions, and all aspects of the Immigration and Nationality Act regarding visa benefits and...

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Samuel M. Matchett

Samuel M. Matchett, Partner at King & Spalding

Samuel Matchett is a Partner with King & Spalding's Atlanta Labor & Employment Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on employment relationship matters, with an emphasis in employment law litigation in both state and federal courts, governmental agencies, and arbitration tribunals. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Matchett provides general client advice on the...

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Sebastian Miller

Sebastian Miller, Founder of Sebastian Miller Law, P.C.

Sebastian Miller focuses on representing workers in employment litigation on a contingency-fee basis.  He litigates both class actions as well as single-plaintiff cases.  He has achieved excellent results for many clients. 

Sebastian often speaks and writes about developments in employment law.  For example, his work has appeared in the California Labor &...

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Steven C. Mindy

Steven C. Mindy, Senior Associate at Alston & Bird

Steven C. Mindy is a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Alston & Bird where he focuses his practice on employee benefits and ERISA litigation matters. Mr. Mindy advises employers, third-party administrators, insurers, brokers, consultants and multiemployer plan trustees on the operation of health and welfare plans, including advice regarding ERISA, COBRA, PPACA, GINA and...

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Sonya Rosenberg

Sonya Rosenberg, Partner at Neal, Gerber, Eisenberg

Sonya Rosenberg is experienced in counseling and representing employers in various labor and employment-related matters. She provides advice to clients about various employee-based legal issues through the many stages of the employment relationship, from pre-hire to following separation. Sonya also...

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Di Ann Sanchez

Di Ann Sanchez, Founder at DAS HR Consulting

Di Ann Sanchez, PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the founder of DAS HR Consulting LLC, a HUB certified firm focused on creative and non-traditional Human Resources programs and services. Ms. Sanchez has over 30 years of experience and has held executive Human Resources positions with both private and public companies. She has extensive experience in: Compensation, Benefits Planning, Recruiting,...

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Thomas G. Schendt

Thomas G. Schendt, Partner at Alston & Bird

Thomas G. Schendt is a partner in Alston & Bird's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group in Washington, D.C.  His practice focuses on employee plan litigation, agency civil and criminal audits, investigations and disputes and voluntary compliance initiatives involving the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, Department of Labor, Pension Benefit Guaranty...

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Glenn H. Schlabs

Glenn H. Schlabs, Resident Partner at Sherman & Howard, LLC

Glenn H. Schlabs is a Partner in the law firm of Sherman & Howard, LLC where he specializes in all aspects of employment law where he advises employers concerning their rights and duties under federal, state and local anti-discrimination, employment and labor laws, emphasizing claim avoidance. He represents employers in federal and state courts of Colorado, Nevada and...

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Patrick R. Scully

Patrick R. Scully, Member at Sherman & Howard, LLC

Patrick R. Scully is a Member in the Labor & Employment Department of Sherman & Howard LLC in Denver. He represents employers in all aspects of labor relations, including trials and representation cases before the NLRB, federal and state courts.  His practice includes collective bargaining, organizing defense, labor arbitration, grievance and arbitration, strikes, boycotts,...

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Richard Siegel

Richard Siegel, Senior Associate at Alston & Bird

Richard Siegel is a senior associate in the ERISA Litigation Group of Alston & Bird, where his practice focuses on various labor, employment, employee benefits and ERISA litigation matters. Richard’s ERISA and employee benefits litigation experience includes counseling and representing plan sponsors and fiduciaries in litigation on the numerous duties imposed upon fiduciaries in the...

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Leah M. Singleton

Leah M. Singleton, Counsel at Alston & Bird

Leah M. Singleton, Esq. is Counsel at Alston & Bird's Atlanta office.  Ms. Singleton uses a practical and business-focuses approach to advise her clients on complex employee benefits matters, drawing on prior experience as a compliance consultant at a large human resources consulting firm and as a former small business owner herself.  She focuses her practice on advising...

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Angelo Spinola

Angelo Spinola, Shareholder at Littler Mendelson

Angelo Spinola is a Shareholder in the Atlanta office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., where he represents employers across the country in collective, class and hybrid actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state wage and hour laws. Mr. Spinola also assists employers in responding to wage and hour investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor and state agency equivalents,...

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Bryan Stillwagon

Bryan Stillwagon, Associate at Sherman & Howard, LLC

Bryan Stillwagon is an Associate in the Labor & Employment Group of Sherman & Howard, LLC in Atlanta. His experience covers a broad spectrum of issues affecting the employer-employee relationship.  In addition to defending employers against numerous claims brought by plaintiffs and the EEOC under Title VII, the ADEA, and the ADA; Mr. Stillwagon has spent significant time advising...

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Gregg Jay Tucek

Gregg Jay Tucek, Attorney and Vice President at Bashas', Inc.

Gregg Jay Tucek is General Counsel for Bashas', Inc. Mr. Tucek's high-energy presentations feature "street-smart" insights and legal expertise.  In addition to his legal responsibilities with Bashas’, he manages the company’s Human Resources, Risk Management, Compliance, and Benefits programs.  Prior to joining Bashas', he was a partner with Sherman & Howard where he practiced...

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Wayne W. Williams

Wayne W. Williams, Founder of the Law Offices of Wayne W. Williams

Wayne W. Williams is an attorney in private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His management practice includes employment discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge litigation; employment law advice; traditional labor law; and wage and hour law. Mr. Williams was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Civil Justice Reform in 1999 by Colorado Governor Bill Owens. He served two...

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William A. Wright

William A. Wright, Member at Sherman & Howard

William A. Wright is a Member in Sherman & Howard LLC's Denver office. He represents large and small employers in state and federal litigation and administrative proceedings over employment issues, including discrimination, retaliation and whistle-blowing, contract and tort claims, and employee benefits. He also advises employers on a broad range of issues, including employment policies...

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John F. Wymer, III

John F. Wymer, III, Member at Sherman & Howard, LLC

John F. Wymer, III is a Member with the law firm Sherman & Howard, LLC in their Atlanta office, specializing in labor and employment law on behalf of management clients.  Mr. Wymer, an IAML instructor for more than 25 years, is among the nation's most sought after speakers for his extraordinary teaching skills, witty and engaging delivery style. He received his B.A. from the...

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Amy J. Zdravecky

Amy J. Zdravecky, Partner at Miller Canfield

Amy J. Zdravecky is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group of Miller Canfield.  She represents employers throughout the country in traditional labor relations and employment law matters with an emphasis on National Labor Relations Board proceedings, union-organizing drives and NLRB-conducted elections, arbitrations, collective bargaining and other contract negotiations and...

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