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Women Leadership in Law

Connect. Engage. Grow

Austin Holian
 •  $185 - $240

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.”

Hillary Clinton

Our inaugural event will bring together some of the greatest law firm and in-house practitioners to participate in insightful discussions on recent topics important to the legal profession and of interest to women leaders. This is a conference/interactive forum, with networking opportunities throughout the event, for current, past or future women leaders in law firms and law departments.

About our Keynote

Eileen M. DeckerEileen Decker

Former United States Attorney, Central District of California     

Until earlier this year, Eileen M. Decker served as a United States Attorney, and as such was the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Central District of California, a sprawling district based in Los Angeles that encompasses seven counties. Ms. Decker oversaw the largest United States Attorney’s Office outside of the District of Columbia, an office that employs approximately 280 attorneys who serve almost 20 million residents. The United States Attorney’s Office prosecutes the entire range of federal criminal offenses, defends the United States in civil actions, and represents government interests in tax matters.

After being unanimously confirmed as United States Attorney by the United States Senate on June 11, 2015, Ms. Decker was given a four-year appointment by President Barack Obama. As part of her duties, Ms. Decker served on five Attorney General Advisory Committees – Civil Rights, Cyber/Intellectual Property, Terrorism/National Security, Violent and Organized Crime, and White Collar/Fraud.  Along with many of her colleagues who were appointed by President Obama, Ms. Decker resigned on March 10, 2017.

Prior to becoming the United States Attorney, Ms. Decker was the Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City of Los Angeles for nearly six years. As Deputy Mayor, Ms. Decker was responsible for matters related to the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the Emergency Management Department. In addition, she was the principle liaison for the City of Los Angeles to all federal law enforcement agencies.

Ms. Decker was an Assistant United States Attorney for almost 15 years, during which time she investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases. During her tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, she was the first Chief of the National Security Section. She also served as Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Section and as Deputy Chief of Organized Crime Strike Force.

Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Decker was in private practice for three years at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. She also served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Gary L. Taylor in the Central District of California.

Ms. Decker received her undergraduate and law degrees from New York University. She also received a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and was a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School.  In addition, she is a Past President of the Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles.

About our Chairs

Deborah S. ChangDebbie

Attorney, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP

Deborah S. Chang is an attorney with the firm of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and was named by Daily Journal as one of the Top Women Lawyers in California in 2016. She was on trial teams that obtained the two largest wrongful death verdicts in California in 2014, four of the top 25 verdicts in California in both 2014 and 2015 – including the largest verdicts received in North County, San Diego (Vista) and Imperial County (El Centro). Deborah is the recipient of the 2014 Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the award in 2012 and 2016.  She is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of ABOTA, where she serves on the Executive Committee and is a National Board Member. Deborah also serves on the Executive Committee and as a Board Member of the CAOC, and is currently the Third Vice-President and Education Chair for 2017. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for Southern California.



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Chair, National Labor and Employment Practice Group,

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


Cheryl D. Orr is chair of Drinker Biddle’s national Labor and Employment Practice Group and an elected managing partner of the firm. Cheryl concentrates her practice on defending employers nationwide against complex wage and hour class, collective, and representative actions arising in industries including retail, health care, education, insurance, finance, and manufacturing. She also has a long history of resolving wrongful termination, unfair competition and discrimination cases through a winning motion practice. In addition to litigation, she provides a full range of employment law counseling, audit and training services.

Cheryl is often quoted in the media on employment law issues. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on employment law topics and regularly chairs the American Conference Institute’s national wage and hour class action conference. The Daily Journal has named Cheryl one of California’s Top Employment Lawyers and Top Women Lawyers, and Chambers USA consistently ranks Cheryl as one of the top employment lawyers in California. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of the American Employment Law Council.

About our In-House Advisor

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General Counsel, Privacy and Compliance Officer, PCV Murcor & General Counsel, VRM Mortgage Services

Dawn Haghighi is General Counsel, Privacy and Compliance Officer for affiliated companies PCV Murcor Real Estate Services, Hightide Settlement Services and Vendor Resource Management in Los Angeles, California.   Her career encompasses senior management positions with responsibility for matters at several multi-national corporations, including Assistant General Counsel and Privacy Officer for Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd., Charter One Bank, NA (Royal Bank of Scotland), and Nordstrom, Inc.  Ms. Haghighi is a frequent lecturer before corporate boards, foundations and professional organizations around the world.  She is active in a number of international, public policy, and not for profit organizations.  In June 2011, she served as one of the keynote panelists at the Greenberg Taurig National Executive Women’s Leadership Conference.  In recent years, she was selected as a participant to the U.S. – China Economic & Trade Cooperation Forum welcoming PRC Vice President Xi Jinping to Los Angeles (2012), as a delegate t the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria (2010), as a member of the United States delegation to the Enhancing the Middle East’s Economic Future IV Forum Doha, Qatar (2009),  as a participant to the RAND China Reform Forum, in Beijing, China (2004 and 2005) and a presenter to the Supreme People’s Court Mediation and Arbitration Congress in Beijing and Shanghai, China (1990 -1995) and as a delegate to several HKTDC Business Conferences in Honk Kong.  Ms. Haghighi also attended the White House Welcome Ceremony for the PRC Premier Wen Jibao (2003).   Her community involvement also vests in memberships of a number of international, public policy, and not for profit organizations, she is Vice Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel National Real Estate Committee,  a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (invitation only) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Committee on Foreign Relations (invitation only).  She has served on the Boards of The Association of Corporate Counsel SoCal, The Western Justice Center Foundation, and the National U.S. Hong Kong Business Association (past chairmen and founding director).  She was also a founding director and secretary of the Princess Cruises Community Foundation. In Chicago, Illinois she served on the board of directors for the Hong Kong Business Association of Midwest (past president), The Association of Corporate Counsel Chicago (past president) and the Chinese American Service League.  She is also pro bono consultant to the Rockefeller Pacific Trust advising on the advancement of national and international justice systems, with emphasis on transnational economic activities.  Ms. Haghighi has received many professional awards including the Los Angeles Business Journal In-House Counsel Awards (Finalist). Alston & Bird Women of Distinction Award (2011), the Association of Corporate Counsel Robert Townsend Member of the Year Award (2005 – 30,000 membership) and the Association of Media and Entertainment Honoree (2007).

About our Speakers

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Deputy General Counsel, Global Litigation, CBRE, Inc.    

Ms. Atlee is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for CBRE, Inc.  In this capacity, she manages more than 300 active cases and other litigation globally including reporting to insurers, senior managers and the Board on litigation, developing and managing the e-discovery and litigation hold protocols, managing a small department of lawyers and paralegals.  Ms. Atlee is also responsible for outside counsel management and legal spend containment among other responsibilities as a senior legal manager.  She is a commercial litigator with experience in state and federal courts.  She has managed a wide variety of matters including antitrust lawsuits, governmental agency investigations, unfair business practice litigation, contractual disputes, franchise-relations issues, products liabilities allegations and real estate controversies.

Prior to joining CBRE, Ms. Atlee was a Senior Attorney at BP, an international energy company, where she managed litigation as well as state and federal investigations and transacted franchise-related retail agreements.

Ms. Atlee is a member of the California State Bar.   She is admitted to practice in all California courts, the United States District Court, Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.



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Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Cecily T. Barclay is a partner in Perkins Coie’s Real Estate and Land Use practice.  She is a member of the firm-wide Executive Committee and chair of the firm’s Land Use practice.  Cecily previously served on the firm’s Lateral Partner Hiring Committee and was chair of the Land Use practice while a partner at Bingham McCutchen.  For more than a decade, Cecily has served as President and a Board Member of two non-profit housing corporations.  Cecily also co-authors California Land Use and Planning Law, regularly speaks and writes on topics involving land use and local government law.

Cecily received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.


Lucie BarronLucie Barron

Founder and President of ADR Services, Inc

Lucie Barron is the Founder and President of ADR Services, Inc. Born in Germany to Russian parents, she emigrated to Australia at a young age. Ms. Barron studied psychology in Adelaide before going on to obtain her Masters in Psychology at the University of Sydney. After working as a psychologist for several years, she earned her MBA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

After relocating to Southern California, personal litigation introduced Ms. Barron to the legal system, where she recognized the value of alternative dispute resolution, an emerging field at that time. In 1994, she founded ADR Services, Inc., which now operates in seven offices across the state, with over 135 conference rooms and 130 retired judges and attorneys. ADR Services, Inc., has expanded at a significant rate due to Ms. Barron’s tenacity and dedication, developing a reputation for successful resolution with its highly diverse and experienced neutrals.



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Executive Vice President & Chief Legal

and Administration Officer, Kaplan Inc.

Janice Block is an executive vice president and the Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, at Kaplan Inc., a global education company owned by The Graham Holdings Company.  With nearly 400 locations in more than 30 countries and more than 24,000 employees worldwide, Kaplan educates more than one million students and professionals each year.

As Kaplan Inc.’s Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, Janice leads a worldwide team of legal, regulatory, compliance, government relations, human resources and talent development professionals, supporting all facets of Kaplan’s business.  She also serves on the board of directors and as an officer of numerous Kaplan entities in the U.S. and overseas.

Janice earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Princeton, her M.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern, and her J.D. degree from Columbia. Janice serves on the advisory board of The Center for Women in Law and is active in Global Leaders in Law, through which she has completed leadership programs at both Oxford University and Harvard Business School.  Janice was awarded the “Woman of Achievement” award from the Anti-Defamation League in 2014.



Lori A. BowmanLori Bowman

Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Lori Bowman has more than 30 years of experience representing employers in labor and employment law.  For several years, Lori has been named a Best Lawyer in America and a Southern California Super Lawyer.  Lori graduated from Indiana University School of Law where she was an Editor of the Indiana Law Journal.  She received a MA in labor relations from the University of Illinois and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an AB from Indiana University.




Linda BurrowLinda M. Burrow

Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Linda Burrow, partner at Boies Schiller Flexner, is a go-to litigator in the entertainment industry for cases ranging from breach of contract, to copyright and trademark infringement, defamation and right of publicity who has garnered high-profile trial and appellate victories on behalf of her clients. Ms. Burrow also handles a variety of other complex litigation matters.

Ms. Burrow is also committed to pro bono work and has twice been honored by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California for her advocacy on issues of free speech and civil rights. She is consistently recognized as a lead practitioner by a number of legal publications, including Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers and has been honored as one of California’s “Top Women Lawyers” by the Daily Journal for seven of the past eight years (2009 and 2011–present).



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Executive Director, Western Justice Center

Judge Judith C. Chirlin (Ret’d), served on the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1985 to 2009.  In November of 2011, she became Executive Director of the Western Justice Center (“WJC”) in Pasadena, California.  WJC is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a more civil, peaceful society where differences are valued.  It designs and implements creative programs that change the way people think about and respond to differences and conflict.

Over her years as a lawyer and on the bench, Judge Chirlin became involved in numerous efforts to improve the legal systems and the administration of justice in California, throughout the nation and around the world.  A renowned speaker and educator, Judge Chirlin has traveled extensively, consulting on court reform, human rights and conflict resolution and teaching programs for foreign judges, lawyers, police officers, educators and other professionals in more than 20 countries.  Since joining WJC, she has focused on conflict resolution and reduction of prejudice and intergroup conflict in schools and communities.


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Los Angeles Superior Court

Judge Elizabeth R. Feffer was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2007, and currently presides over a civil independent calendar (I/C) general jurisdiction courtroom, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Judge Feffer has previously been assigned to civil trial, family law, and criminal departments. Judge Feffer has presided over 70 civil jury trials and over more than 500 civil bench trials. As member of the bench, Judge Feffer has served on a number of court-related committees, both locally and statewide, including the Superior Court’s Rules and Security Committees, the California Judges’ Association’s Civil Law & Procedure Committee, the California Judicial Council’s Judicial Branch Leadership Development Curriculum Committee, the Executive Committee of the California State Bar’s Litigation Section, and the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.  Judge Feffer has also written articles pertaining to legal issues published in the Daily Journal, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, CAALA’s The Advocate, the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Gavel to Gavel, and the California Supreme Court Historical Society Newsletter.  Judge Feffer earned her B.A. from UCLA, her M.A. from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, and her J.D. from USC’s Gould School of Law.


Jeanne A. FugateJeanne A. Fugate

Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Jeanne A. Fugate, partner at Boies Schiller Flexner, has a wide-ranging practice, focusing primarily on employment litigation, complex civil litigation, and securities litigation. Ms. Fugate handles all phases of litigation in state and federal courts across various fields, including employment, contract, real estate, and general business disputes. She also advises clients regarding employment and compliance issues. Ms. Fugate is recognized as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by the publishers of Super Lawyers and Los Angeles magazines (2016 and 2017) and was previously selected as a “Rising Star” (2009–2014).

Since 2015, Ms. Fugate has served as a board member of the California Bar Foundation and is presently Co-Vice President of the Board. She is also Vice President of the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission, and a board member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers



Kathleen A. “Katie” McGintyKM

Partner, Militia Hill Ventures

Kathleen A. “Katie” McGinty is Partner at Militia Hill Ventures, a firm that creates and develops transformative life sciences companies in the Philadelphia region. In 2016 she was the Democratic Nominee for US Senate in Pennsylvania.

McGinty’s public sector career includes chairing the White House Council on Environmental Quality during President Bill Clinton’s administration and as Secretary of Environmental Protection under Governor Ed Rendell.

In the private sector, McGinty led a business cleaning up and redeveloping polluted properties, and developing renewable energy projects. As an Operating Partner with a private equity fund, she helped build successful growth strategies for early stage clean energy, water, and efficiency companies. She also started her own small company, and has been a Director on public and private company boards.

McGinty’s career was launched when she was awarded the Congressional Fellowship of the American Chemical Society and went to work for then-Senator Al Gore developing legislation to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. high tech companies that commercialize basic research.‎ Just prior, and with a degree in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University and a law degree from Columbia University, McGinty was awarded a judicial clerkship on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the federal appellate court with special jurisdiction over intellectual property matters. McGinty also lived and worked in India, serving as a Senior Visiting Fellow at TERI, a leading energy and environmental organization in New Delhi.


Deirdre M. O’CallaghanCenter for Internet Security

Chief Counsel, Center for Internet Security, Inc.

Ms. O’Callaghan is an experienced in-house attorney.  She currently serves as Chief Counsel for the Center for Internet Security, Inc., a nonprofit organization located in East Greenbush NY, which focuses on developing and sustaining cybersecurity standards and related services. She previously served as General Counsel for Gas Turbine Efficiency, Ltd., TerraMesa Development Group and Centex Hospitality Group, as well as Assistant General Counsel and Sr. VP of Development for American Skiing Company.  She was also previously a partner in the New England law firm Preti Flaherty, where her practice focused on environmental, energy and government relations matters.  She is a graduate of the University of Maine and Columbia Law School.



Stacy Phillips

Stacy D. Phillips

Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Stacy D. Phillips is a Certified Family Law Specialist and one of the country’s most well-known and respected family law practitioners, having achieved virtually every honor available to a lawyer for her work. She is also an author (including Divorce:  It’s All About Control – How to Win the Emotional, Psychological and Legal Wars, ExecuProv Press), sought-after commentator, speaker and writer, philanthropist, and a tireless advocate for children and families. Throughout her career, she has given back through active involvement as a leader and volunteer in community and nonprofit organizations, as well as multiple professional associations.

At Blank Rome, Ms. Phillips represents a wide variety of high-profile and celebrity clients as they undergo the significant and often difficult changes involved in divorce and custody issues. After more than 30 years of practice, she continues to believe in a philosophy she often shares with her clients: “How we treat others, how we conduct ourselves and how we communicate during difficult times, can alter the course of one’s life.”

In a career filled with extraordinary accolades and accomplishments for both her clients and herself, Ms. Phillips is most proud of her team’s work through their Adopt-A-Center Program. Founded by her former firm Phillips Lerner in 1999 as a way to both give back and support good works, each year the Adopt-A-Center program supports a deserving local nonprofit organization that helps children and families in Los Angeles. Ms. Phillips and her colleagues not only donate and raise money for these worthy organizations, but they also often participate as active volunteers.


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Chief District Judge, Central District of California

Chief Judge Phillips was appointed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President Clinton on November 15, 1999.  She was a Magistrate Judge in the Central District from 1995 until 1999, and served on the California Superior Court for four years before joining the federal bench

Judge Phillips graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Riverside and received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall).  She is a founding member of the Inland Empire chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, where she serves as a Judicial Master emerita and was a member of the Board of Directors.  She served on the Ninth Circuit Jury Trial Improvement Committee from its formation in 2002, and was appointed Chair of the Committee in 2008.

Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Phillips was a partner in Best, Best & Krieger.  She has served in leadership roles with various community organizations, including the Inland Counties Federal Bar Association, Riverside Legal Aid, Riverside Youth Service Center, the Children’s Center of the Inland Counties, the Survive Food Bank of Riverside & San Bernardino Counties, the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center, and the city’s Human Relations Commission



Amy Fisch Solomon

Partner, Girardi | Keese

Amy Fisch Solomon, a partner with Girardi | Keese, specializes in the areas of professional liability, products liability and catastrophic injury.  She is a Past President of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), the largest local plaintiffs bar association in the nation. She has successfully tried over 45 jury and bench trials in both State and Federal courts, and obtained numerous seven and eight figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients.  She is Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Association of Trial Lawyers. She is on the Board of Directors for the Inner City Law Center, the Western Justice Center and the Consumer Attorneys of California.  Ms. Solomon is a past recipient of CAALA’s Ted Horn Memorial Award (2009), and CAOC’s Robert E. Cartwright, Sr. award (2011).  She recently was named one of the top 25 Personal Injury lawyers in California, by the Daily Journal.  She has been named as a Top Woman Litigator in the State of California by the Daily Journal for the past 12 years.  She sits on the Los Angeles County Bar Central Civil Bench/Bar Liaison Committee, the LACBA Presidents Advisory Committee on Women in The Legal Profession and the LACBA Complex Court Committee. Ms. Solomon is a Commissioner for the California State Bar serving on the Judicial Evaluation Nominee Committee.  She is on the Board of Overseers of Loyola Law School and the  Board of Directors of Loyola Law School Civil Justice Program.  She has obtained certification in mediation from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine and mediates cases for colleagues.  In her spare time, she mentors both Inner-City High School Students, as well as Law Students, to encourage their participation in the Civil Justice System



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Chair, Copyright Group, Fenwick & West LLP

Jennifer Stanley is Chair of the Copyright Group at Fenwick & West. She focuses her practice on intellectual property, technology and media transactions and counsels regularly on copyright protection, strategy, and business model analysis and risk management. Jennifer also advises on copyright disputes and copyright registration matters and she is one of the go-to authorities on intellectual property issues relating to games, content licensing and social media. Jennifer is also a member of the firm’s transactional Privacy and Information Security practice, advising clients on all aspects relating to collection, use and disclosure of personal information, and the legal issues that arise when running sweepstakes, contests and promotions.



Britt K. Strottman,

Principal, Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC

Britt Strottman is a Principal at Meyers Nave and Chair of two statewide practices: (1) Public Utilities Commission Practice and (2) Crisis Management: Public Policy, Ethics and Investigations Practice. She is a seasoned litigator with 15 years of experience, more than 30 jury trials, and over 60 state and federal administrative hearings.


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Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, VRM Mortgage Services & Co-Chair,

The Council for Inclusion in Financial 

Cheryl Travis-Johnson is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of VRM Mortgage Services and Co-Chair of the Council for Inclusion in Financial Services.

Cheryl’s career in mortgage banking spans over 30 years and includes leadership roles in lending, loan servicing and real estate. Her extensive experience enables her to recognize industry trends and proactively address operational challenges with creative perspective and innovative solutions.

Ms. Travis-Johnson ensures that VRM uses a diverse network of providers, and as a result VRM has been recognized by DiversityBusiness for two years in multiple categories including top African-American, Diversity-Owned and Minority-Owned business. Cheryl is an executive participant on the MBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee. As a part of her involvement, she led the co-development of a new Diversity and Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool. The new tool will enable Lenders, Servicers and Investors to assess, document and measure their compliance with the proposed OMWI standards for diversity and inclusion developed in response to Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

She is an active advocate for and participant in various industry organizations including the MBA, NAREB, NAHREP, AREAA, the Asset Manager Forum, California Mortgage Bankers Association and DFW REO Professionals. Ms. Travis-Johnson serves as a director on the board of the non-profit organization, PCV|VRM Seeds of Hope where her leadership through philanthropy serves to educate, enable and empower homeowners in an effort to stabilize neighborhoods and breathe new life into communities.



Susan Ullman

Susan K. Ullman 

General Counsel, U.S. Office of Special Counsel

Susan has spent most of her career as a public servant.  She was the first female law clerk to Judge John R. Bartels (E.D.N.Y.), an Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice for 6 years, and a Senior Trial Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice for 16.  Susan has litigated cases before the EEOC, the MSPB, all three levels of the Wisconsin state court system, federal district courts, federal courts of appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court, and an international tribunal in The Hague.  Recent constitutional issues have included an Eighth Amendment challenge to the treatment of inmates at the federal Supermax prison, an Equal Protection challenge to the questioning of Muslims re-entering the U.S., and a separation of powers issue concerning the Office of Special Counsel.  Susan started as the General Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on January 17, 2017.


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Lisa Von Eschen

Partner, Lamb & Kawakami LLP

Lisa Von Eschen, Esq. counsels businesses and non-profit organizations on employment law compliance, including exempt classifications, leaves of absence, discipline, terminations and reductions in force.  She advises companies and executives on employment contracts, commission plans, restrictive covenants and severance agreements.  Ms. Von Eschen drafts personnel handbooks, leads internal investigations, and conducts preventive training on harassment and other employment topics.  She has successfully litigated wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour cases for almost 25 years.



The Montage Beverly Hills

225 N Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:55am

Introduction by Co-Chairs

8:55am - 9:00am

Women Success Stories: I'm With Her

9:00am - 10:00am


Cheryl D. Orr, Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP



Janice Block, EVP, Chief Legal and Chief Administrative Officer, Kaplan, Inc.

Katie McGinty, Partner, Militia Hill Ventures

Deirdre O’Callaghan, Chief Legal Counsel, Center for Internet Security

Susan Ullman, General Counsel, U.S. Office of Special Counsel

Women in the Courtroom

10:00am - 11:00am

Recent statistics published by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession concluded that women are significantly and shockingly underrepresented as lead trial lawyers in court.  Join this powerhouse panel to see the successful women trial lawyers who are sitting in courtroom tables as first chairs at significant trials – and paving the way for other women to follow.


Deborah Chang, Attorney, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP


Linda Burrow, Shareholder, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Amy Fisch Solomon, Partner, Girardi | Keese

Britt K. Strottman,  Principal, Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC


Networking Break

11:00am - 11:20am

Women in the Boardroom

11:20am - 12:20pm


Dawn Haghighi, General Counsel, Privacy & Compliance Officer, PCV Murcor and General Counsel, VRM Mortgage Services


Cheryl Travis-Johnson, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, VRM Mortgage Services & Co-Chair, The Council for Inclusion in Financial Services

Keynote Luncheon

12:20pm - 1:30pm

Eileen Decker, Former United States Attorney, Central District of California

The Career Trajectory of Women in Law: Paths and Opportunities

1:30pm - 2:30pm


Stacy D. Phillips, Partner, Blank Rome LLP


Cecily Barclay, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Hon. Christine W. Byrd, Los Angeles Superior Court

Kate S. Gold, Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

Jennifer Stanley, Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Lisa Von Eschen, Partner, Lamb and Kawakami LLP


Networking Break

2:30pm - 2:50pm

Communication Skills for Women: How to Be Heard

2:50pm - 3:50pm




Elizabeth E. Atlee, Deputy General Counsel, Global Litigation, CBRE, Inc

Lucie Barron, Founder and President, ADR Services, Inc.

Lori Bowman, Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Jeanne Fugate, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP


Women on the Bench

3:50pm - 4:50pm


Hon. Judith C. Chirlin, Ret., Executive Director, Western Justice Center

Hon. Elizabeth R. Feffer, Los Angeles Superior Court

Hon. Virginia A. Phillips, Chief District Judge, Central District of California

Networking Reception

5:00pm - 6:00pm




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