This program is pending approval by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.0 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 2.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, 2.0 qualify as hours of credit toward DIEB, 0 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law, criminal trial law, workers compensation law and/or matrimonial law. BCLE Reg. 302:10.
Please submit both CLE codes provided throughout today's presentation. Only one submission per person.
Welcome and Overview: Our Ethical Obligations Related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Bias
Carmen Andrade concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate and corporate law. She provides nationwide, transactional services to her clients in all aspects of commercial real estate as well as corporate and general business matters. Ms. Andrade leverages her prior general counsel positions with real estate developers, private lenders and retail companies and works with individuals and companies in all aspects of the sale, acquisition, leasing, financing, and development of a variety of real estate including undeveloped, industrial, office and retail properties. She also has substantial experience representing clients in connection with general business counseling and the resolution of business disputes.
RPC 8.4(g): A Primer and Lessons Learned
Rachel A. Parisi
Rachel Parisi is a member of the ﬁrm's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring department. Her practice focuses on all areas of bankruptcy and restructuring, including the representation of commercial debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, commercial landlords, and other parties in interest in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings. Rachel has represented clients in a wide array of complex cases, including in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, entertainment, casino/gaming, and restaurant and food services sectors. Rachel also has experience in bankruptcy litigation, including prosecuting and defending preference and other avoidance actions. Rachel is active in the community, volunteering as an Ethics Investigator for the District XA Ethics Committee, as well as within the ﬁrm, co-chairing Porzio's Women's Initiative Network.
Ethical and Diversity Considerations in Written and Verbal Communications
Janelle handles an array of employment law matters affecting the firm's public and private sector clients, including issues involving wage and hour claims, harassment, discrimination, whistleblowing, and accommodations. Janelle’s work in the areas of harassment and discrimination has given rise to significant demand for employer and employee training to address sensitivity, diversity, and inclusion as a proactive and preventative measure. In addition to corporate clients, Janelle also handles a variety of employment matters for college, public school board, and private school clients. Clients particularly enjoy Janelle's ability to bring about swift, cost-effective, and amicable resolutions, or favorable litigation outcomes, in the alternative
Pamela M. Kapsimalis
Pam Kapsimalis is a corporate attorney with significant experience working on transactional matters. Pam concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate, franchise, and general contracts. Pam has years of experience serving on in-house legal teams including serving as General Counsel for a large international company. Pam leverages this in-house experience to work with corporate clients of all sizes to serve as their outside general counsel to provide a wide array of business, employment, and legal advice to help them achieve their business objectives. Pam represents a variety of individual and corporate clients in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate, stock, assets, and inventory and general business matters. Pam works with clients in the retail and warehouse industry, and has represented major retail brands such as Richemont North America, N.A. Affiliates, and serving as General Counsel to Preferred Freezer Services, a billion dollar global warehouse company, in all areas of corporate representation, including employee and officer liability, expansion and construction of new locations, franchising, licensing and warehouse lien issues as well as best practices in corporate governance. Pam advocates for women through volunteer work, charitable outreach, and representation of women-owned businesses.
Do you see what I see? Invisible Disabilities
Crystal West Edwards
Crystal is highly experienced working with the legal problems of aging individuals and those with disabilities. Crystal counsels seniors, individuals with special needs and their families with issues pertaining to complex estate and tax planning, asset preservation, eligibility for means-tested government benefits, fiduciary appointments and representation and advocacy. She is also a trusted advisor to financial institutions and corporate fiduciaries with judicial and administrative accountings and counseling regarding initial or continued means-tested government benefits eligibility for its trust beneficiaries. She is a member of the Board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).
Kerri A. Wright
Kerri focuses her practice in the areas of employment and education law, specifically in representation of management in both. Kerri handles a variety of employment law matters for the firm’s public and private sector clients in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, PERC, NLRB, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. She has litigation and counseling experience in numerous areas of employment law, including wage and hour claims, restrictive covenants, harassment, reasonable accommodations, discrimination, and whistleblowing. Kerri successfully has defended management in class-action wage and hour lawsuits and has handled numerous investigations by management into allegations of employee wrongdoing. She also has represented management in all facets of collective bargaining and labor disputes.
Alicia A. Whittlesey
Alicia focuses her practice on advising clients on the laws and enforcement measures governing the life sciences industry including HIPAA, Anti-Kickback legislation, PhRMA Code, Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act, and FDA guidance and regulations surrounding the compliant advertising and promotion of pharmaceutical products, as well as compliant medical activities. Ms. Whittlesey has experience analyzing and managing legal and commercial risks from a US and global perspective. With over 15 years of experience working as in-house legal and compliance for multiple companies in the life sciences industry, Ms. Whittlesey leverages her background by providing a valued business perspective guiding teams and stakeholders. Ms. Whittlesey is also Vice President of Compliance Services for Porzio Life Sciences, the firm's wholly owned subsidiary. She collaborates with companies to provide regulatory and compliance guidance on programs, policies and procedures that govern the life sciences industry.