Our powerhouse instructors bring deep and diverse expertise right to you through all our training events. This team comprises practicing attorneys, former judges, renowned authors, and HR, EEO and LR professionals who currently represent agencies and employees before the EEOC, MSPB, FLRA and in arbitrations — bringing you from-the-trenches guidance simply unequalled by any other training group. All our instructors have a reputation for training excellence and have received high ratings in previous training venues, including FDR Training events.
Gary Gilbert, Esq.has presented more than a thousand seminars, trainings, speeches and other presentations on various aspects of employment discrimination law and workplace rights and responsibility, including preventing harassment, understanding the employer's obligation to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with a disability, creating and maintaining the workplace free from discrimination, and many other topics. He has authored numerous texts on federal sector discrimination law, including treatises on compensatory damages, disability discrimination law, and an annual EEO Update which summarizes recently published decisions of the EEOC. Mr. Gilbert has presented numerous webinars, including one recent session titled, “Preventing and Correcting Sexual Harassment in the Federal Workplace.” He also presented a two-day EEO training to employees of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia on “Preventing Hostile Work Environment Harassment.” He started The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, P.C. in 2005, after serving for 16 years with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as an administrative judge, 15 of which he served as the Chief Administrative Judge of the Baltimore Field Office.
Peter Broida, Esq.is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was a John Ben Snow/Root Tilden scholar, and of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Early in his career he represented corporate commercial interests, before going on to serve as a staff attorney and the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation at the American Federation of Government Employees. Mr. Broida returned to private practice in 1980 in law partnerships devoted to representation of employees and unions in federal sector civil service and EEO litigation. Later, Mr. Broida became a solo practitioner, continuing representation of employees and unions in federal sector cases and also providing occasional counsel to or representation of federal agencies needing specialized counsel. Most of Mr. Broida's litigation is before the MSPB and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also provides representation before EEOC, FLRA, labor arbitrators, and other federal district and circuit appellate courts. Many of his cases involve appeals from terminations of employment; others involve whistleblower and EEO or Equal Pay Act litigation. Mr. Broida writes annual editions of A Guide to Merit Systems Protection Board Law and Practice and A Guide to Federal Labor Relations Authority Law and Practice, along with other books and training materials involving civil service law. He occasionally provides testimony or statements to congressional oversight committees concerned with civil service law revisions.
Cori M. Cohen, Esq.is an associate attorney with Gilbert Employment Law and represents federal sector and private sector employees in employment litigation in federal court and before administrative bodies, primarily the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, for claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as comparable state and local civil rights statutes. She regularly represents clients through the investigation stages of their complaints in both federal sector and private sector discrimination cases, including during fact-finding conferences. Ms. Cohen has extensive experience engaging in discovery and motions practices for cases pending before federal district court, the EEOC and the MSPB, including engaging in discovery, conducting and defending depositions, drafting and responding to written discovery, and drafting and responding to various motions during the course of litigation, including motions to dismiss, motions to amend, motions to compel, and motions for summary judgment, motions in limine, and appeal briefs. Ms. Cohen represents federal sector employers through all phases of litigation in employment cases before the EEOC and provides legal analysis and assessments of potential litigation risks.
Nicole M. Diaz, Esq.is a Senior Attorney with Gilbert Employment Law, P.C. and is a co-chair of the firm’s Federal Sector EEOC Practice Group. Ms. Diaz has experience representing federal employees, agencies, and plaintiffs before administrative bodies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board, and in federal courts in claims arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ms. Diaz has also represented federal agencies at arbitration, including propounding and responding to requests for information and engaging in motions practice before an arbitrator. She also has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements between labor Unions and federal contractors.
James (Jim) Eisenmannis Of Counsel at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. He is a savvy leader, advocate and speaker who helps federal sector employees with a variety of complex employment issues including investigations, discrimination and retaliation, and whistleblower claims. In addition, he represents private sector employees and small employers with respect to all manner of employment-related issues including employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and discrimination cases. Jim is also an Adjunct Professor with American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program where he teaches classes for senior federal leaders. He also teaches in the Master of Public Administration Program in American University’s School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining KCNF, Jim was the Executive Director of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, after serving as MSPB’s General Counsel. Between 2005 and 2010, Jim was a founding member of Kraft Eisenmann Alden, PLLC, a labor, employment and employee benefits law firm established in Washington, DC. He previously served as an associate, senior associate and principal in the firm Passman & Kaplan, P.C. In private practice, Jim represented employees and employers in the federal and private sectors in all manner of employment-related issues. In 2011, completed the rigorous Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership in Democratic Society in residence program.
Kathleen J. England, Esq.is senior counsel with Gilbert Employment Law and the managing attorney of the firm’s Las Vegas office, the Gilbert & England Law Firm. Ms. England’s current law practice is devoted to representing victims of discrimination and sexual violence. Early in her career, she developed expertise in fire cause and origin and engineering cases and was twice appointed by the federal court to co-chair the Defendants’ Settlement Committee in the MGM Grand Fire Litigation. Ms. England’s clients have won substantial federal verdicts in employment cases against the Nevada Department of Prisons, SAKS and Clark County Department of Aviation. She has represented Nevada legislators in election challenges and redistricting suits, and has served as a legal advisor for a number of state and federal campaigns, including voter protection efforts.
Tom Gagliardo, Esq.is Of Counsel to Gilbert Employment Law. He has practiced labor and employment law for more than 35 years. He previously served for nine years as General Counsel to American Federation of Government Employees Local 1923, which has collective bargaining rights for more than 30,000 employees at the Social Security Administration, Veterans Administration, Coast Guard, Navy, Army, NASA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prior to working with the Union he was in private practice, was recognized by the Metro Washington Employment Lawyer as lawyer of the year, served as President of the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association and chaired the Maryland State Bar Association Labor and Employment Executive Council. He has conducted training programs and lectured on employment law topics in numerous forums.
Julie Rook Gold, Esq.is counsel and associate attorney with Gilbert Employment Law and litigates all phases of federal sector employment discrimination complaints before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and appeals of disciplinary actions and whistleblower retaliation claims before the Merit Systems Protection Board. These complaints and appeals include claims of disability discrimination, removals, non-selections, religious discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, and age discrimination. Ms. Gold prepares cases for administrative hearings before the EEOC and MSPB by drafting and responding to written discovery, conducting and defending depositions, and preparing witnesses for deposition. She represents the USDA Forest Service and USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, and complainants and appellants at administrative hearings and examines and cross-examines witnesses during these hearings. Ms. Gold prepares settlement analyses in both EEOC and MSPB cases, participates in discussions with clients concerning legal analysis and resolution, negotiates settlement terms, drafts settlement agreements, and represents clients at settlement conferences. She served as the lead attorney on a contract with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and conducted legal sufficiency review of Final Agency Decisions issued by the FEC.
Jerry R. Goldstein, Esq.has been in the private practice of law for nearly 45 years. Mr. Goldstein represents federal and state employees as well as private sector employees, and regularly advises both employers and employees on issues of employment law. He has handled numerous cases before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and state administrative agencies, as well as the negotiation of agreements dealing with various employment law issues. He also represents federal, state and private sector employees in employment matters, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, contracts, litigation, severance agreements, executive compensation, adverse actions, and wage and hour matters.
Jeffrey Goodfriendis an instructor, federal sector labor arbitrator, fact-finder and mediator. He was an Administrative Judge with both the EEOC and MSPB. He is a partner in Vitaro & Goodfriend, a partnership that conducts investigations and provides training for many federal agencies. He does investigations concerning allegations of misconduct by senior agency managers or supervisors or other especially sensitive issues. He also provides training in areas that include: conducting administrative investigations; conducting misconduct inquiries; the role of supervisors in EEO; prevention of sexual and other forms of EEO based harassment; latest developments in EEO; the No Fear Act; EEO Counseling; and alternative dispute resolution. Jeffrey was an Administrative Judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco, California from 1984 through 1992, conducting administrative hearings and issuing decisions on federal sector discrimination complaints. He was an Administrative Judge for the Merit Systems Protection Board in San Francisco in 1982-1983, deciding disciplinary and other matters. Previously, he was the Acting Federal Sector Hearings Manager for the EEOC in San Francisco (1982); a Trial Attorney for the EEOC in San Francisco and Los Angeles (1978-1982); an attorney working at Community Legal Services in San Jose, California (1977-1978); and a Community Organizer in the Mayor’s Office in New York City (1971-1974). He graduated from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1977 and has been a member of the Bar of the State of California since 1977. He lives in Northern California with his children and can be reached at email@example.com. His publications include being the co-author of Addressing Harassment Claims in the Federal Workplace (LRP Publications, 2018) with Sam Vitaro; Conducting Misconduct Inquiries, (Dewey Publications 2018), co-authored with Sam Vitaro and Gary Gilbert; Federal Sector EEO Update (Dewey Publication s 2015), co-authored with Sam Vitaro and Gary Gilbert; and Get to Know Your Federal EEO, from Counseling to the Courts (LRP, 2012).
Ernest C. Hadley, Esq.has represented federal sector employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board and in the federal courts for the past 25 years. He is the author of several books on federal sector employment law, including A Guide to Federal Sector Equal Employment Law and Practice. He is also the co-author of Sexual Harassment: Federal Law; Federal Sector Workers' Compensation Law; Motions Practice before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Representing Agencies and Complainants before the EEOC; A Guide to Federal Sector Disability Discrimination Law and Practice; The EEO Counselors' and Investigators' Manual; and Effective Summary Judgment Motions. Mr. Hadley has presented more than a thousand seminars, trainings, speeches and other presentations on various aspects of employment discrimination law and workplace rights and responsibility, including preventing harassment, understanding the employer's obligation to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with a disability, creating and maintaining the workplace free from discrimination, and many other topics.
Joseph Kaplan, Esq.has nearly four decades of experience in labor and employment law, after receiving a Master of Laws, LL.M, from the George Washington University National Law Center, specializing in Labor and Employment Law. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Kaplan is a frequent lecturer at professional seminars concerning various labor and employment law topics, including workplace rights and responsibility. He also served on the faculty of Central Michigan University, where he taught a graduate economics course on Collective Bargaining and Labor Law, and is a lecturer at American University in the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program. Since 2009, Mr. Kaplan has served on the adjunct faculty of American University’s School of Public Affairs teaching graduate courses in legal issues in public administration. Since 2015, he has served on the adjunct faculty of American University’s Washington College of Law teaching the courses Lawyer Bargaining and an Externship Seminar. Mr. Kaplan has written a number of published articles concerning federal labor relations. Moreover, he is the lead editor and co-author of the Federal Employees Legal Survival Guide and is co-author of Litigating Federal Sector Employee and Labor Disputes: A Practitioner's Handbook.
Linda A. Kincaid, Esq.works as a Senior Attorney for Gilbert Employment Law representing federal agency employers and federal employees in employment litigation in federal court and before administrative bodies, primarily the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Some of these complaints and appeals include removals, non-selections, disability discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation and age discrimination. Ms. Kincaid advises clients and Associate Attorneys on complex employment litigation and serves as Lead Attorney on a class action being litigated in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She also provides advice regarding settlement negotiations to Associate Attorneys and at times advises and represents clients at mediation.
Shannon C. Leary, Esq.chairs the LGBTQ and Gender Issues Practice Group for Gilbert Employment Law, representing victims of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace before various judicial and administrative bodies. Ms. Leary represents complainants, agencies and plaintiffs before administrative bodies and in federal courts in claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Equal Pay Act.
Dwight A. Lewis, Esq.is Official Counsel with Gilbert Employment Law, where he represents and advises clients on federal sector EEO complaints. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and earned his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Lewis began his legal career as a JAG Officer with the United States Army as the Installation Labor Counselor at Fort Bliss, Texas. He later served as Administrative Judge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was the Chief Administrative Judge in Dallas, Texas since 1990 until his retirement in the summer of 2018. In that capacity, he had overall responsibility for the administration and adjudication of federal sector complaint hearings for EEOC’s Dallas District Office. Mr. Lewis was a preeminent presence within the Commission throughout his tenure and has served on virtually all committees and panels responsible for the development of federal sector guidance, rules and policy during his years with the Commission. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he taught Administrative Law.
Jillian Moo-Young, Esq.is an associate attorney with Gilbert Employment Law and represents federal agency employers and federal employees in employment litigation in federal court, before administrative bodies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as in administrative state proceedings such as before the D.C. Office of Human Rights or the Department of Employment Services. These matters include claims of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, religious discrimination, removals, retaliation, harassment, whistleblower retaliation and age discrimination.
Kevin L. Owen, Esq.litigates all phases of complaints of employment discrimination and appeals of disciplinary action involving federal employees in administrative forums, primarily before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Merit Systems Protection Board, for Gilbert Employment Law. He also litigates in federal district court and has argued appellate issues on MSPB matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Owen regularly represents federal agencies in litigation before the MSPB, including the United States Forest Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Rural Development Service, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, and the National Council on Disability. In addition to representing federal agencies, he also represents senior federal officials in misconduct investigations conducted by the Office of Inspector General, Office of Professional Responsibility, or Office of Special Counsel. Mr. Owen further represents these clients, if necessary, in responding to any potential disciplinary proceedings and appeals to the MSPB. He has prevailed on many appeals before the MSPB, including appeals involving due process issues violations, complex appeals involving a denial of a security clearance, constructive suspension appeals related to disability discrimination claims, and appeals involving reductions in grade for Defense Department employees adversely affected by the National Security Personnel System. He also represents employees who initiate whistleblower and prohibited personnel practices claims before the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and works regularly with investigating OSC attorneys. Mr. Owen has written several appellate briefs filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on cases decided by the MSPB.
Albert W. Palewiczhas been an investigator, attorney, and the Regional Attorney (for more than 25 years) of the NLRB in Baltimore. He lectures on labor law topics often, and taught labor law at the University of Maryland, and the University of Baltimore Law Schools for more than 20 years. He edited the quarterly newsletter of the Maryland State Bar’s Labor Section from its beginning 15 years ago until 2018, and currently teaches collective bargaining and labor law at the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. He has served as a member of the Peer Review Panel of Maryland’s Attorney Grievance Commission since 2004, and is a co-editor of BNA’s publication, Developing Labor Law.
Richard Seymour, Esq.of the Law Office of Richard T. Seymour, P.L.L.C. in Washington, D.C., is a mediator, arbitrator, negotiator and litigator. He represents both individuals and classes in litigation, and negotiates agreements for executives, departing law firm partners, professionals of various types, and other individuals. He is sometimes retained by law firms, to avoid or recover from disasters. He was the first plaintiff’s attorney to be Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, from August 2011 to August 2012.
Charles G. Shubow, Esq.practiced law in Baltimore, Maryland, for 10 years and served as an Administrative Judge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Baltimore, Maryland for 33 years where he conducted hearings for federal employees who alleged discrimination based on gender, sexual harassment, race, disability, age and religion. Judge Shubow has conducted hearings in New York, Florida, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Washington, California, Chicago and Florida. He also conducted hearings in England, Germany and Italy. Judge Shubow also serves as a Mediator in both the Circuit Courts of Baltimore City and County.
Deryn A. Sumner, Esq.is a Partner at Gilbert Employment Law, as well as Co-Chair of the firm's Federal Sector EEOC Practice Group. She focuses her practice on representing federal employees and agencies before the EEOC and has worked on hundreds of cases involving claims of employment discrimination on the basis of disability, race, age, religion, retaliation and other bases. She also has experience representing employees and agencies in cases of whistleblower retaliation and adverse action challenges before the MSPB. Ms. Sumner graduated from American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. While in law school, she served as a Note and Comment Editor on the Administrative Law Review, as well as co-chair of the Labor and Employment Law Society. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Sumner is the co-author of several books on federal sector employment law including Representing Agencies and Complainants Before the EEOC; Federal Sector Disability Discrimination Law Deskbook; EEO Counselors' and Investigators' Manual; and an annual Consolidated Federal Sector EEO Update.
Alexis N. Tsotakos, Esq.represents federal agency employers and federal employees in employment litigation in federal court and before administrative bodies, primarily the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board, for Gilbert Employment Law. Some of these complaints and appeals include removals, non-selections, disability discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, and age discrimination. Ms. Tsotakos provides legal advice to federal agency clients, including the United States Forest Service, Food Safety and Inspection Service, and National Council on Disability, seeking to manage risk, minimize litigation costs and ensure compliance with federal employment laws.
Samuel A. Vitarois a Labor Arbitrator / Mediator / Fact-Finder in private practice. Additionally, he provides consulting services, such as file and case reviews, and participation as an expert witness in lawsuits involving discrimination or civil service law. He also provides training in mediation, EEO and Merit Systems Protection Board practices and procedures as well as other employment-related matters, such as prevention of sexual harassment, whistleblower reprisal and labor relations. Between 1982 and 1988, he served as an Administrative Judge with the Merit Systems Protection Board, where he decided disputes involving disciplinary matters (e.g., discipline taken for sexual harassment, insubordination, theft, etc.) and EEO claims (e.g., disability, race, sex, religion, and reprisal.) Previously, he practiced law privately in Pittsburgh, Pa., and served as a supervisory trial attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His publications include Addressing Harassment in the Federal Workplace, co-authored with Jeffrey Goodfriend; It’s More Than Sexual: Handling All Types of Harassment in the Federal Workplace; Get to Know Your Federal EEO: From Counseling to the Courts, co-authored with Jeff Goodfriend and Gary Gilbert; MSPB Charges and Penalties, co-authored with Renn C. Fowler; Conducting Misconduct Inquiries, co-authored with Jeff Goodfriend and Gary Gilbert; Adverse Actions and Performance-Based Actions, co-authored with Renn C. Fowler; The Art of Advocacy, What to do and How to do it before the MSPB and Arbitrators, co-authored with Renn C. Fowler; A Guide to the Whistleblower Protection Act & Whistleblower Enhancement Act of 2012, co-authored with Renn C. Fowler; as well as numerous other articles and materials.