Lunch & General Session: Before the Courts

2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

The US courts and the cases they hear provide a window into how the hot issues of the day are affecting work, workers and the workplace. MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, hosts a discussion between a nationally-known management attorney and a noted plaintiff attorney about the latest trends and legal issues affecting the workplace and where the courts are taking them.

You’ll hear:

  • The latest legal strategies attorneys and litigants are pursuing as they argue workplace cases in court.
  • Trends in litigation – which employment laws are seeing an uptick in cases.
  • How the national conversation on #MeToo and other issues are affecting court case outcomes.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ari Melber


Ari Melber is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, writer and attorney. He serves as Chief Legal Correspondent for MSNBC, covering the Justice Department, Supreme Court, FBI, prominent court cases and national legal issues. In 2017, Melber began hosting his own show on MSNBC: The Beat and in 2018 The Beat averaged 1.5 million viewers per night, setting an MSNBC record for the 6 PM time slot in its first year on air.

Samantha C. Grant

Samantha C.

Samantha Grant has been representing employers for more than 20 years in administrative, arbitration and trial proceedings in labor and employment matters, including single plaintiff, class and collective actions. She has extensive experience litigating discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, breach of contract, fraud, defamation, trade secret, covenants not to compete, and unfair competition cases, among others. She also advises employers on litigation avoidance strategies and local, state and federal compliance matters, as well as conducts investigations and management and workforce training. The insight and experience she gained while on a two-year secondment, as in-house employment counsel for a Fortune 50 company, was invaluable in her becoming a particularly pragmatic outside counsel.

Samantha is Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law and Vice-Chair of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Advisory Board. She is also a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the American Employment Law Council and the National Employment Law Council. She frequently speaks and writes on developments related to labor and employment law, alternative dispute resolution, diversity and inclusion, and ethics.

Among other accolades, the Daily Journal named Samantha one of the 2020 “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized her as one of the 2020 “Top Women Attorneys in LA” and Benchmark Litigation named her a 2020 “Labor and Employment Star – California.” She has also been named to the lists of "Thought Leader, Labour & Employment” and “Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment” by Who’s Who Legal on multiple occasions.

Grand Ballroom
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