Stephanie Vitale is Senior Counsel at Uber Technologies, Inc. She oversees the eastern half of the United States for the insurance litigation team, which handles claims and litigation related to Uber’s U.S. insurance policies, both general liability and auto. Prior to joining Uber three years ago, she litigated insurance defense matters in Chicago, Illinois.
TiShaunda McPherson currently serves as Corporate Counsel for Adtalem Global Education where she advises the organization on matters impacting or involving Adtalem’s global workforce. She also serves on the Integrity & Compliance team, which is tasked with strengthening the organization’s compliance functions and maintaining a culture of integrity. Prior to this role, Ms. McPherson served as the inaugural Director of Adtalem’s Office of Equity and Access, in which she led strategic planning and implementation of antidiscrimination compliance programs across six institutions.
Before joining Adtalem, Ms. McPherson was Senior Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, where she advised the Department’s senior officials on regional trends and high profile cases, supervised attorneys and staff on case resolution, investigated and mediated complex allegations of discrimination, and delivered internal and external compliance seminars.
Ms. McPherson started her legal career as a Litigation Associate at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons) and at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., who now sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She remains active in local and national bar associations, has been a member of several non-profit boards, and is a regular volunteer in the community.
Beatrice L. James-Moore is Assistant Vice-President-Senior Legal Counsel with AT&T Services, Inc., where she provides legal counsel to members of AT&T’s Network Sourcing Group, which provides AT&T products and services to some of AT&T’s largest network integrator customers worldwide. Prior to joining this group, Beatrice worked with the government, education and medical sector clients where she provided counsel to sales members responsible for state and local government customers as well as large healthcare customers located in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Beatrice was a founding member of the AT&T Legal Department Diversity Committee and is currently Co-Chair. She also participates in AT&T-sponsored Pro Bono activities. Beatrice joined AT&T, then Ameritech Corporation, in 1992. During her tenure with AT&T, Beatrice has held a variety of positions within the AT&T Legal Department. Prior to joining AT&T, she worked for Winston & Strawn in Chicago, IL and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York City.
Beatrice has actively participated in her community throughout her life. In addition to her current position as Vice Chair of the Just The Beginning Board, she is also an active member of Old St. Patrick’s Church and a former member of its Board of Trustees where she chaired the Diversity Committee. Beatrice also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Latin School of Chicago and the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House near the University of Chicago. She and her husband, David Moore, were mentors in the LINK Unlimited Program for 16 years, an educational enrichment program for underprivileged students identified in elementary or junior high school as potential high achievers. During their involvement with LINK, they sponsored four students by assisting with student tuition for private high school and staying actively involved in a mentoring capacity throughout the student’s high school years. Beatrice is also actively involved with the many service projects sponsored by AT&T, including the AT&T Believe Chicago Project. Beatrice is an active member of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Beatrice’s mission is to help individuals realize their true potential. With more than 25 years in corporate America, she has mentored numerous individuals in the corporate ranks and assisted and encouraged others to pursue both corporate and entrepreneurial goals.
Beatrice is married to David Moore, a Chicago businessman/entrepreneur. They have two children, Tayla Claire (23 years old) and David Reese (21 years old).
Beatrice earned a BS in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Kristen Jones is a principal in the firm's Litigation and Labor & Employment Groups. Ms. Jones' experience includes litigation of actions in jurisdictions throughout the country involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act (including class actions), the Equal Pay Act, breach of covenants-not-to-compete or other restrictive covenants, and various state law discrimination and wage and hour claims. Ms. Jones represents clients before state and federal courts throughout the country, in addition to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state fair employment practices agencies. Ms. Jones also has commercial litigation experience, including representing clients at arbitration hearings for breach of contract disputes.
Ms. Jones utilizes her employment litigation experience to counsel clients on terminations, personnel issues, wage and hour issues and their employment practices and policies in an effort to assist clients with avoiding litigation and minimizing exposure in the event of litigation. Ms. Jones also effectively partners with her clients to conduct internal investigations and assist clients with uncovering facts to make informed decisions regarding personnel situations. Additionally, Ms. Jones drafts and reviews employers’ handbooks and policy manuals; conducts FLSA classification audits; drafts employment and service agreements based on clients' individualized needs; and provides training to client workforces, including on the topics of anti-harassment and anti-discrimination.
Stella M. B. Ferraro is a senior associate at Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. She is experienced in trademark clearance and prosecution (U.S. and international), policing and enforcement, litigation, copyright, and unfair competition. She serves as a member of Leydig’s Recruiting and Diversity & Inclusion Committees. Mrs. Ferraro has also served as a tutor with Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) since 2011, and is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law.
Joanne Moon is Legal Counsel on the Safety & Insurance legal team at Uber Technologies, Inc. and is based in Chicago, Illinois. She works closely with outside counsel to defend the company in the Northeast region of the U.S. in insurance and claims litigation matters, which present a host of novel and first-impression legal issues.
Prior to joining Uber, Joanne was in private practice at different law firms in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
In her free time, Joanne enjoys cooking, group fitness classes, and home renovations with her husband.
Belle Pereira is Senior Counsel for M&A at Whirlpool Corporation. Her responsibilities include global oversight and management for enterprise wide M&A initiatives and primary legal support for the Corporate Strategy team. Prior to joining Whirlpool in fall of 2016, she served as Assistant General Counsel for transactions at a Chicago Fintech company for several years. Before moving in-house, she focused on M&A, private equity/venture capital transactions and asset-based lending.
Desiree F. Moore is a litigation partner and a founding member of the firm’s Digital Crisis Planning & Response (DCPR) client solution. She counsels corporations, educational institutions, and high-profile individuals in proactively planning for and effectively managing digital crises of varying magnitudes, including data breach, online defamation, harassment, and impersonation, university and other education scandals, celebrity disgrace events, and leaked confidential and proprietary information. In this capacity, Ms. Moore also regularly helps clients proactively identify and manage the risks associated with social media use. Ms. Moore counsels individuals and corporations alike on social media best practices, how to effectively implement regulations for social media use in and outside of the workplace, and implementing discipline for unlawful social media use.
As a trial attorney, Ms. Moore has successfully litigated in state and federal court and has managed high-level disputes in sectors such as cryptocurrency, social media, intellectual property, entertainment, product liability, labor and employment, and class action defense at the trial and appellate court level. As a co-resident of the firm’s Doha, Qatar office, Ms. Moore also has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration.
Ms. Moore is actively involved in the firm-wide Women in the Profession group and spearheads the Women’s Mastermind program, which supports the business development goals of women associates and partners. Ms. Moore is also the firm’s Director of Professional Development, where she oversees the implementation of innovative training and other programming for attorneys and staff across the firm.
Gray represents employers in litigation and counseling involving employment and traditional labor law. Her clients span a range of industries, including education, software and technology services, real estate, financial services, retail and manufacturing. Gray is appreciated for her dedication to client teams, focus on client goals, and commitment to providing value beyond the legal counsel she renders.
Gray’s objective is to serve as a partner to employers and their professionals, as well as to design legal solutions that are grounded in sound business practices that also blend with each client’s unique culture and operations. She strives to continuously deliver the requisite and nuanced cultural sensitivity to those she represents when seeking to understand their specific agenda and render advice that supports their vision.
Gray’s experience includes defending employers in litigation at both the state and federal court levels through trial and on appeal. She has defended employers in restrictive covenant, contract- and tort-based actions and in claims arising from out of state statutes, such as the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act.
Gray routinely handles cases involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Gray represents clients involved in virtually all stages of the employment relationship, including drafting offer letters and negotiating employment, restrictive covenant, severance and separation agreements. She also drafts and implements critical workplace policies and procedures, conducts employee and management training, and advises on the strategy development associated with workforce restructuring and union avoidance issues.
Advising and representing employers with respect to traditional labor matters represents a significant portion of Gray’s practice. She provides legal counsel on union organizing issues, election proceedings, collective bargaining, grievance and contract arbitrations, labor due diligence reviews, and unfair labor practice and other proceedings before the NLRB.
As a native Spanish speaker from the Dominican Republic, Gray has a passion for providing Spanish language representation to clients. This involves working with Spanish language witnesses and documents, including document review, depositions, mediations, administrative proceedings, internal investigations and employment and other training. She has also been featured in various segments by Univision television and Hispanic Executive Magazine.
In addition to Gray’s clients counting on her to compassionately but aggressively manage their labor relations issues as well as their employment litigation and counseling needs, they also count on her to partner with them to elevate their workplace culture with respect to their D&I, implicit bias, #metoo, leadership/management training, employment policies and procedures, and internal investigation efforts.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Gray has always had a personal interest in the cultivation of diversity and inclusion in all areas of life. Gray remains committed to giving back and seeks to help each client to advance their diversity and inclusion goals through providing training, mentorship and charitable support opportunities as needed. She has provided pro bono legal representation to indigent clients, survivors of domestic/sexual violence, non-profit agencies and pro-se litigants.
Gray was a Cook County Sherriff’s Merit Board hearing officer, Resilience (f/k/a Rape Victim Advocates) personnel committee chair and board member, and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois law school committee co-chair. She is actively involved with the NBA, serving as the L&E Section Vice Chair and conference committee chair, co-chairs the Women’s Coalition D&I committee and is a board member of the same organization, is a Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms board member, and is an Illinois Equal Justice Foundation board member. Gray prioritizes actively mentoring diverse students and associates through her law school, LegalTrek, HACU, ABF, and Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program. She is integral to her firm’s D&I efforts and has served as an office diversity liaison, chair of Black and Hispanic affinity groups, member of women’s alliance groups and an active member of diverse bar associations in addition to the above such as the Hispanic National Bar Association and Black Women Lawyers Association of Illinois.
Gray lives in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, who is an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Arbitrator, and their two young daughters.