Elyse Whitehead leads the employment, litigation, and IP legal functions at Plaid. She is passionate about supporting her team and business partners to further Plaid's mission to unlock financial freedom for everyone. Prior to joining Plaid in January 2020, she was a shareholder at the boutique law firm of Keesal, Young, & Logan in San Francisco, where she provided employment advice and counsel and litigated a range of disputes. Elyse earned her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. In her free time, Elyse enjoys listening to podcasts, getting outdoors, and trying new local restaurants.
Melissa is a senior technology lawyer who has advised both startups and Fortune 500 companies in industries spanning online travel, consumer health & wellness, and e-/mobile commerce platforms. She is currently a Lead Counsel on the product, marketing, and commercial legal team at Airbnb. Before joining Airbnb, she held in-house roles at HotelTonight and The Clorox Company. Melissa has been actively involved in efforts to expand diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, including as chair of Sidley Austin’s DC Diversity Committee, a member of the California State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness, and a mentor for Berkeley's Women in Tech Law program. She has also served on Boards of Directors of MyHealthEd, Inc. (the tech non-profit behind the Real Talk app) and the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project. Melissa holds a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Liz Atlee oversees CBRE’s robust global Ethics and Compliance Program. She ensures the program is effective at encouraging employees, vendors and stakeholders comply with CBRE’s Standards of Business Conduct and RISE values. Her role includes identifying risks and preventing, detecting and correcting noncompliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures to safeguard CBRE’s reputation and brand. She also has oversight of CBRE’s Global Data Protection and Privacy Program, which ensures compliance with domestic and international privacy regulations. She also is very involved in CBRE’s data protection and governance policies.
Liz was previously CBRE’s Deputy General Counsel of Global Litigation, Employment, and Intellectual Property and Data. In this capacity, she managed a broad range of litigation and business issues around the world. Liz oversaw more than 300 active cases each year, reported on legal matters to insurers, senior managers and the board of directors, and developed and managed the company’s e-discovery and litigation hold protocols. Liz was also responsible for protecting CBRE’s technology growth
Liz has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America, according to the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) in collaboration with Fortune magazine. She was also awarded the Professional Achievement Award from the Mexican American Bar Foundation. Liz serves as the executive sponsor of Hispanics Organized to Leverage our Advantage (HOLA), CBRE’s Latino employee network, serves on the company’s Executive Inclusion Committee and the Women’s Network. Liz is also a member of CBRE’s Executive Risk Committee and Cyber Security Response Unit.
Before joining CBRE in 2011, Liz 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. 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.
Drawing on her corporate and business experience, Lauren assists clients of all sizes and across industries in identifying practical, strategic, and innovative solutions to employment issues that give consideration to greater business objectives, as well as diversity and inclusion goals. She advises employers on a variety of day-to-day employment issues including accommodations, FMLA and other leave rights, and misconduct allegations and investigations. In addition, Lauren regularly works with employers to navigate complex personnel issues and has successfully negotiated hundreds of severance negotiations. When necessary, Lauren defends her clients in litigation in matters related to wrongful termination, harassment, and claims of retaliation and discrimination.
Employers look to Lauren for advice related to the full spectrum of diversity and inclusion matters and rely on her to perform cultural assessments and risk-reduction audits to analyze current issues and internal processes. Lauren works closely with clients to understand their business and workplace culture so that she can proactively identify potential risks, strategically guide clients in avoiding potential litigation, and advise employers on building and strengthening their workplace culture. She utilizes her creativity and out-of-the box problem-solving ability to advise clients on effective approaches that support successful change management and process improvement. Lauren is prepared to guide clients through investigations and other crisis situations, including providing legal counsel on company messaging, and post-investigation steps such as discipline, trainings, and implementation of new processes and best practices.
Ashley Hardin focuses on complex civil matters and has litigated cases at both the trial and appellate level. A substantial portion of Ashley’s practice focuses on the health care industry and includes representing corporations and individuals in False Claims Act cases and other fraud cases, including in state and federal government investigations. Ashley also has considerable experience representing a pharmaceutical distributor in the nation’s complex opioid litigation and in representing pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability litigation, including class actions and multi-district litigation.
In 2020, Ashley was recognized by Who’s Who Legal in their global guide to recommended healthcare lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Healthcare 2020. In 2016, she was named a Law360 “Rising Star” for health care law. Ashley also is an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
Myrto Koimtzoglou is currently a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Asset management. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Myrto spent the bulk of her career in London serving as an Assistant general counsel and deputy head of compliance over at JP Morgan Asset management and UBS Wealth Management respectively. Myrto started her career as a junior litigator at Bank of Piraeus and then moved to M&As as junior counsel at ABN Amro Bank. Myrto is a Solicitor of England & Wales ,a Greek Lawyer and a registered foreign attorney with California bar. An International Funds and Investment Management Compliance Lawyer, In-house advisor for investment funds and investment solutions for institutional clients, she specifically focuses on advising the structuring and distributing regulated and unregulated funds (and fund of funds) on a cross border basis globally. Myrto earned her law degree from Aristotle University of Greece ad her Maters in Banking law (LLM) from London School of economics and political science. Myrto is also a certified UK Compliance officer and currently serves as a board member on 2 nonprofit organizations in San Francisco.
While studying peace and conflict resolution during a college program in the Middle East, Marla Sofer realized her passion for partnerships aimed at addressing significant social challenges. Today, she is driving revenue growth for strategic partners at Microsoft. Prior to that, she was VP of Strategic Partnerships at Jemstep, a digital advice platform focused on helping Americans achieve their financial goals. At Jemstep, Marla established allies across technical, financial, and consulting ecosystems to expand the availability of investment advice, improve the end-to-end user experience, and reduce the cost to serve clients at the country’s largest financial institutions. Prior to joining Jemstep, she was the Head of Business Development at Xignite, and the Head of Third-Party Monitoring and Oversight at Lending Club. Both firms dedicated to democratizing financial services to broader markets.
Before diving into Fintech in 2015, Marla led institutional partnerships at BlackRock, and J.P. Morgan. At BlackRock, she was a founding member of the Global Provider Strategy team responsible for developing and executing the firm’s operating strategy for selecting and partnering with global banks, index licensors, and market data providers. At J.P. Morgan, she established the West Coast Investment Management Segment coverage team, responsible for over 100 asset manager relationships. On behalf of her clients, she and her team led initiatives to improve automation and simplify business processes. Her entry to financial services was at Bank Leumi, where she managed partnerships with branch offices across South and Latin America, and directly with international high net worth clients.
Marla has committed to improving gender diversity at every one of her employers. She was a co-founder of Lending Club’s women’s network and recently launched a women’s network supporting the west coast at Invesco. Marla has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations. She spent several years on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council, focused on social justice and community engagement in the Bay Area.
She also served on the advisory committee of the Jewish Coalition for Literacy,dedicated to improving the reading skills of elementary school-aged children in high risk areas of the Bay Area. She holds an MBA in business strategy and international business from Rutgers University, completed a program focused on Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University, and a BA in Sociology and Hebrew from the University of Texas at Austin.
Diana Marietti leads the Legal Department for Daikin Applied in Latin America, which comprises over 30 subsidiaries across Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. Diana created the first anti-corruption / anti-bribery department for Daikin in Latin America and leads all legal and compliance matters. In particular, she handles all international complex commercial disputes and negotiations, M & As (due diligence, negotiations, post-acquisition issues/integration), legal/compliance investigations, and disputes involving cross-border issues, and advising the Executive Team and Bd. of Directors. Prior to Daikin Applied, Diana worked for various Fortune 500 companies handling a broad range of legal and business issues. Diana also holds various graduate degrees in Psychology, with a specialty in diversity and multi-cultural issues. Diana did her Master's Thesis on the impact of multi-cultural awareness training on teachers’ expectations for academic performance of minority students. Diana has been a member of various Diversity Committees, being passionate about raising expectations, eliminating stereotypes, and inclusion of minorities. Diana earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a member of the Minnesota and Florida Bars.
Qiaojing Ella Zheng is Co-Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp's Palo Alto and San Francisco Offices and Chair of the firm’s Asian American Litigation and Finance Practice Group. Ella represents employees in individual and class actions as well as privately negotiated settlements involving discrimination and harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims. She also represents whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits. Ella is widely recognized as one of the nation’s emerging leaders in the legal community. She is the President of the Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area, and the Board Vice President of YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley.
Melissa Pastrana is Associate General Counsel in Amgen Inc.’s Corporate Litigation Group. In her role, Melissa manages and advises on complex commercial disputes, from the counseling to resolution phase, both in traditional litigation and ADR. Melissa has particular experience with proceedings involving cross-border issues and has worked on matters where evidence, witnesses or partners were located in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. Melissa also manages and advises on investigations involving both domestic and international issues (ABAC, FCPA, privacy, antitrust) and works closely with cross-functional teams (compliance, regulatory, commercial, development) to advise on and minimize risk. Prior to joining Amgen in 2011, Melissa was an attorney at Mayer Brown (first an associate in Mayer Brown’s Chicago and Los Angeles offices and, ultimately, a partner in the Los Angeles office). Melissa also served as a judicial law clerk to Senior Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy on the Virginia Supreme Court. Melissa has a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and an AB from Harvard College.
Jessie Silverthorne serves as legal counsel for Freddie Mac’s Multifamily Production & Underwriting and Equity in Multifamily Housing business teams. In this role, Jessie regularly counsels her clients on structuring and closing loans and advises on loan purchase and securitization matters. She also collaborates with clients on various initiatives to promote equitable housing opportunities and help minimize the racial wealth gap.
Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Jessie was a real estate finance attorney at various firms in Washington, DC and New York, where she represented lenders and borrowers in multifamily and healthcare transactions insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and advised clients on CMBS transactions.
Jessie earned her law degree from Georgetown University and holds a B.A. from Duke University.
An experienced trial attorney, Jennifer focuses her practice on helping clients navigate mass tort, product liability and commercial claims.
For more than 20 years, Jennifer has led trial teams, defending owners, manufacturers, contractors, distributors and suppliers of a wide range of industrial and pharmaceutical products including chemicals, talc, pesticides/herbicides and asbestos. Jennifer works closely with clients on end-to-end litigation, from discovery and depositions, pre-trial motions, trial preparation and trial. She has defended clients in state and federal courts, with a unique ability to develop legal strategies that advance client goals in both individual cases and national caseloads.
In addition to her toxic tort practice, Jennifer assists clients with general commercial litigation, such as breach of contract claims. Clients value her broad legal background, which includes having worked on matters of labor & employment, defending governmental entities in personal injury cases, and representing broker-dealers before the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) in mandatory arbitrations.
Jennifer currently serves as Office Managing Partner for the firm's Oakland office.
Hillary Lehmann is a member of Lubin Olson’s Litigation Practice Group focusing on the defense and prosecution of complex commercial disputes. She is experienced in the litigation of matters involving contract claims and business torts in a variety of commercial settings including real estate, financial services, construction, and merger disputes.
Jasmine founded The Dincert Movement in 2017, hosting at-home concerts + dinners to raise money for local nonprofits lacking institutional giving channels. The initiative has raised tens of thousands of dollars for non-profits that provide direct services and aims to decentralize philanthropy while engaging the Oakland community through music and food. Jasmine also serves on the Boards of Public Advocates and California ChangeLawyers and was formerly on the boards of the South Asian Bar Association and the Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. In the wee morning hours, Jasmine teaches indoor cycling at Ride Oakland and Bhangra Barre at Remedy Barre.
Jasmine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 2004 and graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA School of Law in 2008. She was selected by the SF Business Times as one of 2019's Most Influential Women in Business.
Erica Kassman advises technology companies on corporate and securities laws, with a focus on leading initial public offerings and other capital-raising transactions, corporate governance, and SEC compliance. Ms. Kassman has extensive experience representing companies and underwriters in a wide range of capital markets transactions, including:
■ Initial public offerings, direct listings, and follow-on equity offerings
■ Convertible debt offerings
■ Liability management transactions and debt offerings
She has also represented private companies and venture capital funds in transactions from seed through growth stage. Before joining Latham, Ms. Kassman was a partner at another global law firm, with a focus on tech capital markets, public and private company corporate governance, SEC reporting, and venture capital financings. Before that, she advised issuers and underwriters in primarily Latin American debt offerings and liability management transactions.
McGuireWoods partner Carolee Hoover represents financial institutions in single plaintiff, class action, and multidistrict consumer finance litigation nationwide in matters relating to automobile and mortgage loans, deposit accounts, and related servicing. She defends alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, RICO, the Bank Holding Company Act, and state UDAP statutes. Additionally, Carolee handles complex commercial litigation and antitrust price-fixing matters as well.
Kavitha Mecozzi is Senior Counsel at Genentech, where she focuses on healthcare law, counseling clients on healthcare fraud and abuse, FDA regulations and other matters related to the development, manufacture, and commercialization of products. Prior to joining Genentech, Kavitha practiced at Ropes & Gray and focused on government enforcement and litigation related to several industries including healthcare. She graduated from Harvard Law School and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Harvard Law School Association for Northern California.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Reed Dippo clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Retired Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to that, Ms. Reed Dippo clerked for Judge Patricia A. Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. During law school, Ms. Reed Dippo externed for Judge Lucy H. Koh in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Ms. Reed Dippo earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as senior development editor of the Stanford Law Review and lead features editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. She was also a member of the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. She graduated with a B.A. in history, magna cum laude, from Yale University.
Mary H. Kim is an associate in the firm’s product liability and mass torts practice group. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters, with particular emphasis on representing major pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in federal multidistrict litigation and coordinated state court proceedings involving claims of personal injury and consumer fraud.
Over her career, Ms. Kim has handled all aspects of litigation strategy from discovery and case workup, to motions practice, to trial. She has considerable experience developing expert witnesses and preparing company witnesses for deposition and trial, and has successfully briefed and argued motions in both state and federal court.
Ms. Kim maintains an active pro bono practice, including successful representation at trial of plaintiffs challenging state voter registration laws in the District of Kansas and in the Tenth Circuit.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kim was a law clerk at the Bluhm Legal Clinic where she worked with the Legal Assistance Foundation in client representation. She was an intern at the United Nations’ Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, Netherlands, and was a judicial extern for the Honorable Young B. Kim at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Shanti Ariker is SVP, General Counsel at Zendesk and has been practicing for more than 20 years with experience working internationally with high-growth companies and working with board of directors and executive management, managing and building teams and negotiating complex agreements. Previously Shanti was Deputy General Counsel at Twilio Inc. and also worked at Autodesk and Salesforce, including 3.5 years as General Counsel of Salesforce.org, the non-profit arm of Salesforce.
Danielle Coleman is Director & Assistant General Counsel at VMware, where she oversees global litigation. She also is Global Co-Lead of the Black@VMware Power of Difference employee resource group. Danielle previously was a litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP, and she was a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Alsup, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California. Danielle earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Before law school, she worked at pharmaceutical companies performing biochemical research, and she is an inventor on four U.S. patents.
She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the Alameda Health System Foundation. The National Bar Association has recognized Danielle with a “Diversity in Tech and IP” award and a “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” award. The Bar Association of San Francisco also has recognized her with a “Excellence in Diversity” award.
Ted Suzuki is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for AT&T. Currently, his team is responsible for support of Marketing and Growth Organization for AT&T. In this capacity, his team provides legal guidance and support for all consumer and business advertising matters which consists of AT&T’s wireless, broadband and other products and services. In addition, the team supports the company’s Brand and Sponsorship teams. Prior to the AT&T-DIRECTV merger, he was the attorney for DIRECTV’s Sales, Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations functions. In his role, he negotiated numerous deals involving sales, marketing, promotional and advertising matters for DIRECTV, including deals for National television ads featuring such celebrities and athletes like Kate Upton, Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen, Beyoncé Knowles, Peyton and Eli Manning, Deion Sanders and Albert Pujols, among others.
Annie started her legal career as a litigator at Arnold & Porter in DC, where she also maintained an active pro bono practice advocating for immigrant women and children and various human rights causes. She later moved to Silicon Valley and went in-house to counsel tech companies in all business areas, including product development, data privacy, regulatory compliance, public policy, marketing/comms, human resources, and corporate/IP transactions. Her expansive experience at large, mid-size and startup tech companies spans across a diverse range of industries, including cybersecurity, consumer electronics, fintech, social broadcasting/media, and online/app services.Additionally, Annie has maintained a commitment to community service, particularly in areas promoting education equity and inclusion in underserved communities, youth online safety, and other human rights/DEI initiatives. Currently Annie is Deputy Head of Legal at Glassdoor, the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies, whose mission is to help people find a job and company they love.
Passionate about physical and mental fitness, Annie can often be found out running, boxing, hiking or practicing yoga and meditation.
Ellen Bronchetti is a Partner in McDermott Will & Emery’s Labor & Employment practice group. She represents employers in state and federal cases involving issues in wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, statutory leave, retaliation, and breach of contract claims across the country. Ellen’s practice also focuses on traditional labor, representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board and defending clients on unfair labor practice charges. She also counsels employers on labor strategy, corporate campaigns and union-management relations. Ellen’s practice encompasses clients in a variety of industries including transportation, energy, healthcare, entertainment, hospitality and the gig-economy.
Sophia assists individual, multinational and corporate clients with various aspects of corporate U.S. immigration, including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, compliance issues and corporate restructuring. Her experience also includes handling extraordinary ability cases in the sciences and business, outstanding professor and researcher matters, and reentry permits.
Sophia returned to Fragomen in her current role after spending several years as a solo practitioner handling nonimmigrant visas, employment and family-based immigration, waivers and removal defense matters. Sophia had previously worked with Fragomen as a Law Clerk and then as an Associate for seven years, representing Fortune 500 companies throughout various industry sectors on all aspects of corporate U.S. immigration, including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence and naturalization.
Sophia has provided pro bono services to the Harlem, Brooklyn and Bronx communities of the New York City area and in Westchester County, New York throughout her career. Her services have included representation in asylum and removal proceedings, family-based cases, special immigrant juvenile petitions, U visas, VAWA self-petitions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and general immigration consultations.
Kathy practices U.S. corporate immigration law and provides counsel to clients in the high-technology sector, ranging from large public companies to start-up businesses. She advises clients on all aspects of employment-based immigration, including the impact of evolving government policies on a company’s immigration program. Kathy has a passion for partnering with businesses to develop programmatic and legal strategies that fit their dynamic needs.
Prior to joining Fragomen, Kathy worked in-house at a renewable energy company supporting immigration matters. While in law school, Kathy was an active member of UC Hastings’ Women’s Law Journal.
Kathy provides pro bono legal services through Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). She has also assisted clients with VAWA cases pro bono through the Public Law Center and Catholic Charities.
Kathy speaks English and Khmer.
Ellen Oberwetter represents clients in complex civil litigation in courts and arbitrations around the country. She is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Arbitration practice group and Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy Litigation practice group. In recent years, her primary areas of practice have included patent and licensing disputes, legal malpractice matters, and bankruptcy litigation. Many of her matters over the years have been litigated through arbitration.
Ellen has represented clients in a number of patent and licensing disputes, including Hatch-Waxman litigation, Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) litigation, and licensing disputes concerning collaboration agreement obligations, and royalty and sublicensing payment obligations. She has significant experience in litigating intellectual property and product valuation issues.
In the professional malpractice area, Ellen has defended law firms against allegations of mishandling litigation and transactional matters, including intellectual property, trust and estate, and bankruptcy matters; claims for securities fraud; allegations of overbilling; and claims for breach of fiduciary duty. She also defended a major accounting firm in arbitration and court proceedings around the country against claims relating to tax advice.
Ellen has represented clients in numerous bankruptcy litigation matters, including defending against claims brought by litigation and liquidating trusts, handling adversary proceedings, representing a company in a transnational substantive consolidation dispute, and negotiating Rule 2004 discovery requests.
Nikki Kerman (née Hasselbarth) focuses her practice on advising tax-exempt organizations on a variety of tax and governance matters, including the formation of new tax-exempt organizations, the termination of private foundation status, charitable solicitation registration, and general tax and corporate compliance requirements. Nikki also counsels for-profit clients on a variety of charitable fundraising matters, such as commercial co-venture campaigns, and assists high-net-worth individuals with charitable giving, and estate and business succession planning. A respected advocate, she is adept at managing the matters critical to maintaining successful operations while guiding clients through the most challenging and nuanced issues.
Meredith Bushnell is co-chair of Venable's West Coast Estate Planning Group. Meredith advises high-net-worth individuals on estate planning and wealth management issues. Her clients include entrepreneurs, business owners, and real estate investors facing complex issues. She designs and implements wealth preservation and management strategies that mitigate income, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and limit risk to family assets.
Leader of enterprise-wide Big Data strategy and governance; experienced in Healthcare Information Technology (Health IT); complex technology transactions, Big Data strategy, and IP attorney for one of the largest health care non-profits ($79 billion operating revenues); over 18 years experience in structuring and negotiating high dollar technology transactions, cloud services, AI, strategic innovation collaborations, licensing, professional and managed services, web-based, and outsourcing transactions. Negotiated upwards of one billion dollar IT deals, including domestic and international transactions. Advised on customer and supplier side of technology agreements for both in and out-bound transactions. Counseled clients ranging from Fortune 100, and early stage companies in IT, healthcare, software, web-based, e-commerce, automotive, manufacturing, insurance, energy, and banking and financial industries. Lead a Data Strategy Team of 12 attorneys and paralegals. Co-chair of the Enrichment and Development Subcommittee of the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Nicholas Tiger joined the neobank start-up Upgrade, Inc. as Associate General Counsel in 2021 overseeing consumer borrowing, new product development, and marketing guidance. Prior to joining Upgrade, Nick was Senior Counsel for Capital One and provided regulatory counsel to product, process, and customer service managers. While at Capital One, Nick was appointed to the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Committee and took on a leadership role in OutFront, the LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Identifying himself as neurodiverse, Nick also regularly speaks out against mental health and disability stigma in the workplace.
In addition to being passionate about driving diversity in the legal field, he has also been widely recognized for his pro bono service where he has appeared in contested removal proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals. He was recently named a finalist for the 2019 Volunteer of the Year award for the Greater Washington DC metro area. A new San Francisco resident, he can normally be found outdoors exploring the sights and sounds of the Bay Area.
Nicholas received his J.D. with an emphasis in International Law from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While in school, Nicholas clerked for both a Federal Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Missouri and an Administrative Court of Appeals Judge abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico. He also holds a B.A. from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Yasi is a highly skilled attorney with over ten years of experience concentrating on complex tort litigation, risk mitigation, and insurance coverage. In her current role at Uber, where she has been for 4 years, Yasi oversees a specialized team that focuses on high exposure tort litigation, nationwide tort litigation strategy and also serves as a dedicated product counsel to the business. While at Uber, Yasi has spearheaded discreet projects with the goal of advancing specific litigation objectives that ultimately have a national impact on claims strategy. Prior to Uber, Yasi handled complex litigation in the construction sector and was also a claim director at a major insurance carrier. Yasi is a mom of two girls (6 and 3), wife, a native San Franciscan and avid traveler.
Jung-Kyu McCann oversees the global legal team at Druva, including all corporate, commercial, IP, privacy and litigation matters. Prior to joining Druva, she served as Associate General Counsel at Broadcom and Principal Corporate and Governance Counsel at Apple. She started her legal career at Shearman & Sterling, where she spent more than 15 years counseling companies with respect to all corporate matters. She was honored with the 2017 Rising Star award at IR Magazine's Corporate Governance Awards. She currently serves as a director of the Society for Corporate Governance and a member of its Audit and Finance Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Women's General Counsel Network. She received a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Candice Petty joined Tesla, Inc. as Senior Employment Counsel in November 2018, bringing 15 years of experience as both in-house and outside counsel. At Tesla, she provides advice and counsel on every aspect of labor and employment law, and manages employment litigation ranging from single plaintiff charges to class action litigation.
Prior to Tesla, she was the Director of Litigation for 24 Hour Fitness, a national fitness chain based in the SF Bay Area, where she managed and led strategy on all litigation against the company and supervised all aspects of case management. Candice has extensive experience advising on complex wage and hour issues arising from both exempt and non-exempt workforces, as well as navigating discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints at the state and national level.
In her spare time, Candice volunteers as the Executive Director of the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization focused on criminal justice reform. Candice received her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2004, and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001.