Scarlett Freeman is an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management and Litigation & Business Disputes practices, in the San Francisco office of Epstein Becker Green.
Represents employers on a broad array of matters, such as compensation, restrictive covenants, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, and other employment-related disputes, and has appeared in federal and state courts and in arbitrations and mediations before FINRA, JAMS, and AAA
Advises employers in all facets of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions
Counsels clients on practices and procedures, such as employee handbooks and stand-alone policies, and avoiding disputes over matters stemming from employee discipline, reductions in force, leaves of absences, and accommodation requests
Prepares and advises on employment, consulting, separation, and non-compete agreements
Represents clients in commercial litigation, business disputes, and breach of contract matters
Represents plan sponsors and fiduciaries in the defense of claims brought under ERISA, including breach of fiduciary duty and denial of benefits
Assists clients with the complexity of issues involving electronically stored information (ESI) and e-discovery obligations and best practices in the course of litigations and internal investigations
Assists with domestic and international internal investigations related to complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, and other inappropriate behavior
While at law school, Ms. Freeman was a Research Editor for the St. John's Journal of International & Comparative Law and the New York International Law Review. She also served as an intern for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; a legal and government affairs intern at a not-for-profit organization that provides in-home nursing care; and a legal intern at a global financial institution.
Ms. Freeman was a 2005 Fulbright Fellow to Ethiopia in affiliation with the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University.
Sara Quinto-Seibert is Senior Regulatory Counsel at Affirm, Inc.She works cross-functionally with various business teams by providing legal advice on U.S. and Canadian consumer protection regulations for the development of new, innovative and honest financial products for consumers.Prior to joining Affirm, Sara was Assistant General Counsel at Solar Mosaic, Inc.During her time at Mosaic, Sara provided legal and business advice to build out Mosaic’s solar loan and home improvement loan products.She also assisted in strengthening Mosaic’s operations and servicing functions.
Before going in house in 2017, Sara was an Associate at Severson & Werson.While at Severson, Sara represented and provided legal advice to various financial institutions.In 2016, Sara served as second chair for a jury trial and obtained a full defense verdict for a big financial institution.
Sara received her J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law and B.A. from U.C. Berkeley.Sara is also a San Francisco native.
Mariana Talarides is Counsel at Uber Technologies, Inc. She handles cases on the West Coast for the Safety and Insurance Litigation team, which oversees claims and litigation related to Uber’s U.S. insurance policies, both general liability and auto. Ms. Talarides is a graduate of University of California Davis and Pepperdine Law School.
Demetria Vong-Spillan is an Assistant General Counsel of Bank of America. She is also on the Board of Directors for Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Prior to joining Bank of America, she worked at Chapman and Cutler as an Associate. Demetria earned both her J.D. and her B.A. in International Economics from University of Michigan.
Tyng Loh is an Assistant General Counsel at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where she has advised on legal and regulatory matters across the biotechnology product portfolio and across the lifecycle, including international clinical research, manufacturing, quality, trade compliance and sanctions, cybersecurity, as well as US commercial sales and marketing, Prior to joining Genentech, Tyng practiced in private international law firms in Washington D.C. and Tokyo, where she focused on healthcare regulatory and litigation matters and corporate and securities issues in the life sciences space. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, and received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University.
Tamara's legal experience is anchored in labor and employment advice, counseling and litigation for employers. She started her career at a mid-sized defense firm in San Francisco. At Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. she spent 15 years in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, advising managers and HR on both day to day performance oversight as well as big picture policy and strategy issues, and managing employment litigation. Since 2017, Tamara’s practice has focused on managing employment litigation. Tamara is a seasoned litigator and tough negotiator, known and respected for her pragmatic, collaborative, results-oriented style and strong writing skills.
A significant portion of Tamara’s work at Kaiser is devoted to the Legal Department’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Program. As the Department’s Strategic Leader for Equity Inclusion and Diversity, since 2011 Tamara has developed and led the Department EI&D Committee, working tirelessly to promote the Program mission, "to strategically drive the integration of equity, inclusion and diversity into every aspect of our work resulting in a positive and enduring impact on our workforce/department, the legal profession and the communities we serve." The positive, measurable, undeniable and enduring impact of this work on her colleagues, the community and the pipeline of future diverse lawyers drives Tamara's passion for this aspect of her career.
Tamara is a Bay Area native and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford Law School. Tamara’s passion for equity spills over into her non-work life. She serves on the board of a local non-profit that provides respite and support services to children and families. Tamara, along with her adult daughters, host a variety of events for youth and women of color, including empowerment seminars and distribution of essential toiletries and accessories to homeless women.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, I emigrated to the US in 2001 to attend college in New York. I worked in the real estate industry for about six years before deciding to move to Southern California to embark on my journey to become an attorney. During my first year of law school, it was apparent that being a litigator was my destiny. I practiced defense litigation upon graduating from law school, focusing on employment defense and complex litigation. After about 10 years of firm life, I decided to make another huge leap – I packed up my family, house, pets and car, and drove up the coast to join Flynn Restaurant Group in San Francisco. As the company’s in-house employment counsel, I continue to litigate and counsel internal business partners on a wide array of employment matters across 33 states. I am an attorney, boy-mom, pet owner, and self-proclaimed family chef.
Aurora Kaiser is Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Litigation and Employment, at Upwork, where she thrives on partnering with the business to enable Upwork to achieve its goals and live its values. She leads an awesome team that supports HR and G&A, sales, product, and marketing in all things employment, as well as handling the entire lifecycle of disputes - from helping out our customer support teams tresolve issues early, to duking it out in litigation, and myriad related issues - like collections, enterprise risk management, insurance and IP matters, like patent, trademark and domain protection. Aurora and team are honored to support Upwork’s HR, global contingent workforce, and diversity, inclusion and belonging teams, who in turn support approximately 2000 workers in over 800 cities around the world. Aurora holds a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law. She began her legal career in the Employment and Labor Group of Morrison & Foerster, where her practice was split between advising, litigation, and mergers & acquisitions work. In that role and since, she has drawn on her experience before law school as an HR and operations manager to provide practical, business-friendly advice. In her spare time, she takes advantage of the beautiful outdoors in Northern California with her doberman pinschers, Roscoe and Penny, and dotes endlessly on her saltwater fish and coral.
Malte serves as global head overseeing the safety of late-stage development and marketed medicines for Genentech, a member of the Roche group. Over the last 17 years he has held a broad range of positions at Roche and Genentech including medical affairs, pipeline strategy and clinical development. While mostly he was US based, he did lead the China based Roche development team as Site Head in Shanghai from 2016 - 2018.
Before his time with Roche and Genentech, Malte worked for more than 10 years as an internist and HIV specialist in Berlin and Chicago in direct patients care.
In addition Malte is passionate about diversity & inclusion, empowering teams and exploring new ways of working.
Sherry is Privacy Counsel at Twilio, a cloud communications platform. She advises the business on global privacy compliance, risk and remediation, and go-to-market strategy. Sherry also counsels and supports Twilio’s Commercial team and business partners on negotiations of data protection related provisions in marketing, partnership, and other complex commercial contracts. Prior to joining Twilio, Sherry oversaw data protection and privacy compliance at GitHub during its acquisition by Microsoft. While at GitHub, Sherry served on the leadership team of the company’s queer employee resource group.
Sherry is a Bay Area native and earned her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.
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.
Meena Polich has worked in tech since 1997 and has practiced law since 2004. Her legal and business experience spans product and commercial counseling on hardware, software, and services across inbound and outbound direct and channel relationships ranging from local to global and Fortune 100 companies.
After working with various law firms and finsec companies and honing her foundational legal skills, Meena joined Cisco's legal team in 2007 to support deals across a range of business and selling models in networking. In 2015, Meena joined GitHub, a dynamic, community-driven devops company where more than 40 million people learn, share, and work together to build software. At GitHub, Meena is responsible for advising the commercial business on transactional and go-to-market strategies in the context of antitrust, data protection, privacy, and other regulatory frameworks, leveraging her expertise to help drive operational excellence and transparent collaboration across the company.
Meena has always been committed to cultural diversity, inclusion, and education through various opportunities and currently serves on GitHub's Inclusion Advisory Council and as a founding member of the Adacats, champions of and for people of marginalized gender identities in tech.
Meena holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from UC Davis and a JD, specializing in international law from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Sabiha Chunawala is VP & Deputy General Counsel at Contentful Inc., the global leader in omnichannel content platforms. Sabiha serves as global legal advisor to the Go-to-Market (“GTM”) organizations consisting of Sales, Customer Experience, Partnerships, and Marketing and manages a global team focused on commercial transactions. She is also a member of Contentful’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee. Prior to Contentful, Sabiha held leadership positions at Juniper Networks, Inc. and Portal Software, Inc., which was later acquired by Oracle Corporation.
In addition to her day job, Sabiha participates in continuing legal education and other panels for legal professionals on topics such as inclusion and diversity in the legal profession and the life of an in-house counsel. Sabiha serves as a Library Commissioner for the Town of Los Gatos Library and as co-chair for the South Asian Women Attorneys Network. She is also a member of Advancing Women Executives, a leadership program for senior executives whose mission is to increase the number of women in executive management and on boards to improve the global economy, and ChIPs Silicon Valley, a nonprofit organization that advances and connects women in technology, law, and policy. In addition, Sabiha serves as a mentor for law students in the Santa Clara University School of Law: Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Tech JD program, and ChIPs chapter.
Sabiha received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and her Bachelors in Business Administration, Corporate Finance from Stetson University and is a member of the California Bar Association.
Nicole Kelsey joined Amyris, a leading biotech company, as its General Counsel and Secretary, in August 2017. In her second public company General Counsel role, Ms. Kelsey’s career is characterized by a unique international reach in both legal practice and management experience. As a leader, Ms. Kelsey brings over 20 years of experience in both Fortune 500 companies and top-tier law firms to bear in the entrepreneurial environment of international technology companies. Ms. Kelsey actively mentors both women and men, both lawyers and tech industry professionals, and passionately sponsors diversity both within her Team and as a strategic partner across the company.
A Fulbright scholar, Ms. Kelsey has a J.D. from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Ohio State University, and is admitted to practice law in New York and Minnesota. Ms. Kelsey speaks four languages and studies Japanese, and is rearing her daughter as a bi-lingual international citizen. They are excited about their recent relocation from Paris to San Francisco, where it’ll be much easier to improve their surfing! After managing an art gallery out of her home in NYC from 2001 – 2005 and serving on the boards of several non-profit arts organizations in NYC and Minneapolis from 2004 – 2014, Ms. Kelsey is looking forward to putting her passion for the arts in service of the Bay Area’s exciting arts community
A North Carolina native and avid music lover, Jasmine is a passionate attorney with a strong background in music business and the law. After passing the bar, Jasmine worked as a solo attorney and focused on counseling artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and investors in bringing traditional media to digital platforms. She has since pivoted into negotiating commercial agreements for technology companies. She is now Commercial Counsel at Asana, Inc. the leading work management SaaS provider.
Jasmine is a graduate of the UC Hastings College of the Law and holds a degree in Music Business from New York University.
Sue Bunnell is a pragmatic and results-focused legal leader. She put her 20+years of experience in technology, IP, security/privacy, and outsourcing to great use when counseling Wells Fargo executive leadership on a wide range of legal, regulatory and administrative functions for its extensive third party service provider population, sustainability and green energy efforts, and diverse corporate properties. She has worked in and around cloud computing, payments processing, renewable energy, AI, distributed ledger/block chain and other innovative fintech solutions.
Ms. Bunnell is an outspoken advocate for professional women, and serve as the Co-Chair of the board of LWT: Advancing Women in Leadership (more at www.LWTleadership.org). She enjoys speaking and facilitating workshops in the Bay Area on effective negotiation and self-advocacy skills, gender equity, personal change management, and talent development.
Jinzy Zhu is the Lead Counsel for M&A Integrations at PayPal. Ms. Zhu has extensive experience in M&A transaction life cycle including due diligence and integration of the acquired business. She has worked in the United Kingdom, China and India in previous roles. Ms. Zhu is a graduate of MIT, the University of Oxford and the Santa Clara University School of Law.
Laura McAdams is Senior Counsel at Uber Technologies, Inc. She is based in San Francisco and oversees high exposure matters for the Safety and Insurance Litigation team. Prior to joining Uber two years ago, she was a partner in the Complex Litigation Practice at the Los Angeles office of a national firm.
Heather is a Managing Director in EY Law’s Legal Managed Services practice, where she is focused on helping corporate legal departments transform the way they practice law and deliver value to the enterprise. She has 15 years of experience in the legal services sector, including legal operations, litigation technology, commercial contracting, contracts intelligence in transactions and regulatory contexts, legal talent strategy, and the design and implementation of legal department operating models.
Prior to joining EY, Heather was Vice President and general manager of the North American Technology practice for a leading global ALSP, where she served as a strategic advisor to in-house legal department leaders on legal staffing operating models, contract lifecycle optimization, and digital transformation of the provision of legal support to the business.
Samantha is the Chief Legal Officer at Enjoy Technology Inc. Enjoy is the first mobile retail store available on-demand and delivers a product purchased on-line with a trained person to get you up and running within minutes for free. Enjoy works with premier technology companies like AT&T in the US, BT and EE in the UK, and Rogers in Canada, to bring their products directly to customers via the Smart Last Mile experience. In her role, Samantha manages a strong team of legal and compliance professionals to oversee the global legal and compliance functions, and focuses on strategic initiatives that move Enjoy forward while mitigating risks. In addition to her role at Enjoy, Samantha runs the San Francisco General Counsel's (SFGC's) legal network, helps build various in-house legal intern and extern programs, and collaborates with attorneys and key international business personnel to progress innovation within the legal and compliance space. Samantha also serves as a GC Coach through Laddher Up, is an Advisory Board Member of Lex Lab, a legal innovation lab at UC Hastings, and has previously served as Corporate Governance Board Member for the Princess Project in California. Samanatha received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Texas Tech University, spending six years in classroom education and curriculum development before attending University of California, Hastings College of Law, receiving her J.D., with honors, in 2015.
Alyson is a Corporate Counsel on the Global Employment Legal team at Google LLC in San Francisco, CA. She supports Google’s Employee Engagement, Search, Ads, and Geo organizations, providing guidance on the full scope of legal issues that accompany the employment relationship. Alyson also provides counsel on Google’s global diversity and inclusion efforts.
Prior to working at Google, Alyson was an Associate Attorney at Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn LLP and Stoel Rives LLP in Seattle, WA, working on behalf of public and private employers in litigation before state and federal courts and providing guidance on a range of employment topics, including independent contractor status, minimum-wage compliance, covenants not to compete, employee terminations, and employment discrimination.
Alyson is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Journal and Alumni Coordinator for the Black Law Students Association. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Seattle University, where she was a Sullivan Leadership Scholar and Founder and President of Seattle U.’s NAACP College Chapter.
Alyson previously worked in the White House Office of Management and Administration and the U.S. General Services Administration during the Obama Administration. She enjoys indoor cycling, crime podcasts, and watching TV cooking competitions.
Shanti Ariker is an attorney practicing for more than 20 years with experience working internationally and with high-growth companies. She is a pragmatic attorney and strategic thinker who helps management to resolve issues in connection with business objectives. She has experience working with board of directors and executive management, managing and building teams and negotiating complex agreements.
Shanti is currently Senior Director & Senior Corporate Counsel, Named Accounts & Customer Success at Autodesk, Inc. Prior to that, she spent 3.5 years as General Counsel of Salesforce.org, the non-profit arm of Salesforce. Before that, at Salesforce, she managed a team of lawyers responsible for enterprise and commercial accounts in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. She has also held in-house roles at Celestica and E*Trade as well as practicing with several law firms in private practice.