Join us for two panel discussions focused on the crisis in the public and private pension systems and the effects of Employment Practices Liability Insurance on the practice of employment law and the settlement process. Labor and employment practitioners are encouraged to attend these leading-edge panels, which will be followed by a networking reception.

The Effects of Employment Practices Liability Insurance on the Practice of Employment Law and the Settlement Process

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Moderator: Mark Irvings ’75
Leonard Kesten ’83, Jacyln Kugell ’92, Elizabeth Rodgers ’76

Mark L. Irvings '75

Since 1975, Mark Irvings has maintained a full-time practice devoted to alternative dispute resolution, mediating and arbitrating a wide range of cases involving FLSA and state wage and hour collective and class actions, MPPAA, individual employment agreements, wrongful termination, discrimination,  partnership creation and dissolution, and miscellaneous commercial matters, as well as serving as ad hoc and permanent arbitrator under numerous collective bargaining agreements.  He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and was the neutral co-chair of the ADR in Labor and Employment Law Committee of the American Bar Association. Mark is a former adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law and Franklin Pierce Law Center, and is a frequent guest lecturer at law schools and continuing legal education programs. 

Leonard Kesten ’83

Leonard Kesten is a partner with Brody Hardoon Perkins &  Kesten (BHPK) in Boston. Leon devotes much of his practice to the representation of cities and towns in Massachusetts and their officials and employees. He is considered one of the leading defenders of police officers, with an extensive expertise in the areas of use of force, the constitutionality of searches and the right to arrest. He has conducted more than 100 jury trials in the US District Court and the Superior Court. He has also conducted numerous public hearings before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. He has argued appeals before the Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals. Many of the reported decisions obtained by Leon and BHPK appellate specialist Deidre Regan have established important precedents in the areas of civil rights, employment, and school liability.

Leon is also an expert in discrimination and all forms of employment litigation. He has litigated high-profile employment matters in the areas of gender and race discrimination as well as wrongful discharge in violation of public police and sexual harassment. He has successfully represented both employers and employees and has obtained a number of significant verdicts in these matters.

Jacyln Kugell ’92

Jaclyn Kugell is a member of the management committee of Morgan, Brown & Joy. Since 1992, Jackie has represented employers in the Massachusetts Courts, US District Courts, including Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio and Rhode Island, and the US Court of Appeals for the First and Eleventh Circuits, in employment litigation matters. Jackie has also represented employers at state and federal agencies, including among others, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Rhode Island Human Rights Commission, the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and the Civil Service Commission. She also represents employers at arbitration hearings and negotiates collective bargaining agreements.

Jackie regularly conducts seminars and training programs on unlawful harassment, preventing discrimination and fostering diversity, effectuating reasonable accommodations, effective and defensible disciplinary tools, supervisory skills, progressive discipline, lawful hiring practices, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the interrelationship of the FMLA, disability discrimination laws, and workers’ compensation statutes and integrated leave and attendance programs. She also advises employers on the variety of labor and employment law issues.

Elizabeth Rodgers ’76

Elizabeth Rodgers, a partner with Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz, has specialized in representing individuals in negotiation, litigation or trial of employment disputes for more than 25 years. In 2011, she was named to the Inaugural Edition of Preeminent Women Attorneys by the national rating service, Martindale Hubble, exclusively for women with the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. Named a “Super Lawyer” every year from 2004 to 2010, an honor restricted to only 5 percent of Massachusetts lawyers, she was also one of two commonwealth lawyers elected a member of the national College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2008. 

Elizabeth is a former president of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, where she focused the chapter on a successful two-year campaign to restore treble damages in wage claims. Under her leadership, the chapter membership grew by 18 percent. She regularly speaks and publishes on employment law for legal professional groups, including Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Boston Bar Association. She is also the former president of the Northeastern University School of Law Alumni/ae Association.

The Crisis in the Public and Private Pension Systems

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Mark Irvings ’75
Michael Felsen ’78, Richard Griffin ’81 and Linda McGill ’78

Michael Felsen ’78

Michael Felsen joined the Boston Regional Office of the US Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor in 1979. Currently regional solicitor, he is responsible for overseeing the provision of legal services, including legal advice and litigation, on behalf of the Department of Labor’s several agencies covering the six New England states. After handling a number of trial litigation cases arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and other statutes administered by the Labor Department, in 1991 he began serving as counsel for ERISA. In that capacity, he was responsible for supervision of all Labor Department litigation enforcing the provisions of Title I of ERISA in New England. In April 2009, he assumed the role of acting regional solicitor, and was appointed regional solicitor in June 2010.  Mike is a past chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and clerked for Justice Paul J. Liacos of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court before joining the Solicitor’s Office

Richard Griffin ’81

Richard Griffin is general counsel of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). In 1981, Richard joined the Washington, DC, office of the National Labor Relations Board, where he served as counsel to several board members. In 1983, he joined the IUOE Legal Department; he became IUOE general counsel in 1994. He is a member of the board of directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and is a frequent writer and lecturer on labor law topics. Richard was recently elected a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.


Linda McGill '78

Linda McGill is a partner with Bernstein Shur, Portland Maine. She is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group and the Municipal, Legislative, and Regulatory Practice Group. She also has served on Bernstein Shur’s Management Committee.
Linda’s practice includes all aspects of employment and labor relations law on behalf of employers in the private and public sectors, including issues involving private and public sector labor laws; union avoidance; labor management negotiations; Title VII, Maine and federal disabilities laws and other discrimination matters; workplace safety; wage and hour; executive compensation and employment contracts; and intellectual property issues in employment law. She provides counsel and training on a wide variety of employment issues to businesses and governmental units throughout Maine and New England.

In addition to her work with private and public employers throughout Maine and New England, Linda has taught employment discrimination law as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine School of Law. She has been active in integrating alternative dispute resolution procedures into the Maine Rules of Court. She also serves as a private mediator in employment disputes and as an interest arbitrator in public sector bargaining disputes.
Linda is also an active participant in a number of bar and community activities in Maine, and is a consultant with the International Senior Lawyers Project ,based in New York. She serves as a senior legal consultant for the Human Rights Law Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New Delhi, India. Because of her continued contributions, Linda has been honored as a Global Volunteer of the Decade by ISLP.

Linda is recognized by both Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA (Rank #1) in the labor and employment law field. In 2007, she was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in New England. Linda is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Networking Reception

7:30 p.m.  

There is no charge for this program, but RSVP is required

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