Alden J. Bianchi, Esq.
Bianchi is a member of the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC, and serves as chair of the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice. He advises corporate, not-for-profit, government, and individual clients on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues. Bianchi advised the administration of Gov. Mitt Romney in connection with the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law, and he has testified on the topic of health care reform before the U.S. Senate finance committee.
Jay P. Ferguson Jr., Esq.
Ferguson is chief legal officer for Randstad North America. In that role he oversees the company’s U.S. and Canadian legal strategy and affairs. He also is a member of the company’s U.S. Executive Committee and other oversight committees. Prior to his current role, Ferguson was U.S. general counsel of Randstad General Staffing and coordinated legal strategy for Randstad’s general staffing division across the U.S. Previously, he served as outside counsel to Randstad and other clients as an attorney at Duane Morris LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP. Ferguson also serves as a resourceful and proactive partner with Randstad’s business, human resources, risk management, audit and compliance teams to further its strategic mission. As chief legal officer, his main objectives are to protect and preserve the company’s integrity and corporate reputation by anticipating and evaluating risks and potential liabilities and developing innovative, pragmatic solutions. In support of these goals, he encourages a collaborative culture among his team for higher rates of employee performance, engagement, and retention.
Greg Holland, Esq.
Holland is senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Adecco Group North America. He manages the Adecco Group North America legal department, with responsibility for legal and regulatory matters in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Most recently, Holland was senior vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary of MPS Group Inc. and a member of MPS Group’s executive committee. He assisted with the sale of MPS Group to Adecco and led the global legal department at MPS, including mergers and acquisitions, disclosure controls and procedures, general commercial and corporate matters, employment law, and litigation.
Eric J. Janson, Esq.
Janson is a partner in the labor and employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He has extensive experience representing management in single and multi-plaintiff employment litigation before federal and state courts, including matters arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and other federal and state statutes. His practice also includes assisting clients with employment-related tort claims, including defamation, fraud, tortious interference, as well as the enforcement and defense of non-solicitation and non-competition agreements. Janson also regularly counsels employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including workplace investigations of claims of discrimination and harassment, leave and accommodation requests, employee discipline and discharge, and employment policies and handbooks.
Joel A. Klarreich, Esq.
Klarreich is a partner in the law firm Tannebaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP and chairs the firm’s staffing industry and corporate departments. He specializes in business and corporate law with a distinctive focus on the staffing industry. For more than 40 years, Klarreich has been representing staffing firms—including temporary help service firms, employee leasing companies, search firms, permanent placement agencies, and home health care providers, as well as franchisors of staffing organizations. He has represented numerous buyers and sellers of staffing firms in mergers and acquisitions and in public and private stock offerings. Klarreich has served as executive vice president and general counsel of an AMEX listed staffing company. He is currently general counsel to the New York Staffing Association, was general counsel to the Association of Personnel Consultants of New York and was associate general counsel of the National Association of Personnel Services. A frequent speaker on legal issues affecting the staffing industry, Klarreich was selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers list from 2006 to 2015.
Helen L. Konrad, Esq.
Konrad is director in the immigration practice group of the law firm McCandlish Holton PC, where she concentrates on work site compliance, defending employers in U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Special Counsel, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations, as well as employment-based and professional immigration. She has worked directly with the staffing industry for nearly 20 years and has shared her extensive expertise with staffing professionals at Staffing World®, through ASA webinars, and at past ASA Staffing Law Conferences. Konrad has regularly been recognized as one of the best immigration lawyers in America and she is consistently one of the highest-rated speakers at ASA events.
Whitney M. Laughlin, Esq.
Laughlin is deputy general counsel for AMN Healthcare. She joined the company in 2006 as corporate counsel, responsible for the company’s employment-related legal matters. Since that time, her responsibilities have expanded to include mergers and acquisitions, ethics and compliance, and advising and managing various legal issues affecting contracts, sales, and operations. In 2011, she was named deputy general counsel. Prior to joining AMN Healthcare, Laughlin was a partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard and Smith, one of the largest law firms in California, where she had a litigation practice focused on employment law. Laughlin received her law degree from Georgetown University and undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University.
Edward A. Lenz, Esq.
Lenz is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the legal and policy aspects of staffing. He joined ASA in 1989 as the association’s first general counsel and later, as senior vice president for legal and public affairs, was the industry’s chief legal and legislative strategist. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, Lenz has led the industry’s advocacy efforts before Congress and the administration regarding how the ACA uniquely affects staffing firms. Before joining ASA, he was vice president and assistant general counsel for regulatory affairs with Kelly Services and chairman of the ASA legislative committee. In addition to his ongoing leadership role with ASA, Lenz also serves as senior adviser for employment, labor, and benefits to the law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
Mark A. Lies II, Esq.
Lies is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His primary practice areas involve occupational safety and health law, related personal injury litigation and employment law, including single-plaintiff and class-action litigation and counseling. In his occupational safety and health law practice, he has represented employers on a national basis in complying with occupational safety and health regulations issued by OSHA and MSHA, as well as representing employers during OSHA and MSHA inspections, OSHA and MSHA citation enforcement proceedings and trial of OSHA cases before federal and state agencies and appeals to federal and state court. In the course of this representation, he has also defended related civil tort actions involving mass personal injury and fatality accidents and property damage claims resulting from fires and explosions at refineries and petrochemical plants, construction accidents, ammonia and other toxic substance releases at food and other processing plants. He has extensive experience in disaster preplanning and response, including pandemic preplanning for the H1N1 virus.
Hannah Lim-Johnson, Esq.
Lim-Johnson was named senior vice president and chief legal officer for Kelly Services in September 2017. She has 20 years of experience at large global companies and is now responsible for leading the strategic direction of Kelly’s legal and corporate security organizations, reporting directly to George Corona, chief executive officer of Kelly Services. She manages regulatory and legal compliance for the company, directs Kelly Services’ strategic legal initiatives, and provides senior management with actionable counsel regarding company objectives. She also manages Kelly’s global in-house legal team and is ultimately responsible for managing Kelly’s outside counsel relationships. Lim-Johnson has a breadth of experience in litigation, compliance, securities, bankruptcy, intellectual property, government and regulatory affairs, labor and employment matters, class actions, data privacy, and antitrust issues. Before joining Kelly Services, she served as deputy general counsel, chief litigation counsel, and assistant corporate secretary for Public Service Enterprise Group, where she was responsible for enterprise litigation.
Robert Y. Maples, Esq.
Director at the law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, Maples is experienced in the Washington, DC, federal, state, and public affairs arenas. He also has been an advocate for building pragmatic alliances to resolve major social issues and has pioneered strategies for addressing complex public affairs crises in collaborative versus confrontational contexts. He continues his advocacy of pragmatic alliances in furtherance of client–government collaborations among the Congress and federal agencies and serves as state counsel on complex client public policy matters. Maples is experienced in complex problem solving in regulatory and legislative environments and his client interests have led to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) activities and cybersecurity representation. He maintains a Washington presence for a consumer product manufacturer with matters before the FDA. He authors a daily FDA enewsletter, FDA Tracker, and is active on FDA matters with daily posts and observations of FDA-related news with social media.
Joanna S. Monroe, Esq.
Monroe is president and chief executive officer of Consult JSM, a firm that specializes in helping staffing companies grow revenue and profit while reducing risk. She recently retired from her position as chief compliance and risk officer for TrueBlue. As a founder of the legal function, she was part of the senior team that transformed TrueBlue from a $1 billion domestic, day labor company, into a $3 billion international workforce solutions company, with 6,000 employees placing more than 800,000 people into jobs each year. Monroe has deep expertise in business strategy, regulatory compliance, risk management, contractual negotiations, outside counsel management, government affairs, and human resources with proven success in aligning legal expertise with organizational needs for achieving business growth. She is highly regarded for providing practical, solutions-focused advice that enables leaders to take appropriate risks to unleash business growth.
George M. Reardon, Esq.
Reardon, attorney and counselor at law, has devoted his entire working life to employment-related professions—as a businessman in the group employee benefits business, an officer in the U.S. Army’s Adjutant General Corps, a private law practitioner, and—for the past 20 years—as general counsel for three national and international staffing companies. His many years of involvement and leadership in staffing industry organizations give Reardon broad understanding and problem-solving ability for dealing with the temporary and contract workforce and the issues that arise in connection with it. He is a frequent writer and speaker on staffing and employment subjects.
Eric H. Rumbaugh, Esq.
Rumbaugh is a partner in the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and represents management in all areas of labor and employment law. In addition, he is chairman of the firm’s Trade Secret and Non-Competition Team. Rumbaugh litigates cases nationwide involving unfair competition, breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, and other issues involving incoming and departing employees, and business-to-business disputes involving intellectual property, trade secrets, and unfair competition. He also regularly represents users and providers of temporary employees, consultants, independent contractors, and other contingent talent.
Donald W. Schroeder, Esq.
Schroeder is a partner and labor and employment attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. He has extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts, where he focuses on representing Fortune 500 clients on matters, including restrictive covenant litigation, wage and hour class actions, and single plaintiff discrimination cases. Schroeder’s trial experience includes a number of federal and state court jury trials involving claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Massachusetts antidiscrimination statute. Additionally, Schroeder regularly handles traditional labor matters (focusing on the management side) for clients, including unfair labor practice proceedings, union elections, mass picketing, labor arbitrations, and collective bargaining negotiations.
Thompson is a vice president at World Wide Specialty Programs with 22 years of staffing industry experience. He started as a principal in a firm focused on market research and analysis of the staffing industry, and World Wide and American International Group were two of his many insurance clients. Thompson sold his company in 2007 and joined World Wide to run their new business, broker development, and workers’ compensation divisions. He is a skilled manager with experience in marketing, research, analysis, sales, customer and broker relations, underwriting, loss control, and co-authoring a staffing industry risk management manual. Thompson is from New York and has four grown children.