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Dana R. Baughns

Dana R. Baughns, Esq.

Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Aerotek Inc.

In her role as vice president, general counsel, and secretary for Aerotek, Baughns collaborates with senior-level executives and business partners across the company’s professional, industrial, and engineering and sciences business units. She has extensive, complex litigation and mediation experience, and supervises the strategic defense of Aerotek in lawsuits, claims, and government investigations. Baughns also provides counsel on a variety of labor and employment laws, government contracting obligations, service and vendor agreement negotiation, bankruptcy, noncompete compliance, and overall enterprise risk mitigation. She has supported Aerotek in various legal capacities since 2008 and is an effective business partner with a proven track record of developing solutions that successfully balance business goals, client objectives, and legal compliance. Baughns earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Howard University in Washington, DC, and later received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut. She is admitted to practice in the state of Connecticut as well as the federal district of Connecticut and southern and eastern district courts of New York. Baughns also currently serves as chairman of the Center for Workplace Compliance.


Monte Block

Monte Block

Chief Executive Officer, Rotator Staffing Services Inc.

Block is chief executive officer of Rotator Staffing Services Inc., headquartered in East Brunswick, NJ. He has more than 35 years of experience in the staffing industry, in which he has successfully marketed, serviced, and administered both staff augmentation and vendor partner relationships with many clients. Block has been recognized multiple times as one of the top 100 most influential people in the staffing industry by Staffing Industry Analysts and is a sought-after subject matter expert, speaker, and trainer at various conferences and seminars. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and earned a master of business administration degree from Pace University.


Benjamin D. Briggs, Esq.

Benjamin D. Briggs, Esq.

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Briggs is a partner in the labor and employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as co-chairman of the firm’s workplace safety and health practice group. His practice focuses on employment-related litigation and compliance counseling involving federal and state statutes that govern employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour issues, employee leave issues, and workplace safety and health. Briggs represents and counsels clients in matters involving the protection of trade secrets and the enforcement of noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants. He has successfully represented employers in a wide range of industries, including staffing, building and consumer products, technology, retail, automotive, distribution, utilities, insurance services, construction, and media in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.


Pamela Devata, Esq.

Pamela Devata, Esq.

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Devata is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She specializes in all aspects of employment defense, including counseling, training, and litigation. She also has extensive experience with employment litigation in administrative agencies, as well as the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state laws affecting background screening. Devata counsels both employers and providers (resellers and consumer reporting agencies) on compliance requirements under FCRA and related state laws, and has been involved in litigation regarding these issues.


Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq.

Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq.

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, American Staffing Association

Dwyer is a leading authority on the legal and public policy aspects of staffing. He engages in and coordinates the association’s legal and public affairs activities and advises the staffing industry on labor and employment law and policy issues. He has testified before legislatures and regulatory bodies regarding, and written extensively and spoken widely on, the staffing industry. Before joining ASA, he was associated with the New York multinational law firm Chadbourne & Parke, as well as De Forest & Duer, a 100-year-old Wall Street firm. Dwyer is a member of the New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, and District of Columbia bar associations.


Andreas Kaltsounis, Esq.

Andreas Kaltsounis, Esq.

Partner, BakerHostetler LLP

Kaltsounis is a partner with BakerHostetler. He focuses on helping clients anticipate, manage, and respond to complex privacy and security issues in connected, data-driven organizations, and co-leads the firm’s national digital risk advisory and cybersecurity team. He brings a unique perspective to his work with clients, developed from his experience as an attorney, a certified information security professional, a leader at an international information security consultancy, and a federal agent investigating criminal, regulatory, and national security cyber matters. Andreas has led more than 100 data breach and privacy-related investigations, including in some of the largest publicly reported breaches. His investigative experience and deep technical background make him a go-to adviser for incidents involving widespread network intrusions, technically complex issues, and potential insider threats. Kaltsounis received his juris doctorate degree from the University of Washington School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.


Diana R. Karabelas, Esq

Diana R. Karabelas, Esq.

General Counsel, Advanced Group

Karabelas has served as in-house counsel for staffing companies for more than 25 years. In her current role as general counsel for the Advanced Group, she applies her expertise in business strategy, corporate law, regulatory compliance, government affairs, franchise relations, workforce solutions, and international experience. Karabelas served on the ASA board of directors from 2010 to 2014 and has served as a presenter to ASA audiences. She received her juris doctorate degree from Syracuse University College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from New York University.


Jason B. Klimpl, Esq.

Jason B. Klimpl, Esq.

Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Klimpl is a partner in the employment law group of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. In this capacity, he advises clients on a broad range of employment law matters, such as wage and hour compliance, health care, equal opportunity actions and policies, employment agreements and restrictive covenants, independent contractor and consulting issues, reductions in force, technology and privacy concerns, and other human resource counseling. He is associate general counsel of the New York Staffing Association, an ASA-affiliated chapter, and is heavily involved in legal and legislative efforts to support the staffing industry. He has written numerous employment law articles and is a contributing faculty member of both Lawline and the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education. Klimpl also is a member of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce speakers bureau and help desk. He was awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s “preeminent” peer review rating, named 2013–2019 New York Super Lawyer (Rising Star), and won the “Rising Star Attorney” category in New York Enterprise Report’s 2012 Best Attorneys and Accountants list.


Helen L. Konrad, Esq.

Helen L. Konrad, Esq.

Director, McCandlish Holton PC

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.


Edward A. Lenz, Esq.

Edward A. Lenz, Esq.

Senior Counsel, American Staffing Association

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 Lies, Esq.

Mark Lies, Esq.

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Lies has been practicing occupational safety and health law with Seyfarth since 1974. He has represented clients across the country, as well as in U.S. territories. His practice involves virtually every industry and has handled responses to a variety of workplace incidents, including catastrophic fires, explosions, and accidents. Lies has represented clients in federal and state courts, on matters which have been landmark Occupational Safety and Health Administration cases involving definitions of willful citations, search warrants, confined spaces, firefighting, heat illness, and others. He has also been invited to be a member of the industry associations that actually write industry safety standards, including the American National Standards Industry and the National Fire Protection Association.


Gerald L. Maatman Jr., Esq.

Gerald L. Maatman Jr., Esq.

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Maatman is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP with a primary emphasis in his practice on defending corporations sued in employment-related class action lawsuits brought in federal and state courts. Maatman represents several leading employment practices liability insurance carriers and defends their employer insureds throughout the U.S. He has also developed EPLI risk management programs for these carriers to assist their employer insureds in reducing and minimizing workplace exposures. Maatman is often consulted by major news organizations for his views on significant court rulings in class action cases, and writes and lectures extensively on employment discrimination and labor law topics.


Toby Malara, Esq.

Toby Malara, Esq.

Government Affairs Counsel, American Staffing Association

Malara is the government affairs counsel for the American Staffing Association. He advises on all staffing-related legislation and regulation, including the Affordable Care Act, immigration/I-9, paid sick leave, sales tax and per diem issues. He also directs the association’s political activities through its political action committee, StaffingPAC. Malara graduated from Georgetown University and earned a juris doctorate degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.


Jon Neff

Jon Neff

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Hire Dynamics

Neff co-founded Hire Dynamics with former college roommate Dan Campbell in 2001, on the premise that great companies to work for are also great leaders of industry. He is a certified public accountant and active in his field, holding memberships with both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of CPAs. Neff currently serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Georgia and 21st Century Leaders, and is a past board member of the Atlanta Chapter of Financial Executives International and the Georgia Chamber. Prior to Hire Dynamics, Neff spent eight years with KPMG as a senior manager in the assurance practice, primarily working with public and private companies in the high-tech industry, and spent two years at KPMG’s office in London. Neff graduated with honors in accounting from Millsaps College and earned his executive master of business administration degree from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in 2012.


Michael J. Riela, Esq.

Michael J. Riela, Esq.

Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Riela is a partner with the law firm of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP. He advises clients in complex corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, data privacy, and cybersecurity matters. He is also an experienced general business attorney, advising clients in general corporate, finance, and litigation matters, including negotiating and drafting complex commercial contracts. He also advises clients with respect to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and with respect to cross-border data transfers. Riela helps clients evaluate their data security risks, and prepares and helps clients implement security documentation, including written information security programs, systems access policies, and incident response plans. If a data breach occurs, he assists clients in addressing legal, operational, and reputational risks arising from the breach. Riela is a Certified Information Privacy Professional / United States Private Sector (CIPP/US), a Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe (CIPP/E) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), which are designations awarded by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Riela earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics with a minor in accounting from the University of California at Los Angeles. He earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School.


Brittany Sakata

Brittany Sakata, Esq.

Associate General Counsel, American Staffing Association

Sakata is an experienced labor and employment attorney with more than 10 years of experience litigating matters on behalf of individuals and employers. She advises ASA members on labor and employment law and policy issues, including EEO, wage and hour, immigration/I-9, OSHA, and NLRB issues. Sakata graduated from George Mason University and earned a juris doctorate degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.


Erin Stewart, Esq.

Erin Stewart, Esq., TSC, CSP

General Counsel, Pinnacle Group

Stewart serves as general counsel for Pinnacle Group, a workforce solutions provider headquartered in Dallas that currently serves clients in six countries. Stewart, whose primary professional interests are employment law and human capital management, also serves as the company’s vice president of human resources. She leads the Pinnacle Group’s legal, human resources, supply chain, compliance, and risk management functions and is a member of the company’s executive leadership team. She has deep expertise with all legal issues impacting workforce solutions programs. Before joining Pinnacle Group as associate general counsel in 2012, Stewart was assistant general counsel at the University of North Texas System and worked with all campuses on legal issues related to employment, litigation, intellectual property, and contracts. Prior to moving to Texas in 2006, Stewart was a litigator with New York City-based Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and New York. She earned her juris doctorate degree at Columbia Law School and her bachelor’s degree in history and English literature from the University of Maryland College Park.

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