Gala Fundraiser

The Power Of NELA ~ Vision ● Inspiration ● Passion
NELA's 30th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser
Honoring The Founding Leaders Of NELA

Friday, June 26, 2015
8:00–11:30 p.m.
Westin Peachtree Plaza
Atlanta, GA
Sponsorship Opportunities

We have influenced life in America—our organization. There is no question that the work of our lawyers has made an impact on employees, workers all over the country. For a little organization, that's something to be proud of.

—Paul H. Tobias, NELA Founder & First Executive Director

For 30 years, NELA has cultivated the vision, inspiration, and passion of the best lawyers in the country—our family of thousands of employee rights advocates—and together we are an unstoppable force that continues to make real change for America's workers. The commitment of NELA members to the cause of employee rights and the generosity with which they share their time, energy, talents, and other resources are our greatest strengths. The Power Of NELA is felt every day by individual working people, as well as in our nation's capital and courtrooms as we advance equality and justice in the American workplace.

You are cordially invited to join the NELA Family on the evening of Friday, June 26 for our 30th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser. We will celebrate The Power Of NELA by honoring our founding leaders, the women and men whose vision, inspiration, and passion led to the creation of the Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (PELA) in March 1985, now known as NELA. The employee rights advocates who launched PELA—including Naida B. Axford, Joseph A. Golden, Steven G. Heikens, William J. Holloway, Penny Nathan Kahan, Michael J. Leech, Jean Klingensmith Mills, Michael G. Okun, Wayne N. Outten, Cliff Palefsky, Barry D. Roseman, and Paul H. Tobias—believed that the fledging organization would level the playing field for plaintiffs' employment lawyers and their clients. Thirty years later, NELA and its members have transformed the landscape of employment law by protecting and expanding the rights of workers.

The Power Of NELA will be a festive gathering as we revel in our collective accomplishments of the past 30 years before launching into the opportunities and challenges of NELA';s next 30 years. After a brief ceremony, we will enjoy an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun. Music will be provided by Moon Dance, a popular Atlanta-based band.

We welcome your support of The Power Of NELA. As a sponsor of our 30th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser, you will fuel NELA's Amicus, Judicial Nominations, and Legislative & Public Policy Programs, including the initiatives of our Washington DC Office. Thanks to our past Gala sponsors, NELA has reached its 30th anniversary at the forefront of major issues that affect employees, such as promoting tax fairness for workers in employment and civil rights cases, opposing forced arbitration of employment disputes, and advocating for an independent federal judiciary that reflects the rich experiential diversity of the legal community and that does not place the interests of employers over the rights of employees.

Among other benefits, sponsors will be listed in the Commemorative Gala Fundraiser Program, NELA's 2015 Annual Convention Program Guide, and on the Gala Fundraiser Sponsorship Board at the Convention. Sponsorships are tax-deductible as a business expense (advertising).

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank You For Your Vision, Inspiration, Passion
And Support Of NELA's Advocacy Work In DC & Across The Country

Bernstein & Lipsett, PC
Nichols Kaster, PLLP
Passman & Kaplan, PC

Founder’s Circle
Sue Ellen Eisenberg & Associates, PC
Haynes & Haynes, PC
Texas Employment Lawyers Association
The Texas FLSA Posse – J. Derek Braziel,
Richard J. (Rex) Burch & David L. Kern

President’s Cabinet

Barrett & Farahany, LLP
The Buckley Law Firm, LLC
California Employment Lawyers Association
Charlson Bredehoft Cohen Brown & Jones, PC
Terisa E. Chaw & James A. Hendriksen
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC
Colorado PELA
Dickson Geesman LLP
Donelon, PC
The Employment Law Group, PC
Florida NELA
Law Offices of Joshua Friedman
The Gillam Law Firm
Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho/
Barry & Sandy Goldstein
Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores, LLC
LexisNexis Matthew Bender
Lichten & Liss-Riordan, PC
Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
Metropolitan Washington Employment
Lawyers Association
Outten & Golden LLP
Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC
Robin Potter & Associates, PC
Schall & Barasch, LLC
Tobias, Torchia & Simon


Alexander Krakow + Glick, LLP
Alliance for Justice
Bogas, Koncius & Croson, PC
Burkhalter, Rayson & Associates, PC
Butler Royals, PLC
Cashdan & Kane, PLLC
Casper & de Toledo LLC
Chavez & Gertler LLP
Collins & Hunter, PLLC
Correia & Puth, PLLC
The deRubertis Law Firm, APC
Donati Law, PLLC
Eighth Circuit NELA
James M. Finberg & Melanie M. Piech
Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald
& Pirrotti, PC
Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, PC
Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer
Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates
Heikens Law Practice
Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman
Henderson Law Firm
Henrichsen & Siegel, PLLC
Kansas City NELA
Kator, Parks, Weiser & Harris, PLLC
Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP
King & Greisen, LLP
King | Holloway LLC
Law Offices of Mark Allen Kleiman
Lawless & Lawless
Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, PC
Law Offices of Larry Mann
Maryland Employment Lawyers Association
Mehri & Skalet, PLLC
The Meyers Law Firm, LC
Miller O'Brien Jensen, PA
Miner, Barnhill & Galland, PC
Morgan & Morgan, PA
NELA-Eastern Pennsylvania
New Hampshire NELA
Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll
Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association
The Popham Law Firm, PC
Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP
Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz, LLP
Rucker & Associates, PC
St. Louis NELA
Sedey Harper Westhoff, PC
Service Employees International Union
Kent Spriggs
Roberta L. Steele
Law Office of Jamie G. Sypulski
Virginia Employment Lawyers Association
Thomas A. Warren Law Offices, PL
Webster & Fredrickson PLLC
Werman Salas PC
Law Offices of Christopher H. Whelan, Inc.
Cynthia Wilkinson, Wilkinson Law Firm, PC


AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
The Alden Law Group, PLLC
Ates Law Firm, PC
Noelle Brennan & Associates, Ltd.
Burns & Levinson, LLP
Law Offices of Kathleen Cahill, LLC
Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
The Cook Law Firm
Costello & Mains, PC
Wade B. Cowan
Deutsch Atkins, PC
Dobson, Goldberg, Berns & Rich, LLP
Eisenberg & Schnell, LLP
Law Office of William H. Ewing
Fechter Mediation & Arbitration Services, LLC
Feinstein, Doyle, Payne & Kravec, LLC
Fiedler & Timmer PLLC
Michael L. Foreman
Fox & Fox, SC
Gillespie Sanford LLP
Gordon Law Group, LLP
Halunen & Associates
The Hayber Law Firm, LLC
Higginbotham & Associates, LLC
Hill & Associates, PC
Jeffrey S. Hynes & Associates, SC
The Impact Fund
JMW Settlements, Inc.
Johnson, Webbert & Young, LLP
Judge, Kostura & Putman, PC
Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, PC
Denise J. Knecht
Law Offices of David L. Lee
Michael J. Leech/Talk Sense Mediation
Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, PC
Mays & Kerr, LLC
McNamara, Roseman & Kazmierski, LLP
Minami Tamaki LLP
Minnesota NELA
NELA/New York
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
O’Malley& Madden, PC
Patterson Harkavy, LLP
L. Steven Platt
Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC
Rothman Gordon, PC
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP
Rebecca L. Salawdeh
The Sanford Firm
Schaefer Halleen, LLC
Bryan Schwartz Law
Seldon Bofinger & Associates, PC
Rick Seymour
Sture Legal Services, LLC
Taylor & Associates, Ltd.
Thomas & Solomon LLP
Western Pennsylvania Employment
Lawyers Association
Williams Law Firm, PC
Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association

Law Offices of Ronald P. Ackerman
Allison Legal Law Firm
Alan Banov & Associates
Law Office of John P. Batson
Bennett & Belfort PC
Beranbaum Menken LLP
Bernabei & Wachtel, PLLC
Jonathan A. Bernstein
Law Offices of Scot D. Bernstein,
A Professional Corporation
Law Offices of B. Dahlenburg Bonar, PSC
Nancy Bornn
Susan L. Brackshaw
Bryant Whitten, LLP
Burgess Sharp & Golden PLLC
Butler & Harris
Lawrence R. Chaban, Esq.
Jac A. Cotiguala & Associates
Dobbins, Venick, Kuhn & Byassee, PLLC
Brian East
Elfvin, Besser, Royer & Torch, LLC
Charlotte Fishman & Alan W. Sparer
Laura Flegel & Mary Farmer
Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, PC
Frumkin & Hunter LLP
The Gittes Law Group
Colleen Goodin
Jonathan Gould
Green Savits, LLC
John W. Griffin
Caryn Groedel and Associates Co., LPA
Charles E. Guerrier
David A. Hemenway, PC
Leah A. Hofkin
Elizabeth Hubbard Law Firm LLC
Amber L. Hurst
Hyderally & Associates, PC
Law Office of Douglas B. Janney III
Toni Jaramilla, APLC
Klimaski & Associates, PC
Daniel B. Kohrman & Marie-Therese Connolly
Legare, Attwood & Wolfe, LLC
David Lichtenstein
Lichter Law Firm, PA
Karen Maoki
McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky
Paul H. Merry
Jamie G. Miller, Esq.
Moran Law Group
Jennifer Morton Law, PLLC
Muller Law, LLC
Murphy Anderson PLLC
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
Nareeya & J.P. Nalivka
Newkirk Zwagerman PLC
Victoria W. Ni & David K. Shim
NJP Litigation Consulting
Rosemary Orsini
Kathryn S. Piscitelli
Patricia A. Podolec, Foshee & Yaffe
Pollins Law Firm
ADR Office of Michelle A. Reinglass
Sapir Schragin, LLP
Eric Schnapper
Arthur T. Schofield, PA
Schwartz Rollins, LLC
Law Offices of Susan Sher
Smith Himmelmann, AAL ALC
The Law Firm of Stephen L. Smith, PLLC
Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC
Geraldine Sumter
Michael Sweeney
Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC
Law Offices of Laurie J. Wasserman
Wienand & Bagin
The Law Office of J. Bryan Wood
Zuckerman Law

AARP Foundation Litigation Employment Attorneys (Laurie A. McCann, Mary Ellen Signorille, Dara S. Smith & Daniel B. Kohrman)
Allen Law Firm
Campins Benham-Baker, LLP
Law Office of David L. Cooper, PC
Creighton & Rose, PC
Curwood Law Firm, PLC
Richard L. Darst
The Day Law Practice, LLC
Dugan Schlozman LLC
Tammy Edwards
Ruth Eisenberg, Harmon, Curran,
Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP
England Law Office
Gallup Law
Gasiorek, Morgan, Greco, McCauley
& Kotzian, PC
Gender Equality Law Center
Law Office of Anne Glennon
Goldman & Ehrlich
Law Office of Steven Granberg, PA
Michael J. Hoare, PC
The Law Office of Susan Elizabeth Jewell
Kelley Semmel, LLP
Law Office of Lindy Korn PLLC
Patty Losacker
Law Offices of Robert M. Mihelich
Nebraska NELA
Neill & Byrne, PLLC
NELA Hawaii
Law Office of Gwyn P. Newsom, LLC
Ogden Law Offices, PC
Law Office of Steven E. Petrou
Pontikes Law LLC
David M. Rudolph
John D. Saxon, PC
Alan H. Schorr & Associates, PC
Henry F. Sherrod III, PC
Stix Law Offices
Stoll Berne
Bill Tamayo
Law Offices of Richard T. Wylie
Law Offices of Richard E. Yaskin, PC
Zipkin Whiting Company, LPA

Sponsors as of May 19, 2015.