In late 2017, #MeToo quickly evolved from a viral hashtag aimed at raising awareness about the sexual harassment to one of the most influential social movements this country has ever experienced. Initially, #MeToo was sparked by high-profile allegations against some of Hollywood’s biggest names but its influence has touched all industries, including the legal profession. ABTL is proud to host our expert panel, including: Janice Brown, founder of San Diego’s employment defense firm, Brown Law Group; Deborah Martin, Chief Employment Counsel for Sempra Energy; George Howard Jr., Labor & Employment counsel at Jones Day; and Kristin Rizzo, President of Rizzo Law, who will provide their invaluable insight into the current wave of high-profile sexual harassment complaints, and how the #MeToo movement has changed how lawyers must address harassment, discrimination and pay equity claims for not only their clients but also themselves, as employers.
Janice P. Brown
Janice P. Brown is the founding partner of employment defense firm, Brown Law Group. Ms. Brown has an undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and a law degree from Gonzaga Law School.
Deborah L. Martin
Deborah L. Martin works as Chief Employment Counsel for Sempra Energy. With Sempra since 2010, Ms. Martin manages outside counsel in employment litigation and labor matters, in addition to providing advice regarding labor and employment law and compliance issues.
George S. Howard Jr.
George S. Howard Jr. serves as Of Counsel for Jones Day’s Labor & Employment practice group. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia. For more than 30 years, Mr. Howard has represented employers in virtually every type of employment or labor dispute, including multi-week bench and jury trials, as well as many shorter proceedings before judges, administrative law judges, and arbitrators.
Kristin Rizzo, Esq.
Kristin Rizzo, Esq. is an employment attorney, workplace investigator, mediator. She is President of Rizzo Law, a boutique employment law firm specializing in the strategic representation of employees and practice of alternative dispute resolution. Kristin is currently the President of the San Diego County Bar Association.
The Hon. Lorna Alksne
Assistant Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court