Biographies

 

Attorneys

Clement J. Kong

(Leads Litigation, General Business, Internal Investigations and EEOC and DFEH Compliance Areas, and Sacramento Office)

University of California, Berkeley 1972 (B.A., with distinction), University of California, Davis 1975 (J.D.), admitted to bar, 1976, California; 1976, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1976, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 2001, U.S. Supreme Court; Author: Report on Environmental Assessment of Pesticide Regulatory Programs, California Dept. of Food & Agriculture, September 1978, Chapter 6 Current Regulatory System and Chapter 7, Permits; State Bar of California (Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law), Sacramento Bar Association, American Bar Association, Asian Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Asian Bar Association of Sacramento; Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association; 1981-82, Board of Directors, Asian Bar Association of Sacramento; 1992-1993, Board of Director, Asian Community Center, Inc.; Selected by his peers for inclusion in the publication California Super Lawyers®; has been practicing since 1976 and has substantial litigation and corporate counseling experience; fluent in Cantonese.

Mr. Kong has obtained successful jury verdicts in many civil and criminal cases, including Neary v. Regents of the University of California, Alameda County Superior Court ($7 million libel verdict) and Kam Yu v. Borden, Inc. ($800,000 personal injury verdict). He has arbitrated and mediated multi-million dollar cases both as a plaintiff and defense lawyer. Since 1991, he has focused on employment defense litigation.

Stuart R. Korshak

(Leads Collective Bargaining and Policy Development Areas and Los Angeles Office)

Yale 1969 (B.A., Magna Cum Laude), University of California, Davis 1975 (J.D.), admitted to bar, 1976, California; 1977, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1981, U.S. Supreme Court; 1984, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; Author: Good Union Relationships Are Best, Workforce, February 2001; Labor-Management Partnership: San Francisco’s Hotels and the Employees’ Union Try a New Approach, Cornell Quarterly, April 2000; Negotiating Trust in the San Francisco Hotel Industry, California Management Review, Fall 1995, Arbitrating the Termination of a Union Activist, Personnel Journal, January 1982; Member: Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations (Member, Section on Labor Law); State Bar of California (Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law); has been practicing since 1976 and has substantial experience in all areas of labor and employment law.

Mr. Korshak is labor counsel to multi-employer groups and individual companies in various industries throughout the United States, including hotel and casino owners and management companies; wine and spirits distributors; sports, convention service, airport and food service companies; aviation companies, and others. He specializes in proactive labor management relations where he is generally successful in having his clients and their unions work cooperatively together to settle their contracts and to resolve their respective issues without litigation or confrontation. (See Law Firm Articles and Speeches and Media Reports on this website.)

Richard J. Kracoff

(Leads Policy Development, Internal Investigation and Collective Bargaining Practices)

Dartmouth 1981 (A.B., magna cum laude), Stanford 1984 (J.D.), Phi Beta Kappa; admitted to bar, 1984, California; 1985, U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California; 1988, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1990, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1992, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; Member: Century City, Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations (Member, Section on Labor Law); State Bar of California (Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law); has practiced in the labor area since 1984 with experience in all areas of labor and employment law.

Takashi R. ("T.R.") Sugano

(Leads Insurance Defense Practice)

University of California, Davis 1967 (B.A.), University of California, Davis 1968 (M.A.), University of California, Berkeley 1972 (J.D.); admitted to bar, 1972, California; 1972, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; Member: Sacramento Bar Association, Asian Bar Association of Sacramento; State Bar of California; 1986-87, Board of Directors, Asian Bar Association of Sacramento; 1986-91, Pro Tem Referee for Sacramento County Juvenile Court; 1988-91, Pro Tem Settlement Conference judge for Sacramento County Superior Court, CEB Lecturer: "Fundamentals of Civil Litigation Before Trial"; elected into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); has been in practice since 1972 and has substantial litigation experience.

Mr. Sugano's trial experience includes extensive civil litigation in various areas, including employment and insurance defense.

William C. Glynn

(Heads Chicago Office and Co-Chairs Collective Bargaining Practice)

Illinois Institute of Technology (B.S. 1971); Northwestern University Graduate School of Management (M.M. 1976); Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., cum laude 1985); admitted to practice in the State of Illinois 1985 and in the District of Columbia 1986; United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois 1996; Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 1986; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 1994; United States Supreme Court 1989; Member of the American Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association; Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit and the District of Columbia Bar Association; has been in practice since 1985 and has substantial experience in labor and employment law and commercial litigation.

In addition to litigation defense, Mr. Glynn's employment law practice includes counseling and training for managers and supervisors. He has delivered workshops and interactive seminars on anti-harassment policies, investigation techniques, and effective strategies for supervisors and leadership, diversity training, Fair Labor Standards Act Training, and related topics.

Jamie L. Johnson

University of California, Santa Cruz 1983 (B.A., with honors); University of California, Berkeley 1987 (J.D.); admitted to bar, California, 1987; admitted to practice in United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California; United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Ninth Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States. Practice includes counseling employers in all areas of labor and employment law, employment litigation including wage and hour and class action, labor and employment arbitration, representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board, and state and federal appellate litigation.

Keith R. Thorell

University of Southern California, 1995 (B.A., B.A. magna cum laude), Harvard Law School, 1998 (J.D. cum laude), admitted to bar, 1998, California; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States District Court, Central District of California; has been in practice since 1998 with substantial litigation and appellate experience. Mr. Thorell has significant experience in all facets of employment law including litigating discrimination actions, litigating wage and hour lawsuits, and providing employment-related advice
to clients.

Lauren F. O'Connor

Emory University, 2004 (B.B.A.), University of Miami School of Law, 2007 (J.D.); admitted to bar, Florida (2007), California (2008); U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; State Bar of California (Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law). Ms. Hager has experience in sexual harassment training and assists on a wide variety of employment and litigation matters.

Lyndsay Cavanagh

DePaul University, 2000 (B.A. cum laude); DePaul University College of Law, 2009 (J.D.), admitted to bar, 2009, Illinois; Member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Cavanagh has experience in all areas of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, employment litigation defense and harassment policy training for supervisors and non-managerial employees.

Staff Professionals

Tomoko Sato

Translator & Legal Assistant, Gakushuin Junior College, Tokyo, Japan (A.A.), University of California, Davis 1985 (B.A.), fluent in Japanese.

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