KIRSTEN M. FISH
KIRSTEN M. FISH (Moderator) joined Needham Kepner & Fish in 2002 and became a partner in 2007. She focuses her practice on personal injury, wrongful death, and elder abuse litigation. Ms. Fish is the author of "Litigation Financial Abuse Actions Against Institutions, Agents and Fiduciaries" in CEB's California Elder Law Litigation: An Advocate's Guide. She is also a frequent guest lecturer, presenting annual seminars in Northern California such as this seminar and "What's New in Tort & Trial" both since 2010. Ms. Fish has also lectured to law students studying Trial Techniques at Santa Clara University School of Law and has taught Legal Research and Writing to first year law students at Lincoln Law School in San Jose since 2009. Ms. Fish has been on the Board of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association since 2010 and on CAOC’s Board of Governors since 2014.
CASSANDRA M. FERRANNINI
CASSANDRA M. FERRANNINI is recruiting partner at the Sacramento office of Downey Brand LLP. In her counseling practice, she guides public and private employers through the complicated and sometimes contradictory maze of federal and state regulations. In doing so, she frequently encounters and resolves issues ranging from employee terminations to designing, implementing or auditing comprehensive, company-wide, employment policies. Ms. Ferrannini defends public entities, staffing companies, restaurant owners and internet start-ups against a variety of employment claims, including class actions, wage and hour, sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, ERISA, and fraud—all with great success. Clients value Cass as a “creative thinker and problem solver” who finds outside-the-box strategies. As employees and information become increasingly mobile, she safeguards her clients' confidential information by bringing and defending numerous actions involving misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition, achieving effective resolution. Ms. Ferrannini frequently writes and speaks about a variety of issues concerning employment and electronic discovery and is devoted to developing unique strategies for protecting confidential and private information in the social media age. She has been a contributing editor to two industry treatises published by the American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment: Covenants Not to Compete: A State by State Survey, and Employee Duty of Loyalty: A State by State Survey.
ANNE J. KEPNER
ANNE J. KEPNER is a partner with Needham Kepner & Fish representing plaintiffs in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, including bicycle, motorcycle and car accidents. She also represents victims of elder abuse and medical negligence. Anne began her legal career representing more than 200 women who had become ill after receiving silicone breast implants. She additionally spent approximately six years working as local counsel for two large Bay Area insurance companies, for which she defended personal injury actions. She has resolved hundreds of cases through arbitration and mediation. Anne has served as a court-appointed arbitrator and mediator through the Early Neutral Evaluation program in general litigation matters. She is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, which honors her professional ability and ethical standards. Ms. Kepner is also a frequent guest lecturer, presenting annual seminars in Northern California such as this course and “What’s New in Tort & Trial”. She has taught Basic Legal Writing at Lincoln Law School since 2011. Outside her practice, Anne spends much of her time giving back to the local community. She volunteers with several local organizations and was elected to serve as a Trustee on the West Valley Mission Community College District Board.
ELIZABETH B. STALLARD
ELIZABETH B. STALLARD is a partner with the Sacramento office of Downey Brand LLP. Ms. Stallard advises clients with workforce management issues and efficiently resolves disputes either through litigation or alternative dispute resolution. Banks, mall owners, trade associations, manufacturers, and other businesses and individuals rely on Ms. Stallard for counsel in disputes with employees, business associates, and customers, in subject areas ranging from intellectual property to breach of contract to fraud and qui tam claims to environmental contamination. She has also been involved in the defense of several class actions, including currently serving as lead counsel in a class action involving ADA accessibility at a major hospital group. Ms. Stallard has experience in all aspects of state and federal civil litigation at both the trial and appellate level, including discovery, motion practice, and alternative dispute resolution. She has represented clients involved in investigations by the EEOC, DFEH, Cal/OSHA, DLSE, DOJ, SEC, FAA, and other agencies, as well as represented those clients in related state and federal litigation and administrative proceedings. She also has a long and demonstrated record of successful and effective advocacy in front of state and federal courts in both California and Nevada, including serving as lead trial counsel in both states.