ELISABETH R. BROWN
ELISABETH R. BROWN is an attorney in the Oakland Field Office of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The OSC is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency, with authority under the Civil Service Reform Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Hatch Act, USERRA, and the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. OSC's primary mission is to safeguard the federal government's merit system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices (PPPs), especially reprisal for whistleblowing. Ms. Brown investigates PPP complaints filed by federal employees and pursues corrective action on their behalf when appropriate. Ms. Brown was the principal author of OSC's first U.S. Supreme Court amicus curiae brief in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean, 574 U.S. __ (2015). Prior to joining OSC, Ms. Brown was a litigation associate at Heller Ehrman LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Ms. Brown received her B.S., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.
CYNTHIA E. FRUCHTMAN
CYNTHIA E. FRUCHTMAN has been a solo practitioner in Santa Monica since 1997. Her practice focuses on labor and employment law; civil litigation in the areas of employment, business, and real estate; and assisted reproduction. She has spoken and written extensively on employment law and assisted-reproduction topics. Ms. Fruchtman is a chapter author for two of CEB's employment titles-chapter 11 (Leaves of Absence and Termination) in Drafting Employment Documents for California Employers and chapter 16 (Whistleblower Issues) in Advising California Employers and Employees. She has earned the highest "Superb" rating from Avvo and the highest "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale Hubbell. She has also served as an arbitrator, a mediator and Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles Superior Court, and was a visiting scholar with The Hastings Center for Bioethics in Garrison, New York. Ms. Fruchtman received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
BRIAN T. HAFTER
BRIAN T. HAFTER is an attorney in the San Francisco office of LeClairRyan. His practice focuses on complex litigation, including business, employment, intellectual property, securities, and real estate disputes. He has represented a variety of clients including leading financial institutions and Wall Street brokerage firms, e-commerce and technology companies, entrepreneurs, real estate developers, and other businesses. Mr. Hafter successfully defended a leading e-commerce company in arbitration of "whistleblower" claims of former employees and in arbitration of retaliation claims involving alleged threats of workplace violence. He has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer. Mr. Hafter received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D., cum laude, from The American University, Washington College of Law.
BRYAN J. SCHWARTZ
BRYAN J. SCHWARTZ is the founder of Bryan Schwartz Law, an Oakland law firm focusing on employment and civil rights cases. Mr. Schwartz's efforts on behalf of whistleblowers and discrimination victims have been publicized worldwide, from The Washington Post to the Wall Street Journal, from National Public Radio to MSNBC, from Voice of America to India's Hindustani Times. He has developed a niche in Federal employees' unique claims, and has led multi-plaintiff, class and collective actions involving overtime and other wage violations under state and federal laws across the country. Mr. Schwartz is the Secretary of the State Bar of California's Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee. He is President of FAIR, a non-profit foundation dedicated to increasing diversity in the plaintiffs' employment Bar and to workers' rights education, and a member of the Executive Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA). He is a frequent speaker and author on employment law subjects nationwide. Before going to law school, Mr. Schwartz was a Federal Investigator (bilingual-Spanish) at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a campaign manager, and a school teacher in Costa Rica. He received his B.A. from Cornell and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
JORDAN A. THOMAS
JORDAN A. THOMAS is a partner in the New York office of Labaton Sucharow LLP. As Chair of his firm's Whistleblower Representation practice, Mr. Thomas protects and advocates for whistleblowers throughout the world who have information about possible violations of the federal securities laws. He created, and serves as the editor for, www.secwhistlebloweradvocate.com. Before joining Labaton Sucharow, Mr. Thomas served as an Assistant Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as an Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the Division of Enforcement. He had a leadership role in the development of the SEC Whistleblower Program. He is also the principal architect and first National Coordinator of the Commission's Cooperation Program, an initiative designed to facilitate and incentivize individuals and companies to self-report securities violations and participate in its investigations and related enforcement actions. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and honors for his continued dedication to the field of corporate ethics and compliance. Mr. Thomas is a nationally-recognized writer, speaker, and media commentator on securities enforcement, corporate ethics, and whistleblower issues. He received his B.A. from Bennington College and his J.D. from Southwestern Law School.