Employment Law During COVID-19 & Beyond
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Presented by: Susan E. Bishop, Esq. of Berliner Cohen LLP
Ms. Bishop’s litigation practice includes working with management of public and private corporations and nonprofit organizations on issues, including employee relations, personnel policies, wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. She represents clients before State and Federal Courts, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Labor Commissioner, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Much of her time currently is spent defending class actions alleging meal and rest break violations, off-the-desk claims, unpaid overtime, and inaccurate wage statements.
Ms. Bishop advises clients in a wide range of industries, including high tech, franchisees, general contractors and subcontractors, homeowners associations, physicians and medical professionals, produce companies, restaurants, beauty salons, sanitation, senior living, and temporary help agencies.
During law school she was a Judicial Extern for Justice Jerome Smith.
Child Custody/Visitation and Support Issues during COVID-19
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Andrea M. Leavy, Esq. of Goss & Goss, APC
Andrea was born and raised in the Modesto area and is the single mother of two adult boys, Christian and Diego. She enjoys gardening, reading, and time with her friends and family (including the 4-legged members).
After working as a paralegal in several Modesto firms, she joined the firm of Goss & Goss. While working at Goss & Goss, she attended Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law where she received her J.D. and graduated with honors and as Valedictorian. Andrea was admitted to practice in November 2016. She is a member of the State Bar, a member of and on the Board of Directors of the Stanislaus County Bar Association, the Wray Ladine Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and she previously volunteered with the Stanislaus Family Justice Center. Her area of practice is Family Law and includes premarital agreements, divorce, custody and visitation rights, support, and domestic violence. In October 201, Andrea sat for and passed the written examination to be certified by the State Bar as a Certified Family Law Specialist and she is presently completing the remaining requirements for such certification.
Evictions and COVID-19
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presented by: Ashlee Gonzales, Esq. of Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP
Attorney Ashlee D. Gonzales (nee Adkins), Esq. is a partner & real estate attorney at Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP. Before passing the California Bar exam in November 2015, Ashlee started out as an assistant office manager for the firm, where she handled new client inquiries, assisted attorneys with drafting motions & pleadings, completed research projects, and filed documents with the court. Attorney Gonzales practices real estate law, including landlord & tenant matters.
Before coming to work for Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP, Ashlee Gonzales received her law degree from John F. Kennedy University College of Law. While earning her law degree, Gonzales worked as a legal research assistant for a civil law firm in Walnut Creek, gaining experience in drafting pleadings, performing legal research, and completing business incorporation documents.
During her tenure at John F. Kennedy University, Ashlee excelled in her legal studies, earning Dean’s List recognition for the College of Law every year between 2012 and 2015. Gonzales was a three-time recipient of the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, which recognizes California law students who attain the highest grade in a qualifying course. Ashlee received the award in Criminal Law, in Community Property, and in Professional Responsibility. While a student, Gonzales served as a teacher’s assistant for the 2013 academic year and volunteered as a Certified Legal intern for the Elder Law Clinic for the Fall 2014 semester. Ashlee helped clients with their estate planning issues, including drafting documents and conducting legal research. In conjunction with her stint at the Elder Law Clinic, Gonzales worked as an assistant for the Law Office of Greta Jenkins, an estate planning law firm.
In May 2011, Ashlee Gonzales earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from California State University¬ – Sacramento. Ashlee competed as a NCAA Division I student athlete as a catcher for the Women’s Softball Team. She walked on to the team her first year, and was the team captain during her senior year, when she was earned the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar Athlete Award.