[email protected] Panel Discuss the Impact of Implicit Bias on Work/Life Balance

[email protected] PANEL SPEAKS ON THE BIASES THAT AFFECT MEN AND WOMEN AS THEY BALANCE CAREERS WITH THEIR PERSONAL LIVESAt Lim Ruger's [email protected] event held on the evening of April 26, 2016, Sharon Tomkins, the General Counsel at Southern California Gas Company, Mark Johnston, Senior Manager of HR at the Henry Company, and Lisa Hamasaki, Shareholder at The Miller Law Group shared personal stories and commented on the biases at work as we balance our professional and personal lives."Ask your kids what's important to them," said Sharon Tomkins as she shared with the audience her approach to work/life balance on having a successful career while raising four children. She realized early on that it was impossible for her to be everywhere and to do everything, so she found it effective to keep a channel of communication constantly open with her family members.Lisa Hamasaki shared with us her experience as a shareholder in a women-owned law firm. "Even the men at our firm, although not sure if it's because they are attracted to our firm for the principles we believe in, but nowadays even male attorneys seem just as comfortable taking paternity leaves and expressing their needs for work/life balance."However, when asked about the male perspective on parental leave and work/life balance, Mark Johnston admitted that the stigma still exists, but when senior partners and executives openly take advantage of opportunities to take parental or personal leaves it makes it okay and the culture changes. All agreed that the millennial generation was much more likely to assert and take advantage of these benefits and require work/life balance benefits as a standard.The multi-layered and extremely relevant discussion kept the audience engaged and left us inspired and hopeful to achieve this seemingly unattainable, work/life balance. Sandy Sakamoto and Jeana Trost of Lim Ruger served as moderators of the discussion.

Phillip Shinn, Seasoned Trial Lawyer Joins Lim Ruger

Phillip Shinn is joining Lim Ruger's trial team as a partner in its San Francisco office. Mr. Shinn is a career trial lawyer with numerous jury trials and arbitrations under his belt. In addition to years of private practice in California and two and a half years in Korea, Mr. Shinn is also a former Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal Staff Attorney. He has broad business and commercial litigation experience, including litigation of matters involving products liability, employment, construction, insurance coverage, intellectual property, white collar defense, and cross-border matters, as well as international arbitration work. Mr. Shinn has been a speaker and written numerous articles on topics ranging from the law on unmanned aircraft systems to the role of experts in litigation.Mr. Shinn's accomplishments underscore Lim Ruger's commitment to the community and leadership in the legal profession. He has held many leadership positions, such as President of the International Association of Korean Lawyers (Overseas Chapter), President and member of the Board of Governors for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Northern District of California Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, President of the Asian American Bar Association-Greater Bay Area, member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Law Council-ALC, and member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation.Mr. Shinn received his J.D. from UC Berkeley's School of Law, and his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley.

Lim Ruger Trial Team Scores A Double Victory

Representing a large garment manufacturing client, the Lim Ruger team of Bryan Sheldon and Richard Ruger defeated a $13.8 million shareholder dispute/breach of fiduciary duty claim brought by the corporation's former vice president and obtained a $1.5 million verdict against the former vice president on the client's cross-complaint for breach of fiduciary duty and interference with contract. The four week jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court was handled by Bryan Sheldon. The jury, which returned its verdict on April 18, also found that the former vice president had acted with malice, but declined to award additional punitive damages.

Lim Ruger Presents a Three-Panel Series 2016 [email protected]

Following two consecutive years of success, Lim Ruger is excited to announce that 2016's [email protected] series will be dedicated to creating a dialogue on Work Life Balance issues, including the affect of implicit biases, and the challenges and opportunities.The speakers this year will be discussing the following topics:
  1. April 26, 2016:    Impact of Implicit Bias on Who Can, How Can, Without Being Canned
  2. July 14, 2016:     Flex-time, Flex-place, Flex-bias
  3. Oct. 4, 2016:       Enforcing of California’s New Equal Pay Act: A New Era of Pay Equity
For detail, refer to the 2016 WATT Flyer 

Lim Ruger Senior Counsel, Phillip K. Cha Certified as an Arbitrator for the FINRA

Senior Counsel, Phillip K. Cha was recently certified as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Program.  FINRA is the leading non-governmental regulatory body for the securities industry, and it operates the largest securities dispute resolution forum in the United States.  Mr. Cha is now on FINRA’s approved arbitrator roster for employment disputes, and he is eligible to preside over hearings in Los Angeles, California.
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