2020 Distance Learning

 

2020 Webinar Schedule

Please visit this page for regular updates. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are one hour long from 1-2 PM Eastern. Additionally, IMLA will be offering 10 FREE programs for members in the calendar year (these 10 free webinars will be marked as free).

 

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Upcoming Webinars

April 2 - Personnel - Rescheduled to TBD

Medical Exams Under the ADA


April 7 - Telecommunications - Rescheduled to May 18

Cell Tower Leasing and Sales


May 5 - Code Enforcement

Tiny Homes

With the rising cost of rent and homeownership and housing shortages, some have turned to living in tiny homes as their solution. For many, tiny houses represent a cheaper, eco-friendly option. For local governments, the growing popularity of tiny homes presents challenges from inspections to ensuring compliance with building and zoning regulations. This webinar is intended to aid local government attorneys navigate the complex array of issues tiny homes generate. Additional topics may be included.

Speakers: James McKechnie & Terry Floyd 

James McKechnie is a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Wichita Falls, Texas. James handles all legal issues involving land use, real estate, utilities, and right of way for the City. He has also defended the City in both State and Federal lawsuits including Texas Tort Claims Act lawsuits and Section 1983 defense.

Terry Floyd is the Director of Community Services for the City of Wichita Falls, Texas.

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May 7 - Personnel

The Fourth Amendment and Drug Policies in the Workplace

It has often been said that one of the largest components of a local government’s budget is for personnel costs. While there are many similarities between guiding employers between the public and private sectors, public employers have some additional concerns not faced by their private employment counterparts. The goal of this presentation is to provide public sector employers, particularly local governments, guidance and roadmaps to navigate through the complex issue of drug policies in the workplace and related issues. Additional topics may be presented.

Speakers: Deidra Sullivan & Robin Cross

Deidra Norris Sullivan is a member of the Labor, Employment and Civil Rights Section of the City of Houston Legal Department. Deidra's primary responsibilities include counseling multiple department directors and senior human resources managers on labor and employment matters, including but not limited to discipline, terminations, employee leaves pursuant to the FMLA and/or ADA, employee grievances, unemployment compensation, and collective bargaining matters. In addition to her counseling duties, Deidra represents the City and its employees in Title VI, Title VII and Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation. When she is not providing counsel to City departments or defending the City in litigation, she conducts training on topics such as Ethics, Employee Rights, Title VII and HR best practices. Prior to joining the City of Houston Legal Department, Deidra practiced in Illinois, representing government entities, including public schools, in labor, employment and civil rights matters.

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."

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May 12 - Construction Contracts

Alternative Project Delivery: What Went Wrong

When traditional design, bid, build methods are not appropriate or will not provide the flexibility or outcome necessary, you may need to turn to alternative delivery methods. Unfamiliar methods may present challenges such as delays due to incorrect negotiations, impacts on time for review and inspection, and overall less control. This webinar seeks to educate and provide resources for local government attorneys when dealing with alternative project delivery. Additional topics may be presented.

Speakers: Joseph Seibold & Bryan Payne

Joe Seibold is an Executive Vice President and leader of Arcadis’ Contract Solutions group in the Western United States. His combined years of leadership and experience in construction management and claims allow him unique insight into each project. Throughout his over 40 years of experience, he has served as a construction manager and construction disputes expert.

He has provided expert testimony on behalf of owners, designers, contractors and construction managers including testimony regarding entitlement, damages and the standard of care for construction management practices. His experience includes the evaluation and calculation of construction-related delay and disruption damages on more than 100 projects. He has participated in all forums of dispute resolution including mediation, Dispute Review Boards, arbitration, mini-trials and litigation. His specific efforts have included providing assessments of potential exposure, recommending strategies to resolution and providing expert testimony for both private and public sector owners, contractors, designers, and construction managers. In addition, he has authored and presented numerous articles regarding construction management, as well as claims analysis and resolution.

Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and is a certified Professional Engineer in numerous states. He is the committee chairman for the Standards of Practice, Contract Administration, for professional construction management services as part of the Construction Management Association of America. In addition, he is a Fellow and the past National President of Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).

Bryan Payne brings 27 years of experience in the transportation, higher education, and healthcare construction sectors in construction management, claims avoidance and mitigation, mediation, and contract administration. Bryan's strength is solving construction problems and resolving disputes before litigation and getting broken programs back on track.

Bryan’s great privilege has been to contribute to some of California’s most challenging and complex programs: LA Metro; California High Speed Rail; Los Angeles Community College District’s BuildLACCD Program; and Southern California Regional Rail Authority’s Orange County Metrolink Service Expansion and Grade Crossing Safety Improvements Program.

Bryan is a Registered Civil Engineer and a licensee of the State Bar of California. Bryan has served as mediator for over 50 litigated cases for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Bryan has been registered as an emergency building official for over 20 years.

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May 13 - Law Enforcement

Defending Law Enforcement: Qualified Immunity

One of the best defenses for a local government or official is qualified immunity. This presentation will explore how the qualified immunity doctrine works, where it applies, and discuss litigation strategies revolving around qualified immunity in the context of defending law enforcement. Additional topics may be presented.

Speaker: Patricia Miller

Patricia Miller is the Chief of the Special Federal Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. Special Fed is responsible for defense of NYC law enforcement personnel in Federal Civil Rights actions in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Prior to her appointment as Chief, Ms. Miller served as the Deputy Chief of Trials for the Special Fed Division. Ms. Miller was also a trial supervisor and senior trial attorney for the Labor and Employment Division of the Law Department. She has tried to verdict more than 60 cases in federal court and supervised dozens more. Ms. Miller was named Top Women in Law 2016 by the New York Law Journal and is a 2017 recipient of the New York State Bar Association Shira Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom. Before joining the Law Department, Ms. Miller clerked for William M. Acker, former U.S. District Judge for Northern District of Alabama, and was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. She is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and has served on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and the Law Department’s NITA program. Ms. Miller completed her undergraduate work at Fordham University and obtained her law degree from William and Mary in Virginia where she was a member of the Law Review Executive Staff. She has served as chair of the Law Department’s Committee on Diversity Recruitment and Retention, the first member of the LGBT Community to hold that position and is the 2013 recipient of the James M. Bolin Diversity in Leadership Award. Ms. Miller is also the co-Chair of the Federal Bar Council Diversity Committee; a member of the Federal Bar Council Second Circuit Committee; and a member of the FBC Board of Trustees.

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May 18 - Telecommunications

Cell Tower Leasing for Units of Government:  Getting the Benefits, Avoiding the Pitfalls

*90 Minutes*

Once your local government leases property for a cell tower or cell antenna, you will routinely receive offers to buy the cell tower lease for a lump sum payment (often plus a percentage of future revenues), coupled with a long term (or perpetual) easement.  The most common question is whether these are good deals for governments.  This program, taught by John Pestle, Esq. and Dr. Jonathan Kramer, Esq., both highly experienced local government telecommunications attorneys, covers (1) how to determine whether a sale of a cell lease and future leasing rights is in a municipality's best interest, (2) descriptions of the non-binding bid process which will commonly lead to the best price and terms, (3) the significant legal issues, business issues and potential pitfalls involved in selling the lease, and (4) some of the traps hidden in the lengthy "Communications Easement" you will be asked to execute.  This program will help you spot the major issues in the very one-sided documents typically offered by buyers.  Key points to be addressed include (a) making sure the municipality is not hindered in using its property for its primary public use; (b) ensuring that future sums and duties promised by the purchaser in fact are performed; (c) unique insurance and bankruptcy issues; (d) special questions of municipal authority; (e) compliance with bond obligations and IRS tax-exempt bond regulations; (f) municipal finance/procurement statutes; and (g) prohibitions on waste. Extensive handouts in PDF format will be provided to participants, which commonly include local government attorneys, city managers and the real estate property managers working for local governments. A lively and interactive Question and Answer session will follow the presentation.

Speakers: John Pestle & Jonathan Kramer

John Pestle is the Chair of the Telecommunications Group at the Varnum law firm and is admitted to practice in Michigan and Arizona. For twenty three years he has represented municipalities and private property owners nationwide on cell tower leases. John is a graduate of Harvard College, Yale Graduate School, and the University of Michigan Law School. Among his many qualifications, John held an FCC license to work on radio, TV and ship radar transmitters and was Chair of the Municipal Lawyers Section of the Michigan Bar. He has received the "Member of the Year" award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, and a "Special Award of Merit" from the Michigan Municipal League for his work representing municipalities on cable and telecommunications matters. For the Varnum web page on cell towers go to https://www.varnumlaw.com/services-industries-cell-towers and for John's cell tower blog go to www.varnumlaw.com/blogs/cell-phone-tower/ and scroll to “Publications”.

Jonathan Kramer is the principal attorney of Telecom Law Firm in Los Angeles. Since 1984 as a consultant, and 2006 as an attorney, he has advised more than 800 government agencies regarding wireless and broadband matters. Telecom Law Firm works for governments and private landlords around the country crafting reasonably fair wireless site leases. The firm has made a mark detecting and collecting rent-in-arrears for overoccupancy at lease sites, which is a frequent occurrence, and has resulted in 6 to 6-figure collections of back rent and interest, and increased rent going forward. Jonathan co-authored and edited the FCC’s publication for local government officials on radio frequency emissions safety, and at the request of the FCC he is presently revising and expanding it. Kramer holds a bunch of FCC licenses and telecom industry engineering certifications. Jonathan is admitted to practice in California and New Mexico and holds a LL.M degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law.

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May 20 - Code Enforcement

Constitutional Risks in Inspections and Best Practices

This presentation will cover constitutional requirements, legal risks, and ways to minimize risk during and after an inspection. Additional topics may be included.

Speaker: Patricia “Trish” Link

Patricia “Trish” Link is an Assistant City Attorney in the City of Austin, Texas. Before practicing law in Austin, Trish received a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University and received her law degree from Texas Tech University. After law school, Trish worked for the Texas Workforce Commission and Office of the Attorney General.

She started with the City of Austin Law Department in 2005 as a municipal court prosecutor and since that time has worked in the Litigation, Land Use-Real Estate, General Counsel, and Municipal Operations divisions. She advises on a variety of subjects, including affordable housing, code enforcement, fair housing, land use, special events, and sound.

When she is not working, Trish reads with elementary students, runs half marathons, takes her dog to the beach, cooks, and watches college football.

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May 28 - Telecommunications

Update: FCC Cable Franchising Proceeding

In 2019, the FCC sought to further strip local governments of their authority over use of their rights of way as related to cable franchising. Last year, the FCC published a report and order entitled “Implementation of Section 621(a)(1) of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 as amended by the Cable TV Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992”. This Order, among other things, significantly restricts a local government’s ability to impose franchise fees, and prohibits local government from regulating most non-cable services which includes broadband Internet services provided over a cable system. This webinar will cover the changes to local authority in cable franchising as a result of the Order as well as provide information as to litigation efforts. Additional topics may be covered.

Speaker: Gerard Lederer

Gerard Lavery Lederer’s unique background as a nationally recognized telecommunications, cable and small cell lawyer combined with his experiences as a registered federal lobbyist provides clients unparalleled service in seeking both legislative and transactional solutions. Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger LLP as a partner in the Municipal Law practice group in Washington, D.C., Gerry was an attorney with Miller & Van Eaton, a highly regarded local government rights of way law firm.

Gerry advocates for public and private property owners regarding issues of law and policy arising from federal and state communications legislation and regulation. He is also one of the nation’s leading authorities on marketplace solutions for the seamless integration of cable and wireless technology into communities. He authored “Critical Connections” and “Wired for Profit,” two leading guides on the integration of telecommunications technology into the built environment. He developed the first model license agreements for access to buildings and rooftops to promote cooperative relations between telecommunications service providers and property owners, while protecting both parties’ interests.

Gerry serves as legislative counsel and lead Washington advocate for TeleCommUnity, a collection of local governments dedicated to ensuring respect for local rights in federal legislative and regulatory activity.

Since arriving in Washington, D.C. in 1985 as the City of Philadelphia’s Washington advocate, Gerry has served as Washington legislative counsel to a number of local governments and agencies, including as lead advocate for local governments on infrastructure issues and as general counsel of the United States Conference of Mayors. He has also served as executive director of advocacy and research advancement for the Building Owners and Managers Association, International and executive director of government affairs for the United States Telephone Association. Prior to his career in Washington, he served as the chief deputy city commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. This position oversees the city’s voter registration and election day. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Gerry is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and is an inactive member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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June 3 - Construction Contracts

Construction Contract Drafting & Litigation Strategies

This presentation will address construction contract drafting issues and how provisions of various contracts can mitigate your risk of liability in the event that your municipality faces suit. This presentation will also address when construction contracts go wrong and different litigation strategies. Additional topics may be included.

Speakers: Mary DeVuono Englund & Karl F. Oles

Mary DeVuono Englund is with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Seattle, Washington. She has twenty years of experience in public and private sector construction law, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, real property, tax and bankruptcy matters. Representing public and private property owners, contractors, and businesses in state courts, U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, dispute review board hearings, arbitrations, and mediations. She has advised and collaborated with clients on contract development and contract negotiations for infrastructure construction, public/private partnership development, and sustainable energy projects. She also provides strategic planning and proactive advice on construction contract administration and insurance coverage.

She is admitted to the Washington State Bar Association since 1987, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington since 1988, and the United States Court of Federal Claims since 1997. She attended the University of Washington School of Law and received her J.D. in 1987. She attended the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies from 1984 to 1985. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 1984 from the University of Illinois and was an Edmund J. James Scholar.

Karl F. Oles is a partner of the firm practicing in the Construction and Design group. For more than 30 years, he has helped owners, architects, engineers, and contractors solve complex legal problems through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and trial. Karl has also drafted, negotiated, and analyzed multimillion-dollar design and construction contracts on a wide variety of construction projects. He serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s construction panel. He is coauthor of the current standard treatise on Washington lien law.

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June 11 - Preemption

Local Financing

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

This year, local governments served in critical leadership roles in the public health response to COVID-19 and in efforts to provide welfare to those whose livelihoods have been threatened by the pandemic. As centers of democratic activity, local governments provide essential public services for people, from safety infrastructure to innovative policies that create thriving, healthy communities. Yet, local governments continue to face significant fiscal challenges.

This webinar will discuss the Local Solutions Support Center’s recent white paper, The Essential Role of Fiscal Authority in Local Democracy, which researches the decreased use of state aid and the increased use of preemption to limit the authority local governments need to raise revenue or receive funding. It will provide an overview of the recent trend of state preemption policies that have further limited local fiscal authority, and offer suggestions for policies that allow municipalities to better carry out their important responsibilities as engines of local democracy.

Speaker: Erin Scharff

Erin Adele Scharff writes about tax federalism, state and local taxation, and local government law. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Georgetown Law Journal, the NYU Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and Tax Law Review, among other publications.  Prior to joining the faculty of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Professor Scharff was an acting assistant professor of tax law at New York University School of Law.  After graduating magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, she clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.


June 17 - Transportation

Transportation Oriented Development

This will be a comparative presentation on how Atlanta has handled transportation-oriented development in their communities. This presentation will explore legal issues associated with this type of development and highlight the benefits of thoughtful planning as it can support economic development. Additional topics may be included.

Speaker: Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt is the Chief of Corporate Law and Real Estate at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. He specializes in corporate, project finance, real estate, construction development, procurement, and brand management.


June 23 - Construction Contracts

Change Order Management

Construction project change orders are common and can have the effect of slowing down your project as well as increasing project price from the original amount the construction contractor bid. This webinar will cover how to manage change orders to avoid unnecessary delays and cost increases. Additional topics may be covered.

Speakers: Mark Guevara & Brian Goodreau

Mark Guevara has 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry as a civil engineer, construction law attorney, and construction schedule/claims analyst. Mark has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and a Juris Doctor degree. He has considerable knowledge in project management, contract administration, and the evaluation and resolution of all aspects of construction claims, including, CPM schedule delays and disruption, loss of productivity, entitlement, causation and cost/damage analysis on a variety of project.

Mark has lectured on various construction topics and has appeared before dispute review boards and panels and mediations. He is the Chairman of the Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) Committee, Certification Board - Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International. Prior to joining Arcadis his three decades of professional experience included large-scale, public and private sector projects.

Brian Goodreau is a Principal Claims Analyst and the Operations Leader for the Arcadis Contract Solutions team of experts in construction disputes and project controls in New York City. Brian has more than 12 years of experience and currently manages claims on behalf of public and private owners for numerous complex infrastructure and building projects across North America. He has a proven record of accomplishment helping clients to avoid and mitigate disputes by implementing techniques such as CPM scheduling and total cost management. Brian has also effectively resolved numerous disputes on behalf of his clients, providing expert analysis and litigation support. Brian has been involved numerous alternative dispute resolutions including negotiations, mediations and claims review boards.

Prior to Arcadis, Brian worked as a project manager in the field for nearly a decade. Throughout his career, Brian has held positions as project manager, scheduler, project controls manager, and claims analyst. His experience in the field coupled with his skills of the latest technology provides him with the tools required to be an effective analyst on complex claims.

Brian is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and is a certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) with the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI). Mr. Goodreau is an accomplished public speaker and is often invited to speak at seminars on construction claims and managing projects more effectively.


July 7 - Municipal Governance

Public Information Acts and Their Application to Electronic Documents

Attorneys must interpret public records laws to determine if certain electronic documents must be disclosed. However, there is no consensus among the varying jurisdictions about which documents are subject to disclosure. Although we have some federal guidance, this guidance is not comprehensive as it does not address all aspects of electronic records. This presentation will discuss electronic records and provide guidance to local government attorneys for how to handle electronic documents.

Speaker: Hilary Ruley

Hilary Ruley is the Chief Solicitor in the General Counsel Division for the City of Baltimore Department of Law.


July 9 - Personnel

Workers Compensation 101 & Best Practices

This presentation will cover the basics of worker’s compensation and provide practical recommendations for how to manage such disputes. Additional topics may be presented.

Speaker: Robin Cross

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."


July 14 - Ethics

Attorney-Client Privilege

The bounds of the attorney-client relationship can be complicated for those who represent government entities, including local governments. This webinar will focus on the parameters of the attorney-client relationship when the organization is the client and on the attorney-client privilege in the government context. ABA Model Rule 1.6  and ABA Model Rule 1.13 will be covered during this webinar.

Speaker: Henry Bernstein

Henry M Bernstein, Assistant Parish Attorney, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Staff Attorney, Louisiana Municipal Association, 1977-78; First Assistant City Attorney, City of Shreveport, 1983-87; Assistant Attorney General, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, 1994-2001; General Counsel, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, 2001-2004; Executive Counsel, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, 2004-2006; Assistant Parish Attorney, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, 2013-present.


July 16 - Transportation

Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

This presentation will discuss how to prepare your locality for the eventual launch of autonomous vehicles. It will also cover the current legal landscape and prospective changes on the horizon. Additional topics may be presented.

Speaker: Crista Cuccaro

Crista M. Cuccaro is an Assistant City Attorney in Durham, North Carolina, where she focuses on community development, municipal finance, and economic development. Prior to joining the City of Durham, Crista was a Staff Attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee. In Tennessee, her practice included land use and redevelopment, and she served as Vice-President of the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association. Crista earned her B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina and her J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, but she is a Duke basketball fan.


July 22 - Land Use

Penn Central Regulatory Takings and Inverse Condemnation Part 1

This presentation will provide an overview of property law and of takings law discussing the differences between a Lucas taking, a Penn Central taking; and the exaction cases Nolan and Dolan and the elements of an inverse condemnation claim. This presentation is the first of a two-part series on takings and condemnation.

Speaker: Jefferson L. Blomquist

Jefferson L. Blomquist concentrates in local government litigation and law, employment law, environmental law and civil litigation and is a member of the firm’s Local Government Practice Group.

Mr. Blomquist has over 25 years of litigation experience, which includes cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts and administrative tribunals. From 1988 until 1999, Mr. Blomquist served first as an Assistant County Attorney and then as the Deputy County Attorney of Harford County, Maryland. In this capacity, Mr. Blomquist directed and was responsible for all county litigation and provided advice and counsel on employment, environmental, contractual and legislative issues involving local governments. He spearheaded environmental permitting initiatives for solid waste facilities and publicly operated treatment works and managed contractors on a variety of capital improvement projects.

Mr. Blomquist has litigated virtually every type of case involving local governments, including civil rights claims, employment disputes, zoning cases, contract disputes, annexation cases and property tax differential disputes and successfully resolved a variety of matters on behalf of local governments before federal and state administrative agencies.

His environmental experience includes navigating local governments through CERCLA, RCRA and CWA enforcement proceedings and he has brought and defended FOIA/PIA and Open Meetings Act proceedings and used the rights created under those acts to obtain the information necessary to resolve inter-governmental disputes and disputes between private interests and governments. Mr. Blomquist has handled all types of actions involving law enforcement officers and agencies, ranging from civil rights claims to LEOBR proceedings and civilian complaint resolution.

Mr. Blomquist has extensive knowledge of state and local government law and governmental immunities and has provided practical training to local human resources and law enforcement agencies, public works departments and procurement divisions on a wide variety of issues.

Since June 1999, Mr. Blomquist has been leading the litigation arm of Funk & Bolton’s Local Government Practice Group.

Mr. Blomquist is involved in various attorney work groups within the Maryland Association of Counties. He has represented law enforcement and local government interests before the Maryland General Assembly. Mr. Blomquist has engaged in civil litigation on behalf of private entities and non-profit organizations and has litigated claims brought against insurers in court and before the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings. He has assisted entities in conducting internal investigations of officers and executive officials.


August 4 - Technology

Social Media Policy

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

This webinar will cover IMLA’s Social Media Policy in depth to provide guidance on how a local government should handle a wide range of scenarios involving social media use. Additional topics may be covered.

Speaker: Chuck Thompson

Charles W. Thompson, Jr. is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Prior to being appointed to this position Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland from 1995 to 2006. For the previous 17 years, Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Carroll County, Maryland. Mr. Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Military Institute and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Thompson is currently serving as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University teaching State and Local Government Law. Mr. Thompson is admitted to practice in Maryland, the U.S. District Court for Maryland, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Thompson was awarded the ABA, Section of State and Local Government Law Jefferson Fordham Advocacy Award in 2011.


August 6 - Personnel

Arbitrating Collective Bargaining Agreement Issues with Police and Fire

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

This presentation will address arbitration with police and fire. As part of this presentation, the “What police/fire typically grieve over, recent issues we’ve seen, Selection of hearing examiners, presenting evidence, closing brief strategies?”

Speakers: Rebecca Hayward & Robin Cross

Rebecca S. Hayward is a Partner in the Firm. Mrs. Hayward is a 2011 graduate of Ave Maria School of Law and a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M International University where she received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree. Rebecca practices in state and federal court, representing governmental entities and public officials. Her practice involves defending governmental employers in labor and employment issues including Whistleblower Act, First Amendment, due process, FMLA, and discrimination and harassment claims made pursuant to Title VII, ADEA, ADA and state laws. She also defends governmental entities in federal civil rights claims, state law tort claims and takings claims. Rebecca also represents governmental entities as both general and special projects counsel, including advising cities and other local governmental entities on employment, planning and land use, and open government issues. She represents cities in collective bargaining negotiations with Fire and Police unions, and represents Fire and Police department heads in all aspects of the Texas Civil Service Act, including contested disciplinary proceedings and litigation of civil service issues.

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."


August 11 - Code Enforcement

Regulating Short Term Rentals

The rising popularity of Airbnb and other such platforms had led to a significant increase of availability in short term rental properties. Among these properties are those that do not meet code requirements, which, in many jurisdictions, do not allow short term rentals in certain areas. This webinar will cover effective regulation of short-term rentals with real world examples of existing code enforcement efforts. 

Speakers: Cathy Cunningham & Roger Horner

Cathy Cunningham joined Practical Law with more than thirty years of municipal law experience. Most recently, Cathy was in private practice at Boyle & Lowry, LLP, where she advised municipal and special district clients on matters including utility and right-of-way, zoning and land use, personnel, code enforcement, and budget and tax. Previously, she was a Senior Attorney in the Irving, Texas City Attorney’s Office, where her activities were later recognized by the Texas House of Representatives with a Resolution and a flag in honor of her public service. Before that, Cathy worked for the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Abilene, Texas.

Roger Horner joined Practical Law after more than three decades in local government. Most recently, he was the City Attorney for Brentwood, Tennessee, where he advised the City Manager, City Commission, and all City boards and departments. Prior to that, he served as Brentwood's Finance Director, and previously was a financial analyst for the Tennessee Public Service Commission. He is a past president of the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association (TMAA) and received TMAA's Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award in 2018. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) and a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.


August 13 - Municipal Governance

When the Elected Official is the Problem

Often we find ourselves scratching our heads at what some of our elected or appointed government officials say whether it’s on social media or in a public meeting. In those moments, what is left on the record are damaging at best and horrific at worst. It falls upon the local government attorneys to protect the client despite these damaging statements. This webinar’s goal is to provide practical recommendations on what to do when you face this situation.

Speaker: Chris Balch

Chris Balch is a seasoned and respected defense lawyer. He has represented public entity clients from Valdosta to LaFayette and from Columbus to Augusta. His private clients have sent him around the world in defense of claims. He served his country with distinction in the United States Marine Corps, receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1993. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal in 1989. At the award ceremony for the Navy Achievement Medal, Brigadier General Brabham remarked he had not ever heard a more detailed or deserving citation.

Upon graduation from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law with honors in 1992, Mr. Balch clerked for United States District Judge Duross Fitzpatrick. His duties and responsibilities in Chambers brought him intimate knowledge and understanding of federal civil rights statutes and their litigation. Assisting with over 15 jury trials and more than a dozen non-jury trials during his two year clerkship, Mr. Balch learned important lessons for the young lawyer on preparation, integrity and tenacity.

His career defending public officials and individuals began immediately after his clerkship. While still in Macon he successfully defended claims against the Historic New Perry Hotel, Dougherty County, Georgia, the City of Macon, and many individuals and companies around Middle and South Georgia.

After moving to Atlanta in 1996, he continued to represent counties and school districts, businesses and individuals. His successes quickly earned him speaking slots before continuing legal education audiences. He has presented papers for the Defense Research Institute, the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Ohio Association of Civil Defense Attorneys, and clients around the country. His publications have appeared in scholarly journals and association publications nationally.

In 2018 Chris was named as a Local Government Fellow of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Since 1999, IMLA has only recognized 83 local government lawyers in the United States and Canada as Local Government Fellows. Chris is the only lawyer in the State of Georgia to have achieved this distinction.


September 3 - Personnel

Fair Labor Standards Act 7(K) Exemption

*90 Minutes* 

This presentation will cover the FLSA 7(K) exemption covering law enforcement and fire protection employees. Additional topics may be presented.

Speakers: Robin Cross, Tim Norris & Marc Fishel

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."

Tim D. Norris has 30 years of experience representing employers and educational institutions in all aspects of labor, employment and education practice. He has extensive experience defending employers in litigation before state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies. His expertise includes matters arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, federal and state wage and hour laws, the Equal Pay Act, and safety and health laws. Mr. Norris regularly speaks on employment law issues to management groups, and trains client personnel in such areas as student civil rights, special education, sexual harassment, disciplinary investigations, workplace violence, and wage and hour laws.

He has conducted investigations into serious employee misconduct and other abuses. For unionized employers, Mr. Norris negotiates collective bargaining agreements, defends unfair labor practices, and tries cases before labor arbitrators. For school districts, Mr. Norris has handled numerous cases before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, and has guided our clients through investigations and reviews undertaken by state and federal education agencies.

Marc A. Fishel has been a Super Lawyer since 2011. He was named a Super Lawyer for his outstanding work in employment and labor law, Marc has also been recognized by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers® in America. He regularly represents public and private employers in all areas of labor and employment relations, including all facets of contract negotiations, litigation, mediation, conflict resolution procedures, disciplinary matters (arbitration and civil service), the daily administration of internal policies, state and federal laws, and collective bargaining agreements. He serves as lead counsel before administrative agencies pertaining to personnel matters. Marc represents employers in litigation matters in both state and federal court.

Marc also serves as the Law Director for the City of Bexley, representing the city in various aspects of municipal law.

Marc began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable T. Eugene Burts, Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Department of Labor before beginning work in private practice in 1988. Marc became a partner in the firm in 1993. Later he served as adjunct professor of employment law at Wittenberg University providing instruction on critical topics such as human resources, FLSA, unlawful discrimination and harassment, civil rights, ethics, FMLA, ADA and civil service law. Marc was appointed as Law Director for the City of Bexley in 2016.

This prestigious background has led to frequent requests for Marc to lecture on personnel and human resource issues including discipline, collective bargaining, employment discrimination and various aspects of the employment relationship.

Comfortable in the courtroom as well as the classroom, Marc believes his greatest contribution to clients comes from a proactive approach to employee relations and local governmental law. This means attending to small details such as ensuring proper preparation of employee handbooks and drug testing policies. He also assists clients with in-house education so their staff is up to speed on legal changes as they occur.

Marc is the proud father of two children and has served on a number of community non-profit boards. He is a past president of the Board of Directors for the Columbus Jewish Community Center.

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October 20 - Environmental

Municipal Bans on Natural Gas Hook-Ups

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

Over 50 municipalities nationwide have considered or enacted all-electric requirements for new construction. These bans are in line with local climate action planning and municipal goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These bans give rise to new legal questions and challenges. This webinar will cover these legal issues and attempt to provide practical recommendations to those seeking to enact their own ordinances. Additional topics may be presented.

Speaker: Amy E. Turner

Amy Turner joined the Sabin Center in 2019 as a Senior Fellow for the Cities Climate Law Initiative, where her work focuses on the laws and legal tools cities use to achieve their climate mitigation commitments.

Prior to her work with the Sabin Center, Amy was the executive director and a co-founder of the NYC Climate Action Alliance, and she continues to serve on the board of directors. She practiced environmental and transactional law for ten years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and in solo practice. Amy graduated from Middlebury College, magna cum laude, and from Harvard Law School, where she was an articles and technical editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She currently serves as co-chair for the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Environmental Law and as secretary of the board of directors for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.


October 22 - Land Use

Penn Central Regulatory Takings and Inverse Condemnation Part 2

This presentation will provide an in depth look into the nuances of a Penn Central taking, a discussion of why bulk/area zoning regulations should never give rise to a Penn Central taking claim, and examine the potential problems associated with Monterey as well as whether a moratorium can give rise to a takings claim. This presentation is the second of a two-part series on taking and condemnation.

Speaker: Jefferson L. Blomquist

Jefferson L. Blomquist concentrates in local government litigation and law, employment law, environmental law and civil litigation and is a member of the firm’s Local Government Practice Group.

Mr. Blomquist has over 25 years of litigation experience, which includes cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts and administrative tribunals. From 1988 until 1999, Mr. Blomquist served first as an Assistant County Attorney and then as the Deputy County Attorney of Harford County, Maryland. In this capacity, Mr. Blomquist directed and was responsible for all county litigation and provided advice and counsel on employment, environmental, contractual and legislative issues involving local governments. He spearheaded environmental permitting initiatives for solid waste facilities and publicly operated treatment works and managed contractors on a variety of capital improvement projects.

Mr. Blomquist has litigated virtually every type of case involving local governments, including civil rights claims, employment disputes, zoning cases, contract disputes, annexation cases and property tax differential disputes and successfully resolved a variety of matters on behalf of local governments before federal and state administrative agencies.

His environmental experience includes navigating local governments through CERCLA, RCRA and CWA enforcement proceedings and he has brought and defended FOIA/PIA and Open Meetings Act proceedings and used the rights created under those acts to obtain the information necessary to resolve inter-governmental disputes and disputes between private interests and governments. Mr. Blomquist has handled all types of actions involving law enforcement officers and agencies, ranging from civil rights claims to LEOBR proceedings and civilian complaint resolution.

Mr. Blomquist has extensive knowledge of state and local government law and governmental immunities and has provided practical training to local human resources and law enforcement agencies, public works departments and procurement divisions on a wide variety of issues.

Since June 1999, Mr. Blomquist has been leading the litigation arm of Funk & Bolton’s Local Government Practice Group.

Mr. Blomquist is involved in various attorney work groups within the Maryland Association of Counties. He has represented law enforcement and local government interests before the Maryland General Assembly. Mr. Blomquist has engaged in civil litigation on behalf of private entities and non-profit organizations and has litigated claims brought against insurers in court and before the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings. He has assisted entities in conducting internal investigations of officers and executive officials.


October 28 - Public Contracts

Public Private Partnerships: The Answer to the U.S. Infrastructure Problem?

A discussion of the benefits and limitations of public private partnerships (P3s) as a method for local governments to develop infrastructure. The talk will also cover the potential impact of the Trump Administration’s infrastructure plan on P3s, including the projects that may be developed and the financing sources that may be used.

Speaker: Erlyne Nazaire

Erlyne Nazaire is a finance attorney with several years of experience in project finance and general lending. After practicing many years at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she represented clients in a wide range of cross-border transactions including project finance, private M&A and joint ventures, she joined Practical Law at Thomson Reuters as a senior legal editor.

As a member of Practical Law's Finance team, she is responsible for writing, editing and curating our project finance and certain general lending resources. Her areas of focus include oil & gas, renewable energy and transportation infrastructure.

She am the Chair of the Energy Business Committee of the ABA Business Law Section until September 2019. She is also a member of the ABA's Project Finance and Development Committee and the NYC Bar's Project Finance Committee.


December 8 - Land Use/Code Enforcement

Variations and Zoning Relief

Many local governments provide for variations in their zoning code. The purpose of such variations is to ensure that no property is unreasonably deprived of the development opportunities enjoyed by other properties in the same locality and district. The goal of this webinar is to provide attendees with practical information on zoning relief and variations.

Speaker: Kim Mickelson & David Silverman

David Silverman has a thorough understanding of the zoning and entitlements process. His prior career as a professional planner informs his practice as an attorney, giving him an unprecedented understanding of the dynamics that influence the zoning and entitlement process. His multi-faceted professional background also provides public and private sector clients with advisory services that extend beyond legal representation to help them achieve their goals and objectives.

David is co-chair of Ancel Glink’s Zoning and Land Use Group and co-editor of the group’s e-newsletter, In the Zone. David also serves as moderator for the Zoning and Land Use Group’s Twitter site, @AncelGlinkLand.

David is involved with several organizations that promote better land use and development practices. David serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association as its Legislative Committee chair and serves as the Education and Outreach Chair for the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association. In addition, David is also a member of the Ely Chapter (Chicago) of Lambda Alpha International, Urban Land Institute, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Kimberly Mickelson is an attorney and planner with the City of Houston, TX and is the President of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Editor of A Guide to Urban Planning in Texas Communities. Her practice is concentrated in the representation of governmental and non-profit corporations. She specializes in and represents cities across Texas and in Illinois on land use matters, including zoning and platting, economic development, airport law, special districts, development agreements, and cemetery law. She is licensed in both Texas and Illinois, and writes and speaks frequently on planning and land use law issues nationally. She is also Visiting Associate Professor of Practice in the Master’s Program, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Ms. Mickelson is an honors graduate of the Plan II program at The University of Texas, and The University of Texas School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She attended Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, studied municipal and historic preservation at in Krakow, Poland during graduate school, and was a post-graduate research fellow at the University of Belgrade. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association and serves on the Government Law Section Council, the Texas City Attorney’s Association, the Houston Bar Association, the American Planning Association (APA), and the American Institute of Certified Planners. She serves on the University of Texas Libraries Council, and is a former board member of Preservation Texas and Preservation Chicago. In her spare time, she is active in neighborhood redevelopment and historical cemetery preservation issues, is a rabid Longhorn football fan, and an art quilter.


TBD - Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property for Local Government Lawyers

*90 Minutes*

This presentation will serve as a primer to intellectual property issues municipal attorneys will encounter in serving their local government. Topics to be presented include software services and issues in contracting. Additional topics may be presented.

Speaker: Eugene Hsue

Eugene Hsue is the Assistant City Solicitor in the Commercial Law Unit for the City of Philadelphia.


TBD - Personnel

Medical Exams Under the ADA

This presentation will cover medical exams under the Americans with Disabilities Act and best practices and policies. Additional topics may be included.

Speakers: Lindsay Rose & Robin Cross

Lindsay Rose is a Senior Attorney at the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado where she has practiced municipal law exclusively since 2013.  Her current practice involves providing legal advice, counseling, and representation to various city departments, enterprises, boards, commissions, and staff members on employment law and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II matters. Prior to joining the City, Lindsay handled various employment law matters and obtained invaluable trial and arbitration experience while practicing with a civil litigation firm in San Antonio, Texas. Lindsay currently serves as the Young Lawyer co-chair of IMLA’s Personnel Section. She is a 2006 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law and is licensed in Colorado and Texas (inactive).

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."

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Past 2020 Webinars

January 7 - Code Enforcement

Demolition of Historic Structures

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

This presentation will address the code enforcement aspects of historic preservation in terms of enforcing historic district ordinances and what to do if people violate historic district ordinances.

Speaker: Janet Spugnardi

Janet Spugnardi currently serves as the Deputy City Attorney for Irving, Texas, where she handles transactional, litigation and appellate matters for the City on a wide variety of issues. Janet has spent the past 15 years representing governmental entities in all aspects of municipal law. Prior to joining the City of Irving, Janet worked in private practice for a boutique municipal law firm representing several government entities, where her practice focused on federal and state litigation and appeals involving annexation, civil rights, employment, land use and zoning, eminent domain, contract disputes and tort claims of personal injury and wrongful death. Janet began her municipal law career at the City of Dallas where she handled extensive civil litigation involving code ordinances, land use and zoning, criminal nuisance abatement, and inverse condemnation. Janet has lectured at numerous conferences and training seminars, and has co-authored several papers and articles on a broad range of topics concerning government entities. Janet was the 2016 recipient of the Susan Rocha Award from the Texas City Attorneys Association for outstanding public service by an assistant city attorney, the 2013 recipient of the Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer of the Year Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and a recipient of the 2012 International Municipal Lawyers Association Amicus Service Award. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and earned her J.D. from Southern Methodist University.


January 8 - Section 1983

Defense Strategies for Litigating Section 1983

Considering the wide scope of a Section 1983 municipal liability claim (“Monell Claims”) counsel can quickly find themselves overwhelmed in their efforts to defend these cases. This training session will cover strategies and nuts and bolts tips for dealing with a Monell case in an efficient and winning manner. Areas of discussion will include motions practice, bifurcation, discovery and trial strategy. Some topics may be added or removed from this presentation.

Speakers: Kerslyn Featherstone & Robert Deberardinis

Kerslyn D. Featherstone is a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Ms. Featherstone graduated from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta GA, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and received her Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Ms. Featherstone has worked in public service for the Office of the Attorney General for over 15 years handling both criminal and civil matters. Most recently in her role as Senior Assistant Attorney General, she has represented the District of Columbia and individual employees of the District of Columbia in civil litigation matters including but not limited to, Section 1983 and employment discrimination. As a trial attorney, Ms. Featherstone has had over 50 trials, both jury and non-jury over the course of her career. Ms. Featherstone has also represented the District of Columbia and employees in high profile excessive forces cases resulting in death.

Robert A. DeBerardinis Jr. is an Assistant Attorney General with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, where he serves in the Civil Litigation Division. During his nearly 20 years with OAG, he has litigated a wide variety of cases including Section 1983, unjust imprisonment and employment discrimination. While at OAG, Mr. DeBerardinis has represented hundreds of police officers and the District of Columbia in Section 1983 actions, including high profile deadly force cases. He is counsel of record in over 75 reported opinions in the Federal Supplement, many of them dealing with complex Section 1983 issues. Over the course of his career, he has represented criminal and civil defendants in over 175 trials.


January 14 - Construction Contracts

Tricks, Traps, and Ploys in Construction Scheduling

This presentation is intended to be a practical guide to managing and scheduling your construction projects to maximize efficiency and prohibit litigation that may arise from early problems. Contract provisions, scheduling methods, claims avoidance and dispute resolution are among the topics this webinar will cover. Additional topics may be added at a later date.

Speakers: Brian Goodreau & Greg Holness

Brian Goodreau is a Principal Claims Analyst and the Operations Leader for the Arcadis Contract Solutions team of experts in construction disputes and project controls in New York City. Brian has more than 12 years of experience and currently manages claims on behalf of public and private owners for numerous complex infrastructure and building projects across North America. He has a proven record of accomplishment helping clients to avoid and mitigate disputes by implementing techniques such as CPM scheduling and total cost management. Brian has also effectively resolved numerous disputes on behalf of his clients, providing expert analysis and litigation support. Brian has been involved numerous alternative dispute resolutions including negotiations, mediations and claims review boards.

Prior to Arcadis, Brian worked as a project manager in the field for nearly a decade. Throughout his career, Brian has held positions as project manager, scheduler, project controls manager, and claims analyst. His experience in the field coupled with his skills of the latest technology provides him with the tools required to be an effective analyst on complex claims.

Brian is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and is a certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) with the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI). Mr. Goodreau is an accomplished public speaker and is often invited to speak at seminars on construction claims and managing projects more effectively.

Greg Holness has more than 25 years of experience in construction and construction disputes, having held the titles of Project Director, Transportation Engineer, Claims Analyst, Project Manager, and General Counsel. As a professional engineer and an attorney, Greg has created and managed schedules; maintained budgets; overseen the design, procurement and installation processes; interacted with insurance companies and sureties; handled construction litigations; and advised corporate officers on diverse topics such as bid disputes, how to attract better vendors, regulatory compliance, and the company’s strategic vision.

Greg has analyzed and resolved all sorts of claims on public and private projects, ranging from small but difficult to resolve matters, to enormous multi-party litigations requiring many days of dispute resolution to close out. Greg's previous work at a department of transportation, an international large design-build curtainwall subcontractor, and several law firms (where he represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers and sureties), has given him multiple perspectives which he uses to draw upon when developing a successful strategies for resolving disagreements. In addition, he has drafted and negotiated hundreds of construction and design contracts in his career, so he is intimately knowledgeable on the key terms that often are central to disputes.

Greg enjoys providing in-house training and giving lectures and seminars on a wide variety of construction topics, but particularly those aimed at teaching how to avoid problems in construction and what to do when they do arise.


January 16 - Personnel

Title VII Exemptions

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination based on certain specified characteristics: race, color, national origin, sex, and religion. Areas that may give rise to violations include recruiting, hiring, promoting, transferring, training, disciplining, discharging, assigning work, measuring performance, or providing benefits. This webinar will cover the Title VII exemptions in the public employment context. Additional topics may be added.

Speaker: Robin Cross

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."


January 23 - Code Enforcement

Non-Conforming Uses and Equitable Defenses

After receiving a notice of violation from code enforcement, many homeowners respond by claiming, “But it’s been there forever!” This presentation will take a closer look at when such a defense is viable by analyzing non-conformities and equitable defenses like estoppel, vested rights, laches and impossibility with the goal of giving practitioners some takeaways on how to respond to or manage these defenses or raise them on behalf of a client.

Speaker: Jerrod Simpson

Jerrod Simpson is an Assistant City Attorney and the Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Tampa. He handles the city’s prosecution of ordinance violations in the Hillsborough County Court, both civil and criminal divisions. He also provides transactional legal assistance to the Code Enforcement Department as well as the Construction Services and Natural Resources divisions of the Development Services Department. Mr. Simpson has published articles regarding code enforcement in the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Municipal Lawyer Journal. Mr. Simpson attended law school at Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School at the Riverview, FL campus. He was a member of the Law Review and graduated Cum Laude.


January 28 - Land Use

Planning and Zoning 101

This presentation aims to serve as an introductory primer to various planning and zoning issues local governments routinely encounter. This presentation will provide some focus on drafting. Additional topics may be presented.

Speakers: Kim Mickelson & David Silverman

David Silverman has a thorough understanding of the zoning and entitlements process. His prior career as a professional planner informs his practice as an attorney, giving him an unprecedented understanding of the dynamics that influence the zoning and entitlement process. His multi-faceted professional background also provides public and private sector clients with advisory services that extend beyond legal representation to help them achieve their goals and objectives.

David is co-chair of Ancel Glink’s Zoning and Land Use Group and co-editor of the group’s e-newsletter, In the Zone. David also serves as moderator for the Zoning and Land Use Group’s Twitter site, @AncelGlinkLand.

David is involved with several organizations that promote better land use and development practices. David serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association as its Legislative Committee chair and serves as the Education and Outreach Chair for the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association. In addition, David is also a member of the Ely Chapter (Chicago) of Lambda Alpha International, Urban Land Institute, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Kimberly Mickelson is an attorney and planner with the City of Houston, TX and is the President of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Editor of A Guide to Urban Planning in Texas Communities. Her practice is concentrated in the representation of governmental and non-profit corporations. She specializes in and represents cities across Texas and in Illinois on land use matters, including zoning and platting, economic development, airport law, special districts, development agreements, and cemetery law. She is licensed in both Texas and Illinois, and writes and speaks frequently on planning and land use law issues nationally. She is also Visiting Associate Professor of Practice in the Master’s Program, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Ms. Mickelson is an honors graduate of the Plan II program at The University of Texas, and The University of Texas School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She attended Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, studied municipal and historic preservation at in Krakow, Poland during graduate school, and was a post-graduate research fellow at the University of Belgrade. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association and serves on the Government Law Section Council, the Texas City Attorney’s Association, the Houston Bar Association, the American Planning Association (APA), and the American Institute of Certified Planners. She serves on the University of Texas Libraries Council, and is a former board member of Preservation Texas and Preservation Chicago. In her spare time, she is active in neighborhood redevelopment and historical cemetery preservation issues, is a rabid Longhorn football fan, and an art quilter.


January 30 - Technology

Unmanned Aircraft Systems – The Law Around Drones

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

This presentation will discuss the law surrounding drone regulation including FAA mandates and the current restrictions on drones and the role of local governments in drone regulation and management. Additional topics may be presented.

Speakers: Al Catalano & Wes Wright

Albert Catalano has 30 years of experience in telecommunications regulatory and legislative matters, domestic and international joint ventures, litigation, and transactions involving communications, properties and investments. Mr. Catalano’s practice focuses on public safety, broadband and wireless communications and he frequently advises clients in matters related to FirstNet and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. He is experienced in spectrum relocation proceedings, FCC auctions, international and domestic satellite issues, equipment certifications, enforcement issues, technology transfer and licensing.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Catalano served as legal counsel with the Federal Communications Commission on wireless communications, information transfer, technology developments, licensing issues and international satellite matters. Mr. Catalano represented the Private Radio Bureau in enforcement proceedings before Administrative Law Judges. He participated in major rulemaking proceedings involving spectrum and regulations dealing with commercial, private and public safety operations. Mr. Catalano has worked with foreign partners and governments in the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, and other countries.

Wes Wright is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications compliance and enforcement matters.

Mr. Wright regularly counsels corporate clients on compliance matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions. He counsels clients on compliance with rules related to telecommunications service provider regulations, state tariff requirements, private wireless licensing, 911 reliability and call handling, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and other related obligations. He is a recognized expert on the FCC’s wireless spectrum rules. He recently has given several compliance-related seminars on a host of topics, including: the FCC’s 911 Reliability Rules, 911 Wireless Location Accuracy, Spectrum Licensing and Enforcement, Communications Tower Compliance Obligations and the FCC’s New Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

Mr. Wright also represents trade associations and corporate clients on policy matters before the FCC. He has advocated policy positions before the FCC on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Connect America Fund (CAF), municipal broadband preemption and many wireless spectrum rulemaking proceedings.

Mr. Wright also defends clients in FCC enforcement actions. He assists clients with all aspects of an FCC enforcement investigation. Mr. Wright has represented clients responding to an initial Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and guides them through the entire enforcement process. He has successfully convinced the FCC not to pursue enforcement actions for alleged rule violations and has negotiated settlements with the Commission that involve a reduced fine and no admission of wrongdoing.

Prior to rejoining Keller and Heckman in 2014, Mr. Wright worked as an in-house attorney for a telecommunications company where he advised the company’s subsidiaries on federal and state regulations governing the 9-1-1 industry, VoIP requirements, and other telecommunications compliance matters of interest.


February 4 - Code Enforcement

Human Trafficking and Nuisance Abatement

The presentation will discuss efforts combatting human trafficking via Red Light Abatement and Human Trafficking Posters required by Civil Code Section 52.6. It will also discuss San Diego’s partnerships and the strategies employed to combat human trafficking with San Diego Development Services Department, Code Enforcement Department specifically zoning and code violations and inspections, San Diego Police Department, Human Trafficking Taskforce, California Against Slavery and Trafficking and the Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Subcommittee.

Speakers: Bruce Pendleton & Patricia Miranda

Bruce Pendleton is a retired Detective Sergeant from the San Diego Police Department. Hired in 1990, some of his many assignments include working as a Patrol Officer and a SWAT Officer. In 1997 he was promoted to Detective and worked the following units: Narcotics Street Teams, Gangs and Homicide. In 2009 he was promoted to Sergeant. In 2013 he was assigned as a Detective Sergeant in the Vice Unit and in 2015 he was assigned to head the Department’s Cold Case Homicide and Adult Missing Persons Unit. Bruce retired in 2018 after 28 years of service. He currently works as an Investigator with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.

Patricia Miranda is the Supervising Deputy City Attorney. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Accountancy. Patricia earned her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. From May 2007 to October 2011, Patricia worked at the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney. In November 2011, Patricia joined the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. She worked in the General Trial, Domestic Violence & Sex Crimes, and Neighborhood Prosecutions Units. In August 2015, Patricia joined the Nuisance Abatement Unit (formerly Code Enforcement Unit) and has criminally and civilly prosecuted cases involving land-use, health and safety, and public nuisance. In June 2018, Patricia was promoted to Supervising Deputy City of the Nuisance Abatement unit. She works in partnership with Code Compliance personnel, police, council offices, and community groups to aggressively address code enforcement issues, public nuisance, and problem properties throughout San Diego. Patricia is also assigned as the Red Light Abatement deputy and addresses nuisance properties where the nuisance is created by prostitution and lewd activity.


February 11 - Construction Contracts

Differing Site Conditions: The Big Game of Shifting Risk

This session will first discuss the legal history of differing site conditions in the construction context. At the completion of the webinar, participants will be better prepared to identify potential differing construction site conditions, understand the various rights and remedies of the parties when disputes from differing construction site conditions arise, and will provide best practices related to dealing with differing site conditions.

Speakers: Roy Cooper, Steven Koller & Greg Holness

Roy Cooper is the Senior Vice President and leader of Arcadis’ Contract Solutions group in North America where he is responsible for all of Arcadis’ claims related service offerings including providing expert testimony, claims analysis, schedule review services, constructability reviews, cost estimating and quantitative risk assessment. Roy has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University along with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. Roy is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Texas. Roy has 30 years of construction experience, including the analysis and review of complex construction claims from the beginning stages through trial support and expert testimony. Roy can be reached at 860.503.1465 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve Koller is a Claims Analyst with 33 years of experience in the construction industry. He has spent the last 18 years analyzing and reviewing construction claims from the beginning stages through trial support. He has been involved with the evaluation of claims on numerous types of projects, including the evaluation of schedule impacts, analysis of damage claims and calculations, cost estimating, defective construction, and mediation and claims negotiation. Prior to joining Arcadis, Steve spent his career as a project superintendent working for a heavy highway contractor, estimator for a bituminous concrete and aggregate producer, and a project engineer for a general contractor focusing on K-12 construction. Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a specialization in Construction from Central Connecticut State University. Steve can be reached at 860.503.1514 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Greg Holness has more than 25 years of experience in construction and construction disputes, having held the titles of General Counsel, Project Director, Transportation Engineer, Claims Analyst and Project Manager. As an attorney and a professional engineer, Greg has represented clients in construction litigation, arbitration and mediation; created and managed project schedules; maintained budgets; overseen the design, procurement and installation processes; interacted with insurance companies and sureties; and advised corporate officers on diverse topics such as bid disputes, how to attract better vendors, regulatory compliance, and the company’s strategic vision.

Greg has analyzed and resolved all sorts of claims on public and private projects, ranging from small but difficult to resolve matters, to enormous multi-party litigation requiring many days of dispute resolution to close out. Greg's previous work at a large international design-build curtainwall subcontractor, several law firms and a department of transportation, has given him multiple perspectives which he draws upon when developing successful strategies for resolving disagreements. In addition, he has drafted and/or negotiated hundreds of construction and design contracts in his career, so he is intimately knowledgeable on the key terms that often are central to disputes.

Greg enjoys providing in-house training and giving lectures and seminars on a wide variety of construction topics, but particularly those aimed at teaching attendees how to avoid problems in construction and what to do when they do arise.


February 19 - Airport Law

Airport Law 101

This presentation will cover areas of airport law and management for municipal attorneys including land use entitlements, environmental impacts, and compliance with federal transportation regulations. Additional topics may be presented.

Speaker: Peter Kirsch

Peter Kirsch’s practice focuses on regulation and development of transportation infrastructure and other public sector projects. Peter represents clients ranging from local governments to the private sector and public interest groups in negotiations and litigation over land use entitlements, the environmental impacts of infrastructure projects, and compliance with federal transportation law and regulations. He litigates cases before administrative agencies, numerous state and federal trial and appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He represents airport sponsors and local governments before Congress and federal administrative agencies.

For 30 years, Peter has been involved in the development of airport infrastructure – including many of the new commercial airports in the United States as well as dozens of airport expansions, redevelopment projects, and development of land for non-aeronautical projects. He advises airports on financial matters, regulatory compliance, leasing, land use issues, environmental impacts, and relations with their host communities. He has litigated all of these issues in federal and state trial and appellate courts and in Part 16 proceedings before the FAA.

Increasingly, Peter provides counsel to airports on creative and precedent-setting revenue-generating projects in the development of land and in concession arrangements. Public-private partnerships have become a focus on his practice in recent years, and he has represented both airports and private sector investors in airport management and development projects.
For a wide range of infrastructure projects, Peter advises clients on compliance with federal environmental laws, with a particular focus on the National Environmental Policy Act and on the regulatory strings that come attached to federal funding of transportation infrastructure or use of federal lands.


February 20 - First Amendment

Tips and Defenses to Litigating the First Amendment

This presentation will discuss a broad range of First Amendment matters as examples of how to litigate and defend your city when you receive First Amendment challenges. Additional topics may be added.

Speakers: Deborah Fox & Meg Rosequist

Deborah Fox is the Chair of Meyers Nave’s statewide Trial and Litigation Practice Group and First Amendment Practice Group. Deborah’s practice includes trial and appellate work in state and federal courts, as well as extensive experience with administrative hearings and other proceedings before regulatory agencies. Her cases frequently involve issues that attract intense media attention and public scrutiny, including matters of first impression. Outside the courtroom, she provides day-to-day guidance to clients as they address a myriad of legal issues.

Deborah has handled a wide range of litigated matters, including those that involve First Amendment issues, land use, zoning, housing, general plans, coastal issues, CEQA, inverse condemnation, environmental claims, federal preemption, public records, elections and ballot initiatives, and civil rights claims for violations of substantive and procedural due process and equal protection. Her complex litigation experience includes multi-party and multi-district cases, civil litigations that are intertwined with pending criminal actions, and matters that require managing, researching, reviewing and interpreting extensive electronic information.

Deborah is one of California’s foremost experts on First Amendment issues, particularly those affecting the public sector. Her cases have involved commercial solicitation and panhandling ordinances, news rack restrictions, billboard and sign ordinances, public forum issues, parade and park regulations, adult use regulations, and regulation in compliance with the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Deborah authored an amicus brief on behalf of the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the American Planning Association in the Lamar Central Outdoor, LLC v. City of Los Angeles First Amendment related billboard case. Lamar involved the constitutionality of Los Angeles’s billboard regulations under the California Constitution. In a landmark opinion, the Second Appellate District upheld the ability of California cities and counties to continue using the onsite/offsite and commercial/noncommercial distinctions as a regulatory tool in their sign codes.

Deborah’s complex litigation experience includes recently defending the City of Palmdale in actions brought by more than 30 plaintiffs involving inverse condemnation, nuisance, negligence, and trespass claims as a result of a massive 2015 rain storm that caused substantial flash flooding and debris flow. The storm was rated to have a “return frequency” of 1000 years and overwhelmed the City’s public improvements. Successful resolutions included (1) negotiating the dismissal of Palmdale from one action within a few months of the filing of the action, (2) winning a dispositive motion for summary judgment in another case for judgment based on establishing that the epic storm was an intervening factor that broke the causal chain for liability and (3) obtaining a definitive legal ruling on a summary judgment motion that served as the catalyst to get the remaining cases settled and involved payment by the pooling entity with a minimal contribution from the City.

Her recent courtroom victories include California New Business Bureau, Inc. v. County of San Bernardino (Case No. CIVDS 1616334, Nov. 8, 2016). After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Meyers Nave drafted a constitutionally sound solicitation ordinance for the County. When that ordinance was challenged by CNBB, Meyers Nave obtained a complete victory in court for the County. CNBB brought suit after it received four administrative citations for violating the ordinance by soliciting business on the grounds around the County’s Hall of Justice. Meyers Nave successfully argued that the area around the Hall of Justice was not a public forum, and the Superior Court denied CNBB’s request for an injunction.

Deborah is frequently called upon to assist clients in emergency situations, such as those involving urgent public health issues. For example, she assisted the County of Los Angeles regarding the largest methane gas release in U.S. history. Deborah’s team parachuted in, assessed the legal landscape, and successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction allowing the 3,000 relocated families to remain in safe alternative housing.

Deborah speaks and writes about topical issues facing municipalities along with addressing the complex balance between various regulatory constraints and constitutional protections. Her speaking includes numerous presentations at conferences provided by the International Municipal Lawyers Association, League of California Cities, and County Counsels’ Association of California. Deborah is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of California, United States Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all U.S. District Courts in California.

Margaret (Meg) Rosequist is a member of Meyers Nave’s First Amendment Practice Group and Trial and Litigation Practice Group. Her practice focuses on both litigation and advisory work with an emphasis on complex constitutional law issues, as well as matters involving the California Public Records Act (CPRA) and Brown Act. Meg also has extensive experience drafting regulations in the First Amendment arena, such as sign ordinances, solicitation and panhandling restrictions, newsrack regulations, park and parade regulations and billboard ordinances.

Meg handles a broad range of First Amendment litigation matters and she recently authored the amicus brief on behalf of the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties and American Planning Association California Chapter in the pivotal case Lamar Central Outdoor, L.L.C. v. City of Los Angeles. The case involved the constitutionality of billboard regulations and in a major victory for municipalities throughout the state, the Second Appellate District upheld the ability of California cities and counties to continue using the onsite/offsite and commercial/noncommercial distinctions as a regulatory tool in their sign codes.
In addition to litigation matters, Meg provides guidance to clients on updating and drafting regulations to meet the complex and nuanced requirements under First Amendment jurisprudence and to be well positioned against possible future litigation challenges to those regulations. Her advisory work includes a wide variety of regulations that impact activity such as loitering, solicitation, panhandling, vending, picketing, leafleting, signs, parades and other special events. In consideration of new rulings in the First Amendment arena, Meg recently drafted ordinances for the regulation of activity on roadway medians and a Hall of Records Campus, the latter of which was also successfully defended in court against a preliminary injunction request.

Meg is a frequent presenter on First Amendment issues and has published articles and presented at numerous conferences hosted by the International Municipal Lawyers Association, League of California Cities, and County Counsels’ Association of California, among others. Meg also recently wrote an article for the League of California Cities’ Western City magazine that analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert. Meg regularly assists municipal clients in addressing the challenges of updating their sign codes and solicitation regulations to comply with the standards set forth in Reed.


February 26 - Preemption

Home Rule for the 21st Century

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

In January, the National League of Cities is publishing Principles of Home Rule for the Twenty-First Century, a new vision for local government legal authority and relationship to states. This legal framework, which include a model constitutional home rule article and commentary, is the first comprehensive effort since 1953 to re-image home rule, and is intended to serve as the foundation for meaningful law reform within the states. This webinar will describe the origins of this model constitutional article in light of the history of home rule reform; explain the substance and details of the new approach to home rule; and explore possibilities for change moving forward.

Speaker: Nestor Davidson

Nestor M. Davidson holds the Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law at Fordham Law School, where he serves as the faculty director of the Urban Law Center.  Professor Davidson has published widely in the fields of state and local government law, property, and affordable housing law and policy.  Professor Davidson practiced with the firm of Latham and Watkins, focusing on commercial real estate and affordable housing, and served as Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Professor Davidson earned his AB from Harvard College and his JD from Columbia Law School.


February 27 - Telecommunications

Development and Deployment of Municipal Broadband: Securing Funding and Other Considerations

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

Given the increase in the importance of broadband access, some municipalities have considered developing their own broadband networks. These municipal broadband networks are a public utility available to residents, especially in rural areas where high speed connectivity is scarce. Building and managing a broadband network is often an expensive endeavor. This webinar will discuss the fundamentals of developing and deploying municipal broadband as well as how to secure funding. Additional topics may be presented.

Speakers: Al Catalano, Wes Wright & Doug Jarrett

Albert Catalano has 30 years of experience in telecommunications regulatory and legislative matters, domestic and international joint ventures, litigation, and transactions involving communications, properties and investments. Mr. Catalano’s practice focuses on public safety, broadband and wireless communications and he frequently advises clients in matters related to FirstNet and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. He is experienced in spectrum relocation proceedings, FCC auctions, international and domestic satellite issues, equipment certifications, enforcement issues, technology transfer and licensing.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Catalano served as legal counsel with the Federal Communications Commission on wireless communications, information transfer, technology developments, licensing issues and international satellite matters. Mr. Catalano represented the Private Radio Bureau in enforcement proceedings before Administrative Law Judges. He participated in major rulemaking proceedings involving spectrum and regulations dealing with commercial, private and public safety operations. Mr. Catalano has worked with foreign partners and governments in the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, and other countries.

Wes Wright is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications compliance and enforcement matters.

Mr. Wright regularly counsels corporate clients on compliance matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions. He counsels clients on compliance with rules related to telecommunications service provider regulations, state tariff requirements, private wireless licensing, 911 reliability and call handling, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and other related obligations. He is a recognized expert on the FCC’s wireless spectrum rules. He recently has given several compliance-related seminars on a host of topics, including: the FCC’s 911 Reliability Rules, 911 Wireless Location Accuracy, Spectrum Licensing and Enforcement, Communications Tower Compliance Obligations and the FCC’s New Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

Mr. Wright also represents trade associations and corporate clients on policy matters before the FCC. He has advocated policy positions before the FCC on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Connect America Fund (CAF), municipal broadband preemption and many wireless spectrum rulemaking proceedings.

Mr. Wright also defends clients in FCC enforcement actions. He assists clients with all aspects of an FCC enforcement investigation. Mr. Wright has represented clients responding to an initial Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and guides them through the entire enforcement process. He has successfully convinced the FCC not to pursue enforcement actions for alleged rule violations and has negotiated settlements with the Commission that involve a reduced fine and no admission of wrongdoing.

Prior to rejoining Keller and Heckman in 2014, Mr. Wright worked as an in-house attorney for a telecommunications company where he advised the company’s subsidiaries on federal and state regulations governing the 9-1-1 industry, VoIP requirements, and other telecommunications compliance matters of interest.

Douglas Jarrett represents associations, major corporations and entrepreneurs before the FCC on policy making, licensing and enforcement matters and leverages this expertise and his industry insights in representing clients in telecommunications transactions and in negotiating a broad range of telecommunications-related agreements. His clients include dark fiber network operators, wireless site operators, specialized domestic and international services providers, emerging broadband services providers, and critical infrastructure companies.

Mr. Jarrett is an expert in domestic telecommunications regulation and wireless matters, representing associations and companies on a range of telecommunications regulatory and transactional matters, including spectrum acquisitions and dark fiber leases and IRUs. Douglas represents services providers on Federal Universal Service Fund contribution matters, including USAC audits. Mr. Jarrett represented a leading trading association in the FCC proceedings in which the rules and policies governing the 2018 CAF II reverse auction were adopted and represented a consortium of winning bidders in the auction.

Mr. Jarrett represents enterprises in negotiating domestic and global telecommunications services agreements with the major wireline and wireless carriers. He counsels MDU owners, developers and venue operators in negotiating access and marketing agreements with broadband services providers and with the major wireless carriers for in-building wireless connectivity.

Douglas is a frequent speaker at technology and telecommunications conferences and a contributor to BeyondTelecomLawBlog and industry publications.


March 3 - Telecommunications

New FCC Proceeding Exempting Cell Tower/Radio Tower Expansions from Local Approval

*90 Minutes*

A current FCC proceeding may exempt many more changes to cell tower/radio tower sites from complying with state and local laws, including weakening/preempting compliance with health and safety-related codes and requirements.  This would significantly expand the preemption set forth in the FCC’s 2014 Wireless Siting Order.  The program will cover the 2014 Order (briefly), the expanded preemption being considered and significant municipal concerns and objections to such expansion.

Speakers: John Pestle & Jonathan Kramer

John Pestle is the Chair of the Telecommunications Group at the Varnum law firm and is admitted to practice in Michigan and Arizona. For twenty three years he has represented municipalities and private property owners nationwide on cell tower leases. John is a graduate of Harvard College, Yale Graduate School, and the University of Michigan Law School. Among his many qualifications, John held an FCC license to work on radio, TV and ship radar transmitters and was Chair of the Municipal Lawyers Section of the Michigan Bar. He has received the "Member of the Year" award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, and a "Special Award of Merit" from the Michigan Municipal League for his work representing municipalities on cable and telecommunications matters. For the Varnum web page on cell towers go to https://www.varnumlaw.com/services-industries-cell-towers and for John's cell tower blog go to www.varnumlaw.com/blogs/cell-phone-tower/ and scroll to “Publications”.

Jonathan Kramer is the principal attorney of Telecom Law Firm in Los Angeles. Since 1984 as a consultant, and 2006 as an attorney, he has advised more than 800 government agencies regarding wireless and broadband matters. Telecom Law Firm works for governments and private landlords around the country crafting reasonably fair wireless site leases. The firm has made a mark detecting and collecting rent-in-arrears for overoccupancy at lease sites, which is a frequent occurrence, and has resulted in 6 to 6-figure collections of back rent and interest, and increased rent going forward. Jonathan co-authored and edited the FCC’s publication for local government officials on radio frequency emissions safety, and at the request of the FCC he is presently revising and expanding it. Kramer holds a bunch of FCC licenses and telecom industry engineering certifications. Jonathan is admitted to practice in California and New Mexico and holds a LL.M degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law.


March 5 - Personnel

ADA and Animals in the Workplace

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires reasonable accommodations for the disabled, but how far does that extend when it comes to service animals in the workplace? This webinar will cover topics including the distinction between service animals, therapy animals, emotional support animals, and pets; which animals must be allowed; what the requirements are for the different categories of animals; courses of action that are recommended versus mandatory; and how to mitigate between the ADA’s requirements and the concerns for other individuals in the office (e.g. allergies, distractions, phobias). Other topics may be included in addition to those provided in the description.

Speaker: Robin Cross

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."


March 11 - Technology

Ransomware and Local Governments: Do Not be Held Hostage!

*70 Minutes*

Municipalities are often the target of hackers seeking financial gain from extortion. These unforeseen incidents wreak havoc on governmental operations and bring functionality to a standstill. The aim of this webinar is to assist local government attorneys and officials in anticipating and defending against future intrusions. Additional topics may be included.

Speakers: Lawrence Lee & Christopher Johnson

Lawrence Lee provides employers with the best practical and compliant solutions to difficult workplace issues. He helps his clients comply with state and federal employment laws in order to minimize potential liability to their businesses and operations. If an audit, agency action or lawsuit arises, Larry applies years of experience to defend his clients and their employment practices to the best resolution possible.

He represents employers on potential and actual claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, misclassification of workers or wages, workplace safety citations as well as employment contract issues. Further, Larry provides advice on hiring practices, decisions to discipline or terminate, proper pay procedures and OSHA and workplace safety issues.

If called upon, he assesses cases and counsels on best practices, updates employment policies and handbooks, and restrictive covenants for corporate clients. When management needs a straight-forward approach to managing workplace risks, Larry offers practical alternatives to meet their business objectives while providing protective measures for his clients.

As an experienced litigator, Larry has successfully tried employment lawsuits before juries, judges and arbitrators. He defends employers in federal and state courts as well as administrative proceedings against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as well as claims of breach of contract and alleged violations of federal and state wage laws asserted by former employees.
Larry is well-versed in representing clients in a variety of industries, including health care, retail, commercial and residential construction, commercial real estate, hospitality/ restaurant, tech industry, engineering, public entity, law firms and 501(c)(3)s.

Before entering private practice Larry served as a senior employment attorney in employment and litigation for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and the Adams County and Arvada City Attorney’s offices in Colorado specializing in defending employment discrimination lawsuits and advising public officials on workplace matters.

Christopher Johnson an associate in the firm’s Corporate Services practice group, has extensive experience representing companies of all sizes on a wide range of commercial transactions. Christopher’s practice is primarily focused on the representation of corporate clients in several industries with regard to mergers and acquisitions, organizational formation and structure, venture and equity capital, public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, securities filings and periodic reporting, corporate governance, and other general business transactions and operational matters.

As former in-house counsel for a publicly traded bank holding company and its subsidiary bank, Christopher possesses a unique appreciation for his clients’ focus on bottom line results, and takes a pragmatic approach to providing efficient and responsive service.

Before joining Armstrong Teasdale, Christopher was in private practice at another Denver area law firm, where he represented public and private entities and financial institutions regarding transactional and regulatory matters.
Prior to that, he served as vice president and assistant general counsel at a publicly traded bank holding company with operations in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. While there, he counseled members of executive management on legal issues related to corporate governance, SEC reporting and regulation, banking and financial regulation, commercial and consumer lending, employment law, litigation, privacy and information security, and real estate.


March 17 - Construction Contracts

How Design Documents Can Cause or Prevent Claims

This session will discuss the types of design documents and stages of design development along with the common problems that can cause design claims. Participants will learn the legal considerations in assessing design liability, the allocation of design risk and the ways to minimize the risk and cost of resolving construction claims arising from design issues.

Speakers: Roy Cooper & Greg Holness

Roy Cooper is a Senior Vice President and leader of Arcadis’ Contract Solutions group in North America where he is responsible for all of Arcadis’ claims related service offerings including providing expert testimony, claims analysis, schedule review services, constructability reviews, cost estimating and quantitative risk assessment. Roy has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University along with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. He is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Roy has nearly 30 years of construction experience, including the analysis and review of complex construction claims from the beginning stages through trial support and expert testimony.

Roy has led large-scale claims evaluation assignments of almost every type, including the evaluation of schedule impacts, cost impact analysis, mediation, and claims negotiation, and has been qualified as an expert on both horizontal and vertical type projects.

Prior to joining Arcadis Roy spent his career as a project superintendent and engineer on high profile projects, several of which he was responsible for all aspects of construction. His years of field and management experience have provided him with the ability to quickly identify and solve complex construction issues. Due to his background, Roy also often gets engaged when disputes arise during construction, to act as a real-time problem solver and identify schedule and cost mitigation measures.

Roy is an accomplished public speaker and is often invited to speak at seminars on construction claims and managing projects more effectively.

Greg Holness has more than 25 years of experience in construction and construction disputes, having held the titles of Project Director, Transportation Engineer, Claims Analyst, Project Manager, and General Counsel. As a professional engineer and an attorney, Greg has created and managed schedules; maintained budgets; overseen the design, procurement and installation processes; interacted with insurance companies and sureties; handled construction litigations; and advised corporate officers on diverse topics such as bid disputes, how to attract better vendors, regulatory compliance, and the company’s strategic vision.

Greg has analyzed and resolved all sorts of claims on public and private projects, ranging from small but difficult to resolve matters, to enormous multi-party litigations requiring many days of dispute resolution to close out. Greg's previous work at a department of transportation, an international large design-build curtainwall subcontractor, and several law firms (where he represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers and sureties), has given him multiple perspectives which he uses to draw upon when developing a successful strategies for resolving disagreements. In addition, he has drafted and negotiated hundreds of construction and design contracts in his career, so he is intimately knowledgeable on the key terms that often are central to disputes.

Greg enjoys providing in-house training and giving lectures and seminars on a wide variety of construction topics, but particularly those aimed at teaching how to avoid problems in construction and what to do when they do arise.


March 24 - Fair Housing

Tips and Defenses to FHA Violations when Adhering to State Zoning/Building Laws

This presentation will address how to defend and litigate Fair Housing Act Violations against your municipality. This presentation will provide a focus on such a defense while adhering to state building codes and other similar state requirements. Additional topics may be covered.

Speaker: Brian Connolly

Brian J. Connolly is a shareholder in the Land Use, Litigation, and Real Estate practice groups at Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. There, he represents public- and private-sector clients in matters relating to zoning, planning, development entitlements and other complex regulatory issues. Brian’s practice encompasses a broad range of land use matters including zoning compliance, rezonings and other regulatory amendments, planned-unit developments, development agreements, private covenants and restrictions, land use and zoning litigation, initiatives and referenda associated with land use approvals, and real estate transactions. Brian has received national recognition for his work on First Amendment issues associated with local government regulation, including signs and outdoor advertising, and his work on fair housing matters in local planning and zoning, particularly in the area of housing for people with disabilities.

In addition to his work at the firm, Brian is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, where he teaches Land Use Planning. Prior to practicing law, Brian was an urban planner in the planning department of Westchester County, New York. Brian also worked in planning capacities at the federal and municipal government levels.

Brian writes and speaks on land use law topics nationally and regionally, and is active in professional organizations. Brian has served as the editor or co-author of three books, including Local Government, Land Use, and the First Amendment: Protecting Free Speech and Expression (ABA Publishing 2017) and Group Homes: Strategies for Effective and Defensible Planning and Regulation (ABA Publishing 2014), addressing the planning and local zoning issues associated with group homes for people with disabilities. Brian serves on the advisory board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, and is the elected Secretary-Treasurer of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Law Division.


March 25 - Land Use & Code Enforcement

Mobile Homes

This presentation will address unique issues with code enforcement and land use involving mobile homes. Additional topics may be presented.

Speaker: Julian Grant

Julian Grant is a Senior Legal Editor for Thomson Reuters in their Practical Law Government Practice division. Julian came from government service as Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Corpus Christi, TX, representing the Planning Commission in its rewrite of the Comprehensive Plan.  He served as the first in-house City Attorney of Kyle, TX and as Deputy City Attorney of Temple, TX. He was the Chief Municipal attorney for the State of Texas for a decade as head of the Texas Attorney General’s Local Government Section. Julian is co-chair of the Finance & Economic Development Section of IMLA and co-chair of the Land Use section. He is an IMLA Local Government Fellow, serving as test question writer and grader. He participates in IMLA's International Section, having spoken in Prague and visited Cuba and Israel.  He has given papers at other IMLA conferences, including on open meetings and economic development.


March 31 - Code Enforcement

Enforcing Quality of Life Laws After Martin v. City of Boise

Camping ordinances, sit and lie laws, and other quality of life laws were greatly impacted by the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Martin v. City of Boise. As a result of this decision, there are many questions around enforcement of these quality of life laws. This presentation will discuss not only the decision in Martin v. City of Boise, but also address its impact on other quality of life laws. Additional topics may be presented.

Speakers: Joseph Tartakovsky & Samuel Eckman

Joseph Tartakovsky is a senior associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He practices in the firm’s Litigation and Appellate and Constitutional Law groups.

He recently returned to the firm after serving as Nevada’s first Deputy Solicitor General, where his roles including supervising the state’s appeals docket, developing legal strategy in critical litigation, and advising the Nevada Attorney General on legal policy. He represented the State of Nevada in select matters of statewide or national significance, in both state and federal courts at all levels. Substantive areas of his litigation included federal and state constitutional law, free speech, public lands, elections, false claims, habeas corpus, endangered species, takings, mining, religious liberty, and firearms.

Mr. Tartakovsky regularly litigated against and alongside federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Interior. He was also responsible for defending numerous Nevada statutes against constitutional challenge, including statutes on school choice, elected-official recalls, and taxation. He also coordinated of nationwide litigation and amicus efforts with other state officials.

Mr. Tartakovsky has personally argued numerous appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Nevada Supreme Court. Selected appellate arguments presented by him include:

Ninth Circuit

  • Bd. of Trustees of Glazing Health & Welfare Tr. v. Chambers, 903 F.3d 829 (9th Cir. 2018) (ERISA preemption)
  • England v. Walsh, 727 Fed. Appx. 255 (9th Cir. 2018) (free exercise and Nation of Islam)
  • Moonin v. Tice, 868 F.3d 853 (9th Cir. 2017) (prior restraint and police officer free speech)
  • Hiser v. Nev. Dep’t of Corr., 708 Fed. Appx. 297 (9th Cir. 2017) (false imprisonment and due process)
  • Tarbuck v. Nevada, 691 Fed. Appx. 426 (9th Cir. 2017) (Title VII retaliation)
  • Reberger v. Baker, 657 Fed. Appx. 681 (9th Cir. 2016) (Prison Litigation Reform Act)
  • DeBarr v. Clark, 648 Fed. Appx. 706 (9th Cir. 2016) (religious liberty)

Nevada Supreme Court and Nevada Court of Appeals

  • K-Kel, Inc. v. Nev. Dep’t of Taxation, 412 P.3d 15 (Nev. 2018) (free speech and taxation)
  • Andrew v. Coster, 408 P.3d 559 (Nev. 2017), cert. denied, 138 S. Ct. 2634 (Nev. 2018) (constitutionality of medical malpractice law)
  • Morrow v. LeGrand, 393 P.3d 659 (Nev. 2017) (Public Records Act)
  • Centofanti v. Aranas, 2017 WL 6547435 (Nev. App. Dec. 14, 2017) (prisoner medical care)
  • Elko Cty. v. Deputy Dir. of the Governor’s Office of Energy, 386 P.3d 995 (Nev. 2016) (tax abatements for geothermal power)

Mr. Tartakovsky is the author of The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds that Shaped America’s Supreme Law (Encounter Books, 2018), an Amazon #1 bestseller in constitutional law.

Mr. Tartakovsky is a frequent commentator on legal and constitutional issues. His op-eds include “The Culture That Sustains America’s Constitution,” Wall Street Journal (July 2, 2018); “An enlightened California judge paved the way to fight Trump’s travel ban more than a century ago,” Los Angeles Times (June 3, 2018); “231 years ago this week, work began on the most important document in American history,” Fox News (May 24, 2018); “Dickens v. Lawyers,” New York Times (Feb. 5, 2012).

A former magazine editor and literary journalist, he has taught courses on legal writing. He was named the James Wilson Fellow in Constitutional Law at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and is a past fellow of the California Constitution Center at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Mr. Tartakovsky’ s recent speaking engagements include:

  • Speaker, “The Lives of the Constitution,” Portland Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. Portland, Oregon, May, 2, 2019.
  • Panelist, “Campus Liberty, Free Speech and the U.S. Constitution,” The Sacramento Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Sacramento, CA, April 23, 2019.
  • Speaker, “Will Our Constitutional Culture Survive?,” Houston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. Houston, Texas, September, 27, 2018.
  • Speaker, “The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds That Shaped America’s Supreme Law,” The Commonwealth Club. San Francisco, CA, July 9, 2018.
  • Speaker, “The Lives of the Constitution with Book Author Joseph Tartakovsky,” Los Angeles Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. Los Angeles, CA, June 20, 2018.
  • C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Interviewee, “Joseph Tartakovsky on Key Figures Who Shaped the Constitution.” San Francisco and Washington D.C., May 3, 2018.
  • C-SPAN’s Book TV, Book event, “Joseph Tartakovsky, Author of The Lives of the Constitution,” University Club. Washington D.C., April 24, 2018.

Mr. Tartakovsky clerked for Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He received his law degree from Fordham Law School, Order of the Coif, where he was a Mary Daly Scholar and the recipient of both the Mary Louise Condon and the Henrietta Metcalf Prizes. Mr. Tartakovsky graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth, Tenth, and Fifth Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of California, Central District of California, and District of Nevada.

Samuel Eckman is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law and Class Actions practice groups. Among other high-profile representations, Samuel played an instrumental role in securing a unanimous victory in the United States Supreme Court earlier this year in National Association of African American-Owned Media v. Comcast, the reversal by the Ninth Circuit of an order certifying a 350,000+ class to pursue wage-and-hour claims against Uber, and the abandonment of an effort by the Department of Justice to force Apple to construct a “backdoor” into iPhones.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Eckman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Honorable Alex Kozinski, then-Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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