George Adams, Partner, Fisher Phillips
George Adams is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Louisville, Kentucky office.  His practice is devoted exclusively to advising and representing employers in labor and employment matters in a wide range of states and industries.  For nearly 20 years he has helped employers comply with local, state, and federal laws, trained supervisors and managers, and defended employers against lawsuits, administrative charges, and union grievances.  George advises employers on a wide range of issues, including harassment, discrimination, FMLA, ADA, wage and hour, union organizing, and collective bargaining.  He enjoys helping employers develop and enforce practical and effective policies, practices, and training.  George frequently speaks and writes on labor and employment issues, is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has repeatedly been listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a Kentucky Super Lawyer.

David D. Black, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Black is a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl. With over 625 attorneys in 23 cities, Dinsmore has the resources, experience and knowledge to help clients accomplish their objectives throughout the U.S. With more than 60 attorneys in Louisville, Dinsmore brings the home-grown legal skills and depth of experience clients rely on to do business in the Louisville region. As a go-to law firm for many of the region’s most successful companies, attorneys in Dinsmore’s Louisville office help enterprises grow and succeed, whether it’s protecting intellectual assets, streamlining an acquisition or providing labor and employment advice. The Lexington office features 40 attorneys who focus on corporate and transactional matters, natural resources, commercial real estate and financing, estate planning, business litigation, employment law and environmental law. Black joined Dinsmore in 1995, after clerking for U.S.D.C. Judge William O. Bertelsman. For more than 20 years, he has worked with Kentucky employers handling various labor and employment issues. He devotes a substantial amount of his practice advising employers on workers’ compensation issues and defending workers’ compensation claims throughout the Commonwealth.

Steven Clark, Associate Attorney, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Steven practices Labor and Employment law at Stoll Keenon Ogden. He represents employers in a wide variety of workplace issues, including discrimination claims, wage and hour disputes, compliance and prevention. Prior to joining Stoll Keenon Ogden, Steven worked as a law clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court and a federal district court. Steven earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

James D. Cockrum, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Since 1987, Cockrum has represented a wide range of employers ‐ from Fortune 100 companies to sole proprietors getting their first start. He has successfully defended lawsuits involving employment discrimination, the application of collective bargaining agreements to the construction of $100,000,000 facilities and wage and hour claims of all shapes and sizes. He has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in peer and professional groups, including Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” and Kentucky Superlawyers. Cockrum lectures throughout Kentucky and the region, including Labor and Employment Law Updates sponsored by local and district associations of Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations, the Mid‐American Human Resources Symposium, various private agencies and employers, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, and at the annual meetings of our Kentucky Society of Human Resource Managers. Cockrum speaks annually for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and is consistently one of the highest-rated speakers by seminar attendees.

Cynthia L. Effinger, Senior Lawyer, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC
Cynthia L. Effinger has practiced law throughout Kentucky since her graduation from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1998. Ms. Effinger’s practice is concentrated in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She also has experience with First Amendment litigation, securities litigation and complex litigation. Her employment law practice is focused on drafting employment manuals and policies, social media, wage and hour, non-compete agreements and workplace discrimination. Ms. Effinger is frequently asked to present seminars on employment law topics for various news publications and businesses. She is the author of several employment articles and a frequent blogger on the McBrayer Employment Law Blog (

Benjamin J. Evans, Partner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Evans works in the Firm's Louisville office. An attorney, he concentrates his practice in employee benefits law, including qualified retirement plans, employee welfare benefit plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, COBRA, health care reform, and ERISA-related litigation. He also provides advice regarding benefits issues in corporate transactions, correcting errors in the administration of employee benefit plans, and dividing retirement benefits in divorce. Evans is the Vice Chair of the ESOP Sub-Committee of the ABA Tax Section. He was on the Executive Committee of the Louisville Employee Benefits Council from 2010 through 2015.  He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Philosophy and Medieval Studies, and Notre Dame Law School, J.D., Cum Laude.

Raymond C. Haley III, Partner, Fisher Phillips
Haley is a partner in the Louisville office of Fisher Phillips and has practiced labor & employment law for more than 30 years. He represents employers in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and rehabilitative services. His representation of clients involves defense of all forms of civil rights and wrongful discharge claims in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration of labor disputes.  He regularly advises clients concerning compliance with virtually all employment-based state and federal mandates, union related matters and state and federal wage and hour advice and litigation. Haley is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been listed in Kentucky Super Lawyers since 2007, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition – 2010, The Best Lawyers In America since 2006, and Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2004.

Lyle Hanna, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President and CEO, Hanna Resource Group
As founder and President of HRG, Hanna utilizes 35+ years of experience to assist clients with strategic design and implementation of a wide range of programs including compensation systems, employee engagement, and HR planning. Previously, he held leadership roles including Managing Director for the Compensation, Benefits & Retirement Group for Palmer & Cay, Principal and Global Business Development Consultant with Mercer, and Director of HR for Jerrico, Inc. Hanna founded Best Places to Work in Kentucky, is heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity, and has chaired both the KY Chamber and KY SHRM. A graduate from the College of Wooster, he has achieved lifetime SPHR certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as earned the SHRM Senior Certified Profession (SHRM-SCP) designation.

Mauritia G. Kamer, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Mauritia counsels employers on preventative practices to minimize workplace disputes, including advising employers on issues relating to employee handbooks and policies, employee relations, internal complaints and investigations, FMLA and ADA issues, as well as other employment issues which employers face routinely. She also provides training for attorneys, executives, human resources professionals, and managers on best EEO practices, preventing harassment/discrimination, and avoiding employment litigation claims. She also has extensive knowledge in the workforce authorization compliance area. She provides advice relating to I-9 compliance, corporate best practices during the hiring process, and emerging federal, state and local laws and regulations. Mauritia has significant jury trial experience and appears in state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as various state and local FEP agencies. She handles claims arising under Title VII, ADA, FMLA and The Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

LaToi D. Mayo, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.
LaToi D. Mayo has advised, counseled and defended employers in regard to labor, employment and immigration matters for over 15 years. She has successfully litigated in both state and federal court and in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, Workers’ Compensation Board, Kentucky Unemployment Commission, and Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. LaToi also has a background in obtaining employment related visas for employers and defending and managing wage and hour class actions. Working most frequently with manufacturers, health care employees, financial institutions and local city governments, LaToi has notable expertise with discrimination issues arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.  LaToi routinely presents at seminars focusing on labor, employment and immigration topics for a variety of professional organizations in Kentucky.

Laura Mays, J.D., Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Laura Mays is an attorney for Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and practices in the areas of insurance defense, medical practice defense, products liability, premise liability, employment litigation, and toxic tort litigation. She has extensive experience defending management and corporate clients against employment-related claims and has litigated numerous discrimination and retaliation claims. Ms. Mays received her juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of Kentucky and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Georgetown College.

Douglas L. McSwain, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Douglas L. McSwain has been a litigator, legal advisor, speaker, and writer in constitutional, administrative, civil rights, employment, healthcare, trade, and business law for over 30 years. McSwain has been named a “Best Lawyer in America,” “Kentucky Super Lawyer” and "Top Rated Lawyer" in health care law, civil rights law, and first amendment issues, labor, employment, municipal and appellate litigation. Best Lawyers recently named him 2017’s “Lawyer of the Year” in employment law in central Kentucky.  He is an experienced trial lawyer and communicator and speaks or writes frequently on all aspects of employment law, employee benefits, and healthcare law for medical and care providers, employers, businesses, insurance agents and brokers, lawyers, judges, and accountants.  McSwain is a partner with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Amy Miles, Associate, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Amy is an Associate in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Labor, Employment, & Employee Benefits practice group, where she assists business and organizations with a variety of workplace matters both in the courtroom and the board room. Amy advises national and regional clients on employee claims prevention, including wage and hour issues, employee leave matters, reasonable accommodations, hiring and firing practices, and negotiating employment agreements. Amy also represents employers responding to claims of discrimination, retaliation, employment contract disputes, wrongful discharge lawsuits, and wage and hour issues. Before joining SKO, Amy was a law clerk to the Honorable Candace J. Smith, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Sherry Porter, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Sherry Porter has more than twenty years of experience in the employee benefits field.  She began her legal career as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration, where she conducted investigations to ensure compliance with ERISA and related laws and negotiated compliance agreements to correct violations.  Ms. Porter regularly advises clients on legislation affecting employee benefit plans, such as HIPAA privacy and security rules and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She concentrates her law practice in the areas of employee benefits, including retirement plans, health and welfare plans, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, and executive compensation arrangements.  Ms. Porter also has extensive experience in handling and negotiating benefits issues in corporate and transactional matters.

Matt Rueff, J.D., Vice President, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Bio coming soon.

Ashli Watts, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Ashli Watts was named the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at the Kentucky Chamber in October 2017. She joined the staff of the Kentucky Chamber in November 2012 as a Manager of Public Affairs specializing in health care policy. In October 2014, she was promoted to the position of Director of Public Affairs, and in April of 2016 she was named Vice President of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the Chamber, Watts worked at the Kentucky Bar Association and the Legislative Research Commission. She graduated from Campbellsville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History in 2004 and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Louisville. Ashli lives in Frankfort with her husband Ryan and their two children.


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