Annual Gala

On Wednesday, June 23, we will gather to toast another incredible year of strong advocacy for workers and honor three of your colleagues for their inspiring contributions to the NELA community and the cause of justice for workers: Janice Goodman (NY), M. Megan O’Malley (IL), and Kira Fonteneau (AL).

Janice Goodman

M. Megan O’Malley

Kira Fonteneau

NELA is privileged to recognize Janice Goodman, one of NELA’s leading lights and a pioneer in the field of plaintiffs’ employment law. Janice has had an impressive and storied career, successfully litigating many important Title VII class actions on behalf of women and minorities. Her immeasurable contributions include serving as General Editor of NELA’s three-volume treatise, Employee Rights Litigation: Pleading and Practice, which remains the preeminent resource for workers’ rights advocates. Janice is a former NELA Board Member, a former NELA Vice President, and a founding member of NELA.

Promoting a fair judiciary is central to NELA’s mission, and Megan O’Malley is a driving force of NELA’s Judicial Nominations Program. We are proud to honor Megan for her powerful leadership as Co-Chair of NELA’s Judicial Nominations Committee (JNC) since 2014. As one of our staunchest advocates for a fair and independent judiciary, Megan has been leading our charge for experiential, as well as demographic, diversity on the federal bench tirelessly for many years. Megan has practiced employment law for more than 20 years and is a former President of NELA/Illinois.

We are delighted that Kira Fonteneau will be receiving NELA’s inaugural Spotlight Award recognizing a NELA leader who represents our future. Kira’s dedication to justice for workers and contributions to our community nationally and locally have been, and will continue to be, essential to advancing workers’ rights and empowering workers’ rights advocates. She serves on the NELA-Alabama Board and has been on the faculty of the 2019 NELA Convention and NELA’s Fall 2020 seminar, Race And National Origin Discrimination In The Workplace. She is the President of the Alabama Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, was Chair of the American Diabetes Association’s National Legal Advocacy Sub-Committee, and serves on the Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners.

Please join us in celebrating our outstanding honorees by sponsoring NELA’s 2021 Gala. As a Gala sponsor, you also will build NELA’s influence in our nation’s capital, its courtrooms, and everywhere we can make a difference for workers. We are pleased to offer a range of sponsorship opportunities, including advertising in NELA’s online 2021 Convention Ad Gallery, which will be included on NELA’s main website through January 15, 2022 and promoted widely to NELA members, attendees at CLE events, and followers on social media.


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Founder’s Circle

President’s Cabinent



Angelone Law Offices, LLC
Bantle & Levy, LLP
Brickley Law
Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP
The Buenker Law Firm
Cashdan & Kane, PLLC
Clifford & Clifford, LLC
Carmen Comsti
Cornish & Dell’Olio, PC
Crews Law Firm, PC
Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, PC
Dow Golub Remels & Gilbreath, PLLC
Elzer Law Firm LLC
William H. Ewing, Arbitrator
Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP
Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC
Patrick M. Flynn, PC
Gardner Employment Law
Karla Gilbride
Law Offices of Janice Goodman
Green Savits, LLC
Halunen Law
Hartley Michon Robb Hannon LLP
Hill & Associates, PC
Holland & Associates, PC
Hommel Law Firm

Law Office of Deborah H. Karpatkin
Michael J. Leech, Talk Sense Mediation
Law Office of David Lichtenstein, LLC
Law Office of Guy D. Loranger
McCracken Law Office
Neyhart Anderson Flynn & Grosboll
Nina T. Pirrotti
Pontikes Law LLC
Patricia A. Podolec
Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP
Elizabeth A. Rodgers
Andrew Schmidt Law PLLC
Shellist | Lazarz | Slobin LLP
Office of Catherine Simmons-Gill, LLC In Honor Of Megan O’Malley
Smith Himmelmann, AAL ALC
Strelka Employment Law
Sud Law PC
Geraldine Sumter® by Nancy Richards-Stower
Thomas A. Warren Law Offices, PL
Webster & Fredrickson, PLLC
Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
The Wood Law Office, LLC
Zipin, Amster & Greenberg, LLC


N. Sue Allen
Kelly Applegate Law
Paul G. Beers
Bennett & Belfort, PC
Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
Law Office of David L. Cooper, PC
Crumiller PC
The Day Law Practice, LLC
Law Office of Denise DeBelle
The Dugger Law Firm, PLLC
Edwards Law LLC
Employee Rights Group
The Erlich Law Office, PLLC
The Fish Law Firm, PC
Maria Fox, MittelAsen, LLC
Jamie S. Franklin, Supervising Attorney of the Civil Litigation Clinic at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s C-K Law Group
Frumkin & Hunter LLP
Joseph D. Gebhardt
Law Office of Anne Glennon
Golden Law LLC
The Law Offices of Jason Han
Mark Hanna
Horne Daller LLC
Houk Law Firm, PLLC
Law Office of Douglas B. Janney III
The Law Office of Susan E. Jewell
Josephson Dunlap LLP
Chet Levitt Fund for Employment Law
Robert E. McKnight
Jennifer Morton, PLLC
Muller Law, LLC
Murray Plumb Murray
NELA Houston
Orsini Law LLC
Kathryn S. Piscitelli
Maria Rapier & Beau Rapier
ADR Office of Michelle A. Reinglass & Judicate West
Gregory A. Rich
Sears & Associates, PC
Law Offices of Glen C. Shults
Siegel & Dolan Ltd.
Law Offices of Carol G Silverman
Strindberg Scholnick Birch Halam Harstad Thorne
Ashley O. Westby
Clayton Wire, Ogborn Mihm LLP
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
Zuckerman Law


Bracker & Marcus LLC
Joyce L. Collier, Greenblatt Pierce Funt & Flores
Colorado Employee Advocates
Brian East
Edelstein & Payne
Law Office of Howard Mark Fine
The Law Office of Lenore C. Garon, PLLC
Goddard Law PLLC
Law Office of Faith Herndon
Lubin and Enoch
McElroy Law Firm
Betsy Rader Law LLC
Lisa R Sahli, Attorney at Law, LLC
Swain Law, LLC
Truhlar and Truhlar, LLP
Turchik Law Firm, PC
Willinger, Willinger & Bucci, PC
The Steve Wilson Firm

As of June 11, 2021