2019 Annual Conference


Keynote Speaker

Mark Eaton
NBA All-Star, Motivational Speaker, Author and Teamwork Expert
Mark Eaton is a successful motivational speaker, entrepreneur and best selling author of The Four Commitments of a Winning Team, who has earned the coveted CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation, the speaking profession’s highest international measure of professional competence. He has spoken to numerous world-class organizations including IBM, FedEx, Phillips 66, Caesars Entertainment, T-Mobile, LG, and businesses, government agencies and universities at every level. He has been a featured team-building expert on Forbes.com, Inc.com, Wharton Business Radio, Entrepreneur.com and Sports Illustrated.

Eaton is an NBA All-Star who played with the Utah Jazz for 12 seasons, led the NBA in blocked shots 4 of those seasons, was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team 5 times, was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year 2 times, and still holds 2 NBA records—most blocks in a single season (456) and career average blocked shots per game (3.5).

In addition to his work on team building, Eaton is managing partner in two award-winning restaurants in Salt Lake City, Tuscany and Franck’s, recently voted Best Restaurant in Utah.

He is also founder and former chairman of the Mark Eaton Standing Tall for Youth Foundation, which provided sports and outdoor opportunities for more than 3,000 at-risk children. He is a former president and board member of the Legends of Basketball, which supports the needs of retired NBA players. He attended Cypress College and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Eaton’s television and radio experience includes eight years as host of Jazz Tonight on KJZZ-TV, host of Mark Eaton Outdoors on The Outdoor Channel, and three years as host of Sports Health Today, an internationally syndicated radio show.

When Mark is not speaking, writing, or working he enjoys traveling with his wife Teri, horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, and the outdoors. He lives in Park City, Utah with his wife, children, horses, dogs, and barn cats.

General Session and Breakout Speakers

Sachin Aggarwal
Director, AMS Inform
Sachin Aggarwal is a Engineering and MBA graduate. Sachin has lived in India, US and UK. Prior to joining AMS Inform, he worked with IBM as a Senior Consultant. At AMS, he looks after client relations and also works towards new business ventures.

David Anthony
Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
David Anthony is an experienced trial lawyer with a concentration in litigating financial services and business disputes, including class actions. As a leading member of Troutman Sanders’ Consumer Financial Services group and the Financial Services Litigation practice, he has developed a national practice in federal court litigation and the financial services industry. David counsels clients regarding their compliance, regulatory, and litigation matters, as they pertain to background screening. As a critical issue of today’s hiring process, he works closely with his clients to help avoid potential liability both for failing to conduct background screenings, as well as the process itself.

Kevin Bachman
Founder, The CRA Doctor
Kevin increases a CRA's profits and compliance by improving operational, client service and financial performance. An industry leader with 15 years’ experience, he can create business strategy with a CEO, teach a service team how to handle difficult clients, train a processor to select correct aliases, and everything in between. He helps organizations reduce litigation risk and lost clients. And his solutions increase employee retention and continuity. Finally, many businesses need help identifying key metrics that drive results. Kevin loves to create operational and financial dashboards, allowing CRA’s to make decisions based on what they know, not what they feel.

Kerstin Bagus
Chief Knowledge Officer, NetForce Global LLC
Kerstin is the Chief Knowledge Officer for NetForce Global and is an industry veteran, with over 30 years’ experience in screening. She has served in leadership positions with NAPBS including Board participation and Committee leadership. She is one of the few screening professionals who is privacy certified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (www.IAPP.org). She holds CIPP certifications for Canada, EU, and US Private Sector. Outside of work she is a volunteer for the National Park Service, where she helps to build and maintain hiking trails and assists with special events.

Bruce Berg
President, Berg Consulting Group
Bruce has had extensive success while earning industry-wide respect for honesty and integrity building CIC Applicant Background Checks (now First Advantage) from $190,000 in sales to THE industry leader with sales over $13,000,000. After selling the company in 1998, Bruce stayed on as president until he retired in 2000. At the request of several business owners, he launched Berg Consulting Group which provides services only to the Screening Industry including Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Valuations, General Consulting, a Better Vendor Program that strengthens court researcher networks, Automated Real-time Criminal Searches, Employment and Education verifications, Automated Candidate-driven References, a Job Board for the industry, and other services.

Marty Britton
President and CEO, Britton Management Profiles
Marty Britton is the President & CEO of Britton Management Profile Inc, the first ever reference checking company in Canada. Incorporated in 1974, Britton Management Profiles is celebrating 45 years in business this year. BMP helps their clients make informed hiring decisions so that they can hire the best talent available. The company has a strong global presence and can conduct checks in a variety of countries. Marty truly is an ambassador to the industry. She took over the company from her father, the late David Britton 25 years ago, the only service the company offered at that time was reference checking, with their specialty being executive reference checking. Marty has since added a wide range of pre-employment screening services to their list of products however their main product offering is still executive level reference checking. Britton Management Profiles is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and Marty sits on the board for the Canadian Chapter of NAPBS. The company is also a diverse supplier and is certified members of WBE Canada and WEConnect International. Marty is also a proud member of Women’s President Organization, a peer-to-peer advisory committee board in which Marty is actively involved in. Marty is also a recipient of the 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year award. She is also a regular speaker and educator at the Toronto Recruiter’s conference in Toronto where she enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge and expertise.

Greg Brown
SVP Government Affairs, National Apartment Association
Greg Brown is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Apartment Association (NAA). Greg joined NAA in 2010 to grow and expand the advocacy program for NAA and increase the impact of the apartment industry’s voice on public policy matters. Greg leads an amazing team of advocacy professionals focused on federal policymaking, supporting the advocacy efforts of NAA’s state and local affiliates and effectively deploying political capital through the NAAPAC and grassroots programs. Greg has been a housing advocate for twenty years, representing private sector single-family, multifamily and commercial owners, operators and developers as well as local public agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Greg is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University and the American University in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Coy
Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Kevin Coy is a Partner in the Washington DC office of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP and co-chair of the firm’s privacy practice. Mr. Coy’s practice focuses on advising privacy-sensitive organizations on U.S. and international privacy law and policy matters. Mr. Coy also represents clients in proceedings before the Federal Trade Commission on a range of privacy and security issues, including matters pertaining to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Section 5 of the FTC Act, data privacy, data security and data breach issues. Internationally, Mr. Coy advises clients on transborder data flow issues and other matters in connection with the European Union Data General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), implementing national laws, the EU/U.S. Privacy Shield program and other international privacy laws and regulations.

Pamela Q. Devata
Attorney, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Pamela Devata is a Labor and Employment Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago, IL. Pam leads Seyfarth’s nationwide Background Screening, Litigation and Compliance Team. She’s a national authority and firm go-to for all issues related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), background screening compliance, use of criminal and credit history, and Electronic Signature issues as well online and manual employment applications. A nationally recognized employment counselor, Pam has participated in numerous interviews, speeches, webinars, and trainings to employers on the subject criminal history and credit checks. She has leveraged her niche area of expertise into a thriving class action practice.

John Drury
Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
John W. Drury is Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Chicago office. Mr. Drury specializes in all aspects of employment defense including litigation and counseling. Mr. Drury has a special emphasis on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws addressing background screening. He has significant experience representing employers and providers (consumer reporting agencies and resellers) of background information in single-plaintiff and class action claims brought under the FCRA. In addition, Mr. Drury frequently counsels employers and providers on compliance requirements under the FCRA and related state laws.

Nina French
Managing Partner, The Current Consulting Group, LLC
Nina M. French has over 27 years of experience in employee screening. Nina consults on all facets of the screening industry and has extensive experience in managing drug-free workplace operations. Nina is a nationally recognized expert in substance abuse, is widely published, and speaks at over 40 events each year including client hosted educational trainings, webinars, SAPAA, DATIA, NAPBS, iHeart Radio, and SHRM.

Cindy Hanson
Attorney, Troutman Sanders LLP
Cindy Hanson is a partner in the Financial Services Litigation practice at Troutman Sanders and focuses her practice on class action defense. Ms. Hanson has handled hundreds of matters under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including over a dozen class actions. Her practice includes the representation of consumer reporting agencies, entities who furnish information to consumer reporting agencies, and employers who use background checks for employment purposes. In addition, she has significant experience representing companies defending class actions under consumer protection statutes and state common law. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced at a New York firm for four years. Ms. Hanson has made presentations on class actions, and all aspects of compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. She was named as a 2008 and 2009 Georgia "Rising Star" in the areas of Class Action/Mass Torts and Civil Litigation Defense by SuperLawyers magazine and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Andy Hellman
VP, International Operations, Accurate Background
Andy Hellman leads Accurate Background’s International Operations team. He brings over twenty-five years of experience to this role in organizations ranging from venture-capital backed startups to Fortune 100s, including over 15 years in background screening. His international experience includes study abroad in Japan, working for an Italian technology company in Milan and running global screening businesses in London, Canada, the US and Singapore. Andy has a BA in International Economics and Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Washington. He also holds CIPP/E and CIPM certifications, as well as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). He is a former Board Member for NAPBS Europe, and is currently on the NAPBS Finance and Education Committees.

Nikki Holton
HR Consultant, Global HR Investigations COE, Eli Lilly and Company
Nikki Holton is a Consultant working for the HR Global Investigations COE for Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has over 30 years of experience in various facets of Human Resources. She has been a member of the NAPBS since 2008. Nikki is considered the subject matter expert and thought leader for Lilly’s Screening Center of Expertise for the US and Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Marian University in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resource Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her experience, knowledge and education has made her a sought out expert in the field and allowed her to have external influence in the industry.

Traci Ivester
Chief Operating Officer, ClearStar, Inc.
Traci Ivester, Chief Operating Officer at ClearStar, Inc., directs the daily operations of ClearStar with oversight of the compliance and order fulfillment teams. Traci has significant experience with the product and service needs of major employers, and large and small consumer reporting agencies. She led the ClearStar team to achieve National Association of Professional Background Screener’s (NAPBS) Accreditation in 2013, and is also a founding member of NAPBS. Traci holds a BA in Justice Studies.

Maitri Johnson
Vice President, Multifamily, TransUnion
Maitri Johnson leads the multi-family and criminal data verticals at TransUnion as Vice President. Prior to TransUnion, Maitri spent over 20 years in multi-family in an executive capacity, the last 13 of which were with Riverstone Residential Group as Executive Vice President. While at Riverstone, she was recognized for her accomplishments with the Distinguished Executive of the Year award and her team was honored with the Team of the Year award. Immediately following Riverstone, Maitri spent a brief time in the emerging space of single-family rental homes overseeing the property management function at Waypoint Homes, now Starwood Waypoint. After serving on the Executive Committee of the NAA Board of Directors for several years, she was appointed President for the National Apartment Association Education Institute. She had also chaired the NAA Lease Advisory Committee which has oversight of all lease document-related activities for the multi-family industry. Maitri has been a featured speaker at numerous national industry conferences that include the National Apartment Association Education Conference, National Multi-Housing and AIM Conferences.

Chad Kaldor
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Chad Kaldor is a lawyer at the national law firm of Littler Mendelson. One of his areas of focus is in assisting CRAs and employers with compliance advice and defense of litigation. On any given day, he is in the process of defending several background-check class actions and single plaintiff cases against CRAs and employers.

Nick Kelland
Chief Technology Officer, SJV Data Solutions
Nick Kelland is one of SJV’s longest tenured employees and has nearly 20 years of background screening experience. Nick is a self-taught software developer and is credited for the development of the first generation of SJV’s proprietary client, vendor, and employee software applications. Nick has nearly a decade of Robotic Process Automation experience, having led the buildout of the first and second generations of SJV’s extensive RPA library.

Rebecca Kuehn
Partner, Hudson Cook LLP
Rebecca E. Kuehn is a partner with Hudson Cook, LLP in Washington, DC, where she chairs the Credit Reporting, Privacy, and Data Security Practice Group. Becki counsels businesses on compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and other federal and state regulations. Before joining Hudson Cook, Becki was vice president and senior regulatory counsel for CoreLogic, providing advice and guidance to the company’s consumer reporting businesses on a wide variety of consumer data and privacy-related regulatory issues. Becki was formerly an assistant director for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the FTC, where she was responsible for leading enforcement, policy, outreach and rulemaking activities for the FTC's FCRA program.

Bianca Lager
President, Social Intelligence
Bianca Lager, President of Social Intelligence, joined the social media background screening company in 2016. By driving the vision for Social Intelligence to provide productive, ethical and innovative solutions for pre-employment background screening, she has spent her time working closely with human resource groups and general counsel across the nation, aligning Social Intelligence to be responsive to the dynamic legalities of social media in application to employment decisions. Bianca obtained an MBA from Pepperdine in 2015 with a certification from Pepperdine Law School in Human Resources and Dispute Resolution. Prior to that, Bianca spent several years as an HR and Business Manager in the highly regulated transportation industry before moving on to technology.

Esther Slater McDonald
Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Esther Slater McDonald’s practice focuses on defending class and collective actions. Her practice includes litigation on consumer protection, commercial disputes, and employment matters with a special emphasis on the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Ms. McDonald also counsels employers, furnishers, resellers, and consumer reporting agencies on compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, other consumer protection laws, and related state laws. For clients facing regulatory inquiries, she provides guidance in responding to requests from government agencies and navigating the agency process. Before joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. McDonald was Counsel to the Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Zachary Miller
Partner, Burr & Forman LLP
Zachary is a partner in the financial services litigation group at Burr & Forman's Nashville office. His help consumer financial services clients manage both their litigation and compliance challenges in the ever-changing financial services industry. His primary experience is defending financial institutions such as banks, mortgage lenders, credit card issuers, auto finance originators, debt buyers and collectors, collection attorneys and other financial institutions in consumer lawsuits filed under various state and federal laws.

Montserrat Miller
Attorney, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Ms. Miller helps clients with domestic and international privacy and data security issues they face. Ms. Miller is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is co-chair of the Privacy & Consumer Regulatory practice group at AGG as well as co-chair of the firm’s Background Screening Industry Group. Her practice includes advising background screening companies and users of consumer reports on compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and analog state laws. Ms. Miller served as Washington Counsel to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Ms. Miller is a frequent speaker and author of the weekly publication Compliance News Flash as well as a blog covering background screening and immigration compliance issues –www.workforcecomplianceinsights.com

Stephanie Morgan
VP & Deputy General Counsel, backgroundchecks.com
Stephanie Morgan is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for backgroundchecks.com. Stephanie is responsible for managing the company’s litigation, responding to consumer demands, and advising the company on all aspects of consumer reporting compliance.

Jason Morris
Principle, Morris Group Consulting, LLC.
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded Cleveland, Ohio-based EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and served as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer until November of 2015 when EmployeeScreenIQ was acquired by Sterling Talent Solutions. Morris currently serves as Sterling Talent Solutions’s Sr. Vice President of Client Success where he helps clients improve their screening program and is also part of the Sterling M&A team. Under his leadership, EmployeeScreenIQ become a global leader in employment screening serving mid- and large-cap organizations throughout the world, including those in North and South America, Europe and East Asia. Morris helped to create a culture at the corporate headquarters second to few in the Cleveland area. With over 100 employees when acquired, EmployeeScreenIQ won numerous awards including the prestigious WeatherHead 100 for high growth companies in NorthEast Ohio over 6 years in a row. EmployeeScreenIQ is also a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

William Nixon
COO, PreemploymentDirectory.com
Barry is the COO of PreemploymentDirectory.com, the leading online background screening information portal. He co-authored the book ‘Background Screening and Investigations: Managing Risk in the Hiring Process from the HR and Security Perspective. He publishes, The Background Buzz, The Global Background Screener in Search of Excellence in Background Screening: Best Practice Insights from Accredited Background Screening Firms, Annual Background Screening Industry Resource Guide, Annual Suppliers to the Background Screening Industry Buyers Guide, The APAC Background Screening Report and The European Background Screening Newsletter. He is also the columnist for the Backgrounding column in P.I. Magazine.

Erin Novak
Attorney, Montgomery McCracken Walker Rhoads LLP
A former Plaintiff’s lawyer, now industry defender, attorney Erin A. Novak is a member of the Litigation Department at Montgomery McCracken. She focuses her practice on consumer litigation and defending clients in cases involving the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. Erin has been counsel of record in more than three hundred cases involving FCRA claims in courts throughout the country.

Shawn O'Neil
EVP, Account Management & Chief Compliance Officer, FSSolutions
Shawn O’Neil joined FSSolutions a Third-Party Administrator for Drug and Alcohol testing in 2012 as one of the founders of its Occupational Health Division. Since joining FSSolutions he also started their background screening line of business. In his current role as Executive Vice President, Account Management, & Chief Compliance Officer, Shawn oversees the implementation and administration of all operating strategies impacting client satisfaction and regulatory compliance. Shawn became a Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator (CSAPA), after having demonstrated years of experience and passing a national certification examination. Shawn is also FCRA-Advanced Certified through NAPBS.

Scott Paler
Attorney, DeWitt LLP
Scott Paler is a partner at DeWitt LLP. He serves as Chair of the Firms Background Screening Practice Group. Over his career, Scott has advised more than 100 background screening companies on compliance and business issues. He has worked closely with them to develop strong end-user and vendor contracts, determine whether information can be reported under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state laws, and resolve disputes. He has also defended multiple background screening companies in litigation. Scott previously served as Co-Chair of the Litigation Avoidance Committee for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), led NAPBS’ Insurance Task Force, and participated in NAPBS’s Industry Practices Steering Committee. He is currently a member of NAPBS’ Ethics Committee and regularly presents on industry trends and practices at national background screening conferences.

John Papianou
Partner, Montgomery McCracken Walker Rhoads LLP
John G. Papianou is a partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department of Montgomery McCracken. He concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation, with particular emphasis on consumer class actions and claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Ronald Raether
Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Ron Raether is a partner in the Cybersecurity, Information Governance and Privacy, and Financial Services Litigation practices at Troutman Sanders. Ron is known as the interpreter between the business and information technology, guiding both parties to the best result. In this role, Ron has assisted companies in navigating federal and state privacy laws for almost twenty years. Ron's experience with technology related issues, including data security, patent, antitrust, and licensing and contracts, helps bring a fresh and creative perspective to novel data compliance issues. Ron has been involved in seminal data compliance cases, assisting one of the first companies required to provide notice of a data breach and successfully defending companies in over 75 class actions. Ron also has represented companies in hundreds of individual FCRA cases involving CRAs, resellers, furnishers, users, and public record vendors. Ron has developed a reputation for assisting companies not traditionally viewed as subject to the FCRA or with FCRA compliance questions where the law remains uncertain or unresolved.

Travis Ramey
Partner, Burr & Forman LLP
Travis is a partner in Burr & Forman's Birmingham office, where he focuses his practice on litigating in state and federal appellate courts. He represents clients from a broad range of private-sector industries, including manufacturing, banking, finance, healthcare, insurance, media, and real estate. He also represents various public-sector entities. Travis has successfully litigated appeals in cases involving claims of employment discrimination, fraud, personal injury, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. He has also won favorable appellate decisions in cases that involved contractual disputes, mortgage lending, foreclosures, and enforcement of arbitration provisions.

David Robillard
President, MultiLatin Background Screening
David Robillard is a co-founder of MultiLatin Background Screening, a Mexico City based provider of pre-employment and third party screening solutions. He has more than twenty years of experience advising multinationals on matters of employee hiring and partnering risks in Latin America. Prior to forming Multilatin and over eleven years in Mexico and Spain David held senior management positions with Kroll Associates, an international risk consultancy. David has a Bachelor degree in Arts (Sociology) from Carleton University and a Masters in International Management from the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM). He is a dual Canadian and Mexican National.

Lester Rosen
Attorney at Law and CEO, Employment Screening Resources
Attorney Lester S. Rosen is founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading global background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers” (826 pages/Facts on Demand Press/3rd Edition/January 2017). Rosen is also a frequent presenter nationwide on pre‐employment screening and safe hiring issues and has testified as an expert witness in court cases. He is a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney whose trials have included murder and death penalty cases. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS and served as the first co‐chair in 2004.

Todd Shoulberg
President of Medical Information Services, ClearStar, Inc.
As President of Medical Information Services for ClearStar, Todd Shoulberg provides direction and leadership to the daily operations of ClearStar’s Medical Review Office. Shoulberg has over 19 years of experience within the drug testing industry. In his position, Shoulberg is responsible for keeping all drug testing clients in compliance with State, Federal and local regulations, and identifies new testing methods and products for clients to utilize for their drug testing programs. Shoulberg provides his guidance and knowledge of the drug testing processes from the start of the process to the end result.

William Simmons
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC
Bill Simmons is a lawyer specializing in background check practices, policies and procedures for both employers and consumer reporting agencies. Bill practices at the national law firm of Littler Mendelson.

Brent Smoyer
Smoyer Government Affairs
Brent Smoyer, of Smoyer Government Affairs, serves as the NAPBS State Government Relations and Grassroots Director. Smoyer’s combined 15 years of experience includes work on federal, state and local political campaigns, state level policy craft as a legislative aide and legal counsel in both the Iowa and Nebraska Legislatures, and (as he calls it) “time served” in elected office as a County Commissioner for Lancaster County, Neb. While he jokingly refers to himself as a “recovering bureaucrat”, it is that experience he uses to help build relationships, craft quality policy, and dodge pitfalls often present in state government. Prior to partnering with NAPBS, Smoyer was Legal Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the Nebraska Legislature.

Timothy St. George
Attorney, Troutman Sanders LLP
Tim St. George’s practice includes the representation of clients in federal and state court, both at the trial and appellate level. Tim focuses his practice on the areas of complex litigation and business disputes, financial services litigation, and consumer litigation. Tim has developed a particular expertise litigating individual and class action cases under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, with an emphasis on cases involving background screening.

Courtney Stieber
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Courtney Stieber is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice focuses on complex employment litigation, including class action and single plaintiff claims under the FCRA, as well as complex employment litigation, including defending management against discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. She also counsels both employers and CRAs on FCRA and state law compliance, with a particular emphasis on “ban the box” laws. She has significant first- and second-chair trial experience, and has obtained several defense verdicts. Ms. Stieber has been named a New York Metro Rising Star in employment defense litigation by Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2013.

Robert Szyba
Attorney, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Robert T. Szyba is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment Department. He defends and counsels employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, including background check and Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, “ban the box” issues, prevailing wage requirements, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower retaliation, family and medical leave compliance and interference/retaliation claims, paid sick leave, and discrimination/harassment. His clients operate in a variety of industries, including retail, background check services, for-profit education, foodservice and hospitality management, transportation, electrical, tolling, public works contractors, accounting, and insurance. Mr. Szyba also advises on preventive employment counseling, pre-litigation strategy and litigation avoidance, alternate dispute resolution and mandatory arbitration programs, and employment policies and procedures. Mr. Szyba represents clients in complex employment litigation, including class, collective, and multi-district litigation, as well as single-plaintiff lawsuits. He has extensive experience in New Jersey and New York state and federal courts, as well as federal district courts across the country. He represents clients at both trial and appellate levels. He also represents clients before federal and state administrative agencies, such as the Department of Labor, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, and New York State Division of Human Rights. Mr. Szyba currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. He is a regular panelist and presenter for various legal associations in New York and New Jersey on employment law topics and issues, such as handling whistleblower issues, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, discrimination and harassment litigation avoidance, class action litigation, and litigation strategies. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and The Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court. Szyba is fluent in Polish.

Jamie Tucker
Partner, Akin Gump
Jamie Tucker Jr. has more than 15 years of political and policy experience both in the public and private sectors. As a partner at Akin Gump he provides strategic advice and advocacy on behalf of clients at the federal and state levels. He has an extensive network of clients across all branches of the government, giving his clients access to key elected officials and high-level decision makers and a wealth of political intelligence on varying issues. Prior to Akin Gump, he served as legislative counsel to Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC). In that capacity, he was responsible for advising the congressman on all issues before the House Judiciary Committee. He also served as an aide to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in 1996 and to Sen. Paul D. Coverdell (R-GA) in 1993-94. Mr. Tucker also worked on the 2000 and 2004 Bush/Cheney campaigns, the 1996 Dole/Kemp campaign and the 1992 Bush/Quayle campaign. He also served in various capacities at the 2000 and 1992 Republican National Conventions. He has also worked for or volunteered on behalf of a number of Senate and congressional races and is active with the Republican Governors Association.

Brittany Turner
Deloitte Services, LP
Brittany is a practiced security senior manager, responsible for the creation and maintenance of Deloitte's background investigations policies and processes for the US firms (with offices in US, India, Mexico, Germany and Israel). Deloitte's background investigations program is high volume, highly international, and meets all state, federal, national and international laws. Brittany's team sits in Nashville, TN and in Hyderabad, India. Brittany also advises other Deloitte member firms internationally, to help maintain consistency across investigations processes, and has worked with external clients to help build programs, vet vendors and appropriately handle background investigations. Prior to working with Deloitte, Brittany was over special projects at a background screening firm.