"Epic" Failure: Dissecting the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis | The American Association For Justice

"Epic" Failure: Dissecting the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis

June 20, 2018
Program Information:

Sponsored by Burford Capital

About the Webinar:

The U.S. Supreme Court’s broad declaration that forced arbitration clauses and class action waivers are enforceable in employment contracts will have ramifications for millions of U.S. workers seeking to hold their employers accountable for violating federal law. In this webinar, find out how your practice may be affected, how to handle cases where your client is forced to proceed to individual arbitration, and how to forge ahead with state law claims and other possible remedies.

Registration Fees: 

$179 for AAJ Members
$65 for additional AAJ Members using the same computer

Online registration for this webinar has closed.  Please contact AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 in order to register.

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Invited Faculty:

Julia Duncan

Julia Duncan is the Senior Director of Government Affairs for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) located in Washington D.C. and has spent the last 10 years advocating for the protection of consumer, patient, investor, and employment rights. She specializes in the areas of toxic torts, forced arbitration, consumer financial issues, banking and investor protection issues, class actions, and employment discrimination. Prior to joining AAJ, Ms. Duncan worked for the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office and also as an advocate for women’s health policy issues. She holds a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and a B.S. in Communications, Politics and Law from Emerson College.  She is a member of the California and D.C. Bar Associations.  

Deepak Gupta 

Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Wessler PLLC. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times and has handled appeals in every federal circuit and several state supreme courts. He is “known as a skilled appellate lawyer” (New York Times) and as “one of the emerging giants of the appellate and the Supreme Court bar” (Law 360), with a “vibrant appellate practice focused on public interest cases and plaintiff-side representations” (Chambers and Partners). He is frequently sought out by trial lawyers to defend their most consequential victories or resurrect worthy claims on appeal—often after years of hard-fought litigation. He also works with co-counsel to design cases from the ground up, focusing on class actions and administrative and constitutional challenges. In one class action, Deepak represented all of the nation’s federal bankruptcy judges, recovering more than $50 million in back pay for Congress’s violation of the Judicial Compensation Clause. The American Lawyer observed, “it’s hard to imagine a higher compliment than being hired to represent federal judges.” Before founding his firm in 2012, Deepak served as Senior Litigation Counsel and Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the leadership of Elizabeth Warren. For seven years previously, he directed the Consumer Justice Project at Public Citizen.

Kathleen M. Neary

Kathleen M. Neary focuses her practice on representing employees and tenants in discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases as well as Whistleblower, 1st Amendment, and wage and hour litigation. She is a member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Civil Rights Section, Employment Rights Section, and Women Trial Lawyers Caucus. She is also a member of AAJ’s Ms. Neary is the current president of the Nebraska Association of Trial Lawyers. Vincent M. Powers & Associates is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Matt Wessler

Matt Wessler is a principal at Gupta Wessler PLLC, where he focuses on public interest and plaintiffs’-side appellate and complex litigation. He handles high-profile cases at all levels of both state and federal courts and has argued multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Coventry Health Care of Missouri v. Nevils and US Airways v. McCutchen—a landmark ERISA case. Outside of the Supreme Court, Matt’s practice involves a wide range of areas including class actions, health care, personal injury, employee benefits, consumer protection, preemption, arbitration, antitrust, and banking. He has been named a Washington DC Rising Star in appellate litigation for the past three years and has been profiled by the National Law Journal for his appellate work on behalf of plaintiffs. In addition to his appellate work, Matt frequently co-counsels with trial firms in complex, ground-up litigation. Before joining the firm in July 2015, Matt spent six years as a staff attorney at Public Justice, P.C., spearheading the organization’s focus on Supreme Court litigation and garnering national attention for taking the lead in high-profile cases involving ERISA, preemption, arbitration, and health care. He previously practiced at the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP and was a member of Obama for America’s sensitive litigation team, where he handled important election litigation on behalf of the presidential campaign.


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Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern Time
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This webinar is currently in the process of being credited for 1.3 hours of CLE credit.

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