WILC News and Community
WILC supports and hosts a variety of women-focused events, as well as sponsors a number of organizations whose focus is advancing the status of women.
An Evening of Intrigue at Union Station – October 10, 2016
The Kansas City office hosted its first WILC event on Monday, October 10, 2016 “An Evening of Intrigue at Union Station.” The event included a Happy Hour at Pierpont’s upscale indoor “patio” combined with the Escape Room challenge. An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit (an hour). Games are set in a variety of fictional locations, such as prison cells, dungeons and space stations, and are popular as team building exercises. The Escape Room was very well received. Attendees were so excited to participate in the challenge and even more enthusiastic afterward. Each of Kansas City’s three female attorneys, Melody Rayl, Mary Jones and Samantha Horner were designated to one of the Escape Room’s “puzzle” rooms, and the attendees were randomly assigned to teams when they checked in. Each team represented a local charitable cause – chosen by the attorneys – with the firm providing
California Association of Black Lawyers Honors Regina Petty of Fisher Phillips - September 30, 2016
Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, announces that Partner Regina Petty will be honored by the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting in San Diego. Petty and two other honorees, U.S. District Court Judge John Houston and Pepperdine University School of Law Professor Chris Chambers Goodman, will be recognized at the meeting on September 30.
“Regina is an exceptional attorney, a trusted leader and an exemplary member of the community,” said Christopher C. Hoffman, managing partner of the firm’s San Diego office. “She has had a great impact in her field and in San Diego generally, and we are glad that she is being recognized for her talents and hard work.”
A partner in the firm’s San Diego office, Petty practices in state and federal courts, serving as lead in multi-district and class action litigation, including numerous cases that have wide-reaching business and industry implications. She is a Master in the Louis Welsh American Inn of Court and chairs the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel, as well as a member of the National Bar Association, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.
Outside of the office, Petty currently serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association and is a member of the “Go Red for Women” Executive Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit hospital Sharp Healthcare and is a member of the Redcoat Committee of the San Diego Bowl Game Association.
“CABL is privileged to honor Regina at its Annual Reception during the State Bar of California Annual Meeting. She is an example of visionary leadership in her practice and the community,” said Camille Townsend, president of CABL. “She has displayed an unparalleled commitment to diversity and the community, and we couldn't be more pleased to bestow this honor on her.”
In addition to her honor from CABL, Petty has previously been recognized as one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal's “Top 75 Women Litigators in California” and as one of the San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Ten” attorneys in both the labor and employment and business litigation categories. She has been listed in San Diego Super Lawyers every year since its inauguration, and she is also a past recipient of the San Diego Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business Award." Petty earned both her J.D. (1982) and her A.B. (1979) from Stanford University.
Art Uncorked – August 15, 2016
The Columbia, SC Office held their inaugural event at the Columbia Museum of Art. WILC- Columbia rented the museum for the evening and provided attendees with wine glass Tervis tumblers as favors. Attendees enjoyed wine, appetizers, and complimentary docent tours of the exhibits. The event attracted a variety of attendees and all noted how much fun they had interacting with new contacts and getting a chance to learn something new.
Fisher Phillips Attorney Receives President’s Award from South Carolina Bar - June 22, 2016
Sheila Bias, an attorney at labor and employment firm Fisher Phillips, has received the President’s Award for her work with the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) on the Cinderella Project.
The President’s Award is given in recognition to YLD members who exemplify dedication to public service and YLD initiatives. The South Carolina Bar YLD is a sponsor of the Cinderella Project, now in its 15th year, which provides gently worn formal, bridesmaid and prom dresses for young women who lack the financial resources to buy a gown for their high school prom. Bias serves as the statewide Chair of the Cinderella Project.
The YLD includes all members of the South Carolina Bar under age 36 and those with less than five years membership. The organization has a membership of more than 15,000 lawyers.
“Sheila has already made a remarkable impact on our clients since her arrival and this honor highlights her exceptional work in our local community,” said Stephen Mitchell, managing partner of the Columbia office. “We are so proud of this accomplishment.”
Bias represents employers in a variety of labor and employment matters. Prior to joining Fisher Phillips, she practiced in a regional civil defense firm, representing employers in litigation and a variety of administrative proceedings. Bias has also worked as a Staff Attorney for the Supreme Court of South Carolina. She serves as Secretary and is on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Women Lawyers’ Association. Bias also serves on the Board of Directors for Columbia – Society for Human Resource Management and is a board member for the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2011. Prior to attending law school, Bias was a member of store leadership for a Fortune 500 retail company, providing employee supervision and managing a variety of employee issues related to wage and hour, workers’ compensation, discrimination issues, performance management, and other personnel issues.
Fisher Phillips Recognized as a "Champion of Women" by Connected Women of Influence - March 18, 2016
At an awards ceremony on March 16, Fisher Phillips received the “Champion of Women” award by Connected Women of Influence, a leading association recognizing leaders and trail blazers in professional services companies. In front of a crowd of 300 guests, the firm took home the top prize of the day, which was also the only award given to a company. In addition, Partner Danielle Moore was honored as a final nominee in the “Women Breaking Barriers” category.
Connected Women of Influence strives to support and recognize women at business-to-business companies who make an impact on their communities and colleagues. The association’s various programs provide opportunities for members to connect, cultivate and collaborate, with an overall goal of advancing women in business. The “Champion of Women” award recognizes a company or organization that provides internal programs and initiatives that are unique, cutting edge and specifically designed to support the advancement and acceleration of women in the workplace. The “Women Breaking Barriers” nominees are women who utilize their position, stature, expertise and influence to break down barriers and effect positive change in their professions, industries or enterprises.
“At Fisher Phillips, we are committed to gender equality and embracing diversity – in all its forms – in the workplace,” said Chris Hoffman, managing partner of the firm’s San Diego office. “We are honored to be recognized by Connected Women of Influence, an organization whose vision and goals we embrace.”
Fisher Phillips has been a contributing member to Connected Women of Influence for the last few years, with partners and staff participating in various initiatives with the association. The firm also created and supports a similar in-house program, the Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council (WILC), which focuses on recruitment, development and support for women throughout Fisher Phillips. WILC also provides a forum for attorneys to share experiences and ideas to support advancement.
“Through WILC, and with the support of the firm, we have been able to promote and encourage the advancement of women in our profession,” said Moore, co-chair of the WILC committee. “I am honored to have been recognized by such an important and prominent group for the efforts being done both regionally and nationally with our firm.”
LA Women of Influence Awards Kristen Nesbit Nomination for WILC - January 28, 2016
On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Los Angeles Partner Kristen Nesbit was honored by the business publication L.A. Biz at the 2016 Women of Influence Awards Luncheon. The award, in its second year, consults a variety of sources, including association partners, entrepreneurs, business owners and executives to identify 50 successful women with strong community commitment and a track record of paying it forward.
L.A. Biz's “Women of Influence” program is part of a national effort by American City Business Journals to identify and celebrate women business leaders and to foster business environments that will create even more successful women in the future.
In addition to her honor from L.A. Biz, Kristen’s previous recognitions include her inclusion in the 2013 “Hot List” for Minority Attorneys Under 40 in the Western Region by Lawyers of Color Inc., Top Women’s Attorney designation by Los Angeles Magazine and selection by the National Advocate as a Top 100 African American Lawyer in 2015. She was also recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. Kristen earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Tampa Hosts 2nd Annual “Evening at the Spa” – November 3, 2015
Tampa business women enjoyed a tranquil evening, where both their skin and palate were pampered with flavors of relaxation, at the Epicurean Hotel Spa Evangeline in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa. The event was hosted by WILC Steering Committee co-chair Christine Howard and attorneys Theresa Gallion and Marci Britt of the Fisher Phillips Tampa office. In addition to a variety of Evangeline’s signature services the guests enjoyed specialty cocktails, appetizers and heartwarming treats from Chocolate Pi. As with other WILC sponsored events, the evening is another example of Fisher Phillips providing an opportunity for Tampa’s legal and human resources community to develop connections or simply enjoy each other’s company.
A Night of Cooking - October 22, 2015
On Thursday, October 22, 2015, the Denver office of Fisher Phillips hosted a night of cooking with Chef Dan Witherspoon of the Gourmet Spoon at The Seasoned Chef Cooking School. The event offered a very hands on and collaborative cooking event in which Fisher Phillips lawyers, clients and guests had the opportunity to team together to prepare a delicious meal while enjoying each other’s company. Clients commented that it was not only nice to catch up with their Fisher Phillips’ team in this setting, but to visit with old friends and colleagues. It was a pleasant night for all.
Women Lead Conference - October 22, 2015
On Thursday, October 22, 2014, Grace Horoupian was a panelist on “Breaking Barriers: Companies Striving to Advance Women in the Workplace” at the Women Lead conference, sponsored by Connected Women of Influence in San Diego, California. The panel consisted of various individuals from major corporations discussing company initiatives to advance women to leadership positions. Grace spoke extensively about the firm’s Women’s Initiative Leadership Counsel (“WILC”) and its commitment to recruit, develop and retain women attorneys and foster female leadership within the firm. Grace explained that one of the ways that WILC strives to meet these goals is through WILC ambassadors and leave liaisons for each of their offices. In particular, Grace emphasized that WILC’s leave liaison program was created to ensure women stay engaged in the firm, especially before, during and after leaves so that the next generation of women leaders are not lost in such transition periods.
Networking at the Ritz-Carlton Spa – September 17, 2015
On Thursday, September 17, Fisher Phillips hosted an evening of relaxation and networking for women at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale Spa. Professionals from across various industries enjoyed food, wine and spa treatments at the event.
Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee and WILC Program Nominated for Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award - September 10, 2015
Fisher Phillips was selected as a finalist for the Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award at the Palmetto Vision Awards Gala held by South Carolina’s Chamber of Commerce on September 10, 2015. The nomination was in recognition of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee and Women’s Initiative & Leadership Council (WILC) program. The firm’s WILC program strives to advance women within the firm and in the legal community. Our Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee addresses recruitment and retention issues and develops the firm’s strategic management initiatives in these areas.
WILC Program Nominated for Champion of Women Award – March 25, 2015
The Fisher Phillips Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council (WILC) was nominated for the Champion of Women Award at the Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon held by the San Diego Chapter of Connected Women of Influence on March 25, 2015. The nomination was in recognition of the firm’s internal programs and initiatives that are specifically designed to support the advancement and acceleration of women in the workplace. WILC was also selected as one of the top three finalists along with Qualcomm and Jazzercise, Inc. Partner Amy Lessa was a judge in all categories except for the Champion of Women Award category, in which WILC was a nominee. Amy Lessa, Danielle Moore, Megan Walker and Jackie Greenbaum attended the event on behalf of the firm.
Women's Night Out at Woo Cosmetics – February 5, 2015
On Tuesday, February 5, Fisher Phillips and Dress for Success Atlanta hosted Women’s Night Out at Woo Cosmetics. Attendees donated gently used business attire and toiletries to support Dress for Success Atlanta’s suiting initiative. As a bonus, all attendees received an evening of pampering with make-up consultations from the professionals at Woo Cosmetics in Peachtree Battle Shopping Center. Nearly 40 professional women attended the two-hour event.
Evening at the Spa in Tampa – November 13, 2014
Tampa business women enjoyed a tranquil evening at the spa, hosted by WILC Steering Committee chair Christine Howard, and attorneys Theresa Gallion and Marci Britt of the Fisher Phillips Tampa office. In addition to a variety of spa services the guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and appetizers while socializing at the Epicurean Hotel Spa Evangeline in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa.
Evening at the Museum - October 16, 2014
The Philadelphia and New Jersey offices of Fisher Phillips hosted a joint WILC event at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. In addition to cocktails and a private tour of the amazing cultural treasures at the museum, the participants enjoyed a unique presentation on the complexities of Fine Art Repatriation by Cynthia M. Jacob, of the Fisher Phillips New Jersey Office. Lori Armstrong Halber and Cynthia Jacob helped to organize the event.
Women, Influence & Power in Law conference in Washington DC. – September 18-19, 2014
On September 17-19, 2014, the firm sponsored the Women, Influence & Power in Law conference in Washington DC. Partners Danielle Moore, Regina Petty and Lori Armstrong Haber all attended as representatives of the firm and the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council (WILC). The conference is the only national forum facilitating women-to-women exchange on current legal issues and is led and facilitated almost exclusively by women. The conference was led by women corporate counsel with the purpose of creating a meaningful exchange between in-house and outside counsel. Regina Petty served as a panelist at the Conference in the Executive Leadership track, providing insight on the topic “Managing Alpha-Personalities.” Danielle Moore commented that “The Conference was a wonderful way to meet women in-house counsel and the programming was truly excellent. I was pleased and honored that Fisher Phillips was a part of such a wonderful event.”
Spa Day in Chicago – July 31, 2014
On July 31, 2014, Fisher Phillips’ Chicago Office held a spa event at Renew Spa. The project was spearheaded by WILC Steering Committee member Nesheba Kittling and Jessica Huynh Causgrove. The event was a huge success with several important women clients and business women attending. Attendees received spa services, gift bags, and enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while socializing before and after their chosen spa services.
Event Honoring Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor – May 8, 2014
On May 8, 2014 Fisher Phillips’ San Diego Office sponsored Lawyers Club of San Diego’s 42nd Annual Dinner “Raising the Bar.” The event honored retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who also served as the event’s keynote speaker. The event, which was sold out months in advance, was attended by several hundred guests, including Fisher Phillips’ attorneys Danielle Moore, Regina Petty and Megan Winter as well as Fisher Phillips’ clients. Danielle Moore, Lawyers Club current board member and Chapter President, and Regina Petty, former board member, were also acknowledged with other members for their contributions to the organization. For the past three years, Fisher Phillips has been a sponsor of the organization generally and throughout the year at various events.
Ladies Night in Atlanta – February 26, 2014
The Atlanta office of Fisher Phillips hosted a Ladies Night Out on February 26, 2014 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel. WILC Steering Committee member Kim Thompson was pivotal in organizing the event. The event included live music from Nick Hagelin, a chocolate tasting presented by Cacoa Atlanta Chocolate Company, food and drink, and fabulous door prizes. It was a wonderful opportunity to relax and network while enjoying cocktails and sweets.