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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Orange County WIL Conference: Introducing the Speakers Part 2

Attendees at the 3rd Annual JRCLS WIL Regional Conference are pleased to hear from Teresa Céspedes Alarcón, Deborah A. Gubernick and Michele D. Johnson. This panel will discuss “Gender Bias: Does it still exist and how to Overcome?” The conference will be held in Orange, California on September 19, 2015. Those that wish to attend can find more information at http://jrclswilconference.yolasite.com/


Please join us. #jrclswilca2015


Teresa Céspedes Alarcón


Teresa Céspedes Alarcón is a founding partner of California law firm KAEDIAN LLP. She focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense and related civil litigation and divides her time between the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices. She represents businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals in state and federal matters, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and commercial bribery investigations and prosecutions, fraud, environmental crimes, public corruption, campaign finance improprieties, contract disputes, SEC and regulatory agency enforcement actions, internal investigations, grand jury proceedings and federal appeals.


Prior to forming KAEDIAN LLP, Ms. Alarcón worked for a respected Los Angeles defense firm where she represented corporate entities and individual executives across a wide array of industries and officials in both state and federal litigation matters and appeals. Earlier in her legal career, Ms. Alarcón was an associate at Bienert, Miller Katzman PLC and Am Law 100 firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP respectively. Ms. Alarcón also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Arthur Alarcón (no relation) for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Ms. Alarcón obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts in International Business from California State University, Fullerton.


Ms. Alarcón served as a Director for the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association for the 2012 to 2014 term, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, and Los Angeles Chapter of the Women in White Collar Defense Association. She has presented on timely topics related to the practice of white-collar criminal defense and on professional ethics and regulatory compliance. She is also fluent in Spanish.



Deborah A. Gubernick


Deborah A. Gubernick joined the firm Call & Jensen after working for multiple years at Latham & Watkins as a litigation associate. She represents clients in various business litigation matters in federal and state courts. Ms. Gubernick has significant experience with intellectual property cases involving claims of false advertising, unfair competition, infringement, breach of contract and related issues. She also handles employment litigation matters and strategic counseling.


Among other areas, Ms. Gubernick has counseled international and domestic businesses in advertising and marketing issues and has negotiated assignments, settlements, trademark co-existence agreements and licenses. Ms. Gubernick also manages clients’ international trademark portfolios, including clearances of trademarks, representing clients in international and domestic infringement and counterfeiting operations and the prosecution of trademarks before the USPTO and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.


Ms. Gubernick obtained her J.D. from the University of San Diego where she served as Research Editor on the San Diego Law Review. She obtained her B.A. in English at Brigham Young University.



Michele D. Johnson


Michele D. Johnson is a member of Latham & Watkins’ Executive Committee and the former Managing Partner of the Orange County office. She is also the former Chair of the office's Litigation Department and is recognized as a leading California litigator. Her practice focuses on securities and professional liability litigation, and she represents industry-leading companies, officers and directors, special committees and accounting firms in connection with securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, SEC enforcement actions, internal investigations, and other complex, high-exposure litigation.


Ms. Johnson’s recent representations include multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of solicited and hostile takeover attempts, and investigations and litigation on behalf of special committees and boards of directors related to public company crises. She has represented pharmaceutical companies in clinical and post-clinical trial phases of development, energy companies in the post-Enron era and major accounting firms in professional malpractice actions. She has had significant trial experience involving product liability, unfair business practices, tax, trusts and estates, and insurance bad faith trials.


Ms. Johnson has practiced extensively before federal and state courts. She represented Alphatec Holdings in a securities class action, Mallen v. Alphatec Holdings Inc., et al., that was named one of the “Top Verdicts of 2013” by Daily Journal and affirmed by the Ninth Circuit in 2015.

Ms. Johnson has lectured and written on a variety of topics involving corporate governance, litigation techniques and securities laws issues.

Ms. Johnson has served on her firm's Pro Bono, Associates and Diversity Committees. She currently serves on the board of the Public Law Center and the Orange County chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

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