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VIVIANO AGUILAR is an attorney with Belden Blaine & Raytis LLP in Bakersfield. His practice focuses on business litigation, employment and workers' compensation litigation. Before receiving an academic scholarship, Mr. Aguilar worked in management for a leading U.S. company where he gained real-world experience with operations, collective bargaining agreements, and employment issues. During law school, he clerked at private law firms and completed internships where he provided representation to individuals and businesses before the Board of Equalization and Labor Commissioner. Mr. Aguilar is a member of the American Bar Association and the Kern County Bar Association. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
JULIAN B. ALWILL is an attorney with Rothschild & Alwill, APC. He predominantly represents individual or groups of employees in a wide range of employment law disputes, including discrimination, harassment, misclassification, wage and hour disputes, and retaliation claims. Mr. Alwill handles cases through all aspects of litigation, including trial. In addition to employment matters, he assists persons with civil rights issues, as well as consumer rights matters, including fraud, breach of contract, and misrepresentation. Mr. Alwill is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of California. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, Irvine, California and his J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California. He is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), William L. Gordon Inns of Court, and the Santa Barbara Bar Association.
DAVID D. BLAINE is an attorney with Belden Blaine & Raytis LLP in Bakersfield. Since 1998, Mr. Blaine has practiced in the areas of labor and employment law including, employment counseling, wage and hour law, discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, workforce downsizing/termination issues, and employee privacy. He is a frequent speaker on employment law and related topics. Mr. Blaine earned his B.A. degree from California Polytechnic State University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
KAREN BOUBLIS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is a human resource expert with HR Business Solutionz. She is known for her honest and trusted appraisal of workplace situations and personalization of the human resource services experience for each of her clients. Ms. Boublis served as executive VP human resources for Datasat Digital Entertainment where she directed all aspects of human resources, including leadership development, creation of policies and payroll management. She was the director of human resources for DTS, Inc., where she led the human resource efforts in business strategy acquisitions and mergers. In addition, Ms. Boublis has held human resources development and executive management positions with prestigious national organizations including: Intel, Xircom, Price Pfister, and Valley Presbyterian Hospital. She is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR), a SHRM senior certified professional, she is the district chair and board member of the Southern California Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Boublis volunteers for SHRM, supporting students studying the field of human resources. She is also a volunteer speaker and consultant for Women's Economic Ventures of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Ms. Boublis serves on the board for Habitat for Humanity Ventura County.
MELISSA J. FASSETT is a partner with the law firm of Price, Postel & Parma LLP in Santa Barbara, California. Ms. Fassett's practice emphasizes advising and representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law and intellectual property. She counsels and advises public and private employers in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures, investigation of claims, and helps to trouble-shoot questions and situations which arise. Ms. Fassett also litigates and defends claims and employment disputes in both arbitration and court proceedings. Her employment practice includes wrongful termination and discrimination, retaliation, wage claims, labor practices, disability issues, and privacy issues. Ms. Fassett earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of New Mexico, and is licensed to practice in the States of California and New Mexico. She is a member of the State Bar of California (sections on Labor/Employment, Business Law, and Litigation), the State Bar of New Mexico, and the Santa Barbara County Bar Association (past-president).
JAY L. ROSENLIEB is a partner in the Bakersfield, California, office of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, LLP, where he is the chair of the employment law group. Mr. Rosenlieb represents management in employment litigation and counseling, and focuses his practice on wage and hour law, discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination and workforce downsizing. He received his B.A. degree from Claremont McKenna College and his J.D. degree from Hastings College of Law. Mr. Rosenlieb is a member of the Kern County Bar Association and the Society for Human Resource Management. He is admitted to practice in California; the U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
TRACY SAIKI is a partner in the Bakersfield, California, office of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, LLP. She is a founding member of the firm's agriculture & food law practice group. Formerly general counsel for Bolthouse Farms, she handles commercial transactions, employment counseling, business disputes, and regulatory compliance issues with special focus on issues unique to the farming, food processing, and food marketing industries. She has experience with most commercial agreements, including agreements involving real estate, intellectual property, transportation, construction, contract labor, and mergers/acquisitions. Ms. Saiki also provides her business clients with counseling on labor and employment issues, particularly agricultural labor issues, wage/hour issues, and internal investigations. She received her B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis, followed by earning her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, New York, New York.