Fox Rothschild’s Yesenia Gallegos One of 50 Latina Lawyers Nominated to ACC and HNBA National Value-Based Training Skills Program

September 15, 2010 – Press Releases

Yesenia Gallegos, an employment attorney in Fox Rothschild’s Los Angeles office, was nominated and selected to participate in the Inaugural Class of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) and the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) Value-Based Training Skills Program.

One of 50 Latina lawyers chosen from across the country, Gallegos was interviewed for the Program in August 2010 by President Obama’s appointed ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte. Members from the private sector and several corporate chief legal officers will collaborate with Program faculty to present several interactive classes in Value Based Law Firm Management Skills.

The Program is being offered as part of the ACC’s Value Challenge Initiative and implemented through the HNBA’s Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession. The program will provide participants with the practical knowledge to enhance their client service skills, including legal process improvement and legal project management, knowledge management, change management and negotiating alternative fee structures. It will also focus on the changing expectations corporate counsel have regarding use of outside firms and explore corporate counsel’s growing expectations for value-added legal services.

The Program will consist of three training sessions and ongoing mentoring. The first session took place just prior to the start of the HNBA 35th Annual Convention, on September 7-8, 2010, in Minneapolis. Gallegos received training by legal officers such as Jonathan Oviatt, CLO of the Mayo Clinic and incoming vice chair of the ACC; Ronda Bayer, CLO of Liberty Diversified and president of the ACC’s Minnesota Chapter; Alex Vasquez, associate general counsel for Wal-Mart; and Carolyn Brue, Corporate Compliance Manager and Assistant General Counsel of Cargill, the largest private company in the world. The remaining training sessions will take place in San Antonio and New Orleans over the next year.

As a member of the Program, Gallegos has also received an invitation to attend exclusive networking events with ACC leaders and top general counsel, including the ACC’s reception at its Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, an event that is generally closed to outside counsel.

Gallegos focuses her legal practice in labor and employment matters. She advises clients in areas such as protecting trade secrets and covenants not to compete; wage and hour law; discrimination and harassment claims; executive employment agreements; leaves of absences; and reductions in force (WARN Act, Cal WARN Act).

She represents employers in varied employment litigation matters (including class actions) pending in state and federal court. Gallegos also represents employers in actions against former employees in trade-secret, covenants not to compete and embezzlement litigation. In addition, she conducts and oversees workplace investigations of harassment and discrimination claims, conducts wage and hour audits and provides employers with training (in English or Spanish) in sexual harassment prevention; employment law for managers; the interplay between state and federal leaves of absences, and compliance with California wage and hour law.

A frequent speaker, Gallegos has presented to the Mexican American Bar Association and California Employment Lawyers Association Joint Roundtable, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Controller's Conference.

Gallegos earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2003 and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000.

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