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April 2018

Gordon & Rees Partner Mercedes Colwin Featured Moderator at the Fourth Annual EPLI ExecuSummit

New York Partner Mercedes Colwin will moderate a three-person panel discussion titled "LGBT - Status of Sexual Orientation as a Protected Class and Protections for Gender Expression and Gender Identity" at the Fourth Annual Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) ExecuSummit in Orlando, Florida, April 10-11, 2018. Panelist include Jessenia L. Vazcones-Yagual, Esq. Claims Examiner - Management Liability Claims OneBeacon Insurance Group, Alyssa Nobile Pianelli, Group Claims - Specialty Lines, Beazley Group, and Matthew J. Connell, Partner, The MacMain Law Group LLC.

The EPLI ExecuSummit is a comprehensive day and a half educational event designed for EPL insurance professionals. The conference features distinguished presenters that will share the essential EPL insurance underwriting and claims intelligence.

For more information on the conference, please click here.

Mercedes Colwin is the founding partner of Gordon & Rees’s New York offices. She handles a wide variety of litigation including employment law, commercial litigation, products liability, civil rights violations and class actions. Colwin has successfully tried 49 cases in various jurisdictions throughout the nation and regularly defends executives from Fortune 500 companies charged with allegations of wrongdoing, including claims of sexual misconduct. Prior to entering private practice, Colwin devoted several years in the public sector where she was a gubernatorial appointee as an Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Division of Human Rights. During her nine year service, while a partner at a major regional New York Law firm, she presided over three-thousand cases under the Federal and State antidiscrimination laws. Forbes Business American Airlines named Colwin one of the six most influential women in America's list that included former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Notre Dame Law School also presented Colwin with the prestigious Graciela Olivarez Award for her outstanding achievement as a leading Hispanic lawyer of the highest ethical and moral standards who exemplifies commitment to community service. Additionally, she was selected as one of the “Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” by Human Resource Executive Magazine. Widely regarded as one of the top national legal analysts for the FOX News Network, she appears to discuss critical legal issues and high profile cases dominating the news.

Mercedes Colwin