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    January Monthly Meeting (Breakfast) - Legal Update

    Date: January 24, 2023, 7:30am – 9:00am
    Holiday Day Inn Valley View
    3315 Ordway Drive
    Roanoke, VA 24017
    $25-Members / $30-Guests / $10-Student Chapter Members
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    New Cost beginning 2023 - $25 for members, and $30 for guests.

    Legal Update 

    Please join us for a special legal update! This open forum includes an attorney panel discussing and answering Human Resources related questions and concerns. RVSHRM members will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the meeting and will also be able to ask questions during the session.  Don’t miss your chance to engage in a great discussion on recent developments and changes in employment law that could impact your organization.

    Approved for 1.0 SHRM / HRCI General Credit


    About our speakers: 

    Todd Leeson is a partner with Gentry Locke Attorneys in Virginia.  He has over 30 years of experience representing Virginia employers in employment and labor law matters and litigation. He regularly defends employment claims in Virginia courts and before agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, DOL, OSHA (whistleblower and retaliation claims), and the Virginia Office of Civil Rights. Todd regularly drafts, enforces, and/or litigates non-compete agreements and executive employment contracts. In addition, he has considerable experience representing management in labor union matters. He also represents Virginia private colleges in various student conduct matters including Title IX and sexual misconduct complaints and investigations.

    Todd is rated “AV/Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, is repeatedly named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Labor & Employment Law, and has regularly been named to various lists, including Virginia Legal Elite.  As recent examples, in 2022 Best Lawyers in America named Todd the “Lawyer of the Year” (Labor law-management) in Roanoke.  Todd was also honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2022 as a “Go To” employment lawyer, and in 2021 as a “Leader in the Law.”  Todd graduated from the College of William & Mary, and from the Notre Dame Law School. 

    Patrick Bolling, Principal

    Woods Rogers

    Patrick Bolling solves workforce issues in collaboration with human resource professionals and other company leaders.

    As part of the firm’s Labor & Employment team, he helps his clients make day-to-day employment decisions, design and implement fair and effective employment policies, contracts and handbooks, conduct workplace investigations, and prevent disputes from becoming litigation. Patrick’s additional experience in transactional business matters allows him to offer depth and context to decision-makers beyond the employment setting. When necessary, Patrick aggressively defends employers, primarily in state and federal regulatory actions and civil litigation related to discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation under equal employment opportunity laws.

    Peers named Patrick a “Top Lawyer” and “Millennial on the Move” in Lynchburg Business magazine and a “Rising Star” in Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite list. His insights have been published in Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division’s Opening Statement, Lynchburg Business magazine, and in other forums such as Lynchburg’s SHRM chapter and Woods Rogers’ legal blog. He regularly teaches at Woods Rogers’ popular Labor & Employment Seminar series, for leaders in Lynchburg’s start-up community at Lynchburg Economic Development Authority’s “CO.STARTERS,” and for industry groups like the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. He also has been a moot court judge at W&L’s School of Law.

    Patrick sits on the Boards of Directors for The Williams Home and the Virginia Legal Aid Society, where he also regularly takes pro bono cases. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Virginia Bar Association.

    Jeff Howard

    Jeff Howard is a retired ARCpoint Labs franchisee for the Roanoke and New River Valley markets.  ARCpoint Labs of Salem and Christiansburg offer drug-free workplace program development, and drug, alcohol, DNA, wellness and background screening services.    He is also the retired CEO of Dynamic Medical LLC, a medical reference laboratory serving senior care communities.

    Jeff has a B.S. in Agribusiness from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech.   He has spent most of his career in corporate sales and marketing positions with Ford New Holland, Novozymes and Automatic Data Processing Dealer Services Division.

    Jeff is active at Salem Presbyterian Church, Past President of the Rotary Club of Salem and the former Student Chapter Liaison for the Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management.

    Jeff keeps active with tennis, hiking, woodworking and travel.