PLDW Employment Trends Seminar

Are You Ready? Employment Trends 2013 Forum Will Address Post-Election Effects on Key Issues for HR and Business Executives 

Providence, RI – (November 13, 2012) Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) will host “Are You Ready? Employment Trends 2013: Pain Points, Politics & Policies” on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 from 8 am to 9:30 am at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. This free seminar and panel presentation will feature local and national legal and professional experts who will dissect and deliver a deep dive analysis into post-election changes and expectations in state and federal employment and labor law, health care reform legislation and the legal challenges of the use of social media in the workplace.

The presentation is part of PLDW’s ForwardFocus Series and will be facilitated by Providence Business News Editor Mark S. Murphy, and include the following experts and attorneys:

• William E. O’Gara, PLDW Principal and team leader of the firm’s Litigation and Employment Law practice areas;
• Christine C. Ferguson, Director of the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange, and a nationally recognized and respected leader in health care legislation and policy development;
• Cindy Butler, SPHR, President of Butler & Associates, a prominent HR consulting firm; and
• Brian J. Lamoureux, PLDW Partner, and a nationally recognized authority and speaker on the law and social media in the workplace.

“With the presidential election behind us, it is crucial for human resource professionals and business leaders to have clarity on the hot-button topics of federal employment and labor law, health care reform and social media and its use in the workplace, so they know what to expect on a national and local level and can prepare for 2013 accordingly,” said Attorney O’Gara. “We are pleased to present this panel of prominent individuals who will share valuable insight and help provide a roadmap for the future to help tackle some of the most pressing concerns of our time.”
Pre-registration is encouraged by logging onto or call 401-824-5100 or email Check-in begins at 7:30 am and a continental breakfast will be served. This session is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). The event is co-sponsored by the Providence Business News and Butler & Associates.

Panelist Brief Bios

WILLIAM E. O’GARA is a Principal with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC and leads the firm’s Litigation and Employment Teams. He is a highly respected labor and employment law practitioner with a significant depth of experience handling diverse matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Rhode Island Commission on Human Rights and the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination.
Christine C. Ferguson is Director of the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange and a nationally recognized leader in health care reform and policy development. Under her leadership, Ms. Ferguson will undertake the design, development and operation of the Exchange. Before accepting the position in Rhode Island in June 2012, she was a professor at George Washington University focusing on health policy and health insurance issues. Prior to that, Ms. Ferguson served as commissioner of the Department of Public Health in Massachusetts as well as leader of the R.I. Department of Human Services. From 1981-19995, she served as counsel and deputy chief of staff to the late U.S. Senator John H. Chafee. Ferguson holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from Washington College of Law, American University.

CINDY BUTLER, SPHR, is President of Butler & Associates, a professional Human Resources Consulting firm founded in RI in 1995 that provides customized integrated Human Resource solutions in the areas of: staffing and talent management, employee and labor relations, legal and policy compliance, organizational effectiveness, coaching, training, strategic planning, compensation and benefits management. Ms. Butler also serves as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the RI State Council, Society for Human Resource Management.
BRIAN J. LAMOUREUX is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC and a member of the Employment, Litigation and Corporate Business Teams. His extensive practice areas include complex commercial litigation, employment law, social media law, and creditors’ rights. In addition to being an accomplished business litigator, he has rapidly developed into a nationally-recognized voice on cutting-edge legal issues relating to social media.

MARK S. MURPHY is the editor of the award-winning Providence Business News (PBN) and a highly respected journalist, thought-leader on business leadership, economic policy development and workforce dynamics. Mr. Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, a master of science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a master of business administration from Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. As a media innovator, Mr. Murphy has led the PBN’s print, online, research and community advocacy event resources since 2005.
For more information about PLDW, contact David C. Sweet, Director of Administration, at or call 401-824-5100, or visit
About Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC
The attorneys and staff at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) are committed to developing practical and cost-effective solutions while also being supportive of the community in a meaningful way. With offices in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Florida, PLDW has developed a business model that combines international expertise with a more cost-effective delivery system that involves cross training of lawyers and a more practical approach to problem solving. The primary areas of practice for the firm include administrative, corporate and municipal law, civil litigation, employment, government relations, real estate and commercial lending and estate planning and special masterships. The partners demand of themselves and those on the PLDW team, an unparalleled sense of urgency and responsiveness which is derived from an authentic appreciation for their clients and the community in which they serve. For more information, visit


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