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Changing the Landscape of Diversity, Inclusion & the Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession

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This CLE program will discuss the disproportionate statistics of women and minorities in partner positions at law firms, provide an analysis of the key impediments that have affected women and minorities from advancing and discuss how litigation has been used as a tool not only to combat discrimination, but also as leverage to drive diversity and inclusion efforts.

The panelist's will also highlight practices that attorneys and law firms can adopt to increase diversity and inclusion efforts, both internally and externally, to help change the face of the legal profession.

Lecturer Bios

Julia Gavrilov, Esq.

Julia Gavrilov concentrates her practice in equipment leasing, secured finance, asset-based lending and all areas of complex commercial litigation. On the transactional side, Ms. Gavrilov specializes in the drafting of equipment lease and loan documents in various secured financing transactions on behalf of secured lenders, banks and lessors, and in representing both buyers and sellers in syndication and capital market transactions. Based on her steady rise throughout the leasing and finance industry, Ms. Gavrilov has been invited to speak on numerous industry panels, and is slated to be a panelist at various upcoming industry conferences, including the Legal Forum for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and the ELFA Credit & Collections conference.

As a seasoned litigator, Ms. Gavrilov’s commercial litigation practice includes the enforcement and/or preservation of lender/lessor’s rights under defaulted equipment lease and secured loan transactions, and in regularly representing both institutional and individual clients in actions involving breach of contract, fraud, shareholder derivative disputes, trademark infringement, counterfeiting, trade diversion, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), attorney malpractice and bankruptcy related disputes before the Federal and State courts, as well as various arbitral bodies. In addition to her daily practice, Ms. Gavrilov also Chairs the Firm’s Women’s Initiative program: “MHH WINS” – “Women’s Initiative for Navigating Success”.

Education: New York Law School, J.D. 2006; Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A. 2002

Ms. Gavrilov is admitted to practice in New York, as well as before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Gavrilov is a member of the American, New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations. She is also member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) where she serves on its Service Providers Business Council Steering Committee as well as on the Research Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation. Additionally, Ms. Gavrilov is a member of the Secured Finance Network's (SFNet) Women in Secured Finance Committee as well as a member of GGI-Worldwide Alliance of Independent Law Firms.

Keith J. Frank, Esq.

Keith J. Frank is a Partner of the firm where he Co-Chairs its Employment Law Practice Group. Mr. Frank handles all areas of litigation with an emphasis in labor & employment and insurance law. In particular, Mr. Frank litigates all matters that fall within a client's D&O, E&O, EPLI and CGL policies. He regularly litigates before federal, state and local courts and administrative agencies claims of sexual harassment, discriminatory practices, overtime and wage law, insurance coverage issues, corporate law and commercial law matters. In 30 years of practice, Mr. Frank has represented and counseled government entities, large, medium and small sized manufacturing companies, retail companies, financial institutions, education institutions, hospitals, medical practices and professionals, service companies, apartment building cooperative boards, property management companies, title companies, real estate agents and not-for-profit entities.

As a recognized leader in his field, Mr. Frank is a frequent speaker on employment law, trial practice and discovery issues. He regularly provides CLE training to the bar and continuing education courses. He is a Past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association (2011-2013).

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Frank was a Partner at a firm where he served as Co-Chair of its Labor & Employment Group. Prior to that, Mr. Frank served as an Assistant Vice President with Chubb Insurance and as a Partner and Senior Trial Counsel in Chubb's Long Island In-House Counsel firm. In this position, he was the Partner in charge of litigating labor and employment, civil rights, first amendment, commercial, housing discrimination, condo/cooperative liability; professional liability; and breach of fiduciary duty cases pursuant to a Chubb Insured's E&O, D&O or EPLI policy.

From 1992 to 2001, Mr. Frank served as an Assistant General Counsel with the MTA New York City Transit, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel where he defended NYC Transit in labor & employment, police civil rights and general liability cases in federal & state court and before administrative agencies, including defense verdicts in wrongful death and high exposure injury cases. In addition, he counseled executive management on labor issues with the TWU, the largest transit union in the country. He was also the Director of an1454087v1 400 Garden City Plaza, Garden City, New York 11530 P: 516. 873. 2000 F: 516. 873. 2010 Investigations Unit that investigated allegations of employee discrimination, harassment and wrongful conduct. Education: Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.; Long Island University, B.A.

Mr. Frank is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York.

Mr. Frank is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County and is currently an elected Trustee of the Miller Place School District Board of Education.

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