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Program Overview

By 2025 Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce. Employers are faced with the shift from a “boomer” work culture to one based upon the different expectations, work styles and needs of Millennial workers. Millennials are also impacting related employment claims including the substance, frequency, resolution (including amount of settlement) of cases and ultimately how they are tried. This program will discuss the distinct Millennial characteristics that are changing the workplace, and identify how those distinctions are revealing themselves in claims handling and employment litigation.


Who Should Attend

  • Trial lawyers handling jury trials in every area of the law
  • Employment defense litigators
  • Claims adjusters trying to understand how Millenials will impact claims
  • Human Resources professionals

What You Will Learn

  • How to ensure that efforts to meet Millennial work/life needs don’t result in FLSA noncompliance
  • The ways Millennial involvement is increasing the costs of electronic discovery and claims budgeting
  • How cognitive offloading is impacting the jury room and claims investigation
  • Why it is critical to ensure Millennials jurors are engaged in the trial process


Johner T. Wilson

Johner T. Wilson is a lead trial attorney and partner at Lewis Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Chicago, IL. He manages a general litigation practice focusing on casualty, commercial, employment and public risk litigation. He works with public and private corporations of various sizes and helps his clients manage costs during the pre-litigation phase and minimize financial exposure at trial. A member of DRI and the IADC, he is also on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and active in the National Employment Law Council.

Mary Smigielski

Mary Smigielski is a partner in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Employment & Labor Practice. She is a high performing attorney with considerable experience partnering with all levels of leadership to achieve complex business objectives, define, assess and control legal risk, and implement workplace policies and best practices while managing multi-discipline teams and big ticket litigation. Ms. Smigielski handles matters including complex and single-plaintiff litigation, charges of discrimination, nationwide counseling, and sensitive workplace investigations, including C-Suite level.

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