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On Demand

Nuts & Bolts of Mediations and Settlements

Total Credits: 7.0

2023 Federal Sector Conference
Labor Law |  Labor Relations
Jonathan C. Goldman |  Katherine Beaumont Kern |  David Lidow |  Jennifer Sarna
58 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Sep 14, 2023
Product Type:
On Demand - Also available: On Demand  8
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This session will provide insights and best practices into mediation and settlement before the Merit Systems Protection Board.  The panel will offer perspectives from the Bench as well as from Agency and Appellant representatives.


Jonathan C. Goldman's Profile

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Law Offices of Goldman & Ehrlich, Chtd.

For 30 years, Jonathan Goldman has been representing individuals and small businesses in employment disputes. His practice includes litigation of employment matters in state and federal courts, state and federal administrative agencies, and civil service forums. This also includes representing federal employees in EEOC and MSPB proceedings. He also has extensive experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements.

Katherine Beaumont Kern's Profile

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Administrative Judge

U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board

KATHERINE (KATE) BEAUMONT KERN has served as a Federal Administrative Judge with the Merit Systems Protection Board since 2014. Prior to coming to MSPB, Kate worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for ten years – 5 years for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio and 5 years for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. Kate worked in the Civil Division of each office, prosecuting civil fraud cases and defending the United States and its agencies and employees in civil cases. Kate started her career working in private practice in Chicago after graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1998 and a law degree (cum laude) from the same school in 2001. Kate was an adjunct professor in the trial advocacy program at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin and has served as a guest lecturer at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; the University of Illinois School of Law; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s training facility (National Advocacy Center) in Columbia, South Carolina. 

David Lidow's Profile

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Administrative Judge

U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board

David R. Lidow is an Administrative Judge with the Merit Systems Protection Board in the Central Regional Office located in Chicago.  The MSPB is an independent, quasi-judicial agency that adjudicates federal employment disputes and whistleblower retaliation claims.   He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the civil division, representing the United States in employment discrimination cases, claims brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act, civil rights cases, and pursuing fraud claims on behalf of various government programs. 

Jennifer Sarna's Profile

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Assistant Regional Counsel

Office of the General Counsel, Region V, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jennifer R. Sarna has been an Assistant Regional Counsel with the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in Chicago, Illinois since 2005.  She represents HHS before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, and Departmental Appeals Board, and advises clients on a variety of labor, employment, civil rights, and health law matters.  Ms. Sarna was previously an Attorney in the HHS OGC Claims and Employment Law Branch of the General Law Division in Washington, D.C., where she began her legal career in 1999.  Ms. Sarna served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel in 2004 and received the OGC Excellence of Service Award in 2018.  She is a graduate of Knox College and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.