Join us for an in-person event with special guest, EEOC Commissioner Keith Sonderling

Commissioner Sonderling is recognized for his thought leadership on inclusive AI. He is at the forefront of advocating for rational AI enforcement that meets the mandate of equality without disrupting innovation. He has noted the value of learning the perspectives of innovators, and legal and human resource professionals in this space through an open dialogue. A brief introduction video to Commissioner Sonderling can be found here.

Event Details

Thursday, October 27, 2022

EL Prado Hotel, La Terraza Ballroom
Downtown Palo Alto, 520 Cowper Street

Complimentary valet parking

2:30 pm / Registration
3:00 – 4:00 pm / Interview and Q&A
4:00 – 5:30 pm / Cocktail & Networking Reception

US regulatory and enforcement agencies increasingly are taking a hard look at AI and its potential bias and unintended consequences. Simultaneously, many C-Suite executives are overconfident about the risk of AI-related threats, especially given the critical blind spots that exist in HR and the use of AI hiring tools.

Baker McKenzie, in collaboration with Coleman Parkes, recently surveyed C-Suite level executives on the use and management of AI-enabled hiring and promotion tools. The AI and Corporate Oversight in the US survey illuminated three significant gaps that require C-Suite attention.  A copy of our survey report is available for download here.

To better examine the AI-related challenges identified through our survey and the steps companies should take to address them, we invite legal, compliance, and human resource professionals, along with data scientists and innovators, to join in a conversation with our special guest, EEOC Commissioner Keith Sonderling, during which he will share his insights on key considerations for the use of employment-based AI tools, including best practices for the elimination of bias and the compliant deployment of AI under federal employment law.

Hosted by Baker McKenzie AI partner Bradford Newman, this invitation only event will be followed by a Q&A session and the opportunity to visit with the Commissioner in a casual setting.

We look forward to seeing you.

For more details on this event, click here.

To register click here.


Bradford Newman is a litigation partner resident in Baker McKenzie's Palo Alto Office and Chair of the North America Trade Secrets Practice. According to Chambers USA, Brad is a "recognized authority on trade secrets cases" who "is valued for his tenacious, intelligent and thoughtful approach to trade secrets matters." Bradford regularly serves as lead trial counsel in cases with potential eight and nine-figure liability, and has successfully litigated (both prosecuting and defending) a broad spectrum of trade secrets cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. He routinely advises and represents the world's leading technology, banking, professional service, manufacturing and commerce companies in connection with their most significant data protection and trade secret matters.


Susan Eandi is the head of Baker McKenzie's Global Employment and Labor Law practice group for North America, and chair of the California Labor & Employment practice group. She speaks regularly for organizations including ACC, Bloomberg, and M&A Counsel. Susan has been published extensively in various external legal publications in addition to handbooks/magazines published by the Firm. Susan has been recognized as a leader in employment law by The Daily Journal, Legal 500, PLC and is a Chambers ranked attorney.


Robin Samuel is a partner in the Employment Practice Group of Baker McKenzie's Los Angeles office. Robin helps clients manage and resolve local and cross-border employment issues, whether through counseling or litigation. He advises clients on virtually all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring and firing, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, contract disputes, restrictive covenants, employee raiding, and trade secret matters. Clients trust Robin to handle their most sensitive and complex employment issues.


Michael Brewer is the Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie's California offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Los Angeles and Chair of the Firm’s Global Employment & Compensation Practice. A trial lawyer who represents global and domestic clients, Michael has tried class action and single plaintiff employment cases before judges, juries and arbitrators. Super Lawyers has repeatedly recognized Michael for his superior defense of employment claims.


Krissy Katzenstein is a partner in the Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Baker McKenzie’s New York office. Krissy represents employers in a wide range of employment disputes, with a focus on class and collective actions involving systemic discrimination as well as federal and state agency investigations of systemic discrimination and harassment claims.


Paul Evans is the New York and East Coast leader for the Employment & Compensation Practice Group, residing in Baker McKenzie's New York office.