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Ms. Halberda

Ashley Halberda

Partner, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Ashley A. Halberda is a Partner at the law firm of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP.

Ms. Halberda advises and represents clients in matters involving California labor and employment law. Ms. Halberda is experienced in representing employers before state court in various employment disputes involving claims of wrongful termination, harassment, failure to provide overtime and paid breaks, as well as class actions.

In addition, Ms. Halberda plays an advisory role to California employers and helps them navigate the ever-changing waters of the state's labor and employment laws. She counsels clients on compliance strategies to enable them to take a proactive approach to avoiding future litigation.

Aside from her experience in employment law, Ms. Halberda has a broad range of civil litigation experience, including courtroom experience in matters related to breach of contract, premises liability and insurance defense.

Ms. Halberda is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and received her law degree from University of San Diego, School of Law. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

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Ms. Halberda can be contacted at +1 949-622-1661 or ahalberda@cdflaborlaw.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.