Skip to main content
Not Found
On Demand

2021 Annual Employment & Labor Law Fall Seminar - Day 1

Total Credits: 2.25 CLE

Average Rating:
Employment & Labor Law
David T Barton |  Denise M Blommel |  Benjamin John Naylor |  Joshua W Carden
Original Program Date:
Oct 20, 2021


Day One 

COVID-19 Workplace Issues and the Future
David Barton, BurnsBarton PLC
Denise Blommel, Denise M. Blommel, PLLC
Lesser-Known Nuggets of Wisdom
Benjamin Naylor, BurnsBarton PLC
Joshua Carden, Carden Livesay

SEMINAR CO-CHAIRS:    Michael C. Grubbs, Katya M. Lancero, and Jeffrey Silence



David T Barton Related seminars and products

BurnsBarton LLP - Anchor Center West

Denise M Blommel Related seminars and products

Denise M Blommel PLLC

Denise M. Blommel is an attorney in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Arizona and Nevada. Her practice centers on the employer-employee relationship.

Denise is a former Field Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board and a former Assistant Chief Counsel of the Industrial Commission of Arizona. She represents employers and employees in employment and labor matters.

Denise belongs to the State Bar of Arizona, State Bar of Nevada, the American Bar Association, the Scottsdale Bar Association, and the Arizona Employment Lawyers Association. She is President-Elect of the State Bar of Arizona’s Senior Lawyers Division.

Denise was awarded the State Bar of Arizona’s Member of the Year for 1998-1999. She was also awarded the State Bar Employment & Labor Law Section Member of the Year in 2014. Denise is one of the authors of the State Bar’s Arizona Employment Law Handbook and a co-author of articles in the January 2022, January 2021, and December 2013 State Bar’s Arizona Attorney about the State Board of Education’s expanded jurisdiction, COVID-19 in the Workplace, and the Affordable Care Act; and two articles in the April 1994 and April 1998 Arizona Attorney about Workers' Compensation, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. Denise served as Chair of the Employment & Labor Law and Co-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Law Sections of the State Bar of Arizona.

Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Economics, with Highest Distinction (Summa Cum Laude), Honors, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Arizona. She serves on the Advisory Board to the Honors College at the University of Arizona. Her law degree is from Arizona State University. Denise and her Moot Court teammates placed second in the nation in the National Moot Court competition – team, brief, and speaker.

Denise is a frequent presenter for government, business, educational and community groups. She taught Human Resources Law for the ASU Master of Legal Studies Program in 2014 and 2015 and was active with the former ASU Law Group.

Denise is a mediator with the U.S. Postal Service. She and her husband, Don Doerres, are regular presenters of “Soft Skills for a Hard World,” a seminar to improve workplace communication and resolve conflict. Denise and Don belong to the University of Iowa Alumni Association and Denise is a life member of both the ASU and U of A Alumni Associations.

Denise served on the Board of Directors for 20 years for Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. The Girl Scouts awarded Denise the Thanks Badge in 2000; the Thanks Badge II in 2005, and the Impact Award in 2020, their highest volunteer honors. She currently serves as Chair of the Council’s Personnel Committee. Denise and Don live in Scottsdale and are active at St. Patrick Catholic Community.

Denise's website is at Her telephone number is 480-247-7477 and her mailing address is 6945 E. Sahuaro, Suite 125, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Her email address is

Benjamin John Naylor Related seminars and products

BurnsBarton LLP - Anchor Center West

is a partner at BurnsBarton PLC, an employment defense boutique firm. Ben counsels employers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies, and he has successfully tried numerous employment cases throughout the country. Prior to joining BurnsBarton, Ben practiced at Quarles & Brady LLP. Ben lives in North Central Phoenix with his wife and their two kids.

Joshua W Carden Related seminars and products


Joshua Carden likes helping people in the field of employment law, be they wrongfully terminated employees, businesses wanting to stay out of trouble, or lawyers needing a sounding board for ideas. While the vast majority of his work is on the Plaintiffs’ side of the “v.,” he represents just enough businesses to keep himself intellectually honest. He has the dubious distinction of filing or defending 141 lawsuits in state and federal court since launching his solo practice in 2015.
He has been licensed to practice law in the state of Arizona since 2002 and his home state of Texas since 2005. He graduated from Dallas Baptist University in Grand Prairie, Texas with a B.A. in political science, then from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA – both with honors.

Joshua is a Board member of the Arizona Employment Lawyers Association. In 2015, Joshua was appointed by Governor Ducey to the Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board, working closely with the Arizona Attorney General’s office to monitor and safeguard the civil rights of Arizonans, including employment and fair housing. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of that Board.

Last but not least, he is married with two daughters (15 and 12). He enjoys reading, writing, piano (40+ years), shooting (not hunting), aviation, foreign travel, and saving for the weddings. He does not enjoy boilerplate discovery objections from defense firms, separate statements of fact in summary judgment motions that exceed 200 paragraphs, or re-reading the Supreme Court decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services. Published in 2016, his first e-book The Employee’s Guide To The EEOC has been downloaded almost 300 times from



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 3


Kelly L

"Useful and well organized."

Elizabeth T

"Good topics chosen and clear explanations."