Angelo I. Amador

Angelo I. Amador

Executive Director | Restaurant Law Center

Angelo Amador is Executive Director of the Restaurant Law Center. He also serves as Senior Vice President of Legal Advocacy and Regulatory Counsel for the National Restaurant Association.

Amador serves as chief litigation officer for the Association, prioritizing legal matters to be pursued through amicus briefs or first party litigation. He also represents the Association’s interests by advocating before regulatory agencies; testifying at public hearings; drafting and filing regulatory comments; and, when necessary, recommending and managing legal challenges.

Prior to his current role, Amador was vice president of labor and workforce policy. He was  responsible for working with the business community to develop the restaurant industry’s position on labor, health care, immigration, education and other issues affecting the benefits, availability and quality of the workforce. He advocated on behalf of the Association and its members before Congress and the executive branch.

Before joining the National Restaurant Association, Amador served as an executive director in the Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he had responsibility for workforce issues, global migration, and travel/border policy. Previously, he was in private practice and served as law clerk to the Hon. David T. Stitt, judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. Prior to his clerkship, he worked in Washington, D.C., for the governor of Puerto Rico as assistant director/legislative counsel and as staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Lisa V. Gressel

Lisa V. Gressel

General Counsel | P.F. Chang’s China Bistro 

Lisa Gressel joined P.F. Chang’s in October 2016 where she is General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer, managing all legal, licensing, risk and HR activities for the Company.  Lisa has a deep level of experience handling complex legal, risk, compliance, and policy issues at publicly-traded and private companies.  Prior to joining P.F. Chang’s, Lisa developed and managed the compliance and enterprise risk management programs at PetSmart.  Lisa has also held positions as Deputy General Counsel of GE Aircraft Engines, SVP & General Counsel of L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, General Counsel of Avella Specialty Pharmacy and EaglePicher Technologies, and Chief Compliance Officer of Nortel Networks in Toronto.  Lisa teaches a masters of law class in Enterprise Risk Management at Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State University and is a frequent lecturer on Global Compliance & Ethics programs. She is experienced in partnering with Boards, senior management, and business managers in developing legal, risk and compliance programs to best meet the needs of the organization and advance its business objectives.  Lisa has a B.A. in Economics and a J.D.

Jorge Lopez

Jorge Lopez

Shareholder | Littler Mendelson

Jorge R. Lopez has practiced immigration law for more than 30 years and focuses on corporate immigration, processing temporary and permanent corporate visa petitions, and all aspects of the Immigration and Nationality Act regarding visa benefits and Federal I-9 immigration compliance. Jorge often appears before the Department of Homeland Security on immigration benefits and compliance matters, as well as before the Department of State and other state entities regulating immigration compliance. He also represents clients in international forums on global migration issues.

Board-certified in immigration and nationality law by the Florida Bar, Jorge has advised multinational companies on how to meet their global workforce needs and on the management of I-9 audits and federal investigations. He also has actively managed the worldwide transfer of staff for a number of multi-national companies.

Additionally, Jorge provides advice on immigration-related employment discrimination, as regulated by the Office of the Special Counsel for Immigration Related Employment Discrimination. He has developed training programs for in-house legal teams and managers at client sites related to immigration compliance modules involving I-9 and visa issues.

Jorge has published numerous articles on immigration law and frequently presents regionally, nationally and internationally at seminars and training programs addressing immigration issues. He works with a diverse selection of clients that span the following industries:

  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Airlines
  • Hospitality
  • Media and publishing
  • Retail

A shareholder of Littler Mendelson and a chair of the Global Mobility & Immigration Practice Group, Jorge previously worked in private practice.

Shannon L. Meade

Shannon L. Meade

Executive Director, Workplace Policy Institute | Littler Mendelson 

Shannon Meade is the executive director of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute® (WPI®), the firm’s government relations and public policy arm. A highly seasoned government affairs professional, she advocates for the interests of employers to help define and shape workplace policy at the international, national and local levels.

Drawing on more than two decades working in senior roles on Capitol Hill and for prominent trade groups, Shannon develops strategic advocacy campaigns in partnership with clients to advance their legislative and regulatory priorities. Her deep policy experience, political acumen and vast relationships with government officials and industry associations allow her to build coalitions that protect and promote the collective interests of companies, trade associations, state chambers of commerce and business groups. Over the last several years, she has been at the forefront of major workplace policy debates and legislative victories, including efforts to defeat the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act at the national level and state-specific reforms such as the push to reform Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act.

In addition, Shannon helps clients navigate transformational workplace issues and developments that the law has yet to address but that employers are grappling with in real-time. She is actively engaged in advocacy efforts with key federal and state lawmakers related to such issues as artificial intelligence, automation, contingent workers and wage and hours laws. Shannon and WPI are also engaged in legislative efforts to address the skilled labor shortage in the U.S., including supporting legislation aimed at modernizing the nation’s workforce development and education system.

Prior to joining Littler, Shannon served as the vice president of public policy and legal advocacy for the National Restaurant Association, the leading business association for the restaurant and foodservice industry. She also served as the deputy director of the Restaurant Law Center, the legal arm of the Association, and worked extensively with the Association’s Educational Foundation on workforce development programs. Before that, Shannon was a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, chief of staff and legislative director for Congresswoman Kay Granger, and legislative counsel on the U.S. House Government Reform Committee.

Edna Morris

Edna Morris

Senior Advisor | Solomon Partners 

Edna Morris is a Senior Advisor at Solomon Partners in the firm’s Grocery, Pharmacy & Restaurants Group. She joined Solomon Partners in 2017.

A veteran of the food and beverage industry, Ms. Morris has over 40 years of leadership experience that includes positions of influence with some of the most well-known restaurant groups and organizations in the United States. She has served as President of Red Lobster (then owned by Darden Restaurants), Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits (then owned by OSI Inc), Quincy’s Family Steakhouse and the James Beard Foundation. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Tractor Supply Company and has previously served on the Boards of Cosi, Inc., Einstein Noah and on the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America. She is also the founding Chair of Women’s Foodservice Forum.

Ms. Morris has been the recipient of several industry accolades, including the MUFSO Golden Chain Award, the Women’s Foodservice Forum’s Trailblazer Award, the Foodservice Council for Women’s Beacon Award, an Elliot Mentor Award and named an NRN Power Player. She is a frequent speaker at industry and Board related events.

In her current role as a Managing Director at private equity firm Axum Capital Partners, Ms. Morris leads the restaurant strategy practice and serves as an Industry Expert for the firm’s restaurant portfolio companies (Wild Wing Cafe, Back Yard Burgers). She is also the Chief Executive Officer, founder and a partner of CityRange, two chef-driven casual dining restaurants.

Ms. Morris graduated Phil Beta Kappa from University of South Carolina with a BS in Psychology.