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Negotiating Salary Seminar

  • 04/19/2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual: Zoom



Join the Young Lawyers Division of CLI for this Salary negotiation seminar.

Salary negotiation is an important way to increase your earnings both when getting a new job and when seeking out a raise. Effectively negotiating your salary at different points in your career can have a great effect on your long-term earning potential. We hope attorneys leaving our seminar will have gained insight into general salary data in the legal field as well as best practices for negotiating their salary with confidence.

Meet the Panelists:

Melinda Delmonico

Melinda Delmonico is President and CEO of Gibson Arnold Associates, Inc., one of the nation’s most respected legal recruiting firms. Melinda has over 25 years of experience building relationships with law firms, corporate law departments, and candidates and has earned her company’s impeccable reputation for efficacy and integrity. Melinda provides the organization with strategic vision and leadership in serving the national legal community. Gibson Arnold has been recognized as a top woman-owned business nationwide. Colorado Business Magazine has recognized Gibson Arnold as a top 250 company.

Kirstyn Jacobs

As associate corporate counsel at DISH Network, Kirstyn Jacobs works toward achieving DISH’s goals of changing the way the world watches TV through its satellite TV services and upending the wireless industry with the build out of its 5G broadband network. Kirstyn helps to achieve these goals by working closely with DISH’s business teams, drafting and negotiating complex commercial transactions, and leveraging her private practice experience. Prior to joining DISH’s legal team, Kirstyn worked as a corporate associate at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath where she specialized in public and private securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions, notably representing Boston Scientific Corporation, Canvas Technology in an acquisition by Amazon, and Century Casinos. Kirstyn earned her law degree in 2018 from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with a certificate in Corporate and Commercial Law. 

Kenzo Kawanabe

Kenzo Kawanabe is a trial lawyer who represents clients in high-stakes cases relating to commercial disputes, mass torts, products liability, and intellectual property. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has significant litigation experience.

Mr. Kawanabe served on the DGS Executive Committee and as Pro Bono Partner. He teaches at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and dedicates significant time to volunteer work, including board service for Colorado Legal Services and the Colorado Lawyers Committee. Mr. Kawanabe is a fourth-generation Coloradan who engages in community service. He serves on the board of advisors for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System and as board chair for the Boettcher Foundation. Mr. Kawanabe is the former board chair of The Denver Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations which annually grants tens of millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations. He also served on the boards of the Sakura Foundation, Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, Community Resource Center, Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities, Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Mr. Kawanabe clerked for then Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABF fellow), Colorado Bar Association (board of governors and Bar Fellow), Denver Bar Association (board of trustees and Executive Committee), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (first-ever General Counsel), Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado (past president and foundation president), and Minoru Yasui Inn of Court.

Laura Lopez Nickerson

Laura Lopez Nickerson is a corporate services attorney in Holland & Knight's Denver office. Ms. Nickerson's practice areas encompass mergers and acquisitions (M&A), securities and corporate finance, and cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Nickerson practiced law at a nationally renowned securities boutique with an international reach, where she represented clients spanning various industries, including energy and natural resources, financial services, government, healthcare and life sciences, real estate and technology.

Ms. Nickerson previously served as a Fellow in the Municipal Operations section of the Denver City Attorney's Office. She also held internships at Newmont Mining Corporation, the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Oklahoma Office of the Governor. Ms. Nickerson's previous experiences, breadth of intercultural connections and public relations education produce innovative solutions and client-centered results.

Lindsey Schultz

Lindsey Schultz is Counsel, Global Privacy, for Visa, supporting the business across a broad range of privacy and data use issues. Before joining Visa, Lindsey worked as Counsel, Privacy Governance and Compliance at Western Union where she oversaw global legal matters as well as worldwide privacy operations. Previously, Lindsey served in a business attorney role at Western Union dealing with a wide variety of commercial and regulatory matters, including extensive over-the-counter FX derivatives work. Her first in-house role was at a small payments company outside Boston which is now part of Worldpay/FIS. Lindsey earned her B.S. from Boston University and a J.D./M.B.A. from Willamette University in Oregon.

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