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Leveling The Playing Field: Addressing Gender Equity and Negotiation Strategies

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Course Information

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

National attention has addressed the pay gap for women. Beyond that, there is an information gap, a power and understanding gap, and common perceptions of femininity that have resulted in institutional disadvantages for female attorneys, especially litigators. This program exposes nationwide statistics regarding the wage gap between female and male attorneys and pays special focus to recent academic and bar association studies addressing gender differences in the profession. The course also addresses practical ways to overcome this gender gap, including negotiation strategies and skills to foster leadership and opportunities for professional development. Taught by Russo & Toner Managing Attorney Florina Altshiler, the goal of this program is not just to raise awareness of the issue but to also offer its participants the opportunity to solve the problem.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss gender-based inequities within the legal field and how to address the inequities and level the playing field
  2. Develop a toolbox of skills, including enhanced interviewing techniques
  3. Provide guidance for salary negotiations
  4. Professionally manage office relationships
  5. Negotiate effectively during arbitration, mediation, and settlement conferences
  6. Review relevant developments in employment law for hiring considerations

Credit Information

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Florina Altshiler

Russo & Toner, LLP

Florina Altshiler is a litigation attorney specializing in labor law and premise liability matters. Her practice also includes medical malpractice and general negligence law. Previously, Ms. Altshiler worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Alaska where she handled the prosecution of the highest-level felonies including homicides, sexual assaults and violent felonies through jury trial. She has prosecuted over twenty cases through jury verdict. Prior to working as a prosecutor, Ms. Altshiler honed her litigation skills at nationally recognized law firms in New York City for seven years. She has significant experience in the areas of complex medical malpractice, premises liability and construction accident litigation. 

Ms. Altshiler is the managing attorney for the firm’s Buffalo, NY office.


  • J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, 2005
  • International Studies Certificate from Binghamton University, 2003
  • B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University, 2002


  • Practicing attorney for over 10 years
  • Litigated cases at the State and Federal level through trial and appeal
  • Over 20 trials through jury verdict as first chair
  • Arbitrator, Civil Court of the City of New York
  • Instructor of Trial Advocacy at Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy (criminal and civil) at St. John’s School of Law
  • Mock Trial Coach, Anchorage High School


  • New York State, 2006
  • New Jersey State, 2005
  • Alaska State, 2013
  • United States District Courts of the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York


  • Alaska State Legislature Citation
  • Dr. Thomas C. Beneventano Award for Legal Medicine
  • Rosenberg Scholar, St. John’s School of Law
  • Institutional Merit Scholar, St. John’s School of Law
  • 2004 CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • U.S. President’s Student Service Award for Outstanding Service to America
  • United Hospital Fund’s Student Achievement Award
  • Rosefsky Language and Culture Scholar, Binghamton University
  • Semi-Finalist, Intel National Science Talent Search
  • Salomon Smith Barney Quality of Life Research Competition
  • New York City Hall Commendation for Research


  • Erie County Bar Association CLE Presenter: Pre-Litigation Statements Qualified Privilege or Defamation? April, 2015
  • Erie County Bar Association CLE Presenter: Intensive (two-day) Trial College, anticipated October, 2015
  • WGRZ-TV: Civil Trial Analysis of the Corasanti trial
  • Contributing writer in Law and Policy to The Public


Jean B.

The presenter was great

Gary R.

Good course thanks

Nancy B.

I commend the presenter for addressing such an important topic as gender equality in the legal profession. It is not talked about enough.

Kelly H.

Great speaker

Sandy T.

Really liked this cle!

Peter H.

Good speaker. Well organized and presented materials.

Angie K.

Very informative, thank you!

Wendy P.


Dina B.

Very thorough

Tim W.

Overall, an excellent presentation. Content was relevant. Well articulated. Precise. Concise.

Edward M B.

Excellent presentation!

Pamela G.

I really enjoyed this class. Very practical information presented in a clear and concise manner.

Magda V.

This lecture was incredible All women and men should definitely take it. So many things were spot on right and it was very impactful to see it packaged in a one hour course.

Chris S.

I’m starting to see more women in the criminal courts .

Diana K.


Michael G.

Very nice presentation

Joseph M.

Great course & speaker !!!

Amy M.

Very useful!

Mike B.

Thank you.

Henry G.

Excellent informative presentation.

Gregory N.

She is an excellent teacher.

Jennifer T.

This course surprised me at what great content it had. Truly appreciated hearing about gender bias and how to navigate.

Anne T.

crucial topic, well-covered, thank you!

Sarah W.

This CLE was awesome. I really enjoyed listening and learning about what is happening in the world of gender bias.

Clara R.

I love this program.

Ed S.

excellent negotiating strategies to get fair treatment

Andrew D.

Excellent speaker.

Pamela S.

This was great!

Andrew L.

Good practical tips, little law.

George S.

Well done.

Dawn R. M.

I would recommend this course to all women entering the legal profession or traditionally non female professions. I wish such a course was available 20 years ago.

Evan K.

So good. Very informative, thanks!

Jennifer H.

Outstanding! Very informative and actionable presentation. Easy to follow and digest. Thank you!

Randy B.

This was an outstanding presentation and the documents provided are great. Looking forward to more presentations from Attorney Altshiler.

Jennifer B.

This was a great CLE and I loved the presenter and the topic! The best one so far on here! Please have this presenter back with more information in this area of law and gender inequity!

Allison P.

Very well done with practical suggestions. Thank you!

Alexander H.

Great presentation. Really enjoyed it.

Andrew C.

Great material. Really learned a lot from this presentation.

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