Anders Etgen Reitz heads the HR legal team at IUNO, a leading law firm in Denmark.
Anders is recognized as one of Denmark’s leading employment lawyers. He is a specialist in international employment law and advises multinationals on conducting business in the Nordic region and around the globe.
Anders is a regular speaker at international conferences on employment law issues. He co-edited several books on international employment law for the ABA's International Practitioner's Deskbook Series. Anders has also written a number of articles on national and international employment law.
Anders is Co-Chair of the Global Employment Institute (GEI) and former Co-Chair of the Discrimination and Equality Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) as well as a former Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) - International Employment Law Committee.
Anders is on the panel of experts on employment law (fagudvalget for ansættelsesret) and the International Committee of the Danish Bar Association (Danske Advokater). Anders was one of the founding board members of the Danish Employment Lawyers Association (Ansættelsesadvokater) and an active member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA).
Anders received his Master's Degree in Law in 2000 from the University of Copenhagen. He has pursued his international studies at Oxford and Harvard, and in 2005 he received an LL.M. in labour and employment law from New York University.
Baba Zipkin is the principal of Millrace Consulting, offering legal and HR services regarding international mobility and immigration matters to companies operating on a global basis.
Until January 2016, Baba was a Senior Counsel with IBM’s Corporate HR Law Group.
After joining IBM in 1999, Baba provided support for IBM’s global business in the area of domestic and international employment law, focusing on outsourcing and M&A deals, labor models, global mobility, and immigration issues. In addition, as a lead for IBM’s extended global HR legal team, she handled a full range of domestic and international employment law issues for IBM’s commercial and public sector businesses, and worked closely with IBM’s regional and country lawyers and outside counsel on cross-border employment law matters. She also supported IBM’s Government and Regulatory Affairs organization in the immigration and wage and hour areas.
Baba began her legal practice in Brussels, Belgium with the law firm of Puelinckx, DeScheemacker & Dillemans, and prior to joining IBM was a partner with Hall, Dickler, Kent, Friedman & Wood in New York City, where she headed the firm’s employment practice.
Baba is co-vice chair and member of the management committee of XBHR, a global forum for cross-border human resources experts. She is a member of the International Bar Association’s Global Employment Institute, where she serves on the GEI Working Group. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the New York federal district courts, Southern and Eastern Districts, and the New York state courts.
Donald C. Dowling has extensive experience advising U.S.-based companies on outbound international labor and employment laws. Don provides counsel on a wide variety of global employment law matters, including codes of conduct and HR policies that guide operations in multiple jurisdictions, international compensation and benefits issues, whistleblower hotlines, and cross-border internal investigations and HR compliance audits. He regularly advises clients on employment matters that arise with international restructurings, reductions in force, mergers, acquisitions, and outsourcing. Additionally, Don helps clients properly engage independent contractors overseas, manage expatriate programs, and develop employment agreements and employee handbooks.
Earlier in his career, Don served as in-house international employment counsel for a Fortune 500 company in Paris and as an employment law consultant for a global consulting firm. He has delivered hundreds of presentations on international employment law issues in English and Spanish in countries around the world, and regularly publishes articles and teaches courses on a variety of global employment law topics.
Professional & Community Affiliations
Member, Advisory Board
New York University School of Law’s Center for Labor & Employment Law
Cross-Border HR Group
Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Chambers USA 2017
Named, Legal 500
US Labor & Employment, Workplace and Employment Counseling
Named, Super Lawyer
Named, Attorneys Who Matter
Named, Leading International Labor/Employment Lawyer
PLC Which Lawyer?
Order of the Coif
Dr Thomas Müller-Bonanni LL.M. is a partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the firm's head of the German speaking Employment Pensions and Benefits practice group. His practice covers the full range of labor and employment law with a special focus on mass lay-offs, restructurings, and mergers & acquisitions. Thomas has also broad experience in advising on remuneration systems including stock options. He furthermore represents regularly major German and international corporates in senior executive matters.
His recent work includes advising Porsche on their conversion into a European Stock Corporation, ThyssenKrupp on the restructuring and sale of their shipyards business, E.ON on their group-wide restructuring program p2w and Weight Watchers on a reorganization of their sales organization.
Thomas is a regular lecturer at HR specialist seminars, both at national and international level, and author of numerous legal publications. Inter alia, Thomas is a co-editor of the American Bar Association's Practitioner's Guide to International Employment Law. He is also an author in a leading German handbook on labor and employment law and a handbook on international corporations.
Thomas received his legal education at the universities of Cologne, Germany, Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland. He holds an LL.M. degree of New York University and was a scholar of the German Academic Exchange service.
Edward O’Callaghan has over twenty years of litigation experience in criminal and civil matters both in private practice and in government service. His practice focuses on defending financial institutions, public companies, asset management firms, and individuals in international and domestic regulatory investigations and criminal prosecutions, including cases involving allegations of securities fraud, insider trading and market manipulation, bank fraud, money laundering, accounting fraud, health care fraud, corruption, RICO, criminal antitrust, and matters involving alleged violations of the United States export controls and the FCPA.
Recent public instructions include the representation of Jeffrey Webb, the former President of CONCACAF and FIFA Executive Committee Member in the criminal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) indictment pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and Fokker Services, B.V., in the successful negotiation of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with DOJ involving historical violations of the U.S. sanctions, and related court proceedings in United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Edward has represented five of the largest financial institutions in the world in grand jury investigations, regulatory enforcement and compliance matters and in transactional due diligence investigations. He also handles complex civil cases, conducts internal investigations for corporate clients and constructs effective global compliance and risk assessment programs for multi-national corporations.
From 1999 until 2008, Edward was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Co-Chief of the Terrorism & National Security Unit during the last three years of his tenure. He acted as the lead prosecutor on a number of high-profile matters including the Department of Justice’s international financial fraud investigation and prosecutions related to corruption in the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program, RICO prosecutions of crime families, numerous banks and securities fraud cases, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, export control enforcement, and other cases.
Mr. O’Callaghan is a recipient of the US Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (2008) and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant US Attorney (2000). He received a B.A. Government (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Georgetown University in 1991, a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1994 and was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York in 1995. After law school, he was Law Clerk to the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Erika Collins is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the International Labor & Employment Law Group. Erika advises and counsels multinational public and private companies on a wide range of cross-border employment and human resources matters throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Erika represents U.S. and non-U.S. employers in all aspects of company growth and restructuring, from office openings, executive hires and workforce expansions to company downsizing, employment terminations, mass layoffs and office closures. She advises clients on preparing competitive employment packages and agreements, such as separation, expatriate and consulting agreements, that are compliant with local laws, as well as on payroll, benefits and vacation issues. Erika regularly conducts multi-country audits of employment laws and practices in order to provide advice to clients regarding compliance with data privacy, fixed term contracts, outsourcing, and working time and leave regulations among numerous other issues.
Erika has helped numerous companies comply with EU data privacy regulations, as well as other similarly onerous non-US data privacy regulations. She has conducted data privacy training for dozens of employers and her expertise in employee-related data privacy challenges spans the globe.
Additionally, Erika advises employers on sexual harassment and other misconduct allegations. She also is experienced in conducting due diligence on international subsidiaries and advising on applicable business transfer laws and employee transition issues in cross-border M&A transactions.
Erika is the editor of The Employment Law Review (7th Edition), which covers employment laws in 48 countries as well as three cross border chapters on M&A, Global Diversity and Social Media. In addition to authoring numerous articles on international employment topics, Erika is a regular speaker at the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Topics on which she has written and spoken recently include: “Cross-Border Transfers of Executives,” “Global Mobility Issues for Multi-Nationals,” “Employment Issues in Cross-Border M&A Transactions,” “The Landscape of Issues in International Employment Law,” “Global Diversity Programs,” “The Intersection of EU Privacy and Anti-Discrimination Laws,” and “Cross-Border Investigations.”
International Bar Association (Senior Vice-Chair of the Industrial Relations and Employment Law Committee)
American Bar Association's Section of International Law,
International Employment Law Committee (Former Chair)
Housing + Solutions (Advisory Board Member)
XBHR (Member, Former Board Member)
Awards & Recognition
Chambers USA: New York: Labor & Employment 2007-2016
Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law 2010-2016
The Legal 500 United States: Labor & Employment: Workplace & Employment Counseling 2013, 2015-2016
Lexology Client Choice Award: Labor & Employment 2016
Euromoney: 2015 Americas Women in Business Law: Best in Labor & Employment
New York Super Lawyers 2007-2015
The International Who’s Who of Management, Labour & Employment Lawyers 2007-2013
International Labor & Employment
Non-Compete & Trade Secrets
Strategic Corporate Planning
Whistleblowing & Retaliation
French & EU Labor and Employment Law
Hiring & Background Checks
Mergers & Acquisitions
Privacy & Data Security
University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 1994
Brown University, A.B., 1988
Admissions & Qualifications
District of Columbia
Fran Phillips Taft, is Executive Counsel for Baker Hughes, a GE company.
Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) is an international industrial service company and one of the world's largest oil field services companies. BHGE is headquartered in Houston, Texas and employs more than 61,000 employees worldwide and has operations in more than 120 +countries providing the oil and gas industry with products and services for oil drilling, formation evaluation, completion, production and reservoir consulting.
At BHGE, Fran is the Company’s global employment and labour counsel with primary responsibility for data privacy compliance and labor and employment matters pending in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Fran is responsible for providing strategic and legal guidance to the global human resources team and business leaders and for developing L&E strategy, driving HR compliance, data privacy compliance, anticipating new social legislation/key risks for the business as well as managing global employee relations, L&E litigation and supporting M&A transactions.
Fran is a dual qualified attorney (US/UK) and has over 20+ years of experience in United States and international employment law as in-house counsel and in private practice. Prior to joining BHGE, she worked in Florence, Italy as Global Labor and Employment Counsel for GE Oil & Gas; and for several years she was a Senior Associate with the UK law firm Hammonds in London, UK and implemented Hammonds’ International Benefits Practice. Fran was also in- house Benefits Counsel with McKinsey & Company, Inc. in New York. In addition, she was an environmental toxic tort litigator of the law firm Luce Forward Hamilton and Scripps, LLP.
Fran is a frequent speaker on global labor and employment, ethics and compliance and data privacy issues. She has also written several articles on labor and employment and international pension and employee benefits and has contributed to several textbooks and publications.
Gary Siniscalco, Senior Counsel and Co-Chair of the EEO & OFCCP Compliance Group, has significant experience advising clients on complex employment litigation and advisory matters. He has particular experience in counseling and litigation defense for clients on equal opportunity, affirmative action (OFCCP) compliance, wrongful discharge, wage-and-hour matters and in working with companies on cross-border employment issues.
Gary has handled numerous class actions, pattern and practice cases and government audits, in court and before the EEOC and Department of Labor. He brings a particularly unique perspective to clients on matters involving the EEOC, having served as regional counsel and senior trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco prior to joining Orrick.
Gary also has an extensive class actions practice, focusing on litigation, consent decree strategies and preventive advice. He has been designated as an expert or retained as special counsel in several federal court class actions throughout the United States.
Gary’s counseling practice extends beyond the United States and includes assisting U.S. multinational companies in dealing with complex employee issues in foreign jurisdictions
Gary has written numerous articles on employment law. Most recently, he is Management Editor-in-Chief of a two-volume treatise--Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey (BNA, 2010). Gary is co-author of “The Pay Gap, the Class Ceiling, and Pay Bias: Moving Forward Fifty Years After the Equal Pay Act”, ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Vol 29, November 3 (Spring 2014), and “The Law of Employment Discrimination from 1985-2010,” ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Spring 2010).
Gary is widely recognized as one the top management employment lawyers in the United States by every major ranking organization, including Chambers USA, the National Law Journal, Best of the Best USA (Euromoney), and Who’s Who Legal. Among management employment lawyers in the United States and Europe, Gary is ranked in the top 10 of Who’s Who international management labor and employment lawyers and is described as “absolutely superb.”
Gary also serves regularly on the NYU faculty for training federal judges on employment law, the OFCCP Institute, PLI International Employment Law and ABA Labor and Employment Law Section programs.
Gerlind Wisskirchen is a specialist lawyer in the area of labor and employment law with a special focus on advising international corporations. The excellence of her advice lies in her knowledge of how to achieve success and her profound understanding of the business environments of her clients, her analytic ability and her strategic, precise, clear recommendations. She and her team are performance-driven and creative and strive to forge workable and strategic client-focused solutions so that undertakings can achieve their business objectives. Part of this advice is project management, thus understanding the relevant factors, defining the goals, selecting the best methods and tools, and precisely implementing the set objectives. Gerlind advises multinational corporations particularly on the issues of reorganization, national and international labor and employment law and compliance. She provides support to management – as a strategic advisor or member of the supervisory/advisory board – from the HR and labor and employment law perspective when business plans and strategies are being developed. Gerlind is an expert on digitalization of the world of work and editor of the report ""Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and their impact on the workplace" for the Global Employment Institute.
In a globalized world in which national borders are increasingly diminishing and corporations are facing global challenges, she has particular expertise in cross-border projects like business reorganizations (outsourcing, off-shoring), compliance issues, cross-border compensation programs, cross-border audits and internal investigations, board level codetermination, matrix structures of multinational corporations, the European works council, the implementation of codes of conduct, whistleblowing systems and IT-systems, the posting of employees and data privacy protection issues.
Gerlind is a regular moderator and panelist at national and international conferences on the legal issues of international HR management and on issues of cross-border Labor and employment law, such as the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Employment Law Council. She is a lecturer for the MBA program "International Human Resources Management" at Cranfield University, UK, one of the leading European business schools. She has published numerous articles in German and in English.
Hironobu (“Hiro”) Tsukamoto is a Co-Head of the New York office of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, a full-service Japanese law firm.
Hiro specializes in litigation and arbitration of a broad range of commercial disputes, employment disputes and intellectual property disputes. He counsels and represents both domestic and foreign clients. He is also experienced in advising clients on non-contentious general corporate matters including employment law issues and intellectual property matters. Hiro also counsels clients regarding employment law issues arising in relation to M&A transactions.
Hiro graduated with an LL.B. from Kyoto University in Japan in 1998 and with an LL.M. from the University of Chicago in 2005. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 2000 and in New York in 2006. He worked at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Silicon Valley) from 2005 to 2007.
Hiro has been recognized by Chambers Global as a foreign expert based in the United States in the dispute resolution in Japan. He is a frequent speaker on labor and employment topics, and has written extensively on these topics as well.
Joanna (Jodi) Varon is a Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Americas Division. In that position, Ms. Varon is responsible for coordinating with and advising SMBC’s Human Resources Department on employment law matters, including review and legal analysis of employee relations issues, review of employment documents and policies, coordination of international employment law issues, and general advice and counsel. Ms. Varon also acts as Bank counsel on litigation matters and provides support with respect to the general day to day functions of the Legal Department, including but not limited to reviewing/drafting of transactional documents.
Prior to joining SMBC, Ms. Varon was a partner at Duane Morris LLP, where she practiced in the areas of employment law, labor relations and litigation. Ms. Varon was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP from 2003 through 2007.
Ms. Varon is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was senior articles editor of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, and a graduate, with high honors, of Rutgers University.
Johan Lubbe is a shareholder at Littler Mendelson, the largest management-side workplace law firm in the U.S. The firm has over 950 employment lawyers in 56 offices across the U.S., Mexico and Venezuela. Johan is the U.S. Practice Co-Chair of the firm’s International Employment Law Practice Group.
Johan Lubbe provides strategic advice and counseling to multinational employers on a wide range of global employment law, labor relations, human resources, and data privacy matters. Who's Who Legal noted in its survey that Johan is "greatly admired" for his expertise in data privacy and the workplace. Johan also regularly advises foreign companies that do business in the U.S. on the compliance requirements of U.S. workplace law. Johan is an experienced trial lawyer and negotiator with unions.
Johan holds law degrees from leading law schools in the U.S., England and South Africa. He started his legal career as a labor lawyer in South Africa and has been practicing in the U.S. for the past 18 years. He has authored a number of articles on cross-border employment issues, and is a frequent speaker at international employment law conferences in the U.S. and overseas.
Johan is recognized as a leading employment lawyer in a number of publications, including Best Lawyers in the U.S., Practical Law Company’s Labour and Employee Benefits Cross-border Handbook, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers, and the Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best. Johan has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer in New York since 2007.
John Hamlin is Chief Counsel, Employment, Benefits and Governance for Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., one of the world’s leading professional services firms with over 60,000 employees in approximately 90 countries. The firm’s operating companies include Marsh, Mercer, Guy Carpenter, and Oliver Wyman. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, he was Of Counsel with the law firm of Paul, Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP. While in private practice, he represented employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and provided advice on an array of personnel-related issues. Mr. Hamlin served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable B. Avant Edenfield, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Savannah.
Mr. Hamlin is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has published various articles on employment law and has presented at numerous seminars on assorted employment-related topics. In 2014 he was recognized as one of The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist “Corporate Counsel 100: Rising Stars,” which recognizes leading in-house lawyers for innovation, quality and excellence. He was selected by the International Law Office and the Association of Corporate Counsel as the recipient of the 2015 ILO Global Counsel Award for Employment Counsel of the Year. He is the recipient of a 2016 First Chair Award for Top Employment Counsel.
Mr. Hamlin earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Journal of International Law.
Louise Patry is a partner in the Labour & Employment, Litigation and Corporate/Commercial practices.
Louise has an extensive experience in several fields of the labour and employment domain. She is known for her expert negotiation and arbitration skills.
Louise advises multinational/domestic public and private companies in a wide range of industries on labour and employment related matters. Known for her expert negotiation and arbitration skills, she also provides practical and expedient solutions for matters such as employee transfers and downsizing operations, wrongful dismissal and pay equity cases, workers’ compensation and health and safety issues, pension plan issues and business consolidations. In addition, Louise handles the negotiation of collective agreements for various clients. Louise has developed an extensive experience in international employment law.
Louise worked as a lawyer for the Québec Union of Service Employees, Local 298 (FTQ), providing her with the advantage of a bilateral perspective on issues related to labour and employment.
Has achieved one of Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rankings.
Louise has presented at numerous conferences to a broad range of professionals on dismissals, salary equity, the financing of workplace health and safety and labour standards in Québec, as well as on various other labour and employment issues.
Université de Montréal, Labour Law Dipl., 1988
Université de Sherbrooke, BCL, 1980
Pensions, Employment & Executive Compensation
Professional AffiliationsOrdre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec
Marianne Granhøj is a labour and employment partner of the Danish full-service law firm, Kromann Reumert, with offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus and London.
Marianne has a significant international practice and provides labour and employment law advice on a daily basis to multinationals with a presence in Denmark. She is passionate about her international work and is an active participant in several international organisations, including board-related tasks, training and speaking activities.
She has an in-depth experience in advising financial businesses on the regulatory and collective agreement-based framework conditions applicable to this industry. Also, part of her day-to-day work is advice on the rules for listed companies and advice to company boards on the employment terms and salary/incentive schemes for executive officers, remuneration and diversity policies etc.
Marianne is frequently busy within the field of litigation, dispute resolution and internal investigations, including a large number of employment and discrimination cases before the ordinary courts as well as industrial and private arbitration proceedings. Marianne also regularly assists in negotiations concerning the executive management and key employees in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
Foreign Investment in China, Regulatory Compliance, Dispute Resolution
Dr. Xiaolin Zhou is licensed to practice law in China and the State of New York, and admitted before the Federal (Southern District and Eastern District of New York) and state courts in the State of New York. He has over 30 years of legal work experience both in government and in private practice. As managing partner of the firm's New York Office, he focuses his practice on advising and assisting clients doing business with/in China and helping clients resolve legal and business problems in their operations in China. His clients include many Fortune 500 industrial and business corporations, banks, insurers, foreign law firms and international organizations, as well as many small and medium sized companies. He also regularly advises Chinese entities and individuals on doing business in the U.S.
Prior to entering private legal practice, Dr. Zhou served for seven years as Head of International Law Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. He also served as advisor to the Chinese Delegation to the UN General Assembly and Chinese delegate to the UN Legal Committee, Outer-space Legal Subcommittee and UN Charter Committee. He has participated in numerous international negotiations and was involved in handling major judicial and arbitration cases involving government agencies and enterprises in Chinese and foreign courts as well as international arbitration tribunals.
Dr. Zhou received his Doctor of Juridical Science degree (SJD) from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.
Dr. Zhou is a member of the Bar of the City of New York and the All-China Lawyers Association.
Fluent in English and Mandarin.
Roselyn S. Sands is the EY Global Labor & Employment Law Markets Leader. She is based in Paris, France.
Roselyn is a graduate of the University of Florida Business School (B.S., Finance & Anthropology), the University of Miami School of Law (J.D.), as well as the University of Paris Law School (L.L.M). She is admitted to the Paris/Hauts de Seine Bar, as well as the Bar of the States of Florida, New York and California.
Roselyn has significant cross-border experience on both side of the Atlantic on HR/employment issues, particularly business transformations, mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs, post-transaction integration, global restructuring, CSR, SOX compliance, works council strategy, tactics & management, employee privacy, health & safety, technology and the workplace, discrimination and harassment issues and, more generally, managing the day-to-day workplace.
Roselyn’s first-hand knowledge of global companies and her business and solutions oriented pragmatism are central to her approach in assisting clients with the challenge of achieving their corporate objectives while complying with rigid and burdensome labor and employment laws around the world.
Roselyn has been teaching for many years in Paris at schools such as Institut de Sciences Politiques, the University of Paris Law School in both its Human Rights Master of Laws program and its International Human Resources Program (CIFFOP), and the INSEEC Business School of Paris.
For the third time, Roselyn is again listed for 2017 in Who’s Who Legal as one of the most prominent labor and employment lawyers in France.
An American and French national born in Havana, Cuba, Roselyn is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
WENDI S. LAZAR is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York where she co-heads the firm’s Individual Practice and the Executives and Professionals Practice Group. Ms. Lazar practices in many areas of employment law with a focus on executive agreements, including retention, expatriate, non-competition, talent, severance, and compensation arrangements. She also represents teams of executives, founders and partners transitioning during a sale, merger and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Ms. Lazar’s practice is international in scope, and she advises clients and attorneys in the U.S. and abroad on employment, contract, and often related immigration issues. Ms. Lazar represents individuals, partners, and management teams at portfolio and public companies, financial institutions (including banks, hedge funds, private equity companies), and entertainment, advertising and media companies. She also represents law partners and associates, accounting professionals, doctors and medical practitioners in all transactional matters. Ms. Lazar was appointed as a commissioner by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women, where she heads the Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Bullying Committee.
Ms. Lazar is a member at-large on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section. She is former Employee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s International Labor and Employment Law Committee and remains an active member of the section.
Ms. Lazar writes a quarterly column for the New York Law Journal entitled “Employees in the Workplace.” She regularly lectures on employment issues to bar associations and industry groups and has had numerous legal articles and book chapters published. She co-authored as Co-Editor In-Chief, "Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey," published in 2010 by the BNA and its supplements through 2013, which includes the chapter “Confidentiality, Trade Secrets, and Other Duties and Restrictive Covenants in a Global Economy.” In addition, she is also the author of the chapter “Negotiating and Drafting Expatriate Employment Agreements," in the 3rd Edition of Vol. 1B of International Labor & Employment Law, published in 2009 by the BNA.
Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Ms. Lazar as an AV “Preeminent” rated attorney. She was named to Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the field of Employment Law – Individuals. Ms. Lazar was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Ms. Lazar has been selected as a 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyer. In 2014, Ms. Lazar was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Ms. Lazar was named a New York Law Journal: Top Women in the Law 2016. She is also a Board Member of Work Life Law, UC Hastings College of the Law. Before she began practicing law in 1993, Ms. Lazar was a film and television producer. Her ten years of experience in that field include many television and feature film credits as well as an Emmy Award. Ms. Lazar graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College and received her J.D. cum laude from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship in International Law and was an Alexander Fellow, participating as a federal judicial law clerk.
Andrez is an Associate General Counsel and Head of Risk Management at US Foods. He serves as the “go to” legal representative to senior management on enterprise wide business matters including commercial and transactional negations and complex business projects that impact the regions and the business. Provides strategic guidance and counsel to the business and the legal department to achieve business goals and to ensure compliance and ethical business practices across the organization. He is also responsible for the design, management and placement of insurance and risk management programs to mitigate company exposure and appropriately transfer company risk.
Prior to joining US Foods, Andrez served as the Chief Counsel of Global Labor, Employment & Social Responsibility; and Regional Compliance Director, North America at Avon Products, Inc. In that capacity he served as the chief human resources attorney for the company, participated on Avon’s Global Human Resources Leadership Team and lead the Global Legal Organization’s Human Resources Practices Group. As Compliance Director for NA, he counselled the business on varying matters and worked with a global team to identify risks, design and implement controls to mitigate those risks, track and report the effectiveness of said controls. Andrez also served as counsel to the NA business.
Andrez was formerly a Senior Litigation and Labor & Employment Associate at Fox Rothschild’s New York Office where he handled varying commercial litigation and employment related matters for a variety of clients in various industries. He also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Office of the Corporation Counsel, Labor and Employment Division, where he successfully litigated several matters in state and federal courts, and tried several federal jury cases, including a wage and hour class action jury trial. Andrez also served as an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University School of Law.
Andrez received his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law where he was the commencement speaker; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis from Stony Brook University. Andrez is very active in the legal arena and is a frequent speaker on various topics. Andrez is also on the Board of Directors for the Pajama Program where he focuses his efforts on aiding children in need, with an emphasis on the teenagers.
In her legal practice Eva Knipschild engages in all aspects of employment law. She advises and litigates in matters concerning (collective) redundancy, the position of directors, reorganizations and acquisitions and employee participation law. She takes a special interest in the rights and obligations in flexible employment relations and in outsourcing/transfers of undertaking.
Eva is also an NMI-registered mediator in the field of employment and employee participation law. In recent years, she has handled various mediations, including individual and collective employment-law issues and disputes in the field of employee participation. In June 2013 the second edition of the book ‘Arbeidsrecht en mediation’ (dutch) (Employment Law and Mediation) (SDU 2013) was published. As a co-author, Eva edited the first edition from 2007 into a fully updated book that contains all information needed by attorneys and others to guide mediations in employment-law matters. Apart from her work as an attorney and mediator, Eva is editor of the employment case law journal JAR (dutch) and Tijdschrift voor de Arbeidspraktijk (TAP). Eva is also a lecturer, inter alia with JAR Verklaard, and she teaches the course Specialization Employment Mediation. Eva is a member of, inter alia, Vereniging Arbeidsrecht Advocaten Nederland (VAAN) (dutch) (Dutch Association of Employment Law Attorneys), Vereniging Arbeidsrecht Advocaten Amsterdam (VAAA) (Amsterdam Association of Employment Law Attorneys) and the International Bar Association (IBA).
Littler Mendelson, P.C. is the largest employment law firm representing management in the United States, with over 1,200 lawyers in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and throughout Latin America.
Philip Berkowitz is co-chair of Littler 's Financial Services Practice Group and co-chair of its International Employment Law Practice.
Mr. Berkowitz advises multinational and domestic companies in industries including financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, manufacturing, publishing, and other sectors on employment-related matters. He has significant experience advising U.S., Asian, and European multinationals. He also represents prominent international law firms in their U.S. employment law matters.
Mr. Berkowitz has repeatedly been named in America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA; the Best Lawyers in America; and the International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers - Who's Who Legal. He is a regular lecturer, nationally and internationally, on labor and employment and HR issues, is a columnist for the New York Law Journal, and is author of numerous legal publications.
Mr. Berkowitz is Co-Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Diversity & Equality Committee. He is former Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on International Law, and is former Chair of the New York State Bar Association International Law and Practice Section.
Cornell Law School, 1977-78
Northwestern School of Law, J.D. 1978
State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A. 1975
Nicola is global head of the Employment and Incentives Group and is a very well-known figure in the employment law world with significant experience across the breadth of employment law.
She tackles the most complex of employment litigation and advice with extensive experience of High Court and Tribunal litigation. She is listed as a leading individual in Legal500 and Band 1 in Chambers and is regularly cited in the press as an authority in employment law matters. Her core clients regard her as the point of contact for their most challenging and sensitive matters.
Nicola has provided a wealth of advice in relation to remuneration and has managed a number of significant bonus claim cases (both within the High Court and Tribunal system). She has defended interim applications of significant value and numerous high-value discrimination and whistleblowing claims (which have been brought by both single and multiple claimants). She is also regularly involved in litigation with multiple jurisdictions. Nicola is highly regarded by clients and peers alike. According to Chambers UK research “She has technical ability, commercial judgement and a calm, unflappable manner” and Legal500 UK reports that Nicola is recognised for her “very good industry knowledge of the financial services sector”; she is “tough, efficient and committed, and will find the practical solution to any problem”. She was the Times Lawyer of the week in June 2017 for her work on the Kevin Beatt whistleblowing case in the Court of Appeal. She is also actively involved in regulatory matters including speaking at the FCA/PRA on whistleblowing and contributing to the regulatory reference work as part of the Fair and Effective Markets Review.
Although now full-time, Nicola is also a believer in flexible working and was listed by the Financial Times as a Power Part-Timer in 2012. She was also listed as a top 20 LGBT ally by OUTstanding in October 2014 after setting up the ally programme at Linklaters. She is a firm believer in the importance of diversity and inclusion and regularly speaks at events that focus on people management, leadership and diversity.