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International Employment Law 2017


Speaker(s): Anders Etgen Reitz, Andrez S. Carberry, Baba M. Zipkin, Carolina Tavares Rodrigues , Catherine LaChapelle, Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen, Gary R. Siniscalco, Hironobu Tsukamoto, Johan Lubbe, John W. Hamlin, Kaitlyn A. Ferguson, Laure de Panafieu, Louise Patry, Lucy Lu, Martin L. Schmelkin, Philip M. Berkowitz, Roselyn S. Sands, Sophie Pelicier-Loevenbruck, Wendi S. Lazar
Recorded on: Jun. 7, 2017
PLI Program #: 185839

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.


Areas of practice

Ms. Lucy Lu specializes in labor and employment, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate matters.

She has extensive experience in labor matters. Her experience includes: reviewing and drafting labor contracts, offer letters, and other employment-related agreements, employee handbooks, internal rules and policies, conducting labor due diligence investigations, providing legal opinions for the establishment, modification and termination of employment, and advising on employment arrangements for merger and acquisition transactions.

Ms. Lu has represented many domestic and foreign corporations on their investments in China. She has participated in a large number of investments, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions on behalf of many multinational and medium-sized foreign enterprises. Her services cover due diligence investigations, project structuring, document drafting and review, negotiations, issuing legal advice, and communicating with relevant government authorities on behalf of clients.

Ms. Lu assists investors and banks in their non-performing assets disposals. She offers services such as due diligence review, document preparation, and participation in negotiations.

Ms. Lu has been ranked as a “Leading Individual” by Chambers Asia Pacific Guide for consecutive years in labor law. Ms. Lucy Lu has been ranked as one of the Leading Individuals by Asialaw in its 2016 Asia Pacific rankings. In 2016, based on the votes and recommendations of hundreds of in-house counsels, Ms. Lu has been commended as “In-House Community External Counsel of the Year” by one of the most well-known legal media in Asia, In-House Community.

Work experience

Ms. Lucy Lu joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2001. Before joining our firm, she worked with the Suzhou Justice Bureau and Suzhou Gucheng Law Firm.

She obtained her LL.B. from the Law School of Nanjing University, and her LL.M. from the University of London. She was admitted as a Chinese lawyer in 1994. Ms. Lu is proficient in Chinese and English.


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.


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 Wisskirchen 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 Wisskirchen 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. She developed the "EU Labor & Employment Law Navigator," a comparative analysis of the labor and employment law systems in Europe.

Gerlind Wisskirchen 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 Tsukamoto specializes in litigation and arbitration of a broad range of commercial disputes, employment disputes and intellectual property disputes. Mr. Tsukamoto 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. Mr. Tsukamoto also counsels clients regarding employment law issues arising in relation to M&A transactions.

He graduated with an LL.B. from Kyoto University 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 the State of New York in 2006.  He worked at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Silicon Valley) as a visiting attorney from 2005 to 2007.


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.

Clients turn to Louise for her expert negotiation and arbitration skills, and her practical, expedient solutions.

Companies across a broad range of industries – public and private, in Canada and internationally – choose Louise to advise on their labour and employment matters. She advises clients on employee transfers, executive compensation, downsizing and consolidations, wrongful dismissal, pay equity, workers’ compensation, health and safety issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, and pension plans. Over her 36-year career, Louise has also developed significant expertise in international employment law. She routinely advocates client interests before administrative and civil tribunals.

Louise’s experience working for the Quebec Union of Service Employees has given her a unique perspective for negotiating collective agreements and related matters on behalf of her clients.

Louise volunteers her time on pro bono matters for various charities and nonprofit organizations.


Roselyn S. Sands heads up the international labor and employment law practice of EYLaw 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 (inactive).

Roselyn started her career in the U.S. focusing her practice on international commercial and employment law litigation with the law firms of Holland & Knight (Miami, Florida) and Proskauer Rose (New York & California). In 1995, Roselyn moved to Paris, France where she practiced international arbitration and employment law with Sales Vincent & Associés and Proskauer Rose. In 2001, she joined EY Société d’Avocats (EYLaw) to build its International labor & employment law practice.

With over 25 years of professional experience, Roselyn is a seasoned lawyer with significant cross-border experience on both side of the Atlantic on Human Resources legal matters, particularly business transformations, mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs, post-transaction integration, global restructuring, Ethics & CSR, 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.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, International Bar Association, and the European Employment Lawyers Association, organizations for which she is a frequent speaker on global employment-related issues and trends. She is a founding member and sits on the management committee of XBHR, a cross-border HR Forum. She is also senior advisor to the International Employment Law committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, and the HR Legal committee of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

Roselyn writes for numerous publications, International Employment Lawyer, the IBA and ABA Labor and Employment Law newsletters. She is the editor of the EY Global Labor & Employment Law Newsletter and the author of the French chapter in International Employment Laws (Matthew Bender & Co.); Redundancy Law in Europe and Age Discrimination (Wolters Kluwer); and the Littler Mendelson Guide to International Employment and Labor Law.

Roselyn teaches at many schools in Paris schools, such as the 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 fourth consecutive year, Roselyn is again listed for 2019 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 serves on its Executive Committee, co-heads the firm’s Individual Practice Area 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 has served as a commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women, where she continues to head the Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Bullying Committee.

Ms. Lazar is the former Diversity Co-Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, and is an active member of the ABA and NYSBA committees. She is former Employee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s International Labor and Employment Law Committee.

Ms. Lazar writes and regularly lectures on employment issues to bar associations and industry groups and has had numerous legal articles and book chapters published. She was co-author and Editor-in-Chief of “Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession,” published in 2018 by the ABA. Ms. Lazar also 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, 2018 and 2019 in the field of Employment Law – Individuals. Ms. Lazar was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Ms. Lazar has been selected as a 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 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. 


Brazil Labour & Employment Senior Counsel of General Electric, born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil; admitted to practice in 2003, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Ms. Rodrigues has more than fourteen years of experience in the labor and immigration area, with focus on: assistance in consultations related to the Brazilian labor, employment and immigration laws; drafting and reviewing employment, services and executive agreements; drafting and reviewing local and global compensation plans and policies; assistance in hiring and termination of executives; assistance in procedures related to the opening and closing of business in Brazil; management of labor litigation.

Legal education: School of Law of the University of São Paulo, Brazil (LL.B., 2003), International Institute of Social Sciences, São Paulo, Brazil (Postgraduation in Labor Law, 2005).

Membership: Brazilian Bar Association.

International Rewards: Recognized in “Women in Law Awards” of Lawyer Monthly Magazine in 2014 and 2016 // Mentioned as “associates to watch” in the Labour and Employment area in the years of 2010 and 2011 of Chambers and Partners Latin America // Mentioned as a recognized lawyer in the Labour and Employee benefits area in the years of 2008, 2009 and 2010 of PLC Which Lawyer.


Catherine currently serves as lead in-house labor and employment counsel for Molex, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc.  She has been with the Koch companies since 2005.  In addition to supporting the highly diverse range of Koch and Molex affiliates in the full spectrum of HR-related legal and compliance challenges faced by large multi-national employers, Catherine is also responsible for the data privacy practice area. 

Prior to joining Koch, Catherine was an associate and later counsel with the international law firm Salans (now Dentons) in New York, New York.  During her time in New York, she served as a Commissioner on the City of New York Equal Employment Practices Commission.  She began her career in the labor & employment group of Phelps Dunbar LLP in Jackson, MS, following a clerkship with the Honorable Tom S. Lee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. 

Catherine holds a BA in English from Millsaps College, an MA in English from Vanderbilt University, and a JD from the Mississippi College School of Law.  She lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with her husband and two children.


Laure heads Linklaters’ Employment & Incentives Practice in Asia and is based in the firm’s Singapore office.

She has significant expertise in advisory, transactional and contentious employment law, including restraints of trade issues, senior executive appointments and terminations, employee transfers, employee incentive arrangements, negotiations of settlement agreements, outsourcings, restructurings and insolvencies.

Laure has worked on numerous large and complex cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings in APAC. She also advised a number of key clients on high-value employment settlements and the changing data privacy landscape across APAC.

Prior to her relocation to Asia in 2011, Laure was based in Linklaters’ London office for over 11 years. She started her career at Linklaters as a Corporate lawyer and then decided to specialise into Employment law. During her time in London, she advised numerous clients of the firm on high profile and sensitive employment-related matters, whether transactional, advisory or contentious. In particular, she worked very closely with the Lehmans administration, coordinating all employment-related matters for the administrators in the UK and across the EU since 2008.

Clients whom Laure regularly advises in the region include global MNCs, financial institutions and private equity/hedge funds.

Laure was awarded ‘Best in Labour and Employment Law’ at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2015. She was also recognised as Leading Individual and Linklaters ranked as Band 1 in APAC Legal 500 2017, Employment & Incentives. She was recently awarded In-HouseCommunity Commended External Counsel of the Year, 2017by In-House Community, Asia.


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. 

Education

Cornell Law School, 1977-78
Northwestern School of Law, J.D. 1978
State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A. 1975


Kaitlyn Ferguson represents clients in white-collar and government investigations and regulatory proceedings, with experience handling anti-fraud, anti-corruption/FCPA, and anti-money laundering matters.  She has represented clients facing scrutiny from the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and multiple United States Attorneys' Offices, and has designed and conducted confidential internal investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions.


Marty Schmelkin served as an in-house employment counsel for 15 years at a leading global financial institution, providing him with a practical and business-oriented perspective that he brings to the practice. Marty represents employers in all aspects of employment law, advising on litigation strategy, leading workplace training programs, coordinating the implementation of policies and programs across multiple global jurisdictions, and counseling on recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotions, as well as disciplinary and termination activity. Marty understands the legal and business challenges facing employers and has a particular in-depth experience with financial services firms, including investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, and asset managers. He counsels financial services firms on employment related FINRA arbitrations and regulatory filings.

Marty has worked extensively in the area of corporate diversity and regularly advises employers on their implementation of US and global diversity policies and programs. Marty also has broad experience with the obligations of federal contractors including the preparation of affirmative action plans and responses to OFCCP and related regulatory audits. Prior to joining Jones Day, Marty worked for 15 years in the legal department of Goldman Sachs, where he was a managing director and associate general counsel in the employment law group. While there he spent time in the firm's Hong Kong office covering employment law matters throughout Asia and also had responsibility for employment law in non-U.S. offices in the Americas. Marty is a member of the board of the Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR) Alumni Association.


  • Sophie Pélicier Loevenbruck is a Paris based Partner at Fromont Briens, a French niche law firm fully dedicated to labor an employment law, which has recently joined forces with Littler Global.

    She has been practicing employment and labor law for more than 20 years, providing guidance and conducting negotiations in both individual and collective relations with employees as well as handling complex litigation.

  • Main practice areas in advisory: anticipating and handling changes in the structures of companies or groups (mobility schemes, secondment within or without the group of companies, externalization, etc.); resolution of sensitive cases such as termination in conflictual situations or presenting various elements of complexity such as international components; assisting in the consultation processes of staff representatives bodies on high profile company projects.

    Sophie has developed specific skills in vocational training law. She has created a specific department dedicated to this field and advises companies as well as the public funds that manage the French vocation training system.

  • Main practice areas in litigation: discrimination/equality of treatment; harassment ; dismissal on disputed personal or economic ground; bonus and variable remuneration especially in IT and financial sectors, conflictual returns from expatriation, including litigations on the calculation on pensions rights.
  • Sophie’s approach to her work is to deliver a high quality and value-added service through the design of tailored solutions which will function as a system, building bridges between the various aspects of the employment relationship.

    Understanding the context of her national and international clients, including especially the cultural context, and thus helping them to better understand in return the specificities of the French legal system, is an essential factor in the successful partnership she builds with them.

    The two sentences that she hears most often when clients reach out to her are: « Sophie, we have a sensitive case» and «we need you to help us write the story to present our project to our employees and the staff representatives and conduct the change».

  • Sophie is a frequent speaker at conferences on various employment law and HR topics both in France and abroad and has authored many articles in legal publications.

    Member of the “Association Française du Droit du Travail” (AFDT), the think tank “Dialogues”, of Sciences-Po Paris alumni, the AmCham and the EELA.

    She is a graduate of Sciences-Po Paris (Public Service) and has a master in social and industrial relations management from Paris Dauphine University.

    She was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1995 and obtained the certificate of specialization in employment law in 1996.