Andrea H. Stempel is Associate General Counsel and the Head of Employment Law at Ernst & Young LLP. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director at Societe Generale in New York, where she ran the employment law function in the Americas for 14 years. She joined the French bank after 10 years as a labor and employment litigator in private practice, including with the law firms of Chadbourne & Parke and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. A Brooklyn native, Andrea graduated from Williams College and the Boston University School of Law.
Lisa Lupion, an associate in Orrick’s New York office, has experience litigating a broad range of employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge and compensation claims before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
Lisa also has significant experience defending wage-and-hour class and collective action claims under state and federal laws, including claims for overtime, minimum wage, meal and rest break penalties and expense reimbursements. She regularly conducts internal wage-and-hour audits and advises on misclassification issues in a variety of sectors including financial services, media and publishing, nonprofit entities and startup companies, among others. Recent wage-and-hour engagements include:
Advising clients facing claims of independent contractor misclassification before the Department of Labor, both in the context of individual claims and Department of Labor audits.
Defending off-the-clock claims in national FLSA collective actions in federal court and in arbitration.
In addition, Lisa has significant experience defending clients before AAA, JAMS and FINRA. Recent arbitration experience includes:
Successfully defending global investment banking firm against claims for allegedly unpaid bonus based upon purported oral promise for formulaic bonus compensation.
Representing global financial institution in a nine-day hearing before a FINRA Panel that rejected claims for unpaid compensation.
Lisa regularly advises clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including human resources policies and procedures, offer letters, severance agreements and employee termination. As part of her counseling role, she creates and conducts training programs for her clients. Lisa also has significant experience conducting internal investigations.
Prior to joining Orrick, Lisa served as a law clerk to the Hon. Peter Leisure in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.