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Understanding Employment Law 2018


Speaker(s): Aimee B. Florin, Andrea H. Stempel, Anne L. Clark, Christopher A. Parlo, Christopher B. Wilkinson, Devjani H. Mishra, Dylan S. Pollack, John A. Beranbaum, Jonathan Ben-Asher, Laura S. Schnell, Louis G. Santangelo, Louis P. DiLorenzo, Raechel L. Adams, Reena I. Desai, Robert M. Hale, Robert S. Whitman, S. Jeanine Conley, Zachary D. Fasman
Recorded on: Apr. 12, 2018
PLI Program #: 221077

Aimee is a Director and Associate General Counsel for the Employment Law Group within the Office of the General Counsel at Citigroup.

Aimee joined Citi in 2010 as a Director and Associate General Counsel in the Employment Law Group, Office of the General Counsel, supporting businesses within the Institutional Clients Group.  In her role, Aimee provides employment law advice and support to Corporate and Investment Banking, Research, Investor Services, Equities, Municipals, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Recruiting and Campus Recruiting.  Aimee assists her business and Human Resources partners by providing timely, practical and effective counsel while managing legal risk for the Firm.

Prior to joining Citi, from 1995-2010, Aimee was a member of the Employment Law Department at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in NY, the last 4 years as a partner.  She received her BA from Boston University, magna cum laude, and her JD from the University of Virginia.  She lives in Scarsdale, NY with her husband Mike, her son Max, daughter Abigail, and their two dogs, Belle and Apple.


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.    


Anne L. Clark is a partner at Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C., and concentrates on employment discrimination and other employment-related matters.  She graduated from New York University and New York University School of Law.  Prior to joining Vladeck, she served as Law Clerk to Honorable Raymond J. Pettine of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island and was a Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney with the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, where she worked on employment-related matters.  Ms. Clark has been  an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University School of Law and has lectured on employment matters for a variety of organizations.  She is a former member of NELA/NY's Executive Board.


Chris Wilkinson’s practice focuses on policy, regulatory and enforcement matters facing employers in their interactions with the government.  As a former senior executive in the United States Department of Labor, Chris assists employers in labor and employment, Pay Equity, health and safety, government relations and administrative law matters.

Chris most recently served as Associate Solicitor in the Department of Labor. In that role, Chris was a senior legal advisor to the Solicitor of Labor and served as the civil rights and labor management lawyer for the Department of Labor providing advice on regulatory, policy and enforcement matters for seven DOL agencies including the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Civil Rights Center and Office of Labor Management Standards.

Chris counseled the Department on a broad array of regulatory and policy initiatives and advised on a wide range of constitutional and statutory matters in federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to EEO matters, Chris led the Solicitor Office’s union election and reporting enforcement work, counseled on transit labor certification matters and advised on appellate matters related to labor union practices.

Chris also has significant litigation experience having served as trial attorney and then Counsel for Civil Rights Programs in the Department’s San Francisco region. In those roles, he litigated a number of complex class wage-and-hour, class discrimination, health and safety citations, ERISA enforcement and Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower matters.

Chris is an active member of the America Bar Association, having presented on numerous federal contractor compliance, Pay Equity, LBGT and compensation discrimination topics at the ABA Conference on Equal Employment Law.


Christopher A. Parlo represents and counsels management clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. As co-leader of the firm’s wage and hour litigation and counseling practice and its independent contractor team, Chris focuses on the defense of US federal and state wage and hour class and collective actions. He also defends employers in individual and complex employee litigation, employee benefits litigation, protection of trade secrets, and unfair competition matters.  Chris also appears as trial counsel in both jury and bench trial settings.

Chris has served as lead counsel in more than 80 wage and hour class and collective actions in numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States, and has had a role in more than 100 such cases.

He opposes and has defeated efforts to certify classes and/or to send notice of the actions, and has experience in decertification of actions. He has successfully compelled individual named plaintiffs into arbitration, thereby defeating class status, and obtained summary judgment on individual named plaintiff claims and on claims of the class.

Chris has experience in determination of complicated class-based damages and limitation of class discovery. He helps clients avoid class discovery disputes, supervises paperless electronic discovery systems involving millions of documents, and litigates privilege issues. Chris has successfully mediated and settled dozens of actions, drafted numerous complicated settlement documents and settlement implementation processes, and supervised settlement administration in many multithousand-plaintiff actions.

Clients rely on Chris’s counsel on wage and hour compliance and audit issues, including maintenance and enhancement of white collar, outside sales, and other exemptions; defense of independent contractor and franchise models; development of proactive solutions to wage and hour problems; and review and redesign of compensation and expense reimbursement policies and programs. He provides advice and counsel in connection with client self-audits and US Department of Labor (DOL) and state wage and hour audits and investigations. Chris is a frequent speaker on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issues, including how to avoid and defeat class and collective actions, and how to avoid—and if needed, litigate—independent contractor challenges. He has also participated with clients in presenting positions to the DOL to seek relief from and to change aspects of the FLSA, including through new opinion letters.

Chris also handles discrimination cases, including matters involving traditional and newly evolving employee claims against employers and corporate officers. He also represents employers in cases involving restrictive covenants and protection of employer trade secrets and confidential information, wrongful discharge, retaliation, breach of contract, and employment-related torts.

In the employee benefits context, Chris has handled major class action cases in both the nonbargaining and collective bargaining contexts. His experience includes complex litigation challenging employer plan design decisions, and individual claims of denial of benefits, breach of fiduciary duty, and benefits discrimination.

Also a seasoned trial lawyer, Chris has tried numerous bench and jury trials, and represents clients in administrative proceedings at the local, state, and federal levels.

AWARDS AND AFFILIATIONS

Recipient, M.H. Goldstein Memorial Prize, Labor Law

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

State University of New York at Albany, 1985, B.A.

University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1988, J.D.

SECTORS

SERVICES

REGIONS


Devjani is a Shareholder in Littler’s New York office, where she advises management regarding all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Prior to joining Littler, Devjani spent almost seven years as the primary in-house employment counsel for a global biotechnology company serving patients in more than 50 countries.

Devjani works with companies of all sizes, from startups to multinational corporations, on a full range of complex workforce challenges, including planning and performing transactional due diligence, workforce integration and business restructuring; building corporate compliance and ethics programs, performing employment practices audits and managing internal investigations; supporting stakeholders in capturing best practices for recruiting, contracting, alternative staffing, performance management, and discipline; and addressing employee requests for flexible work, accommodation and military, medical and family leaves of absence. Devjani is also an experienced employment litigator, and regularly represents management in federal and state courts and agencies.

Devjani received her B.A. in Political Science with distinction from Yale University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She is a regular presenter on employment law topics at the Practising Law Institute, the American Bar Association and in other forums.


Dylan S. Pollack is Director & Counsel at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, based in New York.  He is responsible for providing Employment Law advice and counsel to hundreds of managers in the United States, Canada and around the globe concerning all aspects of the employee-employer relationship including hiring, separation, compensation, family and medical leave, disability accommodation, wage and hour, worker misclassification, reductions-in-force, social media and electronic communications, performance management, discipline, workplace policies, internal investigations and whistleblowing. Mr. Pollack has represented Credit Suisse in dozens of mediations, arbitrations and court proceedings and is also a subject matter expert in the field of Employment Law training, having conducted hundreds of dignity-at-work and EEO training sessions for thousands of Credit Suisse employees worldwide. Mr. Pollack joined Credit Suisse in 2010.  Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Pollack practiced Labor & Employment law with Proskauer Rose LLP, where he represented employers in numerous union and non-union industries including financial services, professional sports, publishing, television and transportation.

Mr. Pollack received his law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review.  He earned his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.


Jonathan Ben-Asher is a partner in Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP in New York.  He represents executives, professionals and other employees in employment disputes, including those involving employment contracts, executive compensation, whistleblowing, retaliation and employment discrimination.  He also has particular expertise in disputes concerning executive compensation in the financial services sector, Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblowing cases, and cases under the False Claims (Qui Tam) Act and Dodd-Frank Act. 

Jonathan is former Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section (2013-14).  He has also held numerous leadership positions in the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, in which he is a member of the Section's governing Council.  He has been Chair of the Section's CLE / Meetings and Institutes Committee; Employee Chair of the Section’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee; Employee Chair of the Section’s Sixth Annual CLE Conference (2012); and Employee Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee’s Contracts and Executive Compensation Subcommittee.

Jonathan was formerly Vice President of the National Employment Lawyers Association / New York, and a member of its Executive Board.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law. Jonathan is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. 

He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has repeatedly been named as a New York Super Lawyer and one of the Best Lawyers in America and in the New York Area.   He is a frequent speaker on employment law issues for professional groups, including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, the Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges of the NYU School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the Practising Law Institute. He has been quoted on employment law issues in the New York Times, the National Law Journal and the American Lawyer.

He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law (1980) and his B.A. from Columbia University (1974).


Louis has practiced labor and employment law for more than 35 years and is managing member of the firm's New York City office.

Louis represents employers and management in all aspects of labor and employment law. His areas of experience include collective bargaining, workplace investigations, NLRB proceedings, labor audits, supervisory training, wage and hour issues, arbitration, jury trials in both state and federal courts, wage incentive plans, OFCCP audits and proceedings, employment litigation before the EEOC and the Human Rights Division and alternative dispute resolution techniques. Louis also serves several insurance companies as panel counsel (e.g., AIG and Chubb) with respect to employment litigation matters. From 2002-2004, he served as General Counsel and Secretary to Agway, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company.

Louis co-authored the FDCC Quarterly article entitled Employers' Settlement Agreements with Departing Employees Under Attack, Vol. 57, No. 3, Spring 2007. He also co-authored a complete guide for business managers and HR professionals written in plain English entitled, What Every Business Manager and HR Professional Should Know About ... Federal Labor and Employment Laws and a two volume treatise entitled Corporate Counseling (1988) and was a contributing author to Public Sector Labor Law (1988). Louis is also on the editorial board of the two volume treatise entitled New York Civil Practice Before Trial (2001). He has authored and co-authored numerous articles on various labor and employment law topics. Louis' published articles include: "Enforcing Employer-Employee Arbitration Agreements After Circuit City", 18 Fordham University Law Journal 27 (2001); "Forging a Strategy to Combat Sympathy Strikes", 29 Syracuse Law Review 847 (1978); "Mid Term Bargaining Over Unit Work Transfers", 45 CCH Labor Law Journal No. 7 (1994); "The Growing Menace: Violence in the Workplace", 67 New York State Bar Journal  1 (Jan. 1995); "Civility and Professionalism", 68 New York State Bar Journal No. 1 (Jan. 1996); "Workers' Compensation Discrimination in New York: Is It Really LoDolce Vita?", 32 New York State Bar Journal 220 (June 1982); "Employer Liability for Sexual Harassment After Ellerth and Faragher", 6 Duke University of Gender Law & Policy No. 1 (1999); two articles on Title IX and Intercollegiate Athletics, 6 Journal of College and University Law 61 (1980); "Screening Applicants for a Safer Workplace", HR Magazine, p. 55 (March 1995); "After-Acquired Evidence in Employment Discrimination Cases", 19 New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Newsletter No. 2 (1994); and "Employer's Responsibilities Under 1986 Immigration Act and COBRA", The CPA Journal p. 32 (May 1988). In May of 1996 Louis was interviewed extensively in a Forbes Magazine cover story on Sexual Harassment. In their January 2003 issue, the Corporate Legal Times described him as the "Great Negotiator". He was also featured in the United Educator's video entitled "Sexual Harassment in Academia, No Real Winners", and has been quoted in several publications including Business Week.

Louis has been a key speaker at numerous seminars throughout the United States and other countries on a wide variety of Labor and Employment Law topics. In addition, he has lectured to: various university groups, including the College and University Personnel Association; local, state and national SHRM Conferences; and a number of national and regional business association.


Louis G. Santangelo is Senior Counsel, Employment Law, for Societe Generale’s corporate and investment banking business in the United States. He is responsible for (i) defending all employment-related litigation against Societe Generale, Americas, including discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, and compensation claims, (ii) advising management and human resources on all aspects of the employment relationship including recruiting, hiring, performance management, discipline, and termination, and (iii) conducting internal investigations including with respect to fraud and other misconduct in the workplace.

Prior to working at Societe Generale, Mr. Santangelo was an Associate General Counsel on Citigroup’s Employment Law team supporting Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group.

Mr. Santangelo received his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law where he was Director of Publications for the Criminal Law Institute and Executive Editor of the its Federal Case Review. Mr. Santangelo speaks frequently on employment law matters including at Bar Association and Financial Services Industry seminars.


Raechel L. Adams is a Supervisory Trial Attorney in the New York District Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she has worked in the Legal Unit since 1999. After working as a Trial Attorney for 11 years, Ms. Adams was appointed to serve as Acting Supervisory Trial Attorney in 2010, Supervisory Trial Attorney in 2012, and Acting Regional Attorney in 2015. In October 2017, Ms. Adams also joined EEOC’s Litigation Management Services, where she assists the Office of General Counsel (OGC) in field coordination matters. In this capacity, she is responsible for implementing and improving OGC information systems and guidance materials for the field. Raechel works with EEOC litigators nationwide to facilitate sharing of internal work product, litigation best practices, and institutional knowledge. 

Ms. Adams has litigated and supervised litigation of employment discrimination cases for the EEOC throughout New York State, New Jersey and New England, including enforcement actions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Ms. Adams has litigated several notable class and systemic cases during her tenure with the New York District Office, including EEOC v. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, a pattern-or-practice case involving sex discrimination in pay and promotions, EEOC and the United States v. New York State Department of Correctional Services, an Equal Pay Act case involving a discriminatory policy of switching female employees from paid workers’ compensation to unpaid maternity leave, EEOC v. Bloomberg LP., a global sex/pregnancy pay discrimination case, EEOC v. Carrols Corp., a nationwide sexual harassment case, EEOC v. FAPS, a race discrimination in hiring case, EEOC v. Princeton Healthcare Sys., a fixed-leave policy case filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and EEOC v. Day & Zimmermann NPS, an Americans with Disabilities Act retaliation and interference case. Raechel supervised a three-week jury trial in EEOC v. Texas Roadhouse, a nationwide age discrimination in hiring case, which, after the jury deadlocked, resulted in a $12M public settlement.

Ms. Adams also served as the New York District representative on the EEOC’s National Diversity and Inclusion Council. She also participates as a mentor in EEOC’s mentoring program. Before working in New York, Ms. Adams worked in EEOC’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, in the Systemic Litigation Services group.  Ms. Adams graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and Washington University in St. Louis.


Reena I. Desai is a partner at Nichols Kaster, PLLP, in the firm’s Minneapolis office.  She is a skilled and meticulous litigator, who has represented thousands of employees in class and collective actions to recover unpaid overtime, minimum wages, commissions, and other types of compensation.  Reena has dedicated the majority of her career to helping employees recover unpaid wages, and has also advocated for employees in cases involving race, age and disability discrimination. Reena has served as a speaker at several national conferences and has lectured on topics including wage and hour litigation, electronic discovery issues, and mediation/settlement.  Reena also serves as a board member for the Minnesota Justice Foundation, a legal non-profit in Minnesota, and has been named a Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers every year since 2014. Reena graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007, where she was honored with an award for writing, and she earned a B.A. in Economics and Psychology in 2002 from George Washington University.


Rob Hale, a partner in and chair of Goodwin’s Labor & Employment Practice, represents employers across a broad spectrum of employment matters.

Mr. Hale’s practice involves representation of clients in employment litigation, including noncompetition, discrimination, wrongful discharge, FLSA and ERISA litigation. He has obtained successful results for employers at all stages of litigation, including in preliminary injunction proceedings, at summary judgment, at trial and on appeal. Mr. Hale is experienced in successfully representing employers before administrative agencies and in labor arbitrations. His practice also includes counseling in numerous areas of labor and employment law, including disability discrimination, sexual harassment and other discrimination matters; noncompetition agreement and other restrictive covenants; downsizing; employment agreements; wage and hour compliance; collective bargaining; and personnel policy development and administration. In addition, Mr. Hale is experienced in providing training for managers, supervisors and human resources professionals.

Mr. Hale is a former employer co-chair of the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee of the American Bar Association. He is a former chair of the ABA's subcommittee on the Family and Medical Leave Act, the ABA's subcommittee on the WARN Act and the Boston Bar Association's Employee Benefits/ERISA Committee. He is also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Mr. Hale was elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2007. He has also been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Hale has spoken at a number of seminars, including those presented by the American, Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations, Practising Law Institute and various professional and trade groups.


Rob Whitman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department with extensive experience representing management in the full range of employment law matters.  He has particular expertise in wage-hour litigation, employment arbitration, discrimination and non-compete matters, and preventive employment counseling.

Mr. Whitman is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor & Employment Law at NYU Law School.  He has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top employment lawyers in Manhattan in polls conducted by New York Super Lawyers.

Mr. Whitman has authored articles on employment law issues for a number of publications, including Corporate Counsel, New York Employment Law & Practice, The New York Law Journal, The Corporate Board and Employment Law Strategist.  He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV and NPR as a commentator on employment law issues and has been quoted frequently in the print media.  Mr. Whitman lectures regularly and leads panel discussions before professional audiences on a variety of labor and employment topics.  He also served as an Editor and Advisory Committee member for Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes (CPR, 2014).

Mr. Whitman serves as the Pro Bono Chair in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office and as a member of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee.  In 2008, he received the Award for Pro Bono Leadership from Lawyers Alliance for New York in recognition of his pro bono representation of not-for-profit organizations throughout New York City.

After law school, Mr. Whitman was a Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He has also served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as in-house employment counsel for the U.S. Senate.

Education

J.D., University of Michigan, magna cum laude (1989)

Order of the Coif

Book Review Editor, Michigan Law Review

B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University (1986)


S. Jeanine Conley, an experienced trial lawyer and shareholder at Littler Mendelson, represents a wide array of companies, both global and domestic, in employment-related disputes and workplace investigations.  Conley regularly advises and counsels clients in a variety of industries, particularly the manufacturing, retail, financial services and media and entertainment industries on a wide-range of employment issues, including whistleblower and retaliation claims, trade secrets, Title VII anti-discrimination and harassment matters, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Through her experience as a trial lawyer, Conley is able to efficiently and effectively strategize with her clients to resolve employment disputes through the best possible means for the client by obtaining favorable settlements, dismissal of actions through summary judgment or full defense verdicts at trial. 

Along with her successful employment practice, Conley is extremely active in her community and is Chair of the Board of the New York Urban League and is former-chair and current member of the Advisory Board of the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice, an all girls school in Borough Park, Brooklyn.  Conley is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, past president of the Association of Black Women Attorneys and past chair of the New York City Bar's Committee on Minorities in the Profession.  She has also been recognized by numerous organizations for her work, and is the recipient of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s 2016 Private Practitioner of the Year Award, the inaugural Chambers Women in Law: “Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Minority Lawyers” Award, an award created for her work, the Network  Journal's "40 Under Forty" Award for 2013, and the NY City Bar Diversity Award in 2011 along with others.  She was part of the inaugural class of CUP Fellows and now serves on the Alumni Board.


Zach Fasman is a nationally recognized labor and employment lawyer who has shifted roles—from advocate to neutral. Zach participated in hundreds of mediations as an advocate and has trained as a mediator at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School, at the New York City Bar Association, the New York Peace Institute and the National Employment Law Institute. He mediates disputes in this field as well as commercial and community disputes.

Zach brings to the neutral role extensive experience and knowledge of labor and employment law gained through a lengthy career in this field. He began his career as a traditional labor lawyer at Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago, negotiating labor contracts and trying arbitration cases. He has extensive experience in labor arbitration, having tried hundreds of arbitrations and handled scores of arbitration related cases in the courts, including the issue of class action procedures in labor arbitration. He also has extensive experience before the National Labor Relations Board and has litigated many complex labor cases in the courts on issues including federal preemption, successorship, civil RICO and labor-antitrust law. His career included two successful arguments before the United States Supreme Court, Golden State Transit Corp. v City of Los Angeles, 475 U.S. 608 (1986) and Golden State Transit Corp. v City of Los Angeles, 493 U.S. 103 (1989). He also has written numerous amicus curiae briefs to the Supreme Court on labor and employment law issues.

Zach has extensive experience in employment discrimination law, having served as national Co-Chair of the employment discrimination law practice while at Paul Hastings, where he was a partner for many years. Zach has litigated hundreds of employment law cases ranging from nationwide class actions to jury trials of individual discrimination claims. He has testified on many occasions before the U.S. Congress and the EEOC on labor and employment law issues and worked extensively with Congress and the White House on the Americans with Disabilities and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

Zach devoted his practice exclusively to labor and employment law. He has been recognized as a leading practitioner for many years. He has repeatedly earned a "Band One" ranking in Chambers USA and Chambers Global (recently became a “Senior Statesman”) and is a long-time Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He continues to teach employment law to members of the federal judiciary through the Federal Judicial Center and New York University Law School and has been a guest lecturer at various law schools on topics including appellate advocacy, employment discrimination, labor law, and legal ethics. He has published many articles in the New York Law Journal and has written three books on labor and employment law.


John A. Beranbaum is a partner with the law firm of Beranbaum Menken LLP in New York City. He graduated from Yale College (A.B.) and NYU School of Law (J.D.). After law school, Mr. Beranbaum was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship by the Legal Services Corporation, with which he worked as a legal services lawyer in New Jersey. Mr. Beranbaum subsequently worked as a disability rights advocate with the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, and as associate with a Philadelphia law firm representing injured workers. Since 1992, Mr. Beranbaum has represented employees in discrimination, whistleblowing, wage and hour and contract lawsuits and disputes  Among the cases he has litigated are two federal court race discrimination cases in which the jury returned seven-figure verdicts, and a $40 million qui tam action against a drug manufacturer for off-label marketing. Mr. Beranbaum has written extensively on employment law and spoken at, among other places, NYU School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, and the City University of New York School of Law. He was a long-time member of the NELA/NY Executive Board, is an active member of NELA National and serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Beranbaum’s work in the area of Employment Law is recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Martindale Hubble.


Laura S. Schnell, a member of the firm of Eisenberg & Schnell LLP, has practiced employment law in New York City on behalf of employees for over thirty years.  She is a 1980 graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1983 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York from 1983 to 1984.  Ms. Schnell represents employees in all aspects of employment law and has extensive employment discrimination, non-compete and employment contract litigation experience as well as financial industry arbitration experience.  She has served on numerous bar committees and is a frequent speaker on issues involving employment litigation, arbitration and mediation.  She has been a Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers recognized attorney since 2006 and was named the New York Best Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law-Individual for 2012 and again for 2017.