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Understanding Employment Law 2019


Speaker(s): Aimee B. Florin, Allan S. Bloom, Anne L. Clark, Christie Del Rey-Cone, Christopher A. D'Angelo, Devjani H. Mishra, Dylan S. Pollack, Jeanne M. Christensen, John A. Beranbaum, Laura S. Schnell, Laura Sack, Lloyd B. Chinn, Neil S. Rosolinsky, Raechel L. Adams, Raphael Lee, Reena Desai, Tammy Marzigliano, William J. Anthony
Recorded on: Apr. 15, 2019
PLI Program #: 254144

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.


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.


Christie is a Founding Partner in Cerasia & Del Rey-Cone LLP. She is recognized as one of the leading labor and employment lawyers of her generation in New York.  In 2016, Chambers USA described Christie as "extremely smart" and quoted sources as saying that she "knows the law but is also very business-minded."  Chambers also stated that Christie is an "experienced litigator" who also is noted for providing clients with employment counseling and human resources training.  In 2015, Chambers noted that Christie is "a very well-rounded attorney, has great experience and covers a broad range of subjects.” Clients also observed that “she's very smart and very practical. She definitely gives me the sense that she's going above and beyond on my cases."  While in 2014, Chambers USA noted that clients commend Christie for her ability to"figure out what's really needed and what the most direct line from A to B is, to help you get the result you want in a reasonable manner."  Chambers first recognized Christie in 2007, when it named her as the only “Associate to Watch” in New York for labor and employment.  In 2012, she was one of Chambers USA’s five finalists for its national “Up and Coming” Female Employment Lawyer of the Year award.

As a full service employment lawyer, Christie represents clients in a broad range of federal and state court litigation and arbitrations, employment counseling, and human resource training. Her litigation experience includes, among other matters, complex discrimination, harassment and retaliation suits, and class/collective wage and hour actions for both employers and employees.

Her counseling experience includes terminations, employee classifications (e.g., exempt/non-exempt; independent contractor/employee), whistleblower issues and restrictive covenants. Christie regularly manages internal investigations into employee misconduct and advises clients involved in questions of wrongdoing or the initiating of complaints. She has substantial experience conducting wage/hour and employee classification audits in several industries and preparing human resources policies and handbooks.

Christie also spends time leading employment law training programs on topics such as conducting internal investigations, proper classification of employees, compliance with reasonable accommodation laws, and anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation policies and best practices.

Christie has a genuine passion for labor and employment law, and attributes much of her success to being well-mentored both by the federal magistrate judge for whom she clerked after law school and the partners with whom she worked closely as a partner and associate at some of the world’s most prestigious law firms. What Christie most enjoys in her practice is that the nature of employment law involves solving problems for clients and dealing with people in a context of life that, for many, defines them – their livelihood.

Before entering private practice, she clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlene R. Lindsay of the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Christie is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and before the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, all the U. S. District Courts in New York, the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Christie received her law degree from Seton Hall University Law School in 2002, where she was the Notes and Comments Editor for the Constitutional Law Journal, and her undergraduate degree in Sociology and American Studies from Franklin & Marshall College in 1999.  Christie now proudly serves as a member of F&M's Alumni Leadership Council.

Christie spends a significant amount of time giving back to her community. Christie serves as President of the PDR Foundation for the Study of Uterine Cancer (a grass roots organization started following her mother's brief, but valiant, battle with cancer). Christie and the PDR Foundation are passionate supporters of the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in New York City, which provides free lodging for cancer patients being treated in New York City. Christie also serves as a member of the American Cancer Society's Manhattan Board of Advisors. Christie’s life outside of her professional life and the organizations revolves largely around family and, particularly, cooking big Italian dinners on Sundays -- a tradition she inherited from her mother and embraced.  She also enjoys serving as a fitness instructor at the Bar Method and is the co-host of the From Where She Sits podcast.


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.


Jeanne M. Christensen is a Partner at Wigdor LLP.  Ms. Christensen is one of the most prominent female attorneys within the field of employment litigation, having represented thousands of plaintiffs in federal and state workplace disputes including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, discrimination on the basis of gender, race, age, pregnancy, disability, LGBT+ status and/or religion, whistleblower retaliation, defamation and wage and hour violations.  Ms. Christensen concentrates her practice in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases.  She has successfully arbitrated numerous matters on behalf of securities industry professionals and defrauded consumers before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  Ms. Christensen represents clients from a wide variety of professions including, but not limited to, the financial services industry, the media and entertainment industry, the restaurant and hospitality industry, and corporate entities.

Ms. Christensen is known for being a fervent supporter of women’s rights in the workplace.  Her reputation includes representing female plaintiffs in some of the most widely-publicized cases involving sexual harassment, unequal pay, and gender and pregnancy discrimination in recent years.  She is also an active member of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund’s attorney network, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and Public Justice.  Ms. Christensen’s tenacious pursuit of justice on behalf of victims of workplace misconduct has earned plaudits from former clients and opposing counsel alike, who often recommended her to victims seeking highly skilled legal counsel.

Ms. Christensen has been involved in the litigation of many large, complex and high-profile matters.  Currently, she represents the plaintiffs a proposed class action against Avon, which is the first lawsuit of its kind to be filed on behalf of a proposed class of female employees that have needed to pump breast milk during work hours (the “Breast Pumping Class”).  Ms. Christensen also represents the plaintiff in a lawsuit alleging systemic gender discrimination and unequal pay at Point72 Asset Management, which was lauded by The New York Times as “among the most prominent to accuse a major Wall Street firm of workplace misconduct amid a national reckoning on sexual harassment.”

Ms. Christensen’s handling of numerous high-profile employment cases has resulted in frequent media appearances including CNN, Good Morning America, Megyn Kelly Today, Access Hollywood, the BBC, NPR, NBC, ABC, CBS and more.  She is regularly quoted as a legal expert in leading national print and digital media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, New York Law Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, TIME Magazine, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Financial Times, Barron’s, Law360, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, Adweek, CNET, Recode and many more.  Due to her work handling prominent sexual harassment and gender discrimination cases, Ms. Christensen has appeared in a feature profile about her career in The American Lawyer.

Ms. Christensen is also an author and lecturer on various employment-related subjects.  Because of her extensive litigation experience, she is a highly sought-after speaker, having appeared as a distinguished panelist at numerous national legal seminars and conferences, including events hosted by the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the American Conference Institute (ACI).

Ms. Christensen received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School Of Law.  She attended Smith College and graduated with a B.A. in History and Economics, cum laude, from the University of Vermont.


Laura Sack is a partner in the New York office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and the co-leader of the firm’s East Coast Labor and Employment practice group. Laura helps employers of every size, in virtually every industry across the U.S., to create and implement employment-related practices that are legally compliant and that advance the client’s business objectives. She also represents employers in litigation, conducts internal investigations, and designs and delivers training for executives, supervisors, and employees on a wide variety of topics, including harassment prevention.

Laura is recognized by Chambers USA as a leading employment attorney, is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law (New York Chapter). 

Laura graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1988 and from Yale Law School in 1991. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Pettine, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Rhode Island, as in-house counsel at Witco Corporation, and as an associate and/or partner at several law firms, before co-founding Davis Wright Tremaine’s East Coast Labor and Employment practice in 2015. 


Lloyd B. Chinn is a partner in Proskauer’s Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Firm’s Whistleblowing & Retaliation Group.

Lloyd litigates employment disputes of all types before federal and state courts, arbitration tribunals (e.g., FINRA, JAMS and AAA), and before administrative agencies in New York and across the country. Lloyd's practice ranges from litigating compensation disputes to defending whistleblower, discrimination and sexual harassment claims. Although he represents employers in a wide range of industries, including law, insurance, health care, consulting, media, education and technology, he focuses a substantial portion of his practice on the financial services sector. He has tried to final verdict or arbitration award substantial disputes in this area. Due to Lloyd’s litigation experience, clients regularly turn to him for advice regarding the full range of employment matters, including terminations, whistleblower policy and procedure, reductions in force, employment agreements, and employment policies. Lloyd has also been retained to conduct internal investigations of allegations of workplace misconduct, including claims leveled against senior executives.

Lloyd has spoken on whistleblowing topics before a numerous organizations, including the ABA, ALI-ABA, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Pennsylvania Bar Association and New York University School of Law. He has testified twice before Congressional subcommittees regarding whistleblower legislation and has also published blog postings, articles and client alerts on a variety of topics in this area, including the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions. In 2011, Lloyd filed an amicus brief on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit addressing an important SOX issue. Lloyd is a co-editor of Proskauer’s Whistleblower Defense Blog, and he has been widely quoted by on whistleblower topics by a number of publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the National Law Journal and Law360. He has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers as a leading Employment Litigation attorney since 2007. Lloyd has also been recognized by the Legal 500 U.S. for Labor & Employment: Disputes: Defense 2018.

Lloyd graduated summa cum laude from New York University School of Law in 1992.

 


Neil Rosolinsky is Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Employment for Citizens Financial Group.  He leads the litigation and employment functions overseeing all litigation, including employment litigation and contentious regulatory matters.  Neil regularly manages outside counsel on CFG’s larger litigation matters and routinely counsels executives across various business lines regarding litigation strategy and employment law matters.

Immediately prior to joining CFG, following its spinoff from RBS via IPO, Neil served as Head of Employment Law for RBS Americas, managing both RBS and CFG employment law teams.

Neil has been named in-house employment counsel of the year, and separately to the Top 100 In-House counsel list, by Legal 500.

Before going in-house in 2008, Neil was with Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s New York office focusing on both employment litigation and counseling as well as commercial litigation.

Neil earned his undergraduate degree from NYU and his law


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.


Raph is the chief employment counsel at S&P Global, where he oversees employment law matters globally for a company of approximately 20,000 employees.  His practice covers advice on the full range of employment matters from hiring to separations and everything in between, including diversity and inclusion initiatives, and oversight of employment matters around the globe.

Raph received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University and a B.A. in philosophy, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. Raph previously served as in-house employment counsel with Marsh & McLennan Companies and AIG, and was in private practice at Davis & Gilbert and Proskauer Rose before then. 


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.


Tammy Marzigliano is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including matters involving compensation (and bonus) disputes, contractual violations, and whistleblower and individual discrimination claims.  Ms. Marzigliano is the Co-Chair of both Outten & Golden’s Financial Services Practice Group and its Whistleblower and Retaliation Practice Group.  She is also a member of Outten & Golden’s Executive and Professionals Practice Group and former Co-Chair of its Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Practice Group.  She has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in 2018, and Super Lawyers New York Metro edition for 2013-2017.

Ms. Marzigliano is an experienced litigator and has represented clients in arbitration matters before FINRA and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), as well as in federal and state courts concerning employment and general commercial litigation disputes.  Most recently, Ms. Marzigliano was a member of the trial team, together with Larry Moy and Wayne Outten, in a complex, international arbitration where the Panel issued an award exceeding $70 million. Ms. Marzigliano received her B.A. from Hofstra University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Quinnipiac University Law School, where she served as the Public Relations Editor of the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal.

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Marzigliano is a frequent panelist on employment law matters and regularly collaborates with non-profit women's advocacy organizations on the educational programs about sexual harassment and other employment rights issues in the workplace. She has worked as an advocate, educator, and lecturer with organizations such as Dress for Success, Step Up, the National Organization for Women, the National Association for Professional Women, the Children's Aid Society, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SOBRO), the Association of Legal Administrators, the City Bar Community Outreach Project, and the National Conference on the Primary Prevention of Men Against Violence Against Women on issues relating to women’s rights in the workplace.

Ms. Marzigliano has also extensively lectured on the retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Reform and Consumer Protection Act and has been a guest on the Employment Law Channel and Lawline TV.


William J. Anthony is Co-Chair of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is responsible for the entire firm's day-to-day administration and management.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Anthony joined the San Francisco office of Jackson Lewis. He transferred to the firm's Morristown office in 1991, the Hartford office in 2000, and moved to the Albany office in 2012. While at the Hartford office, Mr. Anthony served as Managing Partner from 2000 to 2008.

Class and Collective Action Experience

Mr. Anthony has handled numerous class and collective actions, including wage and hour claims alleging claims for improper payment of bonuses, misclassification of customer service employees, dispatchers, assistant retail managers, time share resort salespeople, pharmaceutical sales representatives and installation technicians and failure to pay minimum wage to tipped employees. Mr. Anthony has handled class and/or collective actions in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, California and Washington.

Litigation Experience

Mr. Anthony has been defending employment claims for almost twenty-five years in a number of federal and state courts around the country. He has helped clients obtain many dismissals and favorable results during that time. Mr. Anthony has trial experience in several states, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Montana. He has tried cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, failure to pay wages and a variety of other statutory and common law issues.

Employment Law Counseling and Training

Mr. Anthony advises clients on the full range of employment law issues and provides training on management skills, discrimination, harassment, wage/hour and disabilities management issues.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Currently Chris heads up the Labor, Employment, Benefits and Workers Compensation Group as Associate General Counsel at Con Edison in New York City.  He has spent the bulk of his career as a management-side labor and employment lawyer since 1985, with large firm and small firm experience.  His work experience has been two-fold.  There has always been a heavy focus on compliance, advising clients in all facets of this practice area (i.e. federal, state and local discrimination laws, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, WARN, EPPA, employment contracts, executive compensation, restrictive covenants, severance agreements, reductions in force, whistleblower laws, collective bargaining negotiations), in a variety of factual situations from pre-employment through discipline and/or discharge.  Twenty years ago, Chris collaborated with a partner on the creation of a workplace EEO and harassment training presentation which is regularly updated; the presentation has been given, either alone or with a co-presenter, to numerous clients on a regular basis over the last twenty years. 

Chris is also a seasoned litigator, having represented clients in state and federal court, and before state and federal administrative agencies, in hundreds of discrimination cases.  He has been first or second chair at approximately 25 bench trials or administrative hearings and one jury trial, and first chair at over 100 labor arbitrations.  Having an active litigation practice has helped immeasurably in developing the necessary insight and analytical skill to successfully advise clients on compliance issues. 

Chris has also been active on the Volunteer Mediation Panel for the Southern District of New York since 2000, and over the past five to seven years handled 40 to 50 mediations, covering employment law, wage and hour litigation, commercial contract issues and Section 1983 cases.  He was on the District’s Mediation Advisory Committee from 2015-2018, and joined the Eastern District Panel in 2018.

Chris speaks and writes regularly on employment law issues.  He is active in leadership roles in professional associations and not-for-profit organizations, having recently been inducted as a fellow in to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and selected as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, with a term to begin in June 2020.


Allan Bloom is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and advisor who represents management in a broad range of employment and labor law matters. As a litigator, Allan has successfully defended a number of the world’s leading companies against claims for unpaid wages, employment discrimination, breach of contract and wrongful discharge, both at the trial and appellate court levels as well as in arbitration. He has secured complete defense verdicts for clients in front of juries, as well as injunctions to protect clients’ confidential information and assets.

As the leader of Proskauer’s Wage and Hour Practice Group, Allan has been a strategic partner to a number of Fortune 500 companies to help them avoid, minimize and manage exposure to wage and hour-related risk. Allan’s views on wage and hour issues have been featured in The New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg and Fortune, among other leading publications. His class-action defense work for clients has saved hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages.

Allan is regularly called on to advise boards of directors and senior leadership on highly sensitive matters such as executive transitions, internal investigations and strategic workforce planning. He also has particular expertise in the financial services industry, where he has litigated and arbitrated cases, including at FINRA and its predecessors, for more than 20 years.

A prolific author and speaker, Allan was the Editor of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Journal from 2012 to 2017. He is a member of the NYSBA's House of Delegates, sits on the Executive Committee of the NYSBA's Labor and Employment Law Section, and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Allan has been recognized in Chambers USA since 2011 and in Best Lawyers in America since 2010.  He is a past recipient of a Cornerstone Award from Lawyers Alliance for New York, for providing outstanding pro bono legal services.


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.