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Cross-Border Employment Law 2019


Speaker(s): Aaron Mendelsohn, Alice Mony Decroix, Anders Etgen Reitz, Anna Jerndorf, Carolina Tavares Rodrigues , Daniela Hangarter, Devjani H. Mishra, Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen, Dr. Roland Gerlach, Frances Phillips Taft, Hironobu Tsukamoto, Hongjuan Bai, Jillian Naylor, Louise Patry, Martin L. Schmelkin, Michael D. Mann, Orrie Dinstein, Peter Hützen, Philip M. Berkowitz, Rayne Towns, Roselyn S. Sands, Selvamalar Alagaratnam, Shaun Z. Wu, Stephen B. Moldof, Wendi S. Lazar, Wilma B. Liebman
Recorded on: Jun. 5, 2019
PLI Program #: 254175

Aaron Mendelsohn is a member of EY’s Forensic & Integrity Services practice in New York.  At EY, Aaron assists companies and their legal counsel in responding to government and internal investigations, regulatory inquiries, and other litigation related to acts of fraud, including cyber breaches, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and money laundering.   Aaron also helps companies and their counsel conduct fraud risk assessments and institute anti-corruption programs to manage risk and regulatory compliance.  Prior to joining EY, Aaron spent more than two years as a Senior Counsel in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authorities’ Enforcement Department and more than ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Aaron has served as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, teaching International Financial Crime. Throughout his career, Aaron has also served as a panelist and moderator on corporate compliance and enforcement issues. Aaron has received numerous awards and commendations, including FINRA's Premier Achievement Award, and from the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service, and the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.

Aaron received his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (1999) and his B.A. from Middlebury College (1995).  In his limited free time unrelated to law and compliance, Aaron is a marathon winner and a professional cantor.


Alice Mony Decroix is a labor and employment lawyer at the Paris-based law firm Bredin Prat.

Her practice covers both individual and collective matters, including employee representation and collective bargaining, compensation and employee incentive plans, profit-sharing plans, as well as executive employment arrangements, international mobility and executive severance packages.

Alice assists French and overseas companies with the employment issues arising out of organizational changes, including:

  • Corporate reorganizations, mergers or acquisitions,
  • Organizational restructurings and workforce reduction plans, including the negotiation of job protection plans,
  • Distressed business acquisitions, pre-insolvency or insolvency proceedings

She routinely advises on French and cross-border compliance matters, including codes of conduct and whistleblowing programs and she also assists clients on how to conduct workplace investigations.

Alice also represents clients in individual and collective employment litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes, and has developed expertise on European employment matters, including European Works Council topics.

She was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2005 and is a graduate of the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Maîtrise in private law, 2002; DESS in employment law, 2003) and the University of Cologne, Germany (LL.M, 2002).

Alice was recognized by Global Business Insight Awards 2018 for Employee Representation Law Firm of the year, and was named a Rising Star by Euromoney’s ExpertGuide for Labour and Employment (2016 - 2018).


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.


Anna Jerndorf is recognized as one of Sweden’s leading employment lawyers and heads the employment and labor law practice at the Swedish law firm Törngren Magnell.

Anna advices multinationals and local Swedish companies in all aspects of employment law, including in particular M&A related employment matters, collective and individual redundancies, recruitment and termination of senior executives, non-compete and confidentiality matters, discrimination, data protection and pensions. Anna also have extensive expertise in international projects including international restructurings and country enterings by multinationals.

Anna Jerndorf is the Swedish board member of the European Employment Lawers Association (EELA) and an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA). Anna also heads and is the driving force behind a prominent network for Swedish employment law specialists that arranges seminars and workshops on recent development within employment law.

Anna is recognized in various international publications such as Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Anna speaks at conferences both in Sweden and abroad and regularly organizes employment law seminars.


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.


Focus Areas

Labor and Employment; Employee Information and Privacy; Immigration

Overview

Hongjuan Bai advises employers on various labor and employment issues from hiring to firing. She advises on strategic workforce issues including the structure of employment relationships, work authorization, establishment and enforcement of company policies, employee remuneration and benefits, workplace harassment and discrimination, post-termination restrictive covenants, employment-related due diligence, compliance audit, reduction in workforce, and personnel transfer options in business transactions.

Hongjuan is experienced in complex labor and employment arbitration and litigations, and also advises employers in responding to inspections by the labor authorities. She also serves as outside counsel of well-known multinational companies on issues relating to trade union, employee representative congress, and collective bargaining.

Hongjuan also advises clients on matters involving workplace privacy and data protection, including developing appropriate policies to regulate the use of the latest technologies that impact the workplace, advising on the lawful use of background checks for employment purposes, etc.

Professional Associations

Chinese lawyer qualification and license
Member of Labor and Social Security Law Committee of Beijing Lawyers Association

Recognition

Nominated as Dispute resolution/Future Star by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2019)

Recommended in Employment Area by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019)

Recommended in Employment Area by Chambers Asia Pacific Guide (2018)

Ranked as Top 10 Lawyers in Labor & Employment Area by Beijing Bar Association (2013)

Education

LL.B., Peking University, 2001
LL.M., Peking University, 2004

Language

Mandarin and English


Frances Philips Taft is a dual qualified attorney (US/UK) and has over 20 years of experience in United States and international employment law as in-house counsel and in private practice. Most recently, Fran was the Executive Counsel for Baker Hughes (GE company (BHGE)), an international industrial service company and one of the world's largest oil field services companies that provides the oil and gas industry with products and services for oil drilling, formation evaluation, completion, production and reservoir consulting. BHGE has operations in 120+ countries and employs over 61,000 employees.

At BHGE, Fran was the Company’s Global Labor and Employment Counsel and Global Data Privacy Leader with primary responsibility for data privacy compliance and labor and employment matters pending in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Fran was responsible for providing strategic and legal guidance to the global human resources team and business leaders and for developing L&E strategy, driving HR compliance, data privacy compliance, anticipating new social legislation/key risks for the business as well as managing global employee relations, L&E litigation and supporting M&A transactions.

Prior to joining BHGE, she worked in Florence, Italy as Global Labor and Employment and Data Privacy Counsel for GE Oil & Gas and was a Senior Solicitor with the UK law firm Hammonds based in London, UK, successfully implemented Hammonds’ International Benefits Practice.  Fran was also in-house Benefits Counsel with McKinsey & Company, Inc. in New York and an environmental toxic tort litigator with the law firm Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps, LLP.

Fran is a frequent speaker on global labor and employment, ethics and compliance and data privacy issues. She has also written several articles on labor and employment and international pension and employee benefits and has contributed to several textbooks and publications.


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.


Jillian is a partner in Linklaters’ Employment & Incentives team with particular expertise in contentious and advisory employment matters. She is described as “extremely knowledgeable” and “absolutely brilliant and superb” in her area in Legal 500 and Chambers directories.

Jillian advises her clients on their most sensitive employee relations issues including discrimination issues, crisis management, senior and executive level appointments and terminations and employment aspects of internal and regulatory investigations, as well as performance, conduct and culture issues which arise within a regulatory environment.

Jillian regularly manages employment litigation in the High Court and the Employment Tribunal as well as using methods of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and conciliation to resolve disputes and frequently advises clients on the commercial strategies associated with such processes.

Jillian has considerable expertise advising clients on whistleblowing matters. In particular, Jillian is a ‘thought leader’ in the whistleblowing space and has been involved in leading the firm’s “Listen Up” campaign, which aims to focus the whistleblowing discussions on internal behaviours and responses to whistleblowing. As part of this, Jillian produced an e-Learning module with Protect (formerly known as Public Concern at Work). Jillian is also a regular commentator and speaker on such issues.

Jillian also regularly advises her clients on employment aspects of M&A and managing large global projects relating to redundancies, outsourcings and restructures, and frequently trains clients at senior management and board level and liaises with industry bodies on topical issues and government consultations (including CityHR and GC100; assisting the latter in relation to the Gender Pay Gap Regulations Consultations back in 2016).


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.


Michael D. Mann is a partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP.  His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, securities enforcement matters, internal corporate investigations and complex civil litigation.  Michael has represented public companies, financial institutions, board committees, and related individuals in internal, criminal and regulatory investigations, prosecutions and litigations.  He regularly counsels clients on corruption, money laundering and sanctions compliance safeguards, including due diligence of business partners in international business transactions, the design, implementation and maintenance of anti-bribery and other financial crime compliance programs, and the development of proactive compliance monitoring programs. Michael also has extensive experience representing clients in a wide array of complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.  He has been recognized as an international leader in Business Crime Defence by Who’s Who Legal, and has been named to the Euromoney LMG Rising Star list and the Rising Star lists for Super Lawyers magazine, a Thomson Reuters publication.  Michael received his J.D. from SUNY Buffalo Law School and his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Orrie Dinstein is the Global Chief Privacy Officer at March & McLennan Companies. He has global responsibility for data protection, and he works closely with the Legal & Compliance, IT and Information Security teams, as well as other functions, to establish policies, procedures, processes and tools related to privacy and data protection matters.  Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, Orrie was the Chief Privacy Officer at GE Capital. 

Orrie received an LL.M. degree in intellectual property from NYU School of Law and is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem School of Law.  He is a member of the New York State Bar and the Israel Bar. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and a frequent speaker on privacy, security, technology and social media matters.


Peter Hützen has been practicing law since 2000 and advises domestic and foreign companies on all aspects of individual and collective employment law. His practice is wide spread and includes the restructuring and reorganization of companies and businesses, labor law issues in insolvency proceedings, cross-border transactions, harmonization of employment conditions and solving works constitutional matters. . He also advises employers on employee data protection issues.

Peter’s client base comprises both, local and global players, in particular from the life science sector, the automotive supply and engineering industries, the IT industry and the banking and financial services sector.

Before joining vangard, Peter Hützen worked for several other international law firms. He was admitted to the bar in 2000 and is a specialized lawyer (Fachanwalt) for employment law in Germany. Peter publishes and regularly lectures on employment issues. He is a co- editor of ZInsO, a member of Arbeitsgemeinschaft Arbeitsrecht im DAV (Working Group on Labour Law of the German Bar Association), the Deutscher Arbeitsgerichtsverband e.V. (German Labour Court Association) and the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA).

The magazine “WirtschaftsWoche” named Peter Hützen as “0ne of the best attorneys in Germany for 2017 in the area of employment law.”


Rayne is a senior attorney and global compliance leader with extensive experience in labor and employment and commercial compliance.  She began her legal career as a judicial clerk on the Texas Supreme Court.  From there she joined Jones Day where she worked in the Labor & Employment practice group for seven years in Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.  While at Jones Day, Rayne represented Fortune 500 clients in employment litigation, labor grievance proceedings, and labor arbitrations.  She also provided counseling and partnered with clients to mitigate labor and employment risks, including through use of risk assessments, audits, and training sessions.

Rayne transitioned to in-house roles and joined Georgia-Pacific LLC as Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment.  While with Georgia-Pacific, Rayne continued to act as lead counsel on litigated cases and partnered with outside firms on various matters including OFCCP audits, e-discovery projects, and benefits disputes.  Rayne then joined Exide Technologies as Assistant General Counsel where she was responsible for management of labor and employment matters globally.  She also was responsible for data privacy issues and ensuring compliance with global privacy laws.  Rayne moved into a compliance role when she joined General Electric where she had global compliance responsibility for two of the businesses in the power franchise, gas turbines and global services. 

In 2018, Rayne joined Nokia initially as a member of the compliance team with responsibility for North America as well as global responsibility for the Enterprise business group.  She transitioned to Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment Americas and now is responsible for labor and employment matters in both the NAM and LATAM regions. In this role, Rayne also has responsibility for global projects and initiatives, including in the areas of data privacy, training and employee awareness, and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Rayne resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children.


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.


Selvamalar Alagaratnam was admitted to practice as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in November 1994. She commenced her legal practice with a local law firm dedicated to employment law. In 2000, she joined Skrine and was admitted as a partner in 2006. Since her admission to the Malaysian Bar, she has been primarily engaged in employment law work.

Selvamalar is ranked in Chambers Asia as a leading individual for Employment & Industrial Relation since 2009.

She is also listed as one of the world’s leading practitioners by Who’s Who Legal 2014 - 2017 in Management Labour & Employment and recognised as Who’s Who Legal Thought Leader for Employment and Industrial Relations in 2017 and 2018.

Areas of Practice

Employment & Industrial Relations, Administrative, Immigration, Medical Negligence.

Professional Affiliations

Senior Vice Chair of International Bar Association’s Employment & Industrial Relations Committee

Secretary of Malaysian Society for Labour and Social Security Laws (local chapter of International Society for Labour and Social Security Laws)

Member of Bar Council’s Industrial Law Committee

Member of Lawasia’s Labour Law Committee

Qualifications

Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya

LLB (Hons), University of London

Certificate of Legal Practice


Shaun Wu is an accomplished litigator who focuses on high-stakes multijurisdictional disputes and U.S. government investigations involving China. He has extensive experience representing clients across Asia and is admitted in the U.S., UK and offshore jurisdictions including the British Virgin Islands. Mr. Wu is also a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong.

Mr. Wu represents multinational corporations, boards of directors and audit committees in internal investigations involving China. In particular, he focuses on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), bribery, fraud, sanctions, and other regulatory enforcement matters in which clients rely on his deep business knowledge in China and bilingual language skills. Mr. Wu is serving as the independent integrity compliance monitor to a large Chinese state-owned enterprise in connection with its debarment by the World Bank. Chambers Asia-Pacific ranked Mr. Wu as a recognized practitioner for Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption in 2019, while Legal 500 Asia Pacific ranked him as a “Band 1” leading individual for Regulatory/Compliance in 2019 and named him as a key partner for Regulatory: Anti-Corruption & Compliance in 2018.

Recognized by Chambers & Partners as a “real strategist and problem solver,” Mr. Wu is widely regarded by clients as an “excellent attorney with great attention to detail” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019). Mr. Wu is lauded by clients as “the lawyer many people think of when they think of investigations and disputes in China” (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019). Clients appreciate his “quick, clear and comprehensive responses” and “impressive language capabilities, citing his proficiency in English, Mandarin and Cantonese” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018). In particular, Mr. Wu is “praised for his handling of China-related matters and ‘does an excellent job conveying the case across cultural and linguistic barriers’” (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017).

Mr. Wu has been featured and quoted by Reuters, Bloomberg, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, 21st Century Business Herald, Caijing, Caixin Media, and other top-tier news media for his market-leading work and thought leadership. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Wu has been named a Finalist for “Disputes Star of the Year” at the annual Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards in 2018, 2017 and 2016, and won an “Individual of the Year” Award for Dispute Resolution at the ALM China Law & Practice Awards 2015 in China.

Mr. Wu is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker and also speaks Cantonese.

 


Stephen B. Moldof, an alumnus of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, and is a partner at Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP in New York, where he has represented labor unions and employees, within and outside the United States, for more than forty years on a broad variety of domestic and international issues.  He is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, is Vice Chair of the Council of the ABA’s Labor & Employment Law Section, and served as a Union/Employee member of the Council, and as Co-Chair of the ABA L&EL Section’s Committees on International Labor Law and on Railway and Airline Labor Law.  He is a member of the Executive Board of the Int’l. Society for Labor and Social Security Law. 

Stephen Moldof is a Senior Editor of the ABA/BNA treatises on International Labor and Employment Laws and on The Railway Labor Act.  Other published articles are included in  The Labor Lawyer (17 Lab. Law. 417, Winter/Spring 2002)); 5 Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business 119 (2005); Workplace Privacy 139 (2010 Proceedings of the NYU 58th Annual Conf. on Labor); in 1993-2018 “ALI-ABA and ALI-CLE Airline and Railroad Labor Law” publications; “Special Problems with Affirmative Action Plans” (N.Y. Law Jour. Seminars-Press, 1978); and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (Spring 1968), where he served as Case Notes Editor.

He has argued and tried cases before appellate and trial courts throughout the United States (including the United States Supreme Court) and before many agencies (including the full National Labor Relations Board and the National Mediation Board).  He also has presented expert testimony on international labor law issues in proceedings in the United Kingdom and has spoken frequently at programs within and outside the United States on domestic and international labor and employment law topics.


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.


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.


Daniela Hangarter is a partner at Greenfort in Frankfurt, Germany. She is a specialized attorney in labor and employment law.

Her work is focused on assisting international companies in all labor and employment law matters, in particular restructurings, collective dismissals, employee leasing and employee data protection. She represents clients in an out of court and in collective negotiations with works councils.

After completing her legal education in Germany in 2006, Daniela gained a Master of Laws degree from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. She then worked as immigration advisor for an international company headquartered in New Zealand. Daniela joined Greenfort's labor and employment team in 2009 and became a partner in 2017.

Daniela is also a lecturer for labor and employment law at a private university in Germany and author of various employment law publications. Daniela has been recognized by Legal 500, Best Lawyers and others.


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


President Obama designated Wilma B. Liebman to be Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on January 20, 2009. She served as Chairman until August 27, 2011, when her third term expired.  Since then, she has been engaged in various advisory roles and consulting projects and has taught at several universities.  Most recently she has served as a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations and as adjunct professor at New York University Law School.  She has also taught at Cornell University’s Law School and Industrial and Labor Relations School, the University of Illinois’ College of Law and the School of Labor and Employment Relations, and George Washington University Law School.

Ms. Liebman was first appointed to be a Member of the NLRB by President Clinton and was twice reappointed by President Bush. She was the third longest serving Member of the NLRB in its history.   Prior to joining the NLRB, Ms. Liebman served for two years as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and for two years as Special Assistant to the Director.   Prior to joining FMCS in January 1994, Ms. Liebman held positions as Labor Counsel for the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, and Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 

She holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute, a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Law Institute, a Senior Research Associate of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, and a member of the Council of Advisors of the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy.  She serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations.  She also serves as Chair of the Dunlop Commission on Agricultural Labor, a private dispute resolution body.


Trained at the University of Vienna, Roland received his Doctor iuris in 1988. He was admitted to the Austrian Bar in 1993 and received his LL.M. in Labor Law from the London School of Economics in 2001.

In 2011, Roland founded the law firm GERLACH Rechtsanwälte and formerly was senior partner of Griesser-Gerlach-Gahleitner, also a distinguished boutique law firm practising labor and employment law exclusively. Excelling in this practice area, he is regularly listed in the top tiers of Austria's employment lawyers in various international publications.

Roland is the author of a wide range of publications and is now working on a comprehensive handbook on employment contracts. He regularly speaks at seminars for employment and human resources specialists as well as at national and international congresses, especially on the comparative view of employment law in different countries of the EU.

Roland is a member of the Committee of the Bar Association, a representative of Austria on the Board of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA), a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Industrial Law Society. Since 2018, he is also a member of the Tax & Legal Excellence network and, in addition to his legal practice, is a regular speaker for various private seminar organisers and the author of numerous publications in the field of labor and employment law.


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.