Stuart B. Kleinman, M.D. is a psychiatrist specializing in Forensic Psychiatry and Traumatic Stress. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, and serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and as an Adjunct Professor of Law, at Brooklyn Law School.
Dr. Kleinman has extensive experience assessing and treating the consequences of a wide array of trauma, including Asian piracy, Middle Eastern terrorism, urban sexual assault, and workplace harassment. He helped found the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Asylum Program, was the first Medical Director of the Crime Victims Center, a mental health clinic which treats solely the psychological consequences of (violent) crime, and consulted for the New York State Crime Victims Compensation Board. After the 911 terrorist attacks, he assisted employees of companies perceived as particularly likely targets of additional attacks, including via anthrax and other biological agents.
Dr. Kleinman has written widely about posttraumatic stress, especially its intersection with civil and criminal legal issues, and vigorously worked to better mental health professionals’ understanding of such. He founded, and served as chairperson, of the Committee on Trauma and Stress, of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, and teaches about PTSD, and assessing emotional distress damages, to fellows training in Forensic Psychiatry in the Columbia-Weill Cornell Forensic Psychiatry fellowship program.
Dr. Kleinman’s experience working with those who have suffered serious assaults and threats provides him with a deep, nuanced appreciation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the use and misuse of this diagnosis.
As a board certified forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Kleinman consults in a broad spectrum of criminal and civil matters, including regarding workplace harassment/discrimination, the ‘mindset’ of perpetrators of violent and non-violent acts, e.g., ‘white collar crime’, and workplace violence. He worked for over ten years at the Bellevue Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, examining individuals for the Court regarding competency to stand trial, and pre- and post-sentencing issues, consulted to the Special Victims Bureau of the Queens District Attorney’s Office regarding child victims’ psychological ability to confront their alleged abusers in courtroom proceedings, and consults for prosecutors and defense attorneys in criminal matters, and defense and plaintiff attorneys in civil matters.
Dr. Kleinman received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He subsequently trained in Psychiatry, at the Pennsylvania Hospital, Psychiatry and Law, at the Center for Social-Legal Studies, of the University of Pennsylvania, and Forensic Psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital.
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.
Cathy Ventrell-Monsees is a Senior Advisor to EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic and also advised the past three EEOC Chairs. She leads the EEOC’s Harassment Prevention Action Team and organized the 2018 Commission hearing Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment and a 2019 Industry Leaders Roundtable on Harassment Prevention. She is the primary drafter of “The State of Age Discrimination and Older Workers in the US 50 Years After the Age Discrimination in Employment Act” issued by EEOC Acting Chair Lipnic in June 2018, and Advancing Opportunity – A Review of the Systemic Program of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (July 2016) issued by EEOC Chair Yang.
Her career has focused on age and gender discrimination, and class action litigation. She co-authors AGE DISCRIMINATION LITIGATION (James Publishing 2018). She directed the litigation program at AARP for 13 years and was the president of Workplace Fairness, a nonprofit dedicated to educating workers about their employment rights. She was a member of the board of directors of the National Employment Lawyers Association and of the Council of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and is currently a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She also taught Employment Discrimination Law at the Washington College of Law at American University for 15 years.
Darrell represents for-profit, not-for-profit, and government clients with respect to their employee-related issues. Key to his work is the objective of assisting his clients in enhancing the performance of their employees and averting negative employee relations.
On behalf of management, Darrell handles employee-related issues, including hiring/discharge, discrimination matters, traditional labor/management relations, diversity, internal investigations, workplace training, privacy, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, and issues related to international labor and employment concerns.
Darrell focuses his practice on assisting his clients with compliance with national and local labor/employment laws, and the institution of management best practices to proactively avoid operational problems. Darrell has developed and provided training to the management teams of his clients on issues ranging from “Management Techniques – Enhancing Employee Performance,” “Conducting Internal Investigations,” “Navigating Leave Laws,” and “Sexual Harassment Training.”
Darrell’s extensive work for clients with regard to traditional labor matters includes union negotiations, assistance with union organizing, including the development and management of neutrality agreements and elections, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. In addition, he serves as chief negotiator for his clients during collective-bargaining sessions and has negotiated several agreements spanning a host of industries.
Darrell has also led several internal investigations of senior level executives, including several C-Suite level matters, on behalf of his corporate clients, frequently being retained by the entities' Corporate Board of Directors. Darrell uses his experience working with the City, State and Federal Governments and his role as a New York State Commissioner in helping his clients navigate claims before governmental agencies.
With respect to non-traditional work, Darrell has handled and managed significant cases involving single and multiple plaintiffs, single and multiple defendants, cases with allegations of serious continuing violations and high profile media cases. He not only has experience before administrative agencies as well as Federal and State courts, but has also handled investigations conducted by the New York State Attorney General's office.
Elizabeth S. Saylor, a partner at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, has litigated civil rights and commercial matters since 2001. Ms. Saylor represents clients in sexual harassment and assault; police misconduct; prisoners’ rights; election law; wage and hour litigation; and employment and housing discrimination cases. Ms. Saylor has litigated numerous class actions, resulting in settlements totaling $100 million and extensive injunctive reform helping approximately 500,000 persons. Her commercial practice includes contract and tort disputes, as well as constitutional challenges to government regulations.
While Ms. Saylor primarily represents plaintiffs in employment matters, she also conducts internal investigations and advises employers on a wide array of workplace issues. She frequently lectures on sexual harassment and other employment rights, including at Harvard Law School and the New York City Bar Association. She currently is working with other advocates to address the effect of COVID-19 on low-income individuals, including by chairing National Employment Lawyers Association/New York’s COVID-19 Advocacy Taskforce.
She is co-chair of the board of A Better Balance (www.abetterbalance.org), the leading non-profit legal organization fighting for workers’ rights for paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and stronger workplace protections for women and families nationwide. ABB’s mission is to promote equity so that workers can care for their families without sacrificing economic security. ABB is leading the nation’s response to COVID-19 by advocating for and drafting paid leave laws on the national and local level so that workers can care for themselves and their families without losing their paycheck or risking their health.
Ms. Saylor is working closely with ABB and others to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on low-income individuals, including by chairing the National Employment Lawyers Association/New York’s COVID-19 Advocacy Taskforce. She is also organizing a panel with the NYC Bar’s Sex and Law Committee to address the effects of COVID-19 on women.
Prior to joining ECBA in 2006, Ms. Saylor worked as a Skadden fellow at The Legal Aid Society and clerked for the Hon. Robert D. Sack of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Saylor graduated magna cum laude in 2001 from Harvard Law School, where she received the Sears Prize (awarded to two second-year students with highest GPAs).
She was recently profiled in City and State as one of 30 women in the public sector who've made notable contributions to society. She has also named a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist in 2017, as well as one of the Top Attorneys In The New York Metro Area and a Super Lawyer.
Jill L. Rosenberg, an employment partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York, is a nationally recognized employment litigator and counselor. Ms. Rosenberg has significant experience defending and advising employers in discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, wrongful discharge, affirmative action, wage-and-hour and traditional labor matters. She handles complex individual cases, as well as class actions and systemic government investigations. She represents a broad range of companies, with a focus on employers in the securities industry, banks and financial institutions, accounting firms and law firms.
Ms. Rosenberg also has particular expertise in the representation of nonprofit entities, including colleges, universities, hospitals, foundations and cultural institutions. She frequently speaks on employment law issues for employer and bar association groups.
Ms. Rosenberg has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading employment lawyer. Ms. Rosenberg is the firm-wide Partner in Charge of Pro Bono Programs and serves on the firm’s Personnel Development, Risk Management and Diversity Committees. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Leadership Committee of the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. She is a member of the Board of Directors of New York Legal Assistance Group, a legal services organization serving New Yorkers in need.
Ms. Rosenberg graduated from Princeton University, and earned her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.
Lois Bloom was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York on May 18, 2001. She was reappointed for her third term on the Brooklyn bench in May 2017. Before her appointment in the Eastern District, Magistrate Judge Bloom served as Senior Staff Attorney in the Pro Se Office of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for 13 years. Judge Bloom has spoken on Access to Justice, Federal Civil Practice, Employment Discrimination, Habeas Corpus and Civil Rights issues at numerous conferences. She also trained new Magistrate Judges as part of the Federal Judicial Center’s annual orientation for newly appointed judges for over a decade.
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.
Michael A. Curley is the Managing Partner of Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud LLP. Mr. Curley founded his firm in 2009, and his firm represents employers throughout the country. Mr. Curley has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in New York (Band One in each of the last several years). He has also been awarded the Martindale Hubbell AV ranking, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and numerous other lawyer-recognition services.
Before founding Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud, Mr. Curley was a partner with O’Melveny & Myers (where he started his career and worked for nearly 19 years) and with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Mr. Curley splits his time between New York and Philadelphia, and works out of both cities in addition to traveling nationally to serve his clients’ needs.
Mr. Curley attended Drexel University, where he graduated with highest honors and played on the Drexel basketball team. After graduating from Drexel, Mr. Curley attended Villanova Law School, where he was on the Law Review and earned Order of the Coif honors.
Mr. Curley is a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Drexel University. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Paula T. Edgar, Esq., is an attorney and Partner of Inclusion Strategy Solutions LLC, a consulting firm that provides innovative and strategic solutions on organizational diversity efforts, intercultural competence initiatives, sexual harassment prevention and EEO compliance. Paula has worked and consulted in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion for more than 10 years. Paula speaks and consults on these topics by advising, facilitating workshops, professional development training, and providing keynote speeches. Paula has worked extensively with clients to develop and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives across sectors. Paula is also an expert in inclusive executive/leadership development, professional and personal branding, networking, social media, and career strategies. Paula has demonstrated leadership in numerous civic organizations and she is the immediate past President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), New York State’s largest black bar association.
Paula’s professional experiences include serving as the founder and CEO of PGE LLC (a speaking, consulting and executive coaching firm), the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York Law School and as an attorney in the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from the California State University (Fullerton) and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law. She was recognized by The Network Journal Magazine as a “40 Under Forty” Achievement Awardee, a Ms. JD “Woman of Inspiration” and a “Rising Star” by A Better Chance.
Pearl Zuchlewski is a partner in Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP where she primarily represents individual employees.
She is a former Chair of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) Labor and Employment Law Section and presently serves on the Section’s Executive Committee. She also is a Section representative to the NYSBA House of Delegates. In addition, Ms. Zuchlewski is a member of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Labor and Employment Law Section’s Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Association of the Bar in the City of New York (“ABCNY”).
She has served on the FINRA task force which drafted the FINRA Code of Arbitration provisions for statutory discrimination claims and is former Chair of the FINR’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee. Ms. Zuchlewski most recently served as Chair of a FINRA employment task force which reviewed and consolidated the former NASD and NYSE Codes of Arbitration Procedure.
Ms. Zuchlewski has been recognized for several years as among the Best Lawyers in New York and in Superlawyers. She is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the College’s Board of Governors. She also is a member of the advisory boards of the New York University Law School Center for Labor and Employment, the Hofstra Law School, CPR Employment Disputes Committee and the New York City Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association; her other professional activities include membership in the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.
Ms. Zuchlewski is a frequent speaker on alternative dispute resolution, sexual harassment and other employment related issues at various organizations including the ABA, NYSBA, ABCNY, Practicing Law Institute and New York University Judicial Conferences. Her articles have appeared in the New York Law Journal, various proceedings of the New York University’s Annual Conferences on Labor, ABA, NYSBA and other publications.
Stephen Bergstein is a civil rights lawyer in New Paltz, New York. He graduated from CUNY Law School in 1993. Mr. Bergstein speaks and writes regularly on developments in civil rights law, particularly in the Second Circuit. He has published in the New York Law Journal, the NYSBA Labor and Employment Journal and Z Magazine.
Maintaining an active trial and appellate practice, Mr. Bergstein has briefed and/or argued more than 100 civil rights appeals in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and has lectured on civil rights and employment matters before the Practicing Law Institute, the National Employment Lawyers Association (New York Chapter), the Orange County (NY) Bar Association, the Westchester County (NY) Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the National Business Institute and Lawline.com.
Many of Mr. Bergstein's cases have become notable precedents, including Zarda v. Altitude Express, 883 F.3d 100 (2d Cir. 2018) (en banc) (holding that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of gender discrimination in violation of Title VII); Chauca v. Abraham, 885 F.3d 122 (2d Cir. 2018) (holding that punitive damages test under New York City Human Rights Law is not coterminous with federal standard); Darnell v. Pineiro, 849 F.3d 17 (2d Cir. 2017) (vacating summary judgment in case alleging pretrial detainees were subjected to unconstitutional jail conditions); Legg v. County of Ulster, 820 F.3d 67 (2d Cir. 2016) (vacating judgment as a matter of law in pregnancy discrimination case); Zeno v. Pine Plains Cent. Sch. Dist., 702 F.3d 655 (2d Cir. 2012) (sustaining $1 million jury award and liability finding that school district was deliberately indifferent to racial bullying); Jackler v. Byrne, 658 F.3d 225 (2d Cir. 2011) (holding that police officer had a First Amendment right to refuse to file a false police report).
Mr. Bergstein blogs on the Second Circuit's civil rights decisions at www.secondcircuitcivilrights.blogspot.com
Tanya Katerí Hernández, is the Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches Anti-Discrimination Law, Comparative Employment Discrimination, Critical Race Theory, The Science of Implicit Bias and the Law: New Pathways to Social Justice, and Trusts & Wills. She received her A.B. from Brown University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as Note Topics Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Professor Hernández, is an internationally recognized comparative race law expert and Fulbright Scholar who has visited at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, in Paris and the University of the West Indies Law School, in Trinidad. She has previously served as a Law and Public Policy Affairs Fellow at Princeton University, a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University; a Faculty Fellow at the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and as a Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Professor Hernández is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the American Law Institute, and the Academia Puertorriqueña de Jurisprudencia y Legislación. Hispanic Business Magazine selected her as one of its annual 100 Most Influential Hispanics. Professor Hernández serves on the editorial boards of the Revista Brasileira de Direito e Justiça/Brazilian Journal of Law and Justice, and the Latino Studies Journal published by Palgrave-Macmillian Press.
Professor Hernández’s scholarly interest is in the study of comparative race relations and anti-discrimination law, and her work in that area has been published in numerous university law reviews like Cornell, Harvard, N.Y.U., U.C. Berkeley, Yale and in news outlets like the New York Times, among other publications including her books Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law and the New Civil Rights Response (including Spanish and Portuguese translation editions) and Brill Research Perspectives in Comparative Discrimination Law: Racial Discrimination. Her most recent publication is the book Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination https://multiracialsandcivilrights.wordpress.com/.
Vicki Walcott-Edim is Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel, Global Employment Law for Mastercard. She provides strategic direction on the company’s global employment law function and strategic advice and day-to-day guidance on an array of matters to help Mastercard attract and retain top talent. She advises on company initiatives, policies and procedures; compliance with employment laws and regulations; OFCCP requirements; restrictive covenants; diversity and inclusion practices; employee compensation and benefits; corporate restructuring; and immigration. She also manages outside counsel’s representation of Mastercard in litigation and agency proceedings, serves as a resource for Regional Counsel on global employment law issues, and negotiates complex commercial agreements for services, technology, and products Mastercard needs to maintain its competitive edge.
Before joining Mastercard, Vicki served as Senior Counsel, Employment Law with Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. She advised on a variety of employment issues and claims concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, immigration, business reorganizations, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, wage-hour issues, and workplace violence. She defended the company in arbitration claims, government investigations, and other proceedings before federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. She regularly conducted training on a variety of employment law topics for Human Resources and other executives.
Vicki began her legal career at Jones Day where she worked as an attorney in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. Her experience included individual employment disputes filed in court and subject to arbitration as well as complex class, collective, and multi-plaintiff actions, including pattern or practice cases brought by private plaintiffs and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
She graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, where she was an Executive Board Member and Production Editor for the Catholic University Law Review. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from The College of William & Mary.
Vivien B. Shelanski has been an arbitrator and mediator with JAMS since 1998. She is a fellow of both the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and was an editor of the CCA’s Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (3rd Ed.). Her practice focuses on complex business, employment, real estate, and intellectual property matters. She comes to the law with a background in science, technology, and government and the ethical considerations at the interfaces between them. She has served on the faculties of Harvard University and the NYU School of Law School and in executive positions in science policy at the National Science Foundation and the Directorate of Scientific Affairs of the OECD in Paris. She received her AB from Bryn Mawr College, a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and the JD from NYU. She served a law clerk to the late Hon. Milton Pollack in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
As a management-side employment counselor and litigator, Jessica provides clients with the perceptive, caring and zealous representation that they deserve. Counseling clients on how to effectively navigate the web of employment laws, she successfully breaks down complicated legal requirements to an understandable level for her clients. When her clients are faced with litigation, Jessica’s thorough preparation, calm demeanor and ability to think outside the box routinely achieve positive results.
Jessica has successfully represented employers in federal and New York State court in employment discrimination and retaliation cases involving claims under the civil rights statutes, and has repeatedly obtained the dismissal of employee claims of sexual harassment and discrimination (including race, gender, age, disability, national origin and religion based discrimination claims), and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) and New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL).
She has similarly obtained dismissal for employers of wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law, interference and retaliation claims under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), invasion of employee privacy and constitutional claims (including due process, equal protection, free speech and retaliation under the First Amendment), and has successfully represented municipal employers in CPLR Article 78 proceedings brought by former employees challenging the termination of their employment. Jessica also routinely defends employers in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City Commission on Human Rights, and Department of Labor among others.
In addition to her litigation practice, Jessica also serves as counselor for public and private sector employers advising on day-to-day employment matters, and assists employers in complying with the various employment statutes including New York Paid Family Leave (PFL), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Jessica also often serves as an impartial investigator of discrimination and harassment complaints, and reviews and revises employee handbooks and employment policies to ensure compliance with applicable laws.
Jessica was named a Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers every year since 2015, and was recognized as a "40 Under 40" business leader and a “Top 50 Woman in Business” by the Long Island Business News among other accolades. Jessica is currently the President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation, and past officer of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.
The Honorable James C. Francis IV (Ret.) is a Mediator, Arbitrator, and Special Master affiliated with JAMS. From 1985-2017, he served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York, including a two-year term as chief magistrate judge. During his tenure, Judge Francis was responsible for conducting pretrial proceedings, mediating settlements, and presiding over trial in thousands of cases. The matters he handled include financial markets claims, employment discrimination class actions, wage and hour collective actions, multidistrict product liability litigation, civil rights class actions, mass torts, securities class actions, admiralty cases, copyright and trademark claims, patent infringement cases, and a wide array of complex commercial litigation. Judge Francis is nationally recognized as an expert in electronic discovery.
After stepping down from the bench in 2017, Judge Francis served as distinguished lecturer at the CUNY School of Law, where he taught Civil Procedure, Evidence, Electronic Discovery, Constitutional Torts, and Federal Courts. Judge Francis has been an active member of several bar groups and currently serves on the Labor and Employment Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Judge Francis graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his juris doctor degree from the Yale Law School and a masters degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Following graduation from law school, Judge Francis clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York. After his clerkship, Judge Francis served an attorney with the impact litigation unit of the Legal Aid Society of New York. There, he litigated class actions and test cases in the areas of housing and education. He also established the Disability Rights Unit to provide legal services for persons with physical and mental disabilities.
Miriam F. Clark has practiced labor and employment law for more than 25 years, and has handled dozens of employment-related cases in federal and state courts, arbitration agencies and before federal and state administrative agencies. She negotiates severance agreements and employment contracts, and counsels employees on a variety of employment-related legal issues. She also provides independent investigation and mediation services in connection with complaints of discrimination and/or harassment and serves as a voluntary, court-appointed mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She advises non-profit organizations on employment-related issues.
Since 2005 she has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. She has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell, a “superb” (10 out of 10) rating from Avvo, and is a member of the Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She is immediate Past President of the National Employment Lawyers Association- New York Chapter and Chair of the Legislative Committee.
Ms. Clark has lectured widely on employment law and related topics at ALI-CLE, Georgetown University Law Center, the American Bar Association Section on Labor and Employment Law, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, Practising Law Institute and to classes at the New York University School of Law. She serves as a pro bono mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Since 2006, she has served as Chapter Editor for the Annual Supplement to Family and Medical Leave Act (ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law/BNA Books)
Ms. Clark is a 1984 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar. From 1984-1985, she served as law clerk for Hon. Max Rosenn, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a 1980 cum laude graduate of Harvard College.
Mr. Rogers, the managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Labor and Employment Law Group, is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude, 1976) and Harvard Law School (cum laude, 1979). He joined Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in 1979, and has been a partner of the Firm since 1987. He has been named the New York City “Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 as well as for 2014 and the 2012 “New York City Labor Law – Management Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, and is one of 33 lawyers in the United States named in “Best of the Best USA 2015” as leading labor and employment lawyers. In 2017 and for each of the prior nine years, he has been named one of the 100 leading management attorneys in the United States by the publication Human Resource Executive in conjunction with Lawdragon; he is also ranked in the top tier in New York among defendant-side employment lawyers in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (available at www.chambersandpartners.com/usa). He is a contributing author to BNA’s Workplace Harassment Law (2012), is a co-author of West Publishing Co.’s Employment Litigation in New York (1996) and Employment Law Deskbook for Human Resources Professionals (2001), and serves as a lecturer on employment law topics to many groups, including the Practising Law Institute's annual Employment Law Institute and the Federal Judicial Center’s annual Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute and of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and has served on the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Susan Ritz has practiced employment law since 1985. She is a partner in the Manhattan law firm of Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP. Ms. Ritz handles all forms of employment-related matters, including advising employees and partners regarding their rights, duties and entitlement to benefits; handling contract, severance agreement and partnership dispute negotiations; and representing employees and partners in negotiations, mediations, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and lawsuits encompassing a full panoply of employment-related issues, with special emphasis on claims of unlawful harassment, retaliation and employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected classes.
Ms. Ritz provides neutral mediation services, and conducts impartial internal investigations on behalf of employers into alleged discriminatory conduct. She also advises non-profits and small employers on employment-related issues, reviews and revises Staff Manuals for employers, and represents employers in contract and severance negotiations. She offers harassment and discrimination prevention training to management and employees, as well.
Ms. Ritz is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (20+ years), Super Lawyers (14 years) and Law Dragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers. She is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and was selected for its 2011 Inaugural Edition of the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. AVVO gives her a rating of 10 out of 10. She is also a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the Litigation Counsel of America. Ms. Ritz has published articles and lectured widely, including for the National Employment Lawyers Association/NY, ALI-CLE, American Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and at CUNY School of Law. She serves as a pro bono mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.