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Cross-Border Employment Law 2020: Highlights


Speaker(s): Andrez Carberry, Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, Frances Anderson, Frances Phillips Taft, Hironobu Tsukamoto, Philip M. Berkowitz, Rayne Towns
Recorded on: Nov. 12, 2020
PLI Program #: 307490

Andrez Carberry is the Head of Global Talent Supply and Diversity and Inclusion at John Deere, where he is responsible for leading the development of best-in-class talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion strategies for John Deere. 

Prior to joining Deere, Andrez served as the Chief Region Counsel at US Foods, where served as a “go to” legal representative to senior management on enterprise wide business matters including commercial and transactional negations and complex business projects that impact the regions and the business.

Prior to joining US Foods, Andrez served as the Chief Counsel of Global Labor, Employment & Social Responsibility; and Regional Compliance Director, North America at Avon Products, Inc.  In that capacity he served as the chief human resources attorney for the company, participated on Avon’s Global Human Resources Leadership Team and lead the Global Legal Organization’s Human Resources Practices Group.  As Compliance Director for NA, he counselled the business on varying matters and worked with a global team to identify risks, design and implement controls to mitigate those risks, track and report the effectiveness of said controls. Andrez also served as counsel to the NA business.

Andrez was formerly a Senior Litigation and Labor & Employment Associate at Fox Rothschild’s New York Office where he handled varying commercial litigation and employment related matters for a variety of clients in various industries.  He also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Office of the Corporation Counsel, Labor and Employment Division, where he successfully litigated several matters in state and federal courts, and tried several federal jury cases.

Andrez received his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Policy Analysis from Stony Brook University.


Chinwe Odimba-Chapman specialises in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law advising on a wide range of employment, labour and HR issues in the UK and on a cross border basis including: Tribunal and High Court litigation; executive recruitment, remuneration, grievance disciplinary and dismissal; restructuring/insolvency redundancies and collective matters; public and private M&A, outsourcings and employee transfers.

Chinwe is the Partner Sponsor for Clifford Chance's REACH Network and is responsible for many REACH events and initiatives in the firm. Externally, she has recently been appointed as a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors, joined the BEIS Professional and Business Services Council – Skills and Inclusion Taskforce.


Fran Philips Taft is a dual-qualified attorney (US/UK) with over two decades of experience in international data privacy and employment law matters as in-house counsel and in private practice. She has an established track record of in-house experience, leading teams, and driving a business-focused culture. 

Fran currently is the Chief Privacy Officer for 3M, a diversified technology company with 93,000 + employees and a global presence with operations in over 200 countries.  Her primary focus at 3M is operationalizing global privacy laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), and Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (LGPD), across all business operations, including IT, Engineering, Human Resources, Cybersecurity, and Marketing functions, business transactions, and security incident response. 

Before joining 3M,  Fran was the Global Labor and Employment Counsel and Global Data Privacy Counsel for GE Oil & Gas based in Florence, Italy and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), an international industrial service company with operations in 120+ countries and over 61,000 employees. At BHGE and GE Oil & Gas, she was responsible for data privacy compliance and labor and employment matters globally providing strategic and legal guidance, data privacy compliance, anticipating new social legislation/key risks for the business, and supporting M&A transactions.

Fran also was a Senior Solicitor with the UK law firm Hammonds based in London, UK, and in-house Benefits Counsel with McKinsey & Company, Inc. based in New York. Fran is a frequent speaker on global labor and employment, ethics and compliance, and data privacy matters. She has written several articles on data privacy, human rights, labor and employment and international pension and employee benefits issues and has contributed to several textbooks and publications.


Frances Anderson leads the Workplace Relations and Occupational Safety Team at the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, delivering workplace relations and occupational safety advice to the Victorian Public Sector.

She is an experienced workplace relations lawyer with over 30 years of workplace relations experience, initially in South Africa where she was a director of a major law firm and head of the Cape Town workplace relations practice, and since 2001 in Australia where she relocated to continue her legal career.  Frances' experience in Australia includes working in law firms, in-house as Lead Counsel, Industrial Relations, for a US multinational as well as in government.

Frances has particular expertise at workplace change and restructure, managing workplace disputes, providing strategic and tactical advice, working in culturally diverse, complex and highly regulated organisations and in advising and managing risk in organisations with heightened political and legal sensitivities.

Frances also has extensive advocacy experience in various courts and tribunals and has written and presented widely at national and international seminars and conferences on various workplace relations topics of interest, including on #MeToo and the AI and the workplace of the future.


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.


Rayne is a senior labor and employment attorney and global compliance leader with extensive compliance experience in several global companies covering various industries, including manufacturing, consumer goods, and telecommunications.  After clerking with the Texas Supreme Court, Rayne joined Jones Day in its Dallas office where she practiced Labor & Employment law.  In 1999, Rayne joined Georgia-Pacific’s legal department, initially working with the labor & employment team and later moving to the commercial compliance team.  Rayne then joined Exide Technologies as Assistant General Counsel, where she was responsible for labor & employment matters as well as the implementation and continuing development of the global compliance program.  Rayne then moved to General Electric, where she had global compliance responsibility for two businesses in the Power franchise, gas turbines and global services.  In 2018, Rayne joined Nokia’s compliance team with global responsibility for the Enterprise business group and subsequently moved to the labor & employment team with responsibility for NAM, LATAM and global initiatives.  Rayne is a regular presenter at seminars and conferences and resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children.


Littler Mendelson, P.C. is the largest employment law practice representing management in the world, with over 1,500 lawyers in more than 20 countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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