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Cross-Border Employment Law 2021


Speaker(s): Alice Mony Decroix, Anders Etgen Reitz, Anna Jerndorf, Daniela Hangarter, Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen, Felice N. Gray-Kemp, Frances Anderson, Frances Phillips Taft, Hironobu Tsukamoto, Jillian Naylor, Martin L. Schmelkin, Michael D. Mann, Philip L. Gordon, Philip M. Berkowitz, Prof. Dr. Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt, Rayne Towns, Roselyn S. Sands, Shaun Z. Wu, Vijay Dewan, Wendi S. Lazar, Wilma B. Liebman
Recorded on: May. 27, 2021
PLI Program #: 320413

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).


Anders Etgen Reitz a partner and heads the HR legal team at IUNO.

Anders is recognized as one of Denmark’s leading employment lawyers. He is a specialist in international employment law and advises leading multinationals on conducting business in the Nordic region and around the globe. Anders has acted in numerous cases regarding incentive and stock option plans; restrictive covenant infringements; cross- border transactions; mergers; restructurings; immigration issues; and data protection. He advises clients from a broad range of industrial sectors including inter alia: information technology; consultancy; transport; financial services; telecommunications; life science and media.

Anders is a regular speaker at international conferences on employment law issues. Anders co-edited “Social Media and Employment Law. An International Survey” and was sole editor of the book International Practitioner's Deskbook Series: Labor and Employment Law in the New Eu Member and Candidate States. Anders has also written a number of articles on national and international employment law.

Anders is a chair of the Advisory Board and former Co-Chair of the Global Employment Institute (GEI) an 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 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 TM & Partners.

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 and Vice Chairman 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.

 


Daniela is an Attorney-at-Law (German bar) and Certified Specialist Employment Lawyer based in Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to starting her career as an attorney, Daniela gained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at the University of Christchurch, New Zealand, and worked as an immigration advisor in Christchurch. From 2009 until 2020, she worked in the employment law team of Greenfort in Frankfurt, from 2017 as an Associated Partner. In 2020, Daniela founded Hangarter | Legal, a boutique law firm specialised in employment and labour law advice for companies and executives.

Daniela advises and represents German and international companies of all industries and sizes. She is very experienced in handling international projects. The focus of her current work are restructuring projects and ensuing employment litigation, negotiations with works councils and employee data privacy matters.

Daniela is also a lecturer for employment law at a private university and author of various publications on employment law.


Felice Gray-Kemp is a business and legal executive with expertise in U.S. and international commercial law.  She has served as a legal business partner for public, Fortune 500 industrial, technology and iconic consumer product companies as well as closely-held and privately-held entities including as Chief Legal and Administrative Officer of a company that she founded.  In 2021, Felice joined CaaStle as a member of its senior leadership team.

She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English Literature.  She was the Travelers Insurance Fellow of the University of Connecticut School of Law where she earned her J.D.  While working full-time, Felice received her master’s in taxation degree from Boston University School of Law.  Felice’s commitment to continued education does not stop with her own.  She has been an adjunct professor in several Connecticut colleges that focus on the education of adult learners.  Felice was appointed by the Governor of the State of Connecticut to serve as a Regent on the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.  The Board establishes and supports the execution of policy necessary to maintain the state’s colleges and universities.

She has been frequently recognized through awards, podcasts, speaking engagements and co-authoring articles for her legal and business acumen, commitment to leadership (including but not limited to diversity, equity and inclusion) and mentoring.  Employee Enterprise Resource Groups, programs and operating systems that she helped to create and a non-profit foundation that she co-founded (Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls) remain in effect as they evolve over twenty years later.  So too have many of the diversity barriers that she is committed to helping deconstruct.  This is a passion born in part of her own experience in the over a dozen roles (including promotions) in which she has been “the first” of many descriptors—most often, the first person of color, African-American, woman or African-American woman in every professional position that she has held.  Her hope is that, in her lifetime, such descriptors will rarely apply to any individual.

In the process, Felice collaborates cross-functionally to identify and execute business operational efficiencies, translate technical legal language, and to incorporate best practices to people and process focused actions for the balanced benefit of all relevant stakeholders. 


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.


Frances Philips Taft is a dual-qualified attorney (US/UK) with over fifteen years of 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 96,000 + employees and operations in over seventy (70) countries.  3M has a global presence in the following businesses: Safety and Industrial; Transportation and Electronics; Health Care; and Consumer. 

As 3M Chief Privacy Officer, Fran oversees 3M’s privacy program, compliance, and strategy and directs all aspects of 3M’s privacy policies worldwide.  Her primary focus at 3M is establishing a global privacy governance program and process related to privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity, including providing guidance and advice on new products and expansion to new markets.  Fran partners with 3M  internal stakeholders to provide legal, regulatory, compliance, and commercial advice on global privacy, data protection, and security requirements (including U.S. state and federal consumer protection and privacy laws, CCPA, CPRA, GDPR, Chinese Cybersecurity Law, PDPA, CPPA, PIPEDA, LGPD, and POPIA, among others) 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 former Executive Counsel and 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 operations in 120+ countries and over 61,000 employees. At BHGE and GE Oil & Gas, she was responsible for global data privacy compliance and labor and employment matters, data privacy compliance, anticipating new social legislation/critical risks for the business, and supporting M&A transactions.

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.

 


Gerlind Wisskirchen specializes in advising international groups, providing added value through analytical expertise as well as precise and strategic recommendations. Her endeavors extend beyond simply providing legal advice. She and her team are performance-driven and creative and strive to forge workable and strategic client-focused solutions so that businesses 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 advises multinational groups with a focus on restructurings, national and international labor and employment law and compliance issues. Acting as a strategic advisor to the management or serving as advisory board member, she assists with the development of business plans and strategies from an HR and labor and employment law perspective. As an expert for the digitalization of the workplace, she has published the "Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Their Impact on the Workplace" report for the Global Employment Institute and testified as expert before the German and European parliament.

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, 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 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 Europe’s leading Business Schools, and has published numerous articles in German and in English.

From 1991 to 1995, Gerlind worked for two US law firms before joining the international department of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. She joined CMS in 1998 and was made partner in 2003.


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).


Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is a senior partner in the Hamburg office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP specialising in individual and collective employment law, particularly in a corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions context.

His clients come from a broad range of German companies and multinationals, with a focus on the services industry, media (printing and publishing), general industries (with a focus on the automotive industry), and the consumer and healthcare sectors.

Klaus-Stefan also works as a senior adviser for supervisory and executive boards, tackling difficult or sensitive board matters with tact and discretion. He advises on employment and service contracts for board members (and their termination), and remuneration schemes and pension arrangements for senior executives.

Klaus-Stefan joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 1992 as an associate and became a partner in 1997. From 2003 until 2010 he was Head of the Global Practice Group for Employment, Pensions & Benefits. In 2010 he was appointed Regional Managing Partner for Germany and Austria, a position which he held until 2016. He was also a member of the Global Practice Committee, the executive committee responsible for the business operations of Freshfields, from 2003 until 2016.

Klaus-Stefan is the author and co-author of a number of publications on German and European employment law. He teaches employment law at Bucerius Law School in his role as Honorary Professor.

 


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.


Michael Mann is a partner in Sidley’s White Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations practice, where he strategically counsels and defends companies, financial institutions and related individuals in internal, criminal and regulatory investigations, prosecutions and litigations. He is a trusted advisor to senior management and boards of directors faced with some of their most complex and sensitive enforcement and investigation-related issues, including matters concerning alleged bribery and corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial and ethical misconduct.

Michael has been involved in cross-border matters representing U.S. and international companies across a variety of industries and sectors. He regularly counsels companies and their boards on the design, implementation and maintenance of anti-corruption compliance programs, the development of proactive risk assessments and the due diligence of business partners in international business transactions. Michael also represents clients in an array of complex commercial litigation and employment disputes in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitral forums.

Michael was recently recognized as one of five white collar “Rising Stars” under age 40 by Law360. He was also recognized at both the inaugural and second annual Euromoney LMG Americas Rising Star Awards as “Best in white collar crime.” Michael has been recommended as an international leader in “Business Crime Defence” by Who’s Who Legal, and as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine, a Thomson Reuters publication. He has served on Law360’s White Collar Editorial Advisory Board and the American Bar Association’s Global Anti-Corruption Committee. Michael is a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) for the University at Buffalo Law School.


Philip Gordon chairs the Privacy and Background Checks Practice Group of Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest law firm representing only management in employment law matters.  He counsels employers on the full range of workplace privacy and data protection issues, including background checks; monitoring employees’ electronic communications; regulating employees’ social media; developing “bring-your-own-device” programs; compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other global data protection laws; HIPAA compliance; and security incident preparedness and response. 

Mr. Gordon speaks regularly, and has published extensively, on privacy and data protection issues.  He has given presentations to the American Corporate Counsel Association, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, the Professional Background Screening Association, and the Society of Human Resources Management, among others.  His articles have been published in a wide range of professional journals, including the Privacy Advisor, the Privacy and Security Law Report, World Data Protection Report, and Corporate Counsel.  He is co-author of the book “HIPAA Privacy For Employers.” 

Mr. Gordon has taught privacy law as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law.  He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Georgetown University Law Center’s Cybersecurity Law Institute.  He also has served on the Advisory Board of BNA’s Privacy and Security Law Report and on the IAPP’s Editorial Advisory Board and Educational Advisory Board. 

Mr. Gordon was selected to serve a three-year term on Littler Mendelson’s Board of Directors commencing January 2021.  He has been named to Best Lawyers in America since 2014 and has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer since 2006.  He received the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing in 2013 for his article on social media password protection laws and in 2016 for his article on wearable technology in the workplace.

Mr. Gordon received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from the New York University School of Law.  He served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


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.


Roselyn S. Sands is an international labor & employment lawyer based in Paris, France. She is the EY Global Labor & Employment Law Markets Leader.

Roselyn is a graduate of the University of Florida Business School (B.S., Finance & Cultural 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 Bar, as well as the Bar of the States of Florida, New York and California.

Roselyn has significant cross-border experience on both side of the Atlantic on HR/employment issues, particularly business transformations, mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs, post-transaction integration, global restructuring, CSR, SOX compliance, 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.

Roselyn has been teaching for many years in Paris at schools such as 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 Sixth time, Roselyn is again listed for 2021 in Who’s Who Legal as one of the most prominent labor and employment lawyers and thought leaders in France.

An American and French national born in Havana, Cuba, Roselyn is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Contact information: roselyn.sands@ey-avocats.com

Website: www.roselynsandslaw.com


Shaun Wu is Asia Head of Investigations and White Collar Defense and a Partner in the Litigation Department of Paul Hastings.

Mr. Wu is one of Asia’s leading investigations and litigation attorneys — clients attest that he “really is top notch” and an “excellent legal strategist” whose “approach is always practical and his advice laser-focused on solving the clients’ problems” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021). He is the “‘go to’ attorney in matters involving China” and his “understanding of Chinese culture and language is only surpassed by his legal mind and logic” (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021). Clients appreciate that he “understands the dynamics of the market in China” and “is able to leverage that knowledge as part of his legal strategy for his clients” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020). Mr. Wu is described as “very smart and communicative,” “one of the true multilingual litigators who is authoritative,” with a “focus on clients’ concerns,” and he has “won the total trust” of clients (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020). Recognized as a “real strategist and problem solver,” Mr. Wu is regarded by his clients as an “excellent attorney with great attention to detail” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019). He is “uniquely positioned in the market” and lauded as “the lawyer many people think of when they think of investigations and disputes in China” (Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019). Clients rely on his “clear and comprehensive responses” and “impressive language capabilities, citing his proficiency in English, Mandarin and Cantonese” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018). 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 represented the world’s largest multinational corporations in high-stakes investigations and compliance reviews in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, India, Singapore, and all across Southeast Asia. As a U.S./U.K. dual-practicing attorney, he focuses on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.K. Bribery Act, misconduct, corruption, bribery, fraud, sanctions, trade controls, national security, data privacy, cybersecurity, securities enforcement, responsible business conduct and other regulatory matters in which clients rely upon his business knowledge and extensive experience in the region. Mr. Wu also advises boards of directors of public-listed companies and their audit committees in allegations of financial fraud and accounting irregularities, including revenue recognition issues and falsified transactions. As an individual, he has been appointed as the Independent Monitor by the World Bank Group and other Multilateral Development Banks to state-owned enterprises and public-listed companies to assess their compliance following debarment for fraudulent practices and integrity violations. Chambers Asia-Pacific recognized Mr. Wu as a Leading Individual for Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption in 2021, 2020 and 2019, while Legal 500 Asia-Pacific ranked him as one of only a few “Tier 1” Leading Individuals for Regulatory/Compliance in 2020 and 2019, and a “key partner” for Regulatory: Anti-Corruption & Compliance in 2018.

Mr. Wu is a thought leader on investigations and litigation in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been invited by governments and industry groups to speak at international conferences in Washington DC, New York City, Switzerland, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul, and is an author for leading publications. Mr. Wu has also been featured and quoted by Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial TimesSouth China Morning Post21st Century Business Herald, CaijingCaixin and other media. In association with The American LawyerThe Asian Lawyer and Legal WeekChina Law & Practice honored Shaun Wu as “Lawyer of the Year” for Regulatory & Compliance at China Law & Practice Awards 2020. Mr. Wu was also shortlisted for “Disputes Star of the Year” at Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards in 2018, 2017 and 2016, and previously won “Rising Star of the Year” for Dispute Resolution at China Law & Practice Awards 2015.

 


Vijay Dewan is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.  As a member of the Economic Crimes Unit, Mr. Dewan investigates and prosecutes complex financial fraud cases, including, securities, commodities and investment fraud schemes.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Dewan was Director and Senior Counsel in the Litigation and Regulatory Investigations group of Deutsche Bank AG, New York, where he handled a wide range of litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement matters involving the bank’s Americas region. Mr. Dewan began his legal career as a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP.  Mr. Dewan earned a J.D., cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2008, and a B.S. in computer science from Columbia University in 2003.


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 equity agreements. She also represents law partners and associates, accounting professionals, doctors and medical practitioners in all transactional matters.

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 actively serves as an executive member of the NYSBA Labor & Employment Section, the ABA Commission on Women, and the Labor & Employment Section’s International Committee.

Ms. Lazar is the recipient of the esteemed 2020 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.  Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Ms. Lazar as an AV “Preeminent” rated attorney. She has been listed by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Lawdragon 500. Ms. Lazar was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. She is also a Board Member of Work Life Law, UC Hastings College of the Law.

 

 


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


President Obama named Wilma Liebman to be Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in January 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 New York University Law School.  She has served as a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) and has taught at Cornell University’s Law School and Industrial and Labor Relations School, the University of Illinois’ College of Law and its School of Labor and Employment Relations, and George Washington University Law School. Appointed in March 2020, she serves as chief external ethics officer for the United Automobile Workers Union. 

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 85 year history.  Earlier, she served as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).  Prior to joining FMCS in January 1994, she held positions as Labor Counsel for the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, and Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 

As of June 2020, Ms. Liebman serves as President-Elect of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute and a senior fellow of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations.  She is the Co-Chair of the Council of Advisors at the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at the New School.  For the last seven years, she has served as Chair of the Dunlop Commission on Agricultural Labor, a private dispute resolution body.  

She is the author of several publications on a variety of labor law and policy issues.  She holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. 


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 practicing 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. In addition to his legal practice, is a regular speaker for various private seminar organizers and the author of numerous publications in the field of labor and employment law.

In February 2020, GERLACH Rechtsanwälte joined Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice. With this expansion, Littler now has presence in eight countries in Europe and 24 around the world. Since February 2020, GERLACH Rechtsanwälte changed its name to GERLACH | Littler.