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Understanding Employment Law 2018

Speaker(s): Aimee B. Florin, Andrea H. Stempel, Anne L. Clark, Christopher A. Parlo, Christopher B. Wilkinson, Devjani H. Mishra, Dylan S. Pollack, Jeanine Conley Daves, John A. Beranbaum, Jonathan Ben-Asher, Laura S. Schnell, Louis G. Santangelo, Louis P. DiLorenzo, Raechel L. Adams, Reena I. Desai, Robert M. Hale, Robert S. Whitman, Zachary D Fasman
Recorded on: Apr. 12, 2018
PLI Program #: 221077

Devjani is a Shareholder in Littler’s New York office, where she advises management regarding all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. She is a leader of Littler’s COVID-19 practice group, and regularly assists companies in navigating federal, state and local COVID-19-related restrictions and reopening requirements.  

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 is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University School of Law, and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is a regular presenter on employment law topics at the Practising Law Institute, the American Bar Association and in other forums.

Laura S. Schnell, a member of the firm of Eisenberg & Schnell LLP, has practiced employment law in New York City on behalf of employees for over thirty years. She is a 1980 graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1983 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York from 1983 to 1984. Ms. Schnell represents employees in all aspects of employment law and has extensive employment discrimination, sexual harassment, non-compete and employment contract litigation experience as well as financial industry arbitration experience. She has served on numerous bar committees and is a frequent speaker on issues involving employment litigation, arbitration and mediation. She has been a Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers recognized attorney since 2006 and was named the New York Best Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law-Individual for 2012 and again for 2017.

Raechel L. Adams is the Attorney Advisor to the Acting General Counsel of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she has worked since 1997. After working as a Trial Attorney in the New York District legal unit for twelve years, Ms. Adams was appointed to serve as a Supervisory Trial Attorney in 2012, and Acting Regional Attorney in 2015. In October 2017, Ms. Adams also joined EEOC’s Litigation Management Services, assisting the Office of General Counsel (OGC) in field coordination matters. In November 2020, Ms. Adams left the New York legal unit and began working full time for Litigation Management Services. In this capacity, she was responsible for implementing and improving OGC information systems and guidance materials for the field. In April 2021, Ms. Adams was selected to serve as the Attorney Advisor to the Acting General Counsel. She advises the Acting General Counsel as to all district court and appellate litigation of the EEOC. She also continues in her litigation management work, serving as the Headquarters liaison for several of the EEOC’s field legal units.

Ms. Adams has litigated and supervised litigation of employment discrimination cases for the EEOC throughout New York State, New Jersey and New England, including enforcement actions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Ms. Adams litigated several notable class and systemic cases during her tenure with the New York District Office.

Ms. Adams graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and Washington University in St. Louis.



Reena I. Desai is a partner at Nichols Kaster, PLLP, in the firm’s Minneapolis office. She has dedicated the majority of her career to helping thousands of employees recover unpaid overtime, minimum wages, tips, commissions, and other types of compensation in class and collective actions across the country. Reena has also advocated for employees in cases involving race, age and disability discrimination. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences on topics including wage and hour litigation, electronic discovery issues, and mediation/settlement. 

Robert M. Hale (; (617) 570-1252) is a partner in and chair of the Employment Practice of Goodwin Procter LLP. He is based in the firm’s Boston office.

Mr. Hale’s practice involves representation of clients in employment litigation, including noncompetition, discrimination, wrongful discharge, FLSA and ERISA litigation. He has obtained successful results for employers at all stages of litigation, including in preliminary injunction proceedings, at summary judgment, at trial and on appeal. Mr. Hale is experienced in successfully representing employers before administrative agencies and in labor arbitrations. His practice also includes counseling in numerous areas of labor and employment law, including disability discrimination, sexual harassment and other discrimination matters; noncompetition agreement and other restrictive covenants; downsizing; employment agreements; wage and hour compliance; collective bargaining; and personnel policy development and administration.

Mr. Hale is a former employer co-chair of the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee of the American Bar Association. He is a former chair of the ABA's subcommittee on the Family and Medical Leave Act, the ABA's subcommittee on the WARN Act and the Boston Bar Association's Employee Benefits/ERISA Committee.

Benchmark Litigation recognizes Mr. Hale as a 2021 Litigation Star in Massachusetts for his work in Labor & Employment. Mr. Hale was elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2007. He has also been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Hale has spoken at a number of seminars, including those presented by the American, Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations and various professional and trade groups.

Mr. Hale is co-editor-in-chief of the comprehensive and leading treatise entitled The Family and Medical Leave Act, and was a chapter editor of the first edition of The Fair Labor Standards Act - both published jointly by the American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs.

Andrea H. Stempel is Associate General Counsel and the Head of Employment Law at Ernst & Young LLP.  Prior to that, she was a Managing Director at Societe Generale in New York, where she ran the employment law function in the Americas for 14 years.  She joined the French bank after 10 years as a labor and employment litigator in private practice, including with the law firms of Chadbourne & Parke and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.  A Brooklyn native, Andrea graduated from Williams College and the Boston University School of Law.    

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.

Chris Wilkinson maintains a broad litigation and advice practice in labor and employment, wage-and-hour, federal contractor compliance, equal pay, government relations, and administrative law. He represents multinational employers, advising and counseling on the full range of employment and compliance matters arising out of federal and state laws.

Chris’ current practice focuses on counseling employers and litigating pay equity matters arising out of federal and state claims. He helps clients navigate large-scale government investigations and litigation arising out of discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and other enforcement matters. He also investigates highly sensitive matters at the executive level, ensures legal compliance in diversity and inclusion efforts, and strategizes regarding labor and employment risks arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the former associate solicitor for civil rights and labor management for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Chris led the legal division responsible for the regulatory, policy, and enforcement matters for seven DOL agencies including the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Civil Rights Center, and Office of Labor Management Standards. In that senior executive role, Chris counseled the DOL on equal employment opportunity, enforcement, regulatory and policy initiatives and advised on a wide range of constitutional and statutory matters in federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to equal employment opportunity matters, Chris led union election and reporting enforcement work, counseled on transit labor certification matters, and advised on appellate matters related to labor union practices.

As a trial attorney and former counsel for Civil Rights Programs in the DOL’s San Francisco region, Chris litigated numerous complex class wage-and-hour, class discrimination, health and safety, and Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower matters.

Chris serves as the president of the board of governors of the Washington Latin Public Charter School.

Christopher A. Parlo represents and counsels management clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. As co-leader of the firm’s wage and hour litigation and counseling practice and its independent contractor team, Chris focuses on the defense of US federal and state wage and hour class and collective actions. He also defends employers in individual and complex employee litigation, employee benefits litigation, protection of trade secrets, and unfair competition matters.  Chris also appears as trial counsel in both jury and bench trial settings.

Chris has served as lead counsel in more than 80 wage and hour class and collective actions in numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States, and has had a role in more than 100 such cases.

He opposes and has defeated efforts to certify classes and/or to send notice of the actions, and has experience in decertification of actions. He has successfully compelled individual named plaintiffs into arbitration, thereby defeating class status, and obtained summary judgment on individual named plaintiff claims and on claims of the class.

Chris has experience in determination of complicated class-based damages and limitation of class discovery. He helps clients avoid class discovery disputes, supervises paperless electronic discovery systems involving millions of documents, and litigates privilege issues. Chris has successfully mediated and settled dozens of actions, drafted numerous complicated settlement documents and settlement implementation processes, and supervised settlement administration in many multithousand-plaintiff actions.

Clients rely on Chris’s counsel on wage and hour compliance and audit issues, including maintenance and enhancement of white collar, outside sales, and other exemptions; defense of independent contractor and franchise models; development of proactive solutions to wage and hour problems; and review and redesign of compensation and expense reimbursement policies and programs. He provides advice and counsel in connection with client self-audits and US Department of Labor (DOL) and state wage and hour audits and investigations. Chris is a frequent speaker on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issues, including how to avoid and defeat class and collective actions, and how to avoid—and if needed, litigate—independent contractor challenges. He has also participated with clients in presenting positions to the DOL to seek relief from and to change aspects of the FLSA, including through new opinion letters.

Chris also handles discrimination cases, including matters involving traditional and newly evolving employee claims against employers and corporate officers. He also represents employers in cases involving restrictive covenants and protection of employer trade secrets and confidential information, wrongful discharge, retaliation, breach of contract, and employment-related torts.

In the employee benefits context, Chris has handled major class action cases in both the nonbargaining and collective bargaining contexts. His experience includes complex litigation challenging employer plan design decisions, and individual claims of denial of benefits, breach of fiduciary duty, and benefits discrimination.

Also a seasoned trial lawyer, Chris has tried numerous bench and jury trials, and represents clients in administrative proceedings at the local, state, and federal levels.


Recipient, M.H. Goldstein Memorial Prize, Labor Law


  • New York


State University of New York at Albany, 1985, B.A.

University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1988, J.D.




Dylan S. Pollack is Director & Counsel at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, based in New York.  He is responsible for providing Employment Law advice and counsel to hundreds of managers in the United States, Canada and around the globe concerning all aspects of the employee-employer relationship including hiring, separation, compensation, family and medical leave, disability accommodation, wage and hour, worker misclassification, reductions-in-force, social media and electronic communications, performance management, discipline, workplace policies, internal investigations and whistleblowing. Mr. Pollack has represented Credit Suisse in dozens of mediations, arbitrations and court proceedings and is also a subject matter expert in the field of Employment Law training, having conducted hundreds of dignity-at-work and EEO training sessions for thousands of Credit Suisse employees worldwide. Mr. Pollack joined Credit Suisse in 2010.  Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Pollack practiced Labor & Employment law with Proskauer Rose LLP, where he represented employers in numerous union and non-union industries including financial services, professional sports, publishing, television and transportation.

Mr. Pollack received his law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review.  He earned his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Jonathan Ben-Asher is a partner in Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP in New York.  He represents executives, professionals and other employees in employment disputes, including those involving employment contracts, executive compensation, whistleblowing, retaliation and employment discrimination.  He also has particular expertise in disputes concerning executive compensation in the financial services sector, Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblowing cases, and cases under the False Claims (Qui Tam) Act and Dodd-Frank Act. 

Jonathan is former Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section (2013-14).  He has also held numerous leadership positions in the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, in which he is a member of the Section's governing Council.  He has been Chair of the Section's CLE / Meetings and Institutes Committee; Employee Chair of the Section’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee; Employee Chair of the Section’s Sixth Annual CLE Conference (2012); and Employee Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee’s Contracts and Executive Compensation Subcommittee.

Jonathan was formerly Vice President of the National Employment Lawyers Association/ New York, and a member of its Executive Board.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law.  He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. 

He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has repeatedly been named as a New York Super Lawyer,  one of the Best Lawyers in America and in the New York Area, and in Lawdragon 500 and Benchmark Litigation.   He is a frequent speaker on employment law issues for professional groups, including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, the Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges of the NYU School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the Practising Law Institute. He has been quoted on employment law issues in the New York Times, Law 360 and the National Law Journal.

He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law (1980) and his B.A. from Columbia University (1974).

Louis G. Santangelo is Senior Counsel, Employment Law, for Societe Generale’s corporate and investment banking business in the United States. He is responsible for (i) defending all employment-related litigation against Societe Generale, Americas, including discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, and compensation claims, (ii) advising management and human resources on all aspects of the employment relationship including recruiting, hiring, performance management, discipline, and termination, and (iii) conducting internal investigations including with respect to fraud and other misconduct in the workplace.

Prior to working at Societe Generale, Mr. Santangelo was an Associate General Counsel on Citigroup’s Employment Law team supporting Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group.

Mr. Santangelo received his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law where he was Director of Publications for the Criminal Law Institute and Executive Editor of the its Federal Case Review. Mr. Santangelo speaks frequently on employment law matters including at Bar Association and Financial Services Industry seminars.

Louis P. DiLorenzo has practiced labor and employment law for more than 40 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 associations.

Rob Whitman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department with extensive experience representing management in the full range of employment law matters.  He has particular expertise in wage-hour litigation, employment arbitration, discrimination and non-compete matters, and preventive employment counseling.

Mr. Whitman is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor & Employment Law at NYU Law School.  He has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top employment lawyers in Manhattan in polls conducted by New York Super Lawyers.

Mr. Whitman has authored articles on employment law issues for a number of publications, including Corporate Counsel, New York Employment Law & Practice, The New York Law Journal, The Corporate Board and Employment Law Strategist.  He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV and NPR as a commentator on employment law issues and has been quoted frequently in the print media.  Mr. Whitman lectures regularly and leads panel discussions before professional audiences on a variety of labor and employment topics.  He also served as an Editor and Advisory Committee member for Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes (CPR, 2014).

Mr. Whitman serves as the Pro Bono Chair in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office and as a member of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee.  In 2008, he received the Award for Pro Bono Leadership from Lawyers Alliance for New York in recognition of his pro bono representation of not-for-profit organizations throughout New York City.

After law school, Mr. Whitman was a Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He has also served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as in-house employment counsel for the U.S. Senate.


  • J.D., University of Michigan, magna cum laude (1989), Order of the Coif; Book Review Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University (1986)

S. Jeanine Conley, an experienced trial lawyer and shareholder at Littler Mendelson, represents a wide array of companies, both global and domestic, in employment-related disputes and workplace investigations.  Conley regularly advises and counsels clients in a variety of industries, particularly the manufacturing, retail, financial services and media and entertainment industries on a wide-range of employment issues, including whistleblower and retaliation claims, trade secrets, Title VII anti-discrimination and harassment matters, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Through her experience as a trial lawyer, Conley is able to efficiently and effectively strategize with her clients to resolve employment disputes through the best possible means for the client by obtaining favorable settlements, dismissal of actions through summary judgment or full defense verdicts at trial. 

Along with her successful employment practice, Conley is extremely active in her community and is Chair of the Board of the New York Urban League and is former-chair and current member of the Advisory Board of the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice, an all girls school in Borough Park, Brooklyn.  Conley is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, past president of the Association of Black Women Attorneys and past chair of the New York City Bar's Committee on Minorities in the Profession.  She has also been recognized by numerous organizations for her work, and is the recipient of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s 2016 Private Practitioner of the Year Award, the inaugural Chambers Women in Law: “Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Minority Lawyers” Award, an award created for her work, the Network  Journal's "40 Under Forty" Award for 2013, and the NY City Bar Diversity Award in 2011 along with others.  She was part of the inaugural class of CUP Fellows and now serves on the Alumni Board.

Zach Fasman is a nationally known labor and employment lawyer who currently is an arbitrator, mediator, and law professor.  He became interested in labor law while at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was the first research assistant to work with Professor (later Circuit Court Judge) Harry T. Edwards. He began his career as a labor lawyer at Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago, practiced for 25 years in Washington at Seyfarth Shaw and later at Paul Hastings, and practiced for an additional 20 years in New York at Paul Hastings and Proskauer Rose. He currently teaches labor law and employment law at New York  University Law School.   

Zach has extensive experience in collective bargaining and before the National Labor Relations Board.  He has tried many complex labor cases before the NLRB and in the courts on labor issues, including federal preemption, successorship, civil RICO, and labor-antitrust law. He successfully argued Golden State Transit Corp. v City of Los Angeles, 475 U.S. 608 (1986) and Golden State Transit Corp. v City of Los Angeles, 493 U.S. 103 (1989) in the Supreme Court.   He has written numerous amicus curiae briefs to the Supreme Court on labor and employment law issues. He has extensive experience in arbitration, having tried hundreds of labor arbitrations, as well as many arbitration cases involving statutory and contractual rights.    

Zach has co-extensive experience in employment discrimination law, having served as national Co-Chair of the employment discrimination law practice at Paul Hastings.  Zach has handled scores of employment law cases ranging from nationwide class and collective actions to individual claims and has tried many employment cases before juries as well as in bench trials. He has spoken and written extensively on labor and employment issues and has testified on many occasions before the U.S. Congress and the EEOC on labor and employment law issues.  He worked extensively with Congress and the White House on the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, publishing the first book on that statute shortly after its passage.  

Zach devoted his practice exclusively to labor and employment law.  He has been a frequent speaker at the New York University Conference on Labor and continues to teach employment law to members of the federal judiciary through the Federal Judicial Center and New York University Law School, where he is an emeritus member of the Advisory Board of the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law.  He has lectured at numerous law schools on labor and employment law, appellate advocacy, and legal ethics.  He is a frequent speaker on topics in his field and has written three books and published numerous articles on labor and employment law. 



University of Michigan Law School

J.D., 1972, with Honors,

Order of the Coif

Northwestern University,  B.A.,1969


Admissions & Qualifications

New York

District of Columbia


Aimee joined Eastdil Secured as its General Counsel in March 2020, with a focus on Employment Law, Human Resources, Recruiting, Diversity and Inclusion and Talent Management.  Headquartered in New York with offices across the country and expanding around the globe, Eastdil Secured is the premier real estate investment banking company in the United States and has long been recognized as the dominant force in commercial real estate and investment banking by private investors and institutions alike.

Prior to joining Eastdil Secured, from 2010-2020, Aimee was Associate General Counsel in the Employment Law Group, Office of the General Counsel, at Citi, supporting businesses within the Institutional Clients Group.  In that role, Aimee provided employment law advice and support to Banking, Capital Markets Origination and Advisory, Research, Investor Services, Equities, Municipals, Treasury & Trade Solutions, Recruiting and Campus Recruiting.  Aimee assisted her business and Human Resources partners by providing timely, practical and effective counsel while managing legal risk for the Firm.

Prior to joining Citi, from 1995-2010, Aimee was a member of the Employment Law Department at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in NY, the last 4 years as a partner.  She received her BA in Economics from Boston University, magna cum laude, and her JD from the University of Virginia.  She lives in Scarsdale, NY with her husband Mike, her son Max, daughter Abigail, and their two dogs, Belle and Apple.

John A. Beranbaum is a partner with the law firm of Beranbaum Menken LLP in New York City. He graduated from Yale College (A.B.) and NYU School of Law (J.D.). After law school, Mr. Beranbaum was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship by the Legal Services Corporation, with which he worked as a legal services lawyer in New Jersey. Mr. Beranbaum subsequently worked as a disability rights advocate with the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, and as associate with a Philadelphia law firm representing injured workers. Since 1992, Mr. Beranbaum has represented employees in discrimination, whistleblowing, wage and hour and contract lawsuits and disputes  Among the cases he has litigated are two federal court race discrimination cases in which the jury returned seven-figure verdicts, and a $40 million qui tam action against a drug manufacturer for off-label marketing. Mr. Beranbaum has written extensively on employment law and spoken at, among other places, NYU School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, and the City University of New York School of Law. He was a long-time member of the NELA/NY Executive Board, is an active member of NELA National and serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Beranbaum’s work in the area of Employment Law is recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Martindale Hubble.