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Cross-Border Employment Law 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anders Etgen Reitz heads the HR legal team at IUNO, a leading law firm in Denmark.

Anders is recognized as one of Denmark’s leading employment lawyers. He is a specialist in international employment law and advises multinationals on conducting business in the Nordic region and around the globe.

Anders is a regular speaker at international conferences on employment law issues. He co-edited several books on international employment law for the ABA's International Practitioner's Deskbook Series. Anders has also written a number of articles on national and international employment law.

Anders is Co-Chair of the Global Employment Institute (GEI) and former Co-Chair of the Discrimination and Equality Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) as well as a former Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) - International Employment Law Committee.

Anders is on the panel of experts on employment law (fagudvalget for ansættelsesret) and the International Committee of the Danish Bar Association (Danske Advokater). Anders was one of the founding board members of the Danish Employment Lawyers Association (Ansættelsesadvokater) and an active member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA).

Anders received his Master's Degree in Law in 2000 from the University of Copenhagen. He has pursued his international studies at Oxford and Harvard, and in 2005 he received an LL.M. in labour and employment law from New York University.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 member of Littler’s COVID-19 Task Force and Return to Work Initiative.  Prior to joining Littler, Devjani spent almost seven years as the primary in-house employment counsel for a global biotechnology company serving patients in more than 50 countries.

Devjani works with companies of all sizes, from startups to multinational corporations, on a full range of complex workforce challenges, including planning and performing transactional due diligence, workforce integration and business restructuring; building corporate compliance and ethics programs, performing employment practices audits and managing internal investigations; supporting stakeholders in capturing best practices for recruiting, contracting, alternative staffing, performance management, and discipline; and addressing employee requests for flexible work, accommodation and military, medical and family leaves of absence.  Devjani is also an experienced employment litigator, and regularly represents management in federal and state courts and agencies.

Devjani received her B.A. in Political Science with distinction from Yale University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  She is a regular presenter on employment law topics at the Practising Law Institute, the American Bar Association and in other forums.

Focus Areas

Labor and Employment; Employee Information and Privacy; Immigration


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

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

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

Professional Associations

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


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

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

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

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


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


Mandarin and English

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.

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; assisting the latter in relation to the Gender Pay Gap Regulations Consultations back in 2016).

Louise Patry is a partner in the Labour & Employment, Litigation and Corporate/ Commercial practices.

Clients turn to Louise for her expert negotiation and arbitration skills, and her practical, expedient solutions.

Companies across a broad range of industries – public and private, in Canada and internationally – choose Louise to advise on their labour and employment matters. She advises clients on employee transfers, executive compensation, downsizing and consolidations, wrongful dismissal, pay equity, workers’ compensation, health and safety issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, and pension plans. Over her 36-year career, Louise has also developed significant expertise in international employment law. She routinely advocates client interests before administrative and civil tribunals.

Louise’s experience working for the Quebec Union of Service Employees has given her a unique perspective for negotiating collective agreements and related matters on behalf of her clients.

Louise volunteers her time on pro bono matters for various charities and nonprofit organizations.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rayne is a senior 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.

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

In 2011, Roland founded the law firm GERLACH Rechtsanwälte and formerly was senior partner of Griesser-Gerlach-Gahleitner, also a distinguished boutique law firm practising exclusively labour and employment law.  Excelling in this practice area, he is regularly listed in the top tiers of Austria’s employment lawyers in various international publications.  In 2020 the firm joined the international network of Littler to become GERLACH ÷ Littler.

Roland is the author of a wide range of publications, amongst them 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.

In the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA) Roland acts as Austria’s representative.  He is also a member of the Industrial Law Society (ILS), Law & Society, the American Bar Association (ABA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).

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

Roselyn is a graduate of the University of Florida Business School (B.S., Finance & Anthropology), the University of Miami School of Law (J.D.), as well as the University of Paris Law School (L.L.M). She is admitted to the Paris/Hauts de Seine Bar, as well as the Bar of the States of Florida, New York and California.

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 2020 in Who’s Who Legal as one of the most prominent labor and employment lawyers in France.

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

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

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

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

Areas of Practice

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

Professional Affiliations

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

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

Member of Bar Council’s Industrial Law Committee

Member of Lawasia’s Labour Law Committee


Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya

LLB (Hons), University of London

Certificate of Legal Practice

Shaun Wu is a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul Hastings, based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, and leads the Investigations and White Collar Defense and International Litigation practices in Greater China. He has extensive experience advising corporate clients across the Asia-Pacific over the past decade, focused on investigations and dispute resolution.

Mr. Wu is an accomplished investigations attorney and litigator who “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). He is described as “very smart and communicative”, “authoritative”, with a “focus on clients’ concerns”, and 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 also “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 represents multinational corporations in internal investigations and compliance reviews involving China. In particular, he focuses on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), bribery, corruption, fraud, misconduct, compliance, sanctions, and other enforcement matters in which clients rely upon his business knowledge and experience in China. As an individual, Mr. Wu has served as the World Bank’s Compliance Monitor and Investigator to state-owned enterprises and public listed corporations to assess and monitor compliance following debarment. Chambers Asia-Pacific ranked Mr. Wu for Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption in 2020 and 2019, while Legal 500 Asia-Pacific listed him as a “Tier 1” Leading Individual 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 dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific. 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 contributes as an author to leading publications. Mr. Wu has also been featured and quoted by ReutersBloombergFinancial TimesSouth China Morning Post21st Century Business HeraldCaijingCaixin, and other leading news media. In recognition of his work, Mr. Wu was nominated as Lawyer of the Year for Regulatory & Compliance at China Law & Practice Awards 2019, Disputes Star of the Year at Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards in 2018, 2017 and 2016, and won the Rising Star of the Year Award for Dispute Resolution at China Law & Practice Awards 2015.

Wendi S. Lazar is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York where she co-heads the firm’s Individual Practice and the Executives and Professionals Practice Group. Ms. Lazar practices in many areas of employment law with a focus on executive agreements, including retention, expatriate, non-competition, talent, severance, and compensation arrangements. She also represents teams of executives, founders and partners transitioning during a sale, merger and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Ms. Lazar’s practice is international in scope, and she advises clients and attorneys in the U.S. and abroad on employment, contract, and often related immigration issues. Ms. Lazar represents individuals, partners, and management teams at portfolio and public companies, financial institutions (including banks, hedge funds, private equity companies), and entertainment, advertising and media companies. She also represents law partners and associates, accounting professionals, doctors and medical practitioners in all transactional matters. 

Ms. Lazar has a particular practice and stellar reputation representing senior women in employment negotiations, partnership agreements, pay equity and discrimination issues.  She has represented women in in all phases of their careers and is a trusting counselor to many female law partners.

Ms. Lazar has served as a commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women, 2015-2018, and she continues to work on the critical issues she advocated when she chaired the Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Bullying Committee.  She is currently the liaison for the ABA Labor & Employment Section to the Commission.

Ms. Lazar is former Diversity Co-Chair for the New York State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section where she has served in numerous positions for 8 years. She is an active member of NELA, ABA and other NYSBA committees. She is former Employee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s International Labor and Employment Law Committee where she is an active speaker and leader.

Ms. Lazar was the founder of a quarterly column for the New York Law Journal entitled “Employees in the Workplace.” She regularly lectures on employment issues to bar associations and industry groups and has had numerous legal articles and book chapters published. She is the Editor in Chief of the book, Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex-Based Harassment in the Legal Profession, an ABA guide to combatting sexual harassment in the legal profession, published in 2018. She also co-authored as Co-Editor In-Chief, "Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey," published in 2010 by the BNA and its supplements through 2013, which includes the chapter “Confidentiality, Trade Secrets, and Other Duties and Restrictive Covenants in a Global Economy.” In addition, she is also the author of the chapter “Negotiating and Drafting Expatriate Employment Agreements," in the 3rd Edition of Vol. 1B of International Labor & Employment Law, published in 2009 by the BNA.

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Ms. Lazar as an AV “Preeminent” rated attorney. She was named to Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 in the field of Employment Law – Individuals. Ms. Lazar was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Ms. Lazar has been selected as a 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyer. In 2014, Ms. Lazar was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Ms. Lazar was named a New York Law Journal: Top Women in the Law 2016. She is also a Board Member of Work Life Law, UC Hastings College of the Law. Before she began practicing law in 1993, Ms. Lazar was a film and television producer. Her ten years of experience in that field include many television and feature film credits as well as an Emmy Award. Ms. Lazar graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College and received her J.D. cum laude from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship in International Law and was an Alexander Fellow, participating as a federal judicial law clerk.

Brazil Labour & Employment Senior Counsel of General Electric, born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil; admitted to practice in 2003, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Mrs. Rodrigues has more than sixteen years of experience in the labor and immigration area, with focus on: assistance in consultations related to the Brazilian labor, employment and immigration laws; drafting and reviewing employment, services and executive agreements; drafting and reviewing local and global compensation plans and policies; assistance in hiring and termination of executives; assistance in procedures related to the opening and closing of business in Brazil; management of labor litigation.

Legal education: School of Law of the University of São Paulo, Brazil (LL.B., 2003), International Institute of Social Sciences, São Paulo, Brazil (Postgraduation in Labor Law, 2005).

Membership: Brazilian Bar Association.

International Rewards: Recognized in “Women in Law Awards” of Lawyer Monthly Magazine in 2014 and 2016 // Mentioned as “associates to watch” in the Labour and Employment area in the years of 2010 and 2011 of Chambers and Partners Latin America // Mentioned as a recognized lawyer in the Labour and Employee benefits area in the years of 2008, 2009 and 2010 of PLC Which Lawyer.



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. 


Cornell Law School, 1977-78

Northwestern School of Law, J.D. 1978

State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A. 1975

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

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

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