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Understanding Employment Law 2014


Speaker(s): Bertrand B. Pogrebin, Debra L. Raskin, Dylan S. Pollack, Harry I. Johnson, III, Jill L. Rosenberg, Jonathan Ben-Asher, Keisha-Ann G. Gray, Laura S. Schnell, Louis P. DiLorenzo, Matthew W. Lampe, Michele R. Fisher, Raechel L. Adams, Robert M. Hale, Theodore O. Rogers, Jr., Vicki R. Walcott-Edim, Willis J. Goldsmith
Recorded on: Mar. 28, 2014
PLI Program #: 51734

Louis has practiced labor and employment law for more than 35 years and is managing member of the firm's New York City office.

Louis represents employers and management in all aspects of labor and employment law. His areas of experience include collective bargaining, workplace investigations, NLRB proceedings, labor audits, supervisory training, wage and hour issues, arbitration, jury trials in both state and federal courts, wage incentive plans, OFCCP audits and proceedings, employment litigation before the EEOC and the Human Rights Division and alternative dispute resolution techniques. Louis also serves several insurance companies as panel counsel (e.g., AIG and Chubb) with respect to employment litigation matters. From 2002-2004, he served as General Counsel and Secretary to Agway, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company.

Louis co-authored the FDCC Quarterly article entitled Employers' Settlement Agreements with Departing Employees Under Attack, Vol. 57, No. 3, Spring 2007. He also co-authored a complete guide for business managers and HR professionals written in plain English entitled, What Every Business Manager and HR Professional Should Know About ... Federal Labor and Employment Laws and a two volume treatise entitled Corporate Counseling (1988) and was a contributing author to Public Sector Labor Law (1988). Louis is also on the editorial board of the two volume treatise entitled New York Civil Practice Before Trial (2001). He has authored and co-authored numerous articles on various labor and employment law topics. Louis' published articles include: "Enforcing Employer-Employee Arbitration Agreements After Circuit City", 18 Fordham University Law Journal 27 (2001); "Forging a Strategy to Combat Sympathy Strikes", 29 Syracuse Law Review 847 (1978); "Mid Term Bargaining Over Unit Work Transfers", 45 CCH Labor Law Journal No. 7 (1994); "The Growing Menace: Violence in the Workplace", 67 New York State Bar Journal  1 (Jan. 1995); "Civility and Professionalism", 68 New York State Bar Journal No. 1 (Jan. 1996); "Workers' Compensation Discrimination in New York: Is It Really LoDolce Vita?", 32 New York State Bar Journal 220 (June 1982); "Employer Liability for Sexual Harassment After Ellerth and Faragher", 6 Duke University of Gender Law & Policy No. 1 (1999); two articles on Title IX and Intercollegiate Athletics, 6 Journal of College and University Law 61 (1980); "Screening Applicants for a Safer Workplace", HR Magazine, p. 55 (March 1995); "After-Acquired Evidence in Employment Discrimination Cases", 19 New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Newsletter No. 2 (1994); and "Employer's Responsibilities Under 1986 Immigration Act and COBRA", The CPA Journal p. 32 (May 1988). In May of 1996 Louis was interviewed extensively in a Forbes Magazine cover story on Sexual Harassment. In their January 2003 issue, the Corporate Legal Times described him as the "Great Negotiator". He was also featured in the United Educator's video entitled "Sexual Harassment in Academia, No Real Winners", and has been quoted in several publications including Business Week.

Louis has been a key speaker at numerous seminars throughout the United States and other countries on a wide variety of Labor and Employment Law topics. In addition, he has lectured to: various university groups, including the College and University Personnel Association; local, state and national SHRM Conferences; and a number of national and regional business associations.

Honors and Affiliations

Listed in:

The Best Lawyers in America® 2016, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment

Best Lawyers' 2013 New York City Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year

Chambers USA 2015

Expert Guides, The Best of the Best USA 2015

HR Executive Magazine, 2010-2015 Top Ten Labor Lawyers in the U.S.

Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Rated, 20th Anniversary Year Top-Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law

“Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Labor,” Human Resource Executive® 2015

“Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Labor,” Human Resource Executive® 2014

New York Super Lawyers 2015®, Employment & Labor

Who's Who in America

Who's Who in American Law

New York State Bar Association, Past Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section; Past

Chair, Young Lawyer's Section

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Law Lawyers

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Fellow, New York State Bar Foundation

Member, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

Member, Worldwide Employment Law Alliance

Editor, New York State Bar Journal

Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University's School of Management

Former Co-Chair, St. John's University Law School's Employment Law Institute

Representative Presentations

Workplace Harassment Misconceptions & Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Breakfast Keynote, 2015 Central New York SHRM Conference, 6/12/15

Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims, Co-Presenter, Practising Law Institute's Understanding Employment Law 2015, 3/27/15

Keynote Speaker, CNY SHRM Conference Sharpen Your Skills: Cutting Edge HR Strategies, 6/20/14

Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2014, Practising Law Institute, 6/18/14 Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims, Co-Presenter, Practising Law Institute's Understanding Employment Law 2014, 3/28/14

Defending Against Whistleblowers and Retaliation Claims: Including the Ten Things You Never Want to Admit You Did, National Association of Educational Procurement, Upstate NY Fall Conference, 10/10/13

FLSA Current Case Studies, SUNY Human Resources Association 2013 Annual Conference, 10/3/13

Defending Against Whistleblowers and Retaliation Claims: The 10 Things You Never Want to Have to Admit, 2013 CNY SHRM Conference, 6/7/13

Representative Publications

Louis P. DiLorenzo, Howard M. Miller and Christopher T. Kurtz, "Striking Out A-Rod: The Faithless Servant Doctrine," Law360, 2/14/14

DiLorenzo, "10 Things You Never Want to Have to Admit in a Retaliation Case," HR Specialist, New York Employment Law, 7/13

DiLorenzo, "Enforcing Employer-Employee Arbitration Agreements After Circuit City", 18 Fordham University Law Journal, 2001

DiLorenzo, "Employer Liability for Sexual Harassment After Ellerth and Faragher", 6 Duke University of Gender Law & Policy No. 1, 1999

DiLorenzo, "Civility and Professionalism", 68 New York State Bar Journal No. 1, 1/96 DiLorenzo, "The Growing Menace: Violence in the Workplace", 67 New York State Bar Journal 1, 1/95

DiLorenzo, "Screening Applicants for a Safer Workplace", HR Magazine, p. 55, 3/95 DiLorenzo, "After-Acquired Evidence in Employment Discrimination Cases", 19 New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Newsletter No. 2, 1994 DiLorenzo, "Mid Term Bargaining Over Unit Work Transfers", 45 CCH Labor Law Journal No. 7, 1994

DiLorenzo, "Employer's Responsibilities Under 1986 Immigration Act and COBRA", The CPA Journal p. 32, 5/88

DiLorenzo, "Workers Compensation Discrimination in New York: Is It Really LoDolce Vita?", 32 New York State Bar Journal 220, 6/82

DiLorenzo, "Forging a Strategy to Combat Sympathy Strikes", 29 Syracuse Law Review 847, 1978

Practice

Labor and Employment

Education

State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law (J.D., 1976)

Syracuse University (B.A., 1973)

Bar/Court Admissions New York

U.S. Supreme Court


Keisha-Ann G. Gray is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group. She is an experienced trial lawyer with a background in both the private and public sectors. Her practice focuses on civil law with an emphasis on employment discrimination work. Keisha-Ann counsels companies on complaint prevention and regularly litigates sexual harassment, race, age, gender and disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims before federal and state courts.

In addition to her legal practice, Keisha-Ann is the resident Legal Clinic Columnist for Human Resources Executive Online Magazine where she authors the magazine’s monthly management-side employment advice column and responds to reader questions.

Prior to joining Proskauer in 2007, Keisha-Ann was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. During her tenure in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Keisha-Ann defended federal agents and agencies, including but not limited to, the DEA, FBI and the U.S. Postal Service - the largest employer in the U.S. - against claims alleging workplace harassment, discrimination and constitutional tort. She gained recognition from both colleagues and the Federal Bench as a premier trial lawyer, having successfully secured numerous defense verdicts and judgments in some of government’s most complex cases.

Keisha-Ann also is a former federal law clerk, having served two-years in the Chambers of the Honorable Jaime Pieras Jr., Senior Judge in the District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. As a federal clerk, Keisha-Ann evaluated numerous single and multiple plaintiff employment discrimination actions on the Judge’s civil docket.

Keisha-Ann is a 2009 recipient of The Network Journal’s prestigious “40 Under Forty” Award. In 2011, she was inducted into the YWCA of New York’s Academy of Women Leaders for her distinguished achievements in business and otherwise, in and outside of the law. In 2013, The New York Law Journal awarded Keisha-Ann for her successes within the New York legal community by selecting her for induction into its inaugural 2013 Class of Rising Stars.  Most recently, in 2014 she was elected to the Steering Committee of the Eastern District Association, an organization of former and current AUSAs, judges and federal investigators in Eastern District of New York.


Prior to his appointment as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, Harry I. Johnson, III was a partner with law firm Arent Fox LLP, a position he held since 2010. Previously, Mr. Johnson worked at the Jones Day law firm as a partner from 2006 to 2010 and as an associate from 1994 to 2005. In 2011 and 2013, he was recognized by The Daily Journal as one of the “Top Labor & Employment Attorneys in California.”

Mr. Johnson received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A.L.D. from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Mr. Johnson was sworn in as a member of the National Labor Relations Board on August 12, 2013 for a term that expires on August 27, 2015.


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 - 2014).  He has also held numerous leadership positions in the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law. He is a member of the Section’s governing Council, and has been Chair of the Section’s CLE / Meetings and Institutes Committee.  From 2007 - 2010, he was Employee Chair of the Section’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee.  He was also 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. 

Jonathan 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 and one of the Best Lawyers in America and in the New York Area. 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, Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges of the New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the Practising Law Institute.

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


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 and Canada and has represented Credit Suisse in dozens of mediations, arbitrations and court proceedings regarding employment matters.  Mr. Pollack joined Credit Suisse in early 2010.  Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Pollack practiced Labor & Employment Law with Proskauer Rose LLP, where he represented employers in numerous 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.


Michele R. Fisher is a partner at Nichols Kaster whose practice is primarily dedicated to national wage and hour class and collective action litigation. She has represented tens of thousands of employees seeking to recover overtime pay, minimum wages, and commission payments.  She also represents employees in individual employment matters, such as employment discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment. Moreover, Michele has represented consumers in cases involving negligent and fraudulent financial advice. She has been instrumental in obtaining millions of dollars for her clients.

Michele is an experienced trial attorney who enjoys being in the courtroom. She has successfully handled numerous jury trials and arbitrations in her fight for employee and consumer rights. She has the expertise, resources, and staff to take on any company regardless of size. 

Michele is the Chair of the firm’s Business Development and Marketing Groups, which originate class and collective actions and market the firm.  She is also a member of the Management Committee charged with the running of the day-to-day operations of the firm.

Michele is active in several organizations.  She is the co-chair and a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute’s Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance conference, is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee’s Midwinter Report, a board member and editor for BNA’s the Fair Labor Standard Act Treatise Supplement, a board member and editor for BNA’s Fair Labor Standard Act Treatise, and a chapter editor for BNA’s Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey (2d ed.).  She has been named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists repeatedly.

Admissions

State Bar of Georgia

Minnesota Supreme Court

New York Supreme Court

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court – District of Colorado

U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court – Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court – Western District of Oklahoma

U.S. District Court – Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin

Practice Areas

Plaintiffs’ Employment Litigation

Class & Collective Actions


Raechel Adams is a Supervisory Trial Attorney in the New York District Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she has worked as a Trial Attorney since 1999.

As a Trial Attorney in the EEOC’s New York District Office, Ms. Adams has litigated employment discrimination cases throughout New York State, New Jersey and New England, including on behalf of EEOC in its enforcement of 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 has litigated several notable class cases during her tenure with the New York District Office, including EEOC v. J.B. Hunt, a disability case involving a nationwide policy, EEOC v. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, a pattern-or-practice case involving sex discrimination in pay and promotions, EEOC v. Sephora, a national origin discrimination case involving an “English-only” rule, EEOC and the United States v. New York State Department of Correctional Services, an Equal Pay Act case involving a discriminatory policy of switching female employees from paid workers’ compensation to unpaid maternity leave, and EEOC v. Bloomberg L.P., a global sex/pregnancy pay discrimination case.

Ms. Adams was appointed to serve as Acting Supervisory Trial Attorney in October 2010 and Supervisory Trial Attorney in January 2012.  Ms. Adams has supervised the litigation teams in several systemic cases, including EEOC v. Carrols Corp., a nationwide sexual harassment case, EEOC v. FAPS, a race discrimination in hiring case, EEOC v. Princeton Healthcare Sys., a fixed-leave policy case filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and EEOC v. Texas Roadhouse, a nationwide age discrimination in hiring case.  Ms. Adams is also serving as the New York District representative on the EEOC’s National Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Before working in New York, Ms. Adams worked in EEOC Headquarters in Washington, DC, in the Systemic Litigation group.  Ms. Adams graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and Washington University in St. Louis.


Rob Hale, a partner in and chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, represents employers across a broad spectrum of employment matters.

Work for Clients

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. In addition, Mr. Hale is experienced in providing training for managers, supervisors and human resources professionals.

Professional Activities

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. He is also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Thought Leadership

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.

Recognition

Mr. Hale was elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He has also been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America  and Super Lawyers magazine.

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1983 (magna cum laude)
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1980

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Hale is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Clerkships

  • 1983 to 1984 Massachusetts Appeals Court, Honorable Christopher J. Armstrong


Vicki R. Walcott-Edim is Senior Counsel for Macy's, Inc., one of the nation's premier omni-channel retailers, which operates under the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s nameplates in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico. She advises clients on a broad variety of day-to-day and exceptional employment matters and claims relating to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, corporate immigration, business reorganizations, leaves of absence and accommodations, wage-hour issues, and workplace violence. She also drafts employment policies, assists clients on the development and implementation of employment practices, and advises on employment law compliance matters. Vicki defends Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s against claims that are subject to arbitration and pending before federal, state and local agencies and brought under laws such as Title VII, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, Section 1981, and various state and local laws. She regularly conducts training on these and a variety of other employment law topics.

Before joining Macy’s, she represented management in a range of employment matters as an attorney in Jones Day’s Labor & Employment Department. Her experience included individual employment disputes and complex class, collective, and multiplaintiff actions, including pattern or practice cases filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Vicki’s practice also has included pro bono work for non-profit organizations.
The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law (J.D. 2001) (cum laude); Executive Board Member and Production Editor, Catholic University Law Review (2000-2001); The College of William & Mary (B.A. Government 1996).


Willis Goldsmith represents management in labor and employment law matters including practice before state and federal trial and appellate courts in matters arising under the NLRA, Section 301 of Taft-Hartley, ERISA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and OSHA; in injunction, breach of contract, and employment cases; and in collective bargaining and labor contract administration.

Among his noteworthy matters is Chamber of Commerce v. Brown, which Willis argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court, reversing an en banc decision of the Ninth Circuit, held that a California statute that prevented employers from using state funds to lawfully deter union organizing was preempted by the NLRA, noting federal labor policy favoring employer speech regarding union organizing efforts.

Willis was Partner-in-Charge in New York from 2008 through 2012, when he stepped down from that position under the terms of the Partnership Agreement; from 1991 to 2006, he chaired the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice. He has authored numerous articles and participated in many conferences focusing on labor and employment law issues. Willis is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; member of the Labor Law Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; advisor, American Law Institute Restatement of the Law Third Employment Law; the advisory board of the NYU School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law; the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; the Labor and Employment Law sections of the New York State Bar Association (Section Secretary 2013-2014); and of the ABA. He is a member of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of New York City and of Appleseed's New York Advisory Council.

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

New York Philharmonic (Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, Inc.) collective bargaining negotiations with Local 802, American Federation of Musicians

Verizon Wireless obtains injunctive relief in action seeking to enforce non-disclosure, no-hire, and non-solicitation provisions against future competitor

IBM wins affirmance of dismissal of disability discrimination claims

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

The Best Lawyers in America — Labor and Employment Law

Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers (Band 1)

Legal 500 US — Leading Lawyer

Human Resource Executive Magazine: "The 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in America"

Education

New York University (J.D. 1972); Brown University (A.B. 1969)

Bar Admissions

New York; District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and D.C. Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York and District of Columbia


Labor & Employment
Class Action Employment Litigation
Wage-Hour Litigation & Counseling
Single & Multiple Plaintiff Employment Litigation


EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

IBM wins preemptive motion to deny class certification of California wage claims

AstraZeneca defeats pharmaceutical representative misclassification claims and class certification in Pennsylvania, New York, and California

Scotts Company secures Second Circuit affirmance of sanctions award and dismissal of discrimination action

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

Consistently named as one of the top employment litigators in "America's Leading Lawyers" by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, and New York Super Lawyers

EDUCATION

Cornell University (J.D. magna cum laude 1989; Order of the Coif); Kenyon College (B.A. magna cum laude 1986; Phi Beta Kappa)

BAR ADMISSIONS

New York and Ohio; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of New York and the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio; and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits

Matt Lampe represents employers throughout the country in class action and other complex litigation, including cases under the FLSA, ERISA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and numerous state discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other tort laws. He has extensive experience leading the defense of clients facing employment class actions across multiple jurisdictions. Matt also defends companies in EEOC, DOL, and other agency investigations alleging systemic discrimination or pay practice violations. In addition, he counsels clients across a broad spectrum of employment law and litigation avoidance topics.

Matt is co-chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice. He speaks frequently throughout the country on employment-related topics, including class action defense and wage and hour compliance and audit strategies. He is a contributing author to Labor & Employment N.Y. (LENY), the official blog of the New York State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section, and a contributor to The Fair Labor Standards Act, Second Edition, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law.

Matt was named one of the "Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" by HR Executive magazine and Lawdragon. In 2012, Matt was recognized as a "Client Service All-Star" by BTI Consulting Group, which commended him for "extraordinary dedication to client service during a time of increased pressure and client demands." He is a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a life member of the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, and a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.


Bertrand B. Pogrebin is a shareholder in the New York City office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., the world's largest employment and labor law firm exclusively devoted to representing management. He focuses his practice on corporate compliance related to anti-discrimination laws and the National Labor Relations Act. He works with many public and Fortune 500 private sector employers throughout the country on labor relations and employment law issues. His clients include newspapers and magazines, universities, finance companies, and investment firms. Bert has been an adjunct professor of labor law at NYU Law School and Hofstra Law School, and a visiting lecturer at Yale University Law School. He is a founding member of the Appleseed Foundation, which supports projects to provide equal access to justice. Bert is a member of the New York Law Journal Board of Editors, a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and the recipient of many other honors and recognitions. He is co-author, with Professors Jack Geman and David Gregory, of Labor Management Relations and the Law.

About Littler Mendelson
Littler Mendelson is the world's largest emplqyment and labor law firm exc!usive/y devoted to representing management, with
over 1000 attornrys in over 60 offices throughout the U.S. and the Americas.


Debra L. Raskin graduated from Radcliffe College magna cum laude in 1973 and received her law degree from Yale in 1977. She worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago from 1977 to 1981, serving in 1981 as Supervisor of Employment Litigation for that organization. She served as law clerk to Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York from 1982 to 1984. From 1984 to 1986, she served as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York in the Civil Rights Bureau. She joined the Vladeck firm in 1986, and became a partner of the firm in October 1988. Ms. Raskin has been Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is currently a Vice President of that organization. Ms. Raskin is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has taught at Columbia and Fordham Law Schools and has lectured and written on employment law matters for the New York State Bar Association and the Practicing Law Institute, among other groups.


Jill L. Rosenberg, an employment partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York, is a nationally recognized employment litigator and counselor.  Ms. Rosenberg has significant experience defending and advising employers in discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, wrongful discharge, affirmative action, wage-and-hour and traditional labor matters.  She handles complex individual cases, as well as class actions and systemic government investigations.  She represents a broad range of companies, with a focus on employers in the securities industry, banks and financial institutions, accounting firms and law firms.  Ms. Rosenberg also has particular expertise in the representation of nonprofit entities, including colleges, universities, hospitals, foundations and cultural institutions.  She frequently speaks on employment law issues for employer and bar association groups.  Ms. Rosenberg has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading employment lawyer. Ms. Rosenberg is the firm-wide Partner in Charge of Pro Bono Programs and serves on the firm’s Personnel Development, Risk Management and Diversity Committees.  She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Leadership Committee of the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of New York Legal Assistance Group, a legal services organization serving New Yorkers in need.  Ms. Rosenberg graduated from Princeton University, and earned her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.


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 twenty-five 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, 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, mediation and social media privacy issues in the workplace.  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-Individuals 2012.


Mr. Rogers, the managing partner of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Labor and Employment Law Group, is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude, 1976) and Harvard Law School (cum laude, 1979).  He joined Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in 1979, and has been a partner of the Firm since 1987.  He has been named the 2014 New York City “Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year” and the 2012 “New York City Labor Law – Management Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America,  and in March 2014 was named one of the leading 10 lawyers nationally for employment law, in the 2014 Legal Who’s Who published by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.  For each of the past seven years, he has been named one of the 100 leading management attorneys in the United States by the publication Human Resource Executive in conjunction with Lawdragon; he is also ranked in the top tier in New York among defendant-side employment lawyers in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (available at www.chambersandpartners.com/usa). He is a contributing author to BNA’s Workplace Harassment Law (2012), is a co-author of West Publishing Co.’s Employment Litigation in New York (1996) and Employment Law Deskbook for Human Resources Professionals (2001), and serves as a lecturer on employment law topics to many groups, including the Practising Law Institute's annual Employment Law Institute and the Federal Judicial Center’s annual Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges.  He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute and of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and has served on the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.