Employment Law Institute

Friday, March 11, 2016 | 8:15 am – 5:40 pm
Networking Luncheon | 12:35 pm – 1:35 pm

Institute Co-Chairs
Jyotin Hamid
Debevoise & Plimpton
Jeremiah Iadevaia
Vladeck, Raskin & Clark P.C.




  • This institute will examine recent trends, developments, and cutting-edge issues in employment law. Topics to be discussed include regulators’ enforcement priorities and perspectives; common ethical pitfalls for employment lawyers; legal issues arising both in the hiring process and dismissal of an employee; and strategies for arbitrating employment disputes. There will also be break-out sessions focusing on employment issues that frequently arise for in-house counsel, including internal investigations and requests for leave and religious and disability accommodations.  The panels will include in-house counsel for several large New York corporations and financial institutions, representatives from governmental agencies, and top practitioners from both the plaintiffs’ and defense bar. 

    Special Feature: Attendees will be asked to choose among various breakout sessions offered. Please choose your sessions from the options provided when registering for this program

    Live Program: $399 Member | $499 nonmember

    In House Counsel: $299 Member | $399 Nonmember

    Small Law Firm: $249 Member | $349 Nonmember

    Discounts will be granted to attorneys working for government agencies, public interest groups, full-time students and full-time academics.


  • Raechel L. Adams
    Supervisory Trial Attorney
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Rod Biermann
    Practice Group Head, Employment Law Group       
    Dorf & Nelson LLP

    Miriam F. Clark
    Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP

    Jennifer B. Courtian

    Jackson Lewis P.C.

    Penny P. Domow
    Assistant General Counsel
    HR Law
    JPMorgan Chase & Co

    Karen P. Fernbach
    Regional Director
    National Labor Relations Board, Manhattan Regional Office

    Richard B. Friedman
    Richard Friedman PLLC

    Cristina E. Gallo                                                                  
    Kennedy, Jennik & Murray, P.C.

    Rachel L. Garber
    Director and Counsel
    UBS AG

    Mark J. Goldberg
    Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Peter G. Goodman    
    Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

    Kimberly N. Grant
    Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.

    Katherine A. Greenberg
    New York City Human Rights Commission

    Christina Joy F. Grese
    Duane Morris LLP

    Robert N. Holtzman
    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    PJ Jayachandran
    Chief Human Resources & Benefits Counsel
    Colgate-Palmolive Company

    Garrett D. Kaske
    Shulman Kessler LLP    

    Lisa M. Koenig
    Fragomen Worldwide

    David A. Lebowitz
    Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal
    Pitney Bowes Inc

    Valdi Licul
    Vladeck, Raskin & Clark P.C.

    Susan A. Moldovan
    Executive Director
    Morgan Stanley

    Harris M. Mufson
    Proskauer Rose LLP

    Louis Pechman
    Pechman Law Group PLLC

    Amie Ravitz
    Deputy Director/Associate General Counsel       
    SEIU Local 32BJ

    Carolyn D. Richmond
    Co-Chair, Hospitality Practice Group and Labor & Employment Department
    Fox Rothschild LLP

    Victoria L. Richter
    Director, Senior Counsel
    Deutsche Bank

    Tracey Salmon-Smith
    Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.

    Louis G. Santangelo
    Associate General Counsel

    Howard Schragin
    Sapir Schragin LLP

    George B. Schwab
    Kraus & Zuchlewski LLP

    David E. Schwartz
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Mark E Segall
    Mediator and Arbitrator        

    Tricia Bozyk Sherno
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Professor Robert T. Simmelkjaer

    Ivan D. Smith
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Danitra T. Spencer
    Senior Staff Attorney
    Labor and Employment
    Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

    Darnley D. Stewart
    Outten & Golden LLP

  • 8:15 am – 8:30 am

    Jyotin Hamid & Jeremiah Iadevaia

    8:30 am – 9:45 am

    Breakout Session (Choose One) 
         (A): Legal Issues Arising in the Hiring Process:
                 Background Checks, Medical Inquiries & Discrimination Issues
    Panelists: Christina Joy F. Grese & PJ Jayachandran

         (B): Handling Requests for Leave & Religious & Disability Accommodation
                    Panelists: Penny P. Domow, David A. Lebowitz, Susan A. Moldovan & Harris M. Mufson              

    9:55 am – 11:10 am

    Breakout Session (Choose One)
         (A): Legal Issues Arising from Employee Terminations: Discrimination, Retaliation & Other Possible Claims                                                                                                                                                      Panelists: Rod Biermann, Jennifer B. Courtian & Howard Schragin

         (B): Litigating Non-Competes & Other Restrictive Covenant Disputes
                   Panelists: Richard B. Friedman, Robert N. Holtzman, David E. Schwartz & Darnley D. Stewart

    11:20 am – 12:35 pm

    Breakout Session (Choose One) 
         (A): Ethics for Employment Lawyers
    Panelists: Miriam F. Clark, Jeremiah Iadevaia, Tracey Salmon-Smith & Louis G. Santangelo

    (B): Immigration Law Issues for Employment Law Practitioners
                    Panelists: Kimberly N. Grant, &
    Lisa M. Koenig

    12:35 pm – 1:35 pm

    Networking Lunch

    1:35 pm – 2:50 pm

    Plenary Session
    A View from the Enforcers – Representatives from EEOC, NYCDHR & NLRB Discuss Enforcement Priorities & Perspective
                     Panelists: Raechel L. Adams, Karen P. Fernbach, Katherine A. Greenberg & Tricia Bozyk Sherno

    3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

    Breakout Session (Choose One) 
         (A): Prosecuting & Defending Wage & Hour Cases
    Panelists: Peter G. Goodman,  Louis Pechman, Carolyn D. Richmond & George B. Schwab  

    (B): Strategies & Considerations for Arbitration of Employment Disputes
                    Panelists: Cristina E. Gallo, Garrett D. Kaske, Amie Ravitz,  Arb. Robert Simmelkjaer & Ivan D. Smith

    4:25 pm – 5:40 pm

    Breakout Session (Choose One) 
         (A): Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations
    Panelists: Rachel L. Garber, Jyotin Hamid, Victoria L. Richter & Danitra T. Spencer  

         (B): Crafting & Negotiating Effective Settlement Agreements: An Employer & Employee Perspective 
                    Panelists: Mark J. Goldberg, Valdi Licul, & Mark E. Segall



  • NY, NJ & CA: 9.0 general*
    PA: 7.5 general

    *Total CLE breakdown depends on breakout sessions attended and will be available at the Program.

    *Special Feature: Attendees will be asked to choose among various breakout sessions offered. Please choose your sessions from the options provided when registering for this program.

  • Platinum Sponsor:


    Gold Sponsor:

    Silver Sponsor:


    Fragomen Worldwide 2015 (High Res)





    Sponsoring Association Committee:

    Labor & Employment Law | Jyotin Hamid, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:

    Maricela Alfonso, Membership and CLE Relations Associate
    (212) 382-6608