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Through The Employer Report blog, our lawyers provide legal updates and practical insights to help clients understand, prepare for and respond to the latest domestic and cross-border Labor and Employment issues affecting US and multinational employers.

Our team of Employment & Compensation lawyers based in Baker McKenzie’s US offices across California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, Washington DC and beyond, work with domestic and multinational businesses to navigate all of their labor and employment needs, from day-to-day human resources requirements to critical global business change projects.

As strategic business partners, we help clients manage their primary asset – their people. Our reputable practitioners leverage the Firm’s global footprint to provide solutions across jurisdictions and cultures, all while being uncompromising in quality. We focus on the key streams of complex, bet-the-company Disputes and Investigations; bespoke, actionable Advice and Counsel; and the “people” aspect of successful corporate Transactions.

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Paul Evans is the New York and East Coast leader for the Employment & Compensation Practice Group, residing in Baker McKenzie's New York office. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Firm's North American Employment & Compensation Practice. For over 20 years, Paul's practice has included representation of employers at the US state, federal and appellate level in employment discrimination class actions, ERISA class actions, employment testing and validation matters, wage and hour class and collective actions, multiplaintiff and other complex labor and employment litigation.

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Goli Rahimi is an associate in Baker McKenzie’s Chicago Office and a member of the firm’s Employment & Compensation Practice Group. Her practice focuses on domestic management-side litigation and domestic and international transactional matters, including employment due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and advice and counsel on international employment matters. She also provides domestic advice and counsel to employers on matters involving employment discrimination and unlawful termination, breaches of restrictive covenants, and wage and hour compliance.

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Melissa Allchin is an Attorney in Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation Practice with more than eleven years of experience in corporate immigration law. She routinely advises multinational and domestic clients on the strategy, requirements, and procedures to secure visas and work and residence permits and satisfy employment eligibility and other immigration-related regulatory requirements for a global workforce. Melissa frequently speaks on global and US immigration and immigration compliance issues at Firm and client events geared towards global mobility, human resources, and legal professionals. She has been a Member of the Firm's Pro Bono and Diversity Committees.

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Matthew Gorman is an associate in the Global Immigration & Mobility practice of Baker McKenzie's Chicago office. Matthew advises on corporate and employment-based immigration law, including work visa petitions, permanent residence and permanent employment certification applications. He also advises on issues of admissibility, waivers and motions to reopen/reconsider. Matthew represents pro bono clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in matters relating to naturalization, appeals and VAWA.

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Krissy Katzenstein is a partner in the Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Baker McKenzie’s New York office. Krissy represents employers in a wide range of employment disputes, with a focus on class and collective actions involving systemic discrimination as well as federal and state agency investigations of systemic discrimination and harassment claims. Krissy was named a “Rising Star” in Employment Law by Law360 in 2019.

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Robin Samuel is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation Practice Group, co-Chair of the Firm’s FutureWorks service line, and Steering Committee member for the North American Employment and Compensation practice. Robin is based in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. Robin helps clients manage and resolve local and cross-border employment issues, whether through counseling or litigation. He advises clients on virtually all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring and firing, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, contract disputes, restrictive covenants, employee raiding, and trade secret matters. Clients trust Robin to handle their most sensitive and complex employment issues.

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Autumn Sharp joined Baker McKenzie in March 2020 as a Knowledge Lawyer for the Employment & Compensation Practice Group, covering all aspects of global workforce management for the North America region. She also supports the Practice Group on knowledge management matters including thought leadership projects and global surveys. Before joining Baker McKenzie, Autumn was a practicing attorney for over 15 years, advising on a broad spectrum of employment law matters.

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Michael Shimada is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Employment Practice Group in Palo Alto. Prior to joining the firm, Michael interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the General Counsel Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

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