Leadership and Management


CEO of the Employment Law Alliance

Stephen J. Hirschfeld, Esq.

CEO Stephen J. Hirschfeld founded the ELA in 2000. With 30 years of labor and employment law experience, he has worked with employers of all types and sizes on issues ranging from wrongful termination to sexual harassment to discrimination to wage and hour class actions, labor arbitrations, and employment law counseling.

Steve regularly works with multi-state and multi-national companies to ensure global labor law compliance and can readily assemble a team of experts throughout the U.S. and around the world to assist with your full array of labor and employment needs.

Steve is also available for:

  • Identifying and recommending individual ELA lawyers throughout the world
  • Global employment law audits to ensure that personnel policies and practices are in full compliance with all local laws wherever you have operations
  • Conducting legal training for company management on compliance with all local labor and employment laws involving hiring, termination, discrimination, etc. in the U.S. and around the globe
  • Membership determinations
  • Strategic alliances and collaborations
  • Sponsorships
  • RFPs

Office Address
505 Montgomery Street,  13th Floor
San Francisco, California 94111
United States

Phone Number
+1 415-835-9011

Fax Number
+1 415-834-0443


2013-2014 Board of Directors

Juan Carlos De La Vega

Santamarina y Steta
Garza García, N.L., Mexico


Glenn W. Dowd

Day Pitney LLP
Hartford, CT, USA


Greg Heywood

Roper Greyell LLP
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Jan Tibor Lelley

Buse Heberer Fromm
Essen, Germany


Phillipa Muir

Simpson Grierson
Auckland, New Zealand


Siva Nadarajah

Shearn Delamore & Co.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Tina Reissmann

Copenhagen, Denmark

Sonal Sejpal

Anjarwalla & Khanna
Nairobi, Kenya


Mary Ellen Simonson

Lewis and Roca, LLP
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Executive Director

Linda Henderson

Linda is available to assist with:

  • General inquiries
  • Annual meeting session topics and speakers
  • Global Employer Handbook
  • Website questions
  • Webinars

Phone Number
+1 703-772-0997


Executive Assistant

Susan Frederick

Sue is your resource for:

  • General administration
  • Administrative rights to the website
  • Annual meeting registration and hotel logistics
  • Membership inquiries

Office Address
505 Montgomery Street, 13th floor
San Francisco, California 94111
United States

Phone Number
+1 415-835-9010

Fax Number
+1 415-834-0443 


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