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


2014-2015 Board of Directors

Juan Carlos De La Vega

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

Phillipa Muir

Simpson Grierson
Auckland, New Zealand


Glenn W. Dowd

Day Pitney LLP
Hartford, CT, USA

Siva Nadarajah

Shearn Delamore & Co.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Anna M. Elento-Sneed

Honolulu, HA

Eugenie Nunes

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Greg Heywood

Roper Greyell LLP
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sonal Sejpal

Anjarwalla & Khanna
Nairobi, Kenya

Jan Tibor Lelley

Buse Heberer Fromm
Essen, Germany

Mary Ellen Simonson

Lewis and Roca, LLP
Phoenix, AZ, USA



Regional Committee Leadership

Asia and the Pacific

Cynthia Chung

Hong Kong
Chair, Communications Committee

Deok-Il Seo 

Kim and Chang
Seoul South Korea
Vice Chair, Business Development Committee


Richard Emmerson

Jakarta, Indonesia
Chair, Business Development Committee

Jeffrey Wilson

Jun He
Shanghai, China
Vice Chair, Communications Committee

Ajay Raghavan

Bangalore, India
Chair, Member Services Committee





Jan Hofkens

Brussels, Belgium
Chair, Business Development Committee

Epke Spijkerman

Boekel de Nerée
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chair, Member Services Committee

Sophie Pelicier Loevenbruck

Fromont Briens
Paris, France
Vice Chair, Communications Committee

Anu Waaralinna

Castren and Snellman
Helsinki, Finland
Chair, Communications Committee

Philippe Schmit 

Arendt and Medernach
Vice Chair, Member Services Committee

Angelo Zambelli 

Grimalde Studio Legale
Milan, Italy
Vice Chair, Business Development Committee


Latin/South America

Renato Canizares

Demarest Advogados
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Chair, Business Development Committee

Enrique M. Stile

Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chair, Member Services Committee

Anna Karina Jimenez

Arias & Munoz
Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Chair, Communications Committee


Middle East/Africa

Sara Khoja

Clyde and Co.
Dubai, UAE
Chair, Communications Committee

Mohamed Oulkhouir

CWA Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco
Chair, Member Services

Rachel Musoke

MMAKS Advocates
Kampala, Uganda
Chair, Business Development Committee


North America

Luis Antonetti

Goldman Antonetti & Córdova
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Vice Chair, Member Services Committee

Erin Kuzz 

Sherrard Kuzz
Toronto, Ontario
Vice Chair, Communications Committee

Bruce Cross 

Cross Gunther Witherspoon and Galchus
Little Rock, Arkansas
Chair, Business Development Committee

Rosalee McNamara

Lathrop and Gage
Kansas City, Missouri
Vice Chair, Business Development Committee

James Erwin

Pierce Atwood
Portland, Maine
Chair, Communications Committee

Paul Nason

Locke Lord
Dallas, Texas
Chair, Member Services Committee

 Chief Operating Officer

Peter Walts

Peter Walts joined the ELA as a business development in 2014 and now serves as COO of the organization. He is a highly energetic and successful business leader with over 25 years' experience helping organizations grow in challenging, competitive, and volatile markets.

Pete is responsible for leading the operational activities of the ELA and works closely with board and committee leaders to develop growth for the organization.

Phone Number
+1 215 310-5811 or +1 215 768-9936 (cell)


 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


For media or other marketing communications inquiries, please contact:

Michael Bond or Traci Stuart
Blattel Communications

(415) 397-481
michael@blattel.com or

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