Meredith Kaufman has joined Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Practice as a Partner, bringing nearly a decade of experience on a range of employment litigation and counseling matters.

Based in New York, Meredith has represented employers in federal and state courts on all aspects of employment law litigation, including non-compete, trade secret, unfair competition, breach of contract, whistleblower and retaliation, discrimination and harassment, and wage and hour matters. She also authors employment-related policies, handbooks and agreements, and counsels employers on compliance with federal, state and city labor laws.

"Companies doing business in the US face increasingly complex employment laws, and Meredith's extensive experience in New York state and federal courts will be a key asset to many of our clients," said George Avraam, Chair of the Firm's North America Employment & Compensation Practice. "We are pleased to have her join our team."

Meredith, who joins Baker McKenzie from Littler Mendelson, has conducted presentations and in-house training for employers and their workforces on labor and employment law topics, such as avoiding harassment and discrimination claims, investigating employee complaints, as well as employee discharge and discipline. She has also been a speaker and author on these matters.

Baker McKenzie's Global Employment & Compensation Practice is one of the world's largest and most recognized employment practices, with more than 700 lawyers globally and more than 130 attorneys in North America focused on employment law. A recent BTI Consulting survey of corporate counsel named Baker McKenzie a "standout" law firm for complex employment litigation. In addition, Chambers Global has recognized the Firm's employment practice with a Band 1 ranking for eight consecutive years.

"Meredith's expertise brings added depth to our practice as we continue to enhance our employment counseling services to better serve clients in the US and around the world," said Guenther Heckelmann, Chair of the Firm’s Global Employment & Compensation Practice.

Added Colin Murray, the Firm's Managing Partner in North America, "We are focused on further strengthening our capabilities throughout North America with the addition of top-tier talent, and Meredith is another standout practitioner to join our growing team of employment litigators in the US. Her practice will nicely complement our offerings in the labor and employment space."

Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 lateral partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to expand its presence in key markets and practice areas. Meredith joining the Firm follows the arrival of key employment litigators Bill Dugan (Chicago) and Todd Boyer (Palo Alto).

"Baker McKenzie's global platform and long history as a leader in employment litigation makes it an excellent fit to grow my practice," Meredith said. "I am excited to join the Firm's talented team of practitioners."

Meredith received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.

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