First week… the Parisian is becoming the New Yorker…

My name is Benjamin Krief and I am what we call a “real Parisian.” I have been living in Paris for the past 27 years, where I completed all of my academic studies and began my professional career. On 2012 January 5th, the Parisian flew to New York for an amazing adventure on the other side of the Atlantic. My employer, Flichy Grange, offered me an opportunity to spend 6 months as an intern in the New York offices of Jackson Lewis. Flichy Grange and Jackson Lewis are two of the founding members of L&E Global, an alliance of the leading employment law boutiques.

My adventure began with a weekend as a tourist: visiting Times Square and its lights, Rockefeller Center and its famous Ice Rink and Soho with its stores. Eyes wide open, I discovered this incredible city. As a New-Yorker, I took a break to eat cheesecake and have a coffee with milk. Monday, January 9th ,was my first day at Jackson Lewis and my first challenge was for the Parisian to find his way to White Plains. After waking up very early (and being lost in the subway), I finally arrived in this charming suburb. I met all the office members and everybody was really welcoming and kind. I finally met Steve Baderian and Bill Manning with whom we were preparing my arrival for several months. I was then greeted by Todd Girshon in the NYC office where I met all the attorneys. Now, installed in my 29th floor office at 666 Third Avenue, I realize how lucky I am to be here and I really want to enjoy it totally. The Parisian become (almost) a New Yorker…