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John L. Sander is a Principal and Co-Practice Leader of the International Employment Issues Practice Group in the New York office of Jackson Lewis P.C. whose practice focuses on cross-border labor and employment matters for our multinational clients. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law in Global Labor and Employment Law at Cornell Law School.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Sander served in senior in-house roles for more than 16 years at Merck & Co., Inc. and its predecessor, Schering-Plough Corporation. At Merck, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel, leading the team responsible for labor and employment law matters outside the U.S. Before the merger of Merck and Schering-Plough, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Schering-Plough, where he managed the employment law group, responsible for labor, employment, and immigration counseling and litigation within the U.S. and globally. At Schering-Plough, he also, at various times served as head of commercial litigation (responsible for product liability, Lanham Act, a wide variety of general commercial litigation and international arbitrations) and as general counsel to the consumer healthcare and generic divisions of the company, as well as managed the compliance and corporate security functions within the law department. Before joining the Schering-Plough law department, he was a litigator at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.
- Cornell University (A.B. magna cum laude in Physics, Classics)
- Harvard University (A.M. in History of Science)
- Cornell Law School (J.D.)—Article Editor, Cornell Law Review
- Admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey
- Admitted to practice in the U.S .District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second (inactive), Third, Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Sander has substantial experience in international dispute resolution processes and their reform. He served as Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration from 2010 to 2013, and was a member of the Drafting Sub-Committee responsible for the 2012 revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration. He has also served on the ICC Working Group on the Role of In-house Counsel in International Dispute Resolution. He is currently a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and the USCIB Arbitration Committee.
Mr. Sander is President of the Pro Bono Partnership, a nationally-recognized non-profit which provides business legal services and educational resources to community-based and public interest organizations in New Jersey, Connecticut and Westchester County, NY by leveraging pro bono services of volunteer attorneys from corporations and law firms throughout the region. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association.
Recent Developments in US Labour Law
Jul 2015, Who's Who Legal
New India Law Heightens Employers' Obligations May 2014, Jackson Lewis Coauthor: Avik Biswas
Employees vs. Independent Contractors: Understanding the Distinction between Contractors and Employees and the Re-Characterization of a Contractor into an Employee Apr 2014, L&E Global Employers Counsel Worldwide Coauthor: Katrin U. Schatz
Labor and Employment Law Issues When Doing Business Outside the United States Apr 2014, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel/Thomson Reuters Coauthor: Douglas Lankler
Long-Awaited Labor Law Reform in Mexico Jun 24, 2013, Jackson Lewis Coauthor: Fernando Yllanes Almanza
Intern Programs Continue to Raise Questions for US Employers Apr 2013, Global Employment Law Newsletter (Berwin Leighton & Paisner) Coauthor: Noel P. Tripp
Critical Issues in European Employment Law for the Global In-House Counsel Feb 2013, Association of Corporate Counsel
Workplace Law Implications of 2012 Presidential Election Jan 2013, Global Employment Law Newsletter (Berwin Leighton & Paisner) Coauthor: Steven D. Baderian
Mr. Sander is a frequent speaker and panelist at seminars sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey, American Conference Institute, International Chamber of Commerce, Society of Human Resources Management, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and others on a variety of topics including international arbitration, international and US employment law, product liability, consumer fraud claims, class actions, protection of trade secrets, e-discovery, and conduct of internal investigations.