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King & Spalding strengthens human capital practice with six new partners
13/10/2021
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Six employment law specialists have moved to King & Spalding strengthening the Atlanta-headquartered firm’s global human capital and compliance (GHCC) practice.

Joining as partners, Tom Ahlering, Jenny Neilsson, and Pete Wozniak have moved to King & Spalding’s Chicago office, while Anne Dana, Jesse Pauker, and Gina Merrill joined the New York team.

Ahlering, Dana, Merrill, and Pauker all join from Seyfarth Shaw. Wozniak joins from Barnes & Thornburg and Neilsson from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Both were also formerly of Seyfarth Shaw.

“This six-partner team brings deep human capital experience across all of the critical issues that US and global multinational companies are facing,” said Todd Holleman, who heads the firm’s corporate, finance and investments practice.

“They are the latest additions to our very successful GHCC team and will play an invaluable role in providing clients with their most important strategic and compliance-related human capital advice in the US and around the world.”

In Chicago, Ahlering most recently served as co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s biometric compliance group, representing clients on issues relating to employment-related privacy laws, including biometric privacy and data protection.

Meanwhile, Neilsson’s practice focuses on employee benefits and ERISA Title I and has significant experience advising clients regarding investment-related issues that arise under ERISA. She advises clients on issues that arise in connection with the structuring and operation of private funds, investor negotiations in connection with fundraising activities, and ongoing compliance.

Wozniak handles complex labour and employment matters, including discrimination class actions, wage and hour class, and collective actions, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission litigation.

In New York, Dana counsels clients generally on a wide range of human capital issues, including disciplinary actions and terminations, employment and separation agreements, and employment policies and practices. She also extensively advises clients on compliance with harassment and discrimination laws across the US.

Merrill advises corporate management on compliance with wage and hour and anti-discrimination statutes, specialising in complex employment litigation and class and collective action proceedings.

Pauker assists multinational employers with their strategic and compliance-related workforce issues. In particular, he has experience with the global workforce aspects of cross-border transactions, including major post-acquisition global workforce integrations.

“As the only law firm with a global human capital and compliance practice, King & Spalding is taking a very deliberate centralised, global approach to help multinational company clients manage their most important workforce issues,” said Darren Gardner, head of the GHCC team.

“These are six very highly-regarded human capital partners who will help us continue to scale our team, deliver strategic business value, and help our clients manage their material workforce risks in the US and around the world.”