Elena Paraskevas-Thadani

Principal Consultant

I have practiced law for over 25 years and am a former Equity Partner of the largest global employer and labor practice in the world. I have represented employees in employment disputes and employers in complex and multi-party class action, wage and hour, and discrimination lawsuits in Federal and State courts. I have also successfully represented companies undergoing Department of Labor, Attorney General, EEOC and other government agency audits and investigations. 

I am an experienced trainer and facilitator having conducted hundreds of Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion and other compliance training sessions for executives of public and private companies. I have developed training programs nationally on professional conduct, diversity, team-building and other leadership topics. 

As an attorney and licensed private investigator, I conduct in-house investigations of sensitive workplace complaints and of workplace misconduct, including discrimination, harassment, bullying, fraud, and other policy matters. As a mediator certified by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and by the New York Peace Institute, I specialise in resolving employment cases and workplace disputes when concerns are raised to management or human resources, and at all stages of litigation. I also am a certified Executive Coach specialised in working with C-Level executives on developing their skills as leaders. I have devoted my career to solving workplace issues, because the workplace has both professional and personal significance to those within it.

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2017 – current: Associate at byrne·dean and President of Byrne Dean’s Affiliate in the United States

2015 – current: Founder and President of EPT Legal LLC (Employment Law and Workplace Consulting)

2005 – 2015: Associate and Senior Equity Partner at Littler Mendelson

2002 – 2005: Associate Katten Muchin Rosenman

2000 – 2002: Federal Clerkship with the Honorable Andrew J. Peck of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York

1999 – 2000: Associate Seward & Kissel LLP

1997 – 1999: Federal Clerkship with the Honorable Nicholas Tsoucalas of the US Court of International Trade

BA (English, Summa Cum Laude), Fordham University

JD, Fordham University School of Law

Private Investigator, Licensed by the New York Department of State

Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH) 

Certified New York State Mediator, licensed in New York, Connecticut and Washington DC

Mental health first aider and trained in DE&I

"Very useful and thought provoking session. I will certainly be implementing what I have learned. I really enjoyed the interaction and scenario based teaching. Elena was also a great instructor with much knowledge and advice."

Participant, Financial Services

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