Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations welcomes new industry advisors

May 07, 2014

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Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations welcomes new industry advisors
Ithaca, NY, May 7, 2014 - The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) at the School of Hotel Administration recently welcomed four new hospitality industry leaders to its advisory board. In this role, they will provide financial support to the institute and engage in the development of CIHLER programming and research.

New advisory board members:

Barry Hartstein is a shareholder in Littler Mendelson's Chicago office and heads the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's core practice group. His career includes more than 30 years of counseling and representing employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters, and he is a frequent writer, commentator, and lecturer on workplace issues. He also has extensive experience as a litigator and has defended employers nationwide in individual and class-action claims and wage and hour collective actions. He has expertise dealing with the EEOC on both a local and national level.

Michael Lebowich is a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Department and co-head of the Labor-Management Relations Group for Proskauer. He represents and counsels employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters, with a particular interest in traditional labor law. Lebowich acts as the primary spokesperson in collective bargaining negotiations, regularly handles grievance arbitrations, assists clients in the labor implications of corporate transactions, and counsels clients on union organizing issues, strike preparation, and day-to-day contract administration issues.

Kara Maciel is a member of the firm in the Labor and Employment and Litigation practices of Epstein Becker Green. She is also chair of the firm's Hospitality Employment and Labor Law Outreach Subpractice Group. She represents employers in labor and employment lawsuits arising under federal and state law. Additionally, she routinely defends employers and initiates proceedings against former employees for violating trade secret or confidential and proprietary information. She concentrates on issues related to the hospitality and health care industries and has represented employers including national hotel chains, hospitality management groups, restaurants, spas, and trade associations.

Alan Momeyer is vice president of human resources for Loews Corporation. He is responsible for overall strategy and management of the human resource function for the New York-based diversified corporation consisting of Loews Hotels, CNA Insurance, Diamond Offshore Corporation, Boardwalk Pipelines and HighMount Exploration and Production. He is also the author of numerous articles on personnel management.

"Through the generous support of our advisory board members, we are developing new research, programs for students, and outreach events for the industry. The diverse expertise and experiences they bring to the table helps us shape the future direction of the center," said David Sherwyn, academic director of CIHLER and the John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources at the School of Hotel Administration.
About The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations
The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations was established in 2013 as a platform for students, employers, employees, unions, and their advocates involved in the hospitality industry. The institute's mission is to support educational programs, sponsor and disseminate research, and hold conferences and roundtables dedicated to the modernization of labor and employment relations, labor and employment law, human resource management, and leadership in the hospitality industry. To learn more about the institute and its projects, visit

Partners: Barnes & Thornburg LLP • Commune Hotels • Davis & Gilbert LLP • Epstein Becker Green • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts • Fox Rothschild LLP • Hilton Worldwide • Jones Day • Kane Kessler, P.C. • Littler Mendelson • Loews Corporation • Paul Hastings LLP • Proskauer • Regan Development Corporation • Seaview Investors LLC • Starwood Hotels and Resorts • Taylor English Duma LLP • White Lodging