Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations Welcomes New Industry Advisors

Oct 19, 2016

Contact: Erica Heim, 607.255.6574,

Ithaca, NY, October 19, 2016 - The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) recently welcomed three new industry leaders to its advisory board. As advisory board members, they provide financial support to CIHLER and engage in the development of programming and research for the institute.

New advisory board members:

Louis Hellebusch is senior vice president and co-general counsel for GEM Realty Capital, which he joined in 2010 as associate general counsel. He works on structuring, documenting, and closing transactions for GEM Realty Properties, and legal, regulatory, and compliance matters for GEM Realty Securities. Prior to joining GEM, Hellebusch was a lawyer in the Real Estate Practice Group at Kirkland & Ellis, and prior to that was a legal assistant in the Real Estate Practice Group at Sullivan & Cromwell. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006, and a Bachelor of Arts in classics from Columbia University in 2001.

Harry Johnson III is a partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, serving clients as a management-side defense lawyer, with experience in both class-action defense and traditional labor matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and federal courts. He has experience in California litigation and federal wage-hour cases and related wage-hour compliance counseling. Johnson advises employers on issues that include disparate impact and treatment claims of racial, sexual, age, national origin, disability, and sexual orientation discrimination; harassment claims and investigations; retaliation claims; and disability accommodation and leaves. Johnson joined Morgan Lewis following a two-year appointment at the NLRB (2013-2015).

Greg Talbot is the senior vice president and associate general counsel–labor, employment, and benefits for Marriott International. Talbot is responsible for managing the law department’s labor, employment, and benefits group attorneys, partnering with the company’s human resources and labor relations executives on human resources and labor strategy. Prior to joining Marriott in 2011, Talbot was a partner in the labor and employment law practice group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, having joined as an associate following a clerkship with the Honorable Michael D. Mason in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Talbot received his Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

"I’m pleased to welcome Louis Hellebusch, Harry Johnson, and Greg Talbot to the CIHLER advisory board," said David Sherwyn, CIHLER academic director and the John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources at SHA. "Our board members bring a wealth of professional experience and insight that further CIHLER’s research and programming for students, academics, and industry. Adding a top-flight transactional lawyer in Lou, the head of employment of the largest hotel company in the world in Greg, and a former NLRB member in Harry, brings even more prestige and practice diversity to our board. We are thrilled to welcome Lou, Greg, and Harry!"

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 modernizing labor and employment relations, analyzing labor and employment law, and improving human resource management and leadership in the hospitality industry. To achieve this goal, the institute supports classes focusing on labor and employment relations; disseminates empirical, theoretical, and doctrinal scholarship; and sponsors conferences and roundtables.