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

Apr 07, 2014

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

Ithaca, NY, April 7, 2014 - The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations 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:

Zachary Fasman is a partner in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings. He is national co-chair of the firm's Employment Discrimination practice and represents management in employment discrimination, labor relations, and employee benefit matters and litigation. A member of the bars of New York, Illinois, the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, and seven federal circuit courts, he has litigated cases ranging from nationwide class actions to jury trials of individual employment discrimination claims. He also maintains a substantial traditional labor law practice, representing employers in collective bargaining before the National Labor Relations Board and in the federal courts.

Gregg Gilman is co-chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. He advises employers on all workplace-related matters. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to various labor and personnel issues. He also represents employers in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state and local employment-rights agencies in race, sex, age, disability, and other discrimination cases. Gilman is the creator of Respect in the Workplace, an interactive training seminar on preventive management, including sexual harassment and workplace sensitivity training. He is a frequent guest lecturer on labor and employment law issues.

Michael Gray leads the Labor and Employment Practice in the Chicago office of Jones Day. His practice focuses on representing corporate clients with complex labor and employment litigation, including class-action and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination lawsuits, state law overtime class actions, FLSA collective actions, and trade secrets and restrictive covenant matters. He represents employers throughout the U.S. in bench and jury trials in state and federal courts, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and appellate courts in matters arising under federal and state antidiscrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, labor management relations laws, and diverse state law wrongful discharge, statutory, contract, and tort claims.

Keith Grossman joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in 1999 as senior labor counsel and was appointed senior vice president and deputy general counsel in 2000. His responsibilities include global safety, security, and counter-terrorism; all litigation matters worldwide; employment law matters; domestic labor relation; and Starwood's government affairs. He also serves as a senior member of the Starwood Workplace Violence Prevention Team and the Corporate Crisis Management Team. Prior to joining Starwood, Grossman was a labor and employment attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. His extensive labor law experience includes conducting collective bargaining with major labor unions under the National Labor Relations Act and California's Agricultural Labor Relations Act.

"With the support and expertise of our advisory board members, CIHLER fulfills its mission of improving traditional union-management relations in the hotel industry and serving as a source of information, innovation, and cutting-edge knowledge concerning employer-employee issues," 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