Global employment partner jumps from Baker to Dentons

December 13, 2016

Los Angeles Daily Journal

By Joshua Sebold

Global employment partner Cynthia L. Jackson has left Baker & McKenzie LLP for Dentons, where she will work out of the Palo Alto office.

Jackson said Dentons’ global platform and recent expansion efforts caught her eye, adding that she will also get to reunite with some former Baker & McKenzie attorneys in the move.

“It’s actually even larger than Baker now and it is in some very active jurisdictions,” she said. “Clients, particularly the ones in Silicon Valley I’m often working closely with, are expanding rapidly and they need service providers who can help them where they go.”

Jackson said Dentons’ aggressive expansion, such as its merger with mainland Chinese firm Dacheng in 2015 and its innovative approach to technology, were also attractive.

Dentons has been investing in legal technology and the startups creating it, in collaboration with International Business Machines Corp., as part of its Nextlaw Labs program.

Jackson helps clients with global employment regulatory schemes on the front end but also handles class actions and other high-stakes litigation.

She said conflicting regulatory schemes have become a hot topic for her, assisting companies with situations where the U.S. government might want information from a company about non-U.S. employees who work in a country where privacy laws preclude that information from being shared.

Jackson added that more companies are examining their supply chains for potential human rights violations, as more countries have taken an active role in holding companies accountable for how they treat workers across jurisdictions, instead of just focusing on workers inside their own borders.

Tami L. Azorsky, leader of Dentons’ litigation and dispute resolution practice, said Jackson’s unique practice and her ability to aid the firm across practice areas — from global employment to crisis management and internal investigations — was a good fit for the firm’s expanding platform.

Jackson agreed that versatility in assisting global corporations was a positive for both sides.

“Clients’ problems don’t pigeonhole neatly into one practice group and neither should the service providers,” she said.
Ken Schwartz and Larry Watanabe of Watanabe Nason brokered the deal for Dentons.
“Her client list on the tech side is some of the best companies in America,” Watanabe said. “She has a truly global employment practice. There are some employment practices that big, but not as dynamic.”

A spokesman for Baker & McKenzie expressed the firm’s gratitude for Jackson’s work in an email: “We thank Cynthia for her many years of service at Baker McKenzie and wish her well.”

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