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Workplace MVP at SHRM22: Louis Lessig - Brown & Connery, LLP

Louis Lessig, a partner with Brown & Connery, LLP, joined Jamie Gassmann on Workplace MVP LIVE from SHRM 2022. Louis is an employment attorney who got his start in HR. He and Jamie talked about his journey, his work, and hot topics in the HR space these days, including marijuana & ADA. He also shared highlights from his presentations on ADA and retention at SHRM and much more.


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This show was originally broadcast live from the 2022 SHRM Annual Conference held at the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Louis Lessig, Partner – Brown & Connery, LLP


Louis Lessig is a partner with the firm of Brown & Connery, LLP.  His practice concentrates in labor and employment counseling, litigation, negotiations, and training.


Mr. Lessig represents clients in all types of employment matters, including but not limited to claims of discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, wage and hour irregularities, and retaliation in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Department of Labor, American Arbitration Association, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.


In 2018, he received the Delaware Valley HR Consultant of the Year Award. In 2016 he was an Honoree for the SmartCEO Centers of Influence Awards.  In 2015, he received the SmartCEO ESQ Industry Practice Award – recognizing the region’s most trusted advisors. Since 2012, Mr. Lessig has been selected each year as a “Super Lawyer” in Labor and Employment law.  In 2010, Mr. Lessig was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the “Top 40 Attorneys Under 40” in New Jersey.  Mr. Lessig was also selected in 2010 as a Delaware Valley Human Resources Consultant of the Year Nominee.  Mr. Lessig is a nationally recognized speaker and publishes articles that have appeared in periodicals including Westlaw Journal Employment, Westlaw Journal Computer and Internet, the Family and Medical Leave Handbook, Employment Litigation Reporter, Corporate Risk Spectrum, HR Professional, The Tri-State and Labor and Employment Law Quarterly.  He was an adjunct professor at the Comey Institute for Industrial Relations at St. Joseph’s University.  Mr. Lessig was also a principal in the Pinnacle Employment Law Institute (PELI), which conducted training sessions and provided developmental assistance in employment relations.


After graduating from law school, he served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable M. Allan Vogelson, Presiding Civil Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Camden County.


In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Lessig currently serves on the Garden State Council – SHRM as the New Jersey State Director.  He is also immediate Past President of the Board for the National Speakers Association (NSA), Philadelphia chapter.  He is also a member of Tri-State HRMA where he is a Past President of the chapter and serves as Chair of the Legislative Committee. Mr. Lessig is past President of the Muhlenberg College Alumni Board.


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Brown & Connery, LLP


Brown and Connery is one of South Jersey’s oldest and most well-regarded law firms.  In 1928, Horace G. Brown, a preeminent trial lawyer, and Thomas F. Connery, a distinguished litigator, founded the practice in Camden, New Jersey. The firm has continued to evolve to meet changing times, changing culture and changing client needs. Driven by the ideal of excellence, Brown and Connery is proud to have earned an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell*, its highest rating.


We take our work and our client’s needs seriously, and have built a reputation for quality legal services grounded in our founder’s tradition of thoroughness, hard work and integrity. Our talented attorneys and support staff are committed to our high standards, which means those who turn to our firm can count on us to maintain the highest ethical and intellectual standards when representing their needs.


The firm practices all across New Jersey with offices conveniently located in Westmont, Woodbury and Camden. Our Philadelphia office supports our practice in Pennsylvania.


Brown and Connery provides a wide range of legal services to its clients. These services can be seen listed and more fully described on this website among our Key Practices.


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