About Our Founder

elenaElena Paraskevas-Thadani, Esq.

Employment Law

EPT Legal, LLC was founded by Elena Paraskevas-Thadani, an experienced employment attorney with over 20 years experience in the legal profession. Elena and her colleagues serve clients (both individual and corporate) with employment law compliance, workplace questions and labor issues.  Elena represents and advises employers in complex class action, wage and hour, whistleblower, and discrimination lawsuits.  She also successfully resolves Department of Labor, Attorney General, EEOC and other government agency audits and investigations.

Training

Elena is an experienced trainer having conducted and developed hundreds of Equal Employment Opportunity trainings on professional conduct, nonharassment, diversity, litigation avoidance and other employment compliance topics.  Elena brings over two decades of litigation experience to her compliance trainings, and develops and delivers fun, educational, interactive and customized programs for her clients.

Coaching

As a certified an experienced executive coach, Elena has assisted company leaders, C-Level executives, law firm partners and service professionals manage their teams more effectively, build their influence in their field, and increase their business development success.  Elena is an adjunct coach with Skillful Means Marketing, LLC, voted the #1 coaching service for attorneys in a recent New York Law Journal survey, among other awards and accolades.

Mediation

Elena is an experienced mediator certified by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and by the New York Peace Institute.  She specializes in employment cases such as wage and hour disputes, discrimination, whistleblower, restrictive covenant and class action lawsuits.

In addition to her experience in private practice, Elena served as a law clerk to two neutrals who are members of the federal judiciary: The Honorable Andrew J. Peck, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2000-2002) and The Honorable Nicholas Tsoucalas of the US Court of International Trade (1997-1999).

Investigations

Elena has worked with hundreds of companies to conduct sensitive workplace investigations involving allegations of wrongdoing against C-Level and other executives.

Additional Background

Elena previously practiced plaintiffs’ and defendants’ general commercial litigation and employment law at Katten Muchin Rosenman (2002-2005) and Seward and Kissel LLP (1999-2000).  She worked for Kaplan Fox, a plaintiffs’ class action law firm as a summer associate in 1996.

Elena is a former equity partner of the law firm Littler Mendelson, the largest global employment and labor law practice in the world.  She is a graduate of Fordham College (’95) and Fordham Law School (’97).  While at Fordham Law, Elena founded the Fordham Law Chapter of the Unemployment Action Center, through which she provided pro bono advocacy to unemployment insurance claimants, and also worked as a student advocate at the Northern Manhattan Improvement Center, where she provided services and representation to public assistance applicants and recipients.  Elena also served as an intern with EDNY Judge Frederic Block (1995), EDNY Magistrate Judge A. Simon Chrein (1996) and the EDNY US Attorney’s office (1996-1997).

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  • I found it interesting and well put together. It challenges us on a sensitive subject and I think that we need more of that in the world.
  • The training was laid out well and easy to follow. Oral presentation was great and was interesting to see how people perceive the same situation differently.

    Participant Regarding Group Exercises

    Culture Awareness Training

  • Elena was very well informed and an excellent presenter. She encouraged a very open discussion and back and forth conversation with the audience.

    Participant

    Professional Conduct Compliance Training at International Company

  • Elena did a fantastic job. This challenging topic was delivered in an engaging, charismatic way. She is very knowledgeable.

    Participant

    Professional Conduct Compliance Training at International Company

  • Very informative. Elena was able to make a tough, potentially difficult topic very user friendly and informative.

    Staff Member

    Professional Conduct Compliance Training at International Bank

  • The course made me think about different situations that I have experienced and how to handle it better in the future.

    Participant

    Positive Workplace Training

  • Talking through rough topics and ramifications of actions in the workplace was very informative and helpful.

    Participant

    Positive Workplace Training

  • I like how Elena is an attorney which builds credibility.

    Staff Member

    Professional Conduct Training at Large International Financial Institution

  • Very well prepared and excellent public speaker. Content was good and was presented in an easy to understand manner.

    Attendee

    Culture Awareness Training at Large International Bank

  • Excellent content and enthusiasm from the presenter and keeping the audience engaged.

    Staff Member

    Culture Awareness Training at Large Financial Institution

  • Engaging Course! It brings the opportunity to have conversations about hard topics in an educational manner.

    Participant

    Professional Conduct Training at International Company

  • Elena is an amazing presenter and keeps the content interesting.

    Attendee

    Culture Awareness Training at large International Bank

  • Elena performed one-on-one executive coaching when necessary in highly sensitive situations.   Elena is very thoughtful and poised, with the ability to diplomatically render advice firmly and clearly.  She has been key to this effort.  Elena is highly intelligent and intuitive and is a genuine delight to have as a colleague and partner in urgent and difficult employee relations situations.  I recommend her  highly and would seek to maintain a strong advisory relationship with Elena in the future.

    Patrick Wilkinson

    Global Head of Human Resources

  • Elena is an extremely effective coach… she understands the business goals as well as the legal risk and collaborates with clients to achieve the best result.

    Erin Heintz

    Assistant General Counsel, Rochester Regional Health

  • Smart, empathetic and skilled – Elena Paraskevas-Thadani is not only a talented attorney, she is an excellent business developer and professional development coach to other attorneys and professionals. The quality of caring that Elena brings to all aspects of her work combined with her native intelligence makes her a unique service provider.

    Mary Kaczmarek, Esq.

    Skillful Means Marketing, LLC., Ranked #1 In National Law Journal Survey

  • Elena has worked with [international bank] for [10] years and worked mostly closely with me and my senior team to develop and conduct non-harassment, professional conduct and other employment compliance trainings for our New York Headquarters.  I found Elena to be an outstanding attorney with an ability to leverage her expert knowledge of employment law with practical considerations arising from complex situations. The impact from her training has had an immeasurable effect on management behavior and has provided a very  strong risk prevention and mitigation stance for the firm.

    Patrick Wilkinson

    Global Head of Human Resources

  • Elena is an excellent career consultant and has been tremendously helpful in my career development.  With her extensive experience  and her in-depth understanding of the legal industry, she provided valuable advice to help me conquer the challenges I constantly face as a foreign attorney practicing in the United States. In particular Elena helped me expand my influence and develop my business development skills.  I strongly recommend Elena to anyone who needs assistance in career development, business origination and those who want to achieve their professional goals in a more effective way.

    Huan Xiong

    Attorney at an international law firm