Elena Paraskevas-Thadani, Esq. is a former equity partner of the law firm Littler Mendelson, the largest global employer and labor practice in the world. While at Littler (2005 – 2015), Elena represented employers in complex and multi-party class-action, wage and hour, discrimination lawsuits in federal and state courts. Elena also successfully represented companies and Department of Labor, Attorney General, EEOC and other government agency audits and investigations.
Elena is an experienced trainer having conducted hundreds of EEO and other compliance training sessions for executives of public and private companies and developed training programs nationally on professional conduct, diversity and other compliance topics.
Elena is an experienced attorney and a 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 wage and hour, discrimination, whistleblower, restrictive covenant and class action lawsuits. Elena is an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH).
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), and worked for Kaplan Fox, a plaintiffs’ class action law firm as a summer associate in 1996.
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).
Elena is a graduate of Fordham College (’95) and Fordham Law School (’97). While at Fordham Law in the ‘90’s, 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 a student intern for one year (1996-1997) with the US Attorney’s office in the EDNY.