Improving Workplace Culture: Our UK Affiliate Addresses New Developments in Regulatory Requirements

In the U.K., the Solicitors Regulation Authority places explicit requirements on individuals to treat coworkers fairly and with respect. Further, there is now an affirmative responsibility on individual law firm managers and senior management to “challenge unfair treatment” at work, including bullying, harassment, and discrimination. Previously, the SRA required only that firms “ensure their managers…


Embracing the Journey: Finding Beauty in Detours

Our Founder and President Elena Paraskevas-Thadani shares insights on embracing life’s unexpected paths. My family and I got lost on vacation, on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu. As my husband navigated heart-pounding hairpin turns over precipitous drops, we took a wrong turn. To make matters worse, we lost GPS capability. And then we saw…


Our Thoughts: New Legislation Strengthens Hate Crimes Investigation and Reporting Requirements

Senior investigator Jessica Rinaldi shares her thoughts on recently passed New York State Legislation: “From my past professional experience as deputy chief of the Hate Crimes Unit at the New York County District Attorney’s Office, current professional experience as a Senior Investigator and Facilitator at EPT Legal, LLC, and lived experience as a proud and out trans…


Sometimes, learning how to “miss” is just as important as landing the punch.

Our founder, Elena Paraskevas-Thadani, shares some wisdom she has learned from her boxing instructor: “While most boxing instructors typically focus exclusively on how to land punches, one of the best instructors I train with also teaches us how to miss. By way of example, he might instruct, “now throw a cross —and miss,” and then…


Sometimes the strongest obstacle that blocks our path toward success is ourselves.

Founder and President Elena Paraskevas-Thadani shares her insights about the obstacles that block our path: “I take boxing classes at my local gym. It’s good exercise. In light of the limited number of punching bags in the class, often two people share the same large bag, one person on each side. Ideally, you and your…


Everything You Wanted to Know About LGBTQ+ Issues in Investigations but Were Afraid to Ask

We are looking forward to the upcoming Association of Workplace Investigators in-person New York Metro Local Circle meeting on May 24 from 5:30-7:00 PM ET, generously hosted by Robinson & Cole and AWI Board member Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson. Jessica Rinaldi, Senior external investigator at EPT Legal and former prosecutor of hate crimes at the Manhattan DA’s…


What Lawyers Want From Mediation

We would like to thank everyone who attended yesterday’s program “What Lawyers Want From Mediation”, hosted by NYSDRA. Our colleague, mediator Elena Paraskevas-Thadani served as a panelist, along with David Berger, Paul Radvany, and Eastern District of New York ADR Administrator Danielle Shalov, and discussed feedback received from attorneys about their experience in mediation. The…


Not winning in the moment is not the same as “failure”.

After a crushing defeat which cost his team the playoffs, Superstar Bucks athlete, Giannis Antetokounmpo, responds to a reporter’s question— whether he considers this season a “failure.” “Do you get a promotion every year on your job? No, right? So every year, your work is a failure?” “Michael Jordan played 15 years, won six championships….