Mary Joyce Carlson ESQ.

Leaders in Law endorses Mary Joyce Carlson as our exclusively recommended Compliance Services expert in USA, Washington. If you wish to get in touch with Mary, please use the contact information provided above.

Mary Joyce is recognized for her representation of clients under OECD guidelines and coordination of investor prosecution of cases under European Competition Law. In that capacity, Ms. Carlson supervised the workload of lawyers litigating French, Italian & German antitrust complaints coming before the European Commission. Her international work has included collaboration with the European Public Service Union and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture & Tourism Trade Unions. She has also represented clients before the Brazilian Labor Prosecution Service (Ministério Público do Trabalho), and holds an International Global Legal (IGL) designation.

Ms. Carlson’s career has featured critical wins in Labor & Employment Law, and she has gained an international reputation for creating new lines of inquiry and innovative legal theories that result in successful litigation, particularly in regards to coordinating complex EU anti-competition matters. Ms. Carlson has built an impressive portfolio of clients and professional contacts that include large nonprofit organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, advocacy groups, professional associations, and national labor unions, including SEIU, CWA, and UAW. In addition, Mary Joyce provides due diligence and client consultation on responsible investments and union-side investment funds, including shareholder litigation.

As counsel for The Fight for Fifteen, Mary Joyce Carlson played a key role in elevating more than 22 million workers to win $62 million in raises, a successful legal battle that MSNBC’s Chris Hayes stated, “…has completely changed the politics of the country.”

Mary Joyce served as Distinguished Scholar & Speaker at Cornell University, conducted faculty-student lectures, spoke at many ABA International Law meetings, and has been quoted in Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. Throughout her career, Ms. Carlson has served on select panels, including the ABA “Future of Worklife, Post Pandemic” panel. She recently served as guest commentator at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s 36th Annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture, featuring Jared Bernstein, former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden. For the Harvard Law School Clean Slate Project Working Group, she played an active role in drafting solution sets and proposals for a variety of constituencies and communities.

A native of rural Tennessee, Mary Joyce participated in student Civil Rights protests while earning her undergraduate degree. She later earned a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law, where she prepared for her career in Civil Rights and Economic Justice. After practicing law in Georgia and Maryland, Ms. Carlson continued her career in Washington, DC, where she successfully challenged the longstanding discriminatory gender and racial composition of juries, helped lift a cap on the wages of nurses, brought winning antitrust lawsuits against hospital networks for colluding to depress nursing salaries, and played a critical role in reforming racially biased policies on nursing assignments to hospital specialty units. Mary Joyce was subsequently appointed by President Clinton to the position of Deputy General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board.

Ms. Carlson recently won the prestigious Sidney Hillman Foundation George “Citizen” Barrett Award for Public Interest Law. She is a lifelong believer in positive change to foster meaningful progress in Civil Rights, Economic Justice, and Gender Equality. Mary Joyce’s compassionate engagement style, visionary legal acumen, strong international business expertise, and proven capacity to advance her clients’ interests, have all combined to position her as a trusted advocate for her growing client portfolio.

Firm Description:

An award-winning attorney specializing in domestic and international Public & Employment Law, Mary Joyce Carlson has won landmark cases representing high-profile public and private sector clients throughout the U.S., Europe, U.K., Africa, and Latin America. With additional areas of practice in Civil Rights, International Business Practices, Voting Rights, Racial & Gender Discrimination, Human Rights, and Securities Fraud, Ms. Carlson recently coordinated successful litigation regarding practices of a major multinational employers.

Ms. Carlson’s career includes an early focus on non-compliance with U.S. labor relations & employment law, including matters involving sexual harassment & gender-based violations of law, as well as a thriving practice centered on international business and public sector law. Her more recent international projects have included designing shareholder due diligence training and programs for South African pension funds, coordinating international supply chain investigations and workforce interventions, providing “good faith” collective bargaining training for the Taiwanese Labor Ministry, designing and delivering human rights and labor training for international judiciary to disrupt human trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East, and partnering with a leading Brazilian law firm to investigate and litigate workplace gender-racial violence and harassment.


Liam Hennessy

Leaders in Law endorses Liam Hennessy as our exclusively recommended Compliance & Regulatory expert in Australia. If you wish to get in touch with Liam, please use the contact information provided above.

Liam Hennessy specialises in compliance / risk matters, regulatory investigations and complex disputes.

His practice focuses on financial services clients, and he has acted for banks, insurers and others in the financial services industry in a number of significant regulatory investigations, commissions of inquiry and class actions spanning multiple international jurisdictions. Liam’s experience covers long periods working in London, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and he is a committed thought leader, including in his capacity as a course creator and lecturer for a financial services regulation law course at a Brisbane university.  He is a member of a number of financial services regulatory policy working committees.

Liam has considerable experience with the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (and its United Kingdom equivalent, the Senior Managers & Certification Regime), ASIC’s DDO / PIP regime, AML / CTF frameworks, financial services and credit licensing obligations, policy reviews, anti-hawking reforms, whistle-blowing frameworks and white-collar crime prevention. More generally, he advises clients in relation to risk, governance and compliance issues. Liam has structured and undertaken a wide range of internal investigations and risk reviews for clients in Australia, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions.

Recent contentious matters include acting in several confidential ASIC investigations for financial services entities; representation of clients called before the Hayne Royal Commission; advising a global bank concerning multiple global regulatory agencies’ investigations into allegations of manipulation of financial benchmarks and related conduct; advising a large mutual bank in relation to multiple UK regulators’ investigations concerning allegations of systemic mismanagement; acting for a leading advisory firm in a class action relating to a large capital raising for a failed construction conglomerate.

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Firm Description:

Gadens is a leading Australian law firm with 97 partners and 880 staff across offices located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. With our history dating back to 1847, our vision is to be a preeminent, independent firm renowned for providing outstanding client service, innovative solutions and value.

We regularly undertake highly complex and day-to-day transactional legal work for a wide range of clients across multiple industry sectors. Our clients include major Australian and multinational organisations – we are advisors to more than a quarter of the Top 200 companies listed on the ASX – as well as many small to medium-sized businesses, and high-net-worth families and individuals.

Our aim is to help our clients achieve their objectives – providing an outstanding client experience for every client, every time. This is underpinned by our intense focus on understanding our clients, their needs and expectations and building meaningful, long-term relationships – a number of which span decades.

Our core values are the firm’s foundation and reflect the essence and character of the firm – they define how we interact with one another and our clients.


Inga Karulaitytė-Kvainauskienė

Leaders in Law endorses Inga Karulaitytė-Kvainauskienėe as our exclusively recommended Compliance Services expert in Lithuania. If you wish to get in touch with Inga please use the contact information provided above.

Inga is a partner and attorney at law at ECOVIS ProventusLaw, with more than 20 years of legal experience. She currently specialises in the fields of financial services, media, trade, competition and transport law.

She is a leader of a Fintech group at ECOVIS ProventusLaw and has deep knowledge and much experience in the licensing of e-money and payment institutions, as well as specialised banks. She focuses on the regulatory compliance side of fintech and she is also a certified AML expert, who can help with various compliance issues – AML and KYC processes, risk management, PSDII directive, and other regulatory compliance questions.

Inga Karulaitytė-Kvainauskienė has been active in sharing her legal knowledge and experience: she has gained over 10 years of experience of lecturing at a university and she also shares her knowledge with businesses during a wide range of conferences and seminars.