Dragana Bajić

Leaders in Law endorses Dragana Bajić as our exclusively recommended Employment & Labour Law expert in Serbia. If you wish to get in touch with Dragana please use the contact information provided above.

Dragana Bajić is a Counsel in the Belgrade office and the head of the firm-wide employment practice. She has substantial experience in labour law and employment matters, ranging from individual employment contracts to complex restructuring of workforce and mass lay-offs.

Dragana’s other areas of expertise include corporate law and various aspects of regulatory law (personal data protection, electronic communications and e-commerce, broadcasting and consumer protection).

Recent Engagements Include Advising

Employment & Labour Law

  • DELL/EMC COMPUTER SYSTEMS AUSTRIA on the employment termination of one of the top executives of their office in Serbia
  • LES LABORATOIRES SERVIER on the employment termination of a regional sales manager of their subsidiary in Serbia and on various day-to-day employment and personal data protection issues
  • MASTERCARD on various employment matters related to their representative offices in Serbia and Bosnia, including on the dismissal of one of their employees in Serbia, as well as on various personal data protection issues related to their new products
  • VAN HOOL on the termination of employment of one of the top executives of its subsidiary in Macedonia

TMT

  • A GLOBAL PHARMACEUTICALS COMPANY on certain personal data protection issues related to the employees of its Serbian subsidiary arising in the context of FCPA investigations in the U.S.
  • AUDATEX on the IP and data protection issues arising from the potential of software licensing in Serbia
  • MASTERCARD on various employment matters related to their representative offices in Serbia and Bosnia, including on the dismissal of one of their employees in Serbia, as well as on various personal data protection issues related to their new products

Education

  • 2004: University of Belgrade, Serbia, Faculty of Law, LL.B.

Professional Affiliation

Serbian Bar Association

Languages

Serbian, English, German

Firm Description:

Kinstellar acts as trusted legal counsel to leading investors across Emerging Europe and Central Asia. Our reputation for quality, excellence and integrity speaks for itself.

With offices in ten jurisdictions and over 250 local and international lawyers, we deliver consistent, joined-up legal advice and assistance across diverse regional markets – together with the know-how and experience to champion your interests while minimising exposure to risk.

Our clients include leading international and regional corporations, banks and other financial institutions, state bodies, multi-lateral institutions, and international law firms with clients that require top-quality legal counsel in our jurisdictions. We handle the most important and complex assignments for clients across diverse industries and business sectors.

What sets us apart

Not all law firms are cut from the same cloth. Kinstellar distinguishes itself in the markets of Emerging Europe and Central Asia in several important ways:

Our people work together across borders and specialisations with the shared focus to provide seamless, top-quality client service. TEAMWORK is what gets the job done. Kinstellar’s firm culture is hard-working, responsive, supportive and highly professional.

With a presence in ten key markets in Emerging Europe and Central Asia and a network of trusted partners across the region, Kinstellar provides clients consistent REGIONAL COVERAGE and a single point of contact for this diverse and expansive part of the world.

Kinstellar’s COMMITMENT TO QUALITY is second to none in our markets. We don’t just talk about quality – we build it everyday, with significant investments in learning and development for our people at all levels. Our reputation for quality attracts the top professionals in our jurisdictions.

Regional in focus, Kinstellar is INTERNATIONAL in style. Fully independent since 2008, our pedigree goes back over two decades and is shaped by our time as part of a UK ‘Magic Circle’ firm. We know what clients of top global law firms expect, and we know how to deliver it.

Integral to our firm culture and approach to client service is our strong COMMERCIAL FOCUS. We understand that the legal advice we provide is crucial to our clients’ business decisions. We deliver concise, market-driven results to help you meet your objectives.

With twenty four sectors and practices, Kinstellar provides a level of EXPERTISE not widely available in our jurisdictions. Our in-depth knowledge of international and local legal, regulatory and commercial issues helps you make effective and informed decisions.

We believe that GIVING BACK to the communities where we work and live brings long-term benefits to society as a whole. Our community investment programme includes pro bono work, volunteering, donations and sponsorships to help lift people in our region out of social and economic exclusion.

No short-cuts, no compromises – we place a premium on INTEGRITY. The highest ethical standards have always been a cornerstone of our firm. Kinstellar is the only regional law firm with a dedicated risk and compliance team and a comprehensive anti-corruption compliance programme.

History

For more than 20 years, the core team of senior lawyers leading Kinstellar have been working together handling some of the region’s most important transactions. Below is an overview of major milestones and achievements.

  • 1989 – Fall of the Iron Curtain in CEE
  • 1992 – Establishment of Prague office
  • 1993 – Dissolution of Czechoslovakia: the ‘Velvet Divorce’
  • 1993 – Establishment of Bratislava and Bucharest offices (Burns Schwartz)
  • 1999 – Prague office becomes part of Linklaters & Alliance
  • 2000 – Prague, Bratislava and Bucharest offices are merged into Linklaters
  • 2000 – Establishment of Budapest office
  • 2004 – Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia join the EU
  • 2007 – Romania joins the EU
  • 2008 – Spinoff of Prague, Bratislava, Bucharest and Budapest offices from Linklaters and launch of Kinstellar as an independent firm
  • 2010 – Establishment of Belgrade office*
  • 2010 – Establishment of Istanbul office
  • 2010 – Kinstellar named ‘Emerging Law Firm of the Year’ by The Lawyer
  • 2012 – Kinstellar receives ‘Central & Eastern Europe Client Service Award’ from Chambers Europe
  • 2013 – Establishment of Almaty office
  • 2014 – Establishment of Sofia office
  • 2015 – Kinstellar named ‘Hungarian Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Awards for Excellence
  • 2016 – Establishment of Kyiv office
  • 2016 – Kinstellar named ‘Law Firm of the Year: Central Europe’ by The Lawyer
  • 2017 – Kinstellar named ‘Law Firm of the Year: Central Europe’ by The Lawyer
  • 2018 – Kinstellar named ‘Law Firm of the Year: Central Europe’ by The Lawyer
  • 2018 – Establishment of Tashkent office
  • 2019 – Establishment of the partnership with Gen & Temizer | Özer, in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2020 – Kinstellar receives ‘Law firm of the Year Award:Central & Eastern Europe from Chambers Europe

 

Ildikó Rátkai

Leaders in Law endorses Ildikó Rátkai as our exclusively recommended labour Law expert in Hungary. If you wish to get in touch with Ildikó please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Rátkai LLM in HR Law and LLM in Employment Law, works as an employment lawyer and attorney at law. After having graduated as a lawyer (2000) and as an economist (2003) she acquired professional experience in the governmental side of the EU harmonization of employment law, then worked at law firms, mainly supporting multinational clients’ employment issues.

She is the head of her independent Hungarian law firm specialized in employment law, social security and HR law since 2004. Rátkai Law Firm mainly carries out legal advice related to employment law and HR issues, including cross-border cases (outsourcing, posting, TUPE) and legal representation in employment law litigations before court and authorities. The Law Firm typically offers its services to employers; next to the multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises can also be found among the clients.

Dr. Rátkai is a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA) She is a co-founder of HR Lawyers Network.

Having wide practical experience in employment and HR law issues, Dr. Rátkai regularly gives lectures on employment law and HR conferences and in-house trainings. She is the author/co-author of numerous professional books and articles related to employment law and HR law.

She is fluent in English and in German.

Firm Desccription

Ratkai Law Firm – as a “boutique” law firm – focuses on employment law, social security issues and HR law. We believe that a company’s HR activities and HR decisions require not only employment law support but also the professional knowledge and experience of areas of practices related to employment and of HR processes. We render our legal services in Hungarian, in English and in German.

 

SON Sokeng

Mr. Sokeng is a Managing Director and an Attorney at Law at Sithisak Law Office, a general practice firm and one of the major legal service providers in the Kingdom of Cambodia. He also gives lectures in field of Labor law, Business law, Special Contracts and Philosophy of Law at many prominent universities in Cambodia.

Professional Experience:

After graduating with high standing from Royal University of Law and Economics, Sokeng attended the Institute of Labor Studies of Lyon, Lumière Lyon 2 University in France. He was trained as labor law specialist by many reputable professors and lawyers in France and from other European Countries. Prior to joining Sithisak Law Office in 2013, he served as a legal trainee at Global Transitions in Paris, one of leading immigration firms in France, where he gained a wealth of practical knowledge and experiences helping progress his career as a Labor Law specialist. He has also worked with many eminent lawyers from Singapore at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He speaks Khmer, French and English.

Education:

– Institute of Labor Studies of Lyon, Lumière Lyon 2 University (Ph.D Student in Labor Law; Thesis: “International Mobility of Employees in ASEAN Member States”, Academic Advisor: MaitreConférence: Marie Cécile EscandesVaniol.)
– Institute of Labor Studies of Lyon, Lumière Lyon 2 University (Master 2 Research and Professional Labor Law, majoring in International Mobility of Employees) (2012)
– Institute of Labor Studies of Lyon, Lumière Lyon 2 University (Master 1 Private Law, majoring in Labor Law) (2011).
– Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia (Cambodia-France Dual Bachelor’s Degrees of Laws) (2010)

Firm Overview:

“SITHISAK” refers to strength of achieving supreme interest of justice. DEVARAJA, King of all divinities, makes journeys by a royal vehicle “NAGA”, which represents Khmer territory, to render divine justice to Humanity through his divine power.

SITHISAK is a General Practice Law Office in the Kingdom of Cambodia. It was created and began servicing its clients in 2010. Despite our recent inception, we have been gradually establishing ourselves ever since as a major legal service provider in the Kingdom with a clear vision for our future growth, earning trust from both local and foreign businesses and investors, as well as private individuals who seek our tax and legal assistance for their various matters, whether they are contentious or non-contentious ones, or business or non-business ones. We also have extensive experience assisting various ministries and governments agencies in dealing with many regulatory reform and development projects.

We are recognized for our practically-oriented tax and legal advice and our dedicated representation as well as for our culture of honesty and trustworthiness, professional ethics, and particularly collaboration since we believe that client’s success determines our own. To ensure both, “Partnering with our Clients” is a perfect expression of our approach in handling all the clients’ needs using our expertise, devotion, and best efforts.

Being fully committed to the above uncompromising values and integrity – as also pointed out through our firm’s adopted appellation – defines our efforts and determination to live up to the aspirations of the legal profession.

 

Nariman Ramazanov

As a Managing Partner and Senior Lawyer of FINA LLP Law Firm, Nariman Ramazanov participated in various oil and gas related negotiations, provided foreign oil companies conducting their business activity under the specific Azeri PSA (“Production Sharing Agreements) tax regime with consultations on various aspects of the acting Azeri legislation, particularly on the issues of incorporation, taxation and labour.

Ramazanov also provided foreign investors with the corresponding legal advice involved in privatization of the small and medium size state owned enterprises under the State Program on privatization of the state property. Recently, Ramazanov has participated in the $50 million Project on privatization of the local Azerbaijani JSC “AzerPipe” (in the team work on Valuation of the Fixed Assets of the new privatized JSC “AzerPipe” as a local legal expert).

Education: 

University Degree – Faculty of  “International Law and Economy” of the “Peoples’ Friendship University” named after Patrice Lumumba, Moscow, USSR,1989; 

– University Degree, Interpreter of Russian-English,  “Peoples’ Friendship University” named after Patrice Lumumba, Moscow, USSR,1989; 

– Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (“IIFT”); Diploma Degree on Foreign Trade Management; IIFT, New Delhi, India, 1993; 

– “East – West Practice”, Visiting Lawyer at the UK based Law firm “Salans, Hertzfeld & Heillbronn and HRK” in 1997-1998; London, UK;   

The basic area of specialization: 

Foreign trade management, Taxation, 

Banking, Commercial and Labour Law, Incorporation, Real Estate. 

Languages: Azerbaijani, English, Russian, Turkish. 

Firm Description

FINA LLP is an Azerbaijan law firm which was founded in 2002 in Baku. FINA LLP offers a variety of domestic and international business and commercial legal services in Azerbaijan. FINA LLP’s office is staffed with the lawyers trained locally as well as in leading universities throughout the world. Azeri and Russian are the common languages of the office, and all attorneys are at least bilingual – Azerbaijani – Russian or Azerbaijani – English. Many of them are fluent in more than two languages.

The central office of FINA LLP is located in the center of Baku city and equipped with the most advanced communications equipment and technologies. The firm’s basic philosophy is to deliver the highest quality legal services, on time, at a reasonable cost. We seek to establish long-term relationships with our clients, and to provide effective solutions to their problems based upon a clear understanding of their needs. All attorneys of FINA LLP maintain the same standards of professional responsibility and performance that clients would expect from them practicing in the world’s leading commercial centers.

Scott C. Beightol

Mr. Beightol is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, whose practice includes representation of management in all aspects of employment and labor law, with special emphasis in counseling and defending employers in employment discrimination and other litigation before federal and state courts, the NLRB, and arbitrators. 

Mr. Beightol is an elected member of the firm’s Management Committee. In addition to being an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Beightol is also listed in the 2005/2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication widely regarded as the most well-respected referral source of attorneys in practice, and was named a Wisconsin Super Lawyer in the area of Employment Litigation in the November 2005 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. Mr. Beightol is a member of the Board of Directors and the Chief Financial Officer of the Employment Law Alliance.

Firm Background

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group is a national practice providing leading-edge advice and creative solutions to guide businesses as they make employment decisions, set policies and plan for the future. The attorneys in this group enjoy close partnerships with clients, focusing on litigation prevention and the achievement of strategic objectives. The attorneys are recognized by their clients and peers as among the best and most respected management-side labor, employment and employee benefits attorneys in the country. 

The attorneys in this group practice before the NLRB, EEOC, OSHA, OFCCP and other state and federal administrative agencies. The attorneys focus on all areas of labor, employment and employee benefits law from discrimination, occupational health and safety, and wage-hour issues to affirmative action and immigration law. Attorneys provide collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitration services to those clients whose employees are unionized. The group also has an active practice helping non-union clients maintain their union-free status, as unions continue to become more sophisticated and aggressive in their organizing efforts.

 

Roger A. Wolfe

Roger A. Wolfe is a member resident in the Charleston law office of Jackson & Kelly PLLC, Mr. Wolfe has been with the firm for twenty-six years. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law, Mr. Wolfe’s practice also includes discrimination, unemployment compensation, litigation, union, organizational campaigns, collective bargaining, class actions, statistics and public sector employment law.

Firm Background

Jackson & Kelly PLLC is the oldest and largest law firm based in West Virginia. Our employment law attorneys are dedicated to representing management’s interests, including collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice, union organizing campaigns, operating non-union, grievance arbitration, strikes, employee discharge, civil rights and employment discrimination, wage and hour matters, unemployment compensation, immigration and naturalization, substance abuse, and employee handbooks. By combining diversity, specialization and commitment to excellence, we provide the innovative and high quality legal representation that every client deserves.

 

Jon C. Sogn

Mr. Sogn has been with the firm since 1986. He has substantial experience in employment discrimination and wrongful termination litigation, employee non-compete disputes, and a wide range of other labor and employment issues. Jon was recently recognized for his employment law experience in the Chamber USA 2005 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business publication. He is a former editor of the South Dakota Employment Law Newsletter and a frequent speaker at seminars and the University of South Dakota School of Law. Mr. Sogn is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Firm Background

Since 1946, the law firm of Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. has been serving the needs of employers throughout the state and region, earning a solid reputation for excellence. As one of the larger firms in the state, the Lynn, Jackson law firm has a deep pool of talented attorneys with extensive legal knowledge on a wide range of human resource issues, employee benefits, contracts, discrimination and other employment related litigation, and other business needs. With offices in South Dakota’s two largest cities, our firm is ready to provide employment and labor law services on a statewide basis.

 

Sue Erwin Harper

Ms. Harper heads the firm’s Employment Law Practice in Columbia. She has represented employers against claims of discrimination, enforceability of covenants not to compete, breach of employment contracts, retaliation, wrongful discharge and other employment-related suits, and counsels employers on ways to avoid litigation. 

She has practiced extensively in all divisions of the federal court for 20 years. Since 1994, Ms. Harper has been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law.

Firm Background

Nelson Mullins offers the strength and resources of a national law firm with diverse attorneys and professional staff experienced in a broad range of issues. With a firm Southeastern base, Nelson Mullins has grown into a national firm with a strong reputation in meeting the complex litigation, corporate, securities, finance, employment, regulatory and other needs for clients ranging from private individuals to large businesses, including many publicly held companies.

Clients of Nelson Mullins benefit from our national reputation in a range of legal areas and our leadership among peers. 

Our clients interact with experienced lawyers who can draw on the collective knowledge of more than 380 Nelson Mullins attorneys as well as take advantage of the most current technologies available. Our more than 100 years in the legal profession provide clients an established Firm with a history both in the courtroom and the boardroom. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, Washington and throughout the Carolinas, Nelson Mullins offers solutions that complement our clients’ values and objectives.

 

Daniel D. Johns

Leaders in Law endorses Daniel D. Johns as our exclusively recommended Labour Law expert in the USA – Montana. If you wish to get in touch with Daniel please use the contact information provided above.

Mr. Johns graduated in 1973 from Indiana University with M.B.A and J.D. (cum laude) degrees. He was an attorney with an Indianapolis employment law firm through 1978. He returned to his home state of Montana in 1979, and continues to represent employers in areas of traditional labor law, plus discrimination and sexual harassment, wrongful termination, compensation, personnel policies, and counseling employers.

Firm Background

The largest firm in Montana, Crowley Flek PLLP enjoys a rich history tracing back to 1895 when W. M. Johnson began practicing law in Billings. Today, the firm provides a full range of legal services throughout Montana, and has attorneys representing business clientele in a full spectrum of labor and employment law matters. We are also the Montana reviser for Martindale-Hubbell. Our firm enjoys a strong tradition of legal expertise, high ethical standards, and leadership in community and professional affairs.

 

Nicole C. Snyder

Ms. Snyder’s employment law practice extends to all matters arising from the employment relationship, including policies and procedures, discipline and termination, compliance with sexual harassment and medical leave laws, wage and hour requirements, employment agreements, and employee rights. 

She has represented clients in employment litigation in state and federal courts, as well as before the Idaho Human Rights Commission. She also has extensive experience drafting agreements and negotiating matters relating to employee non-competition covenants.

Ms. Snyder joined Holland & Hart’s Boise office in 2001. She earned her Juris Doctorate from University of Michigan Law School.

Professional Activities

Member, Idaho State Bar – Member of Governing Council for

Corporate and Securities Law Section

Member, Washington State Bar

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Idaho Human Resources Association for the Treasure Valley

Member, Idaho Women’s Business Center

Education

University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2001)

Associate Editor, University of Michigan Law Review

University of San Diego (B.A., magna cum laude, 1997)

Firm Background

Holland & Hart is the largest and most extensive management-side labor and employment law practice located in the Rocky Mountain region. The firm has expertise in every area of labor and employment law, from human resources management issues to union activities, employee benefits to immigration related concerns. We assist our clients to institute policies and procedures designed to develop effective and productive employer-employee relationships and avoid problems before they arise. We also work in the areas of regulatory compliance, workplace safety, investigations and discipline and termination. Our attorneys are equally skilled at resolving problems, if they do occur, through alternative dispute resolution, administrative proceedings or aggressive, focused litigation.