Opening Ceremony
Keynote Speaker: Andrez S. Carberry

Wednesday, February 1
12:40 pm to 2:10 pm, SAC Ballroom A

Andrez S. CarberryAndrez S. Carberry is the Employment Counsel for Avon Products, NA.  Prior to joining Avon this month, for several years Mr. Carberry served as an Associate Attorney at Fox Rothschild, LLP (New York City) and as Associate Corporate Counsel for the Employment and Labor Division of the New York City Labor Department. Andrez focuses his practice on representation of management in labor and employment law matters such as wrongful termination, Title VII, sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Amendments to the ADA, Family and Medical Leave Act and varying state and city laws. He has defended public and private sector employers in federal and state courts and in various administrative tribunals. Andrez has extensive employment litigation experience including successful jury trials, administrative hearings and arbitrations in cases involving: discrimination based on age, race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability;  harassment; hostile work environment; breach of contract; wage and hour class actions; contract disputes; military obligations; retaliation;  improper labor practice; First Amendment claims under the United States Constitution; and equal protection claims. He also works closely with managers, executives, human resources professionals, in-house counsel and owners on all aspects of labor and employment law to provide practical, cost-effective solutions to labor and employment issues.

Mr. Carberry is a Stony Brook University alumnus who earned a BA in Political Science (2000) and an MA in Public Policy (2002), followed by JD from Hofstra University School of Law (2005). As an undergraduate, he served as President of the undergraduate student government from 1999-2000. Andrez also is an adjunct professor of law at Hofstra, where he instructs second and third year law students in effective legal research and writing techniques and selects and prepares law students for national appellate advocacy competitions such as the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's National Moot Court Competition and the Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition.

Mr. Carberry has numerous honors to his credit including the Legal Rookie of the Year Award, New York City Law Department (2005-2006) and recognition as one of  New York's "Rising Stars" by New York Super Lawyers (2011). He was selected for the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Diversity Fellowship Program for 2011-2012. He also serves on the board of directors for the Pajama Program, a New York City-based charity that provides new pajamas and books to underprivileged children who are abused, orphaned or fostered.