Risa Salins counsels employers on a wide range of workplace issues, including compliance with wage and hour laws; anti-discrimination laws and leave requirements; employee privacy issues; whistleblower protections; government contractor obligations; accommodations for disabled workers; and workplace safety and health.


Ms. Salins has extensive experience advising companies on compliance with federal and state WARN laws and has guided clients on properly conducting some of the largest mass layoffs and plant closings around the country. Firm clients often turn to her to negotiate and draft sophisticated employment agreements, separation agreements and restrictive covenants, and to provide guidance on sensitive employee separations.

Ms. Salins also regularly advises companies on labor and employment matters arising out of complex U.S. and multinational corporate transactions. Her roles have included negotiating and drafting labor and employment provisions of purchase agreements; assessing a target’s labor and employment law compliance and risks; advising on successor liability, collective bargaining agreements and union accretion issues; liaising with local counsel on international labor and employment laws, including works council notice and consultation requirements and automatic transfer rules; negotiating and drafting sale of business non-compete agreements; and developing strategies to retain key executives.

Ms. Salins has represented clients in a variety of industries, including energy, health care, financial services, technology, automotive and travel. Her clients have included, among others, AutoNation; Carnegie Hall Corporation; Citigroup Inc.; Ctrip.com International, Ltd; CME Group; E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company; EMC Corporation; Hydro-Québec; Formation Capital, LLC; Kelso & Co., Inc.; Key Safety Systems, Inc.; Marubeni Corporation; Nasdaq, Inc.; Wisconsin Energy Corporation; and United Talent Agency.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Salins is a co-author of the labor law column for the New York Law Journal.



  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2001
  • B.S., Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1998 (with honors)


  • New York

Risa M. Salins

Counsel, Labor and Employment Law