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Erika Collins Featured in “Epstein Becker Poaches Cross-Border Guru from Proskauer”

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Erika C. Collins, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office, was featured in Law360, in “Epstein Becker Poaches Cross-Border Guru from Proskauer,” by Braden Campbell. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Health care and employment law firm Epstein Becker Green has bolstered its cross-border expertise, adding former Proskauer Rose LLP and Paul Hastings LLP international employment practice leader Erika C. Collins.

Collins, who started at EBG as a member Thursday, joins from Proskauer, where she co-chaired the international labor and employment practice. Before that, she chaired Paul Hastings’ international employment practice, EBG said.

Collins’ addition comes a few months after EBG launched a strategic alliance with Deloitte Legal. The partnership provides the accounting giant access to Epstein Becker’s large cadre of employment attorneys to provide legal services to clients where it cannot due to strict regulations surrounding who can practice law in the U.S. In turn, EBG refers clients to Deloitte Legal for their international needs. …

Garland said EBG aligned with Deloitte to “enable us to provide global workforce solutions to our clients” by meeting their domestic needs and referring them to Deloitte for international matters. That matches “what Erika has been doing in her practice for 20-plus years,” he said.

“I’ve known her for most of that period,” Garland said. “I’ve been well aware of her sterling reputation in our legal community for the services she’s provided to clients, so this is just a natural fit.”

Collins said she has focused on cross-border matters since the dot-com boom, when she helped shut down some of e-commerce company Verifone’s international offices during its sale to Hewlett Packard. The work piqued her interest, she said.

“I thought it was a fascinating exercise not just in comparative law, but because it’s employment law,” she said. “It’s an exercise in comparative histories, political systems, et cetera, because how a society chooses to treat its workforce is indicative of all those various aspects of life and culture.”

Related reading:

“Epstein Becker Green and Deloitte Legal Launch Strategic Alliance to Address Global Workforce Management Issues.”