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Loeb & Loeb Taps Dynamic Employment & Labor Lawyer Ian Carleton Schaefer to Lead Its New York Practice Group

Loeb & Loeb LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Ian Carleton Schaefer as a partner in the Employment & Labor Department in the firm’s New York office, where he will serve as chair of the New York Employment & Labor group. With significant industry experience in the technology, media and telecommunications and sports, music and entertainment sectors, Schaefer advises clients on the full spectrum of workplace and employment issues on both a domestic and international basis. 

Schaefer’s impressive client roster includes professional sports leagues and their member clubs in the United States and internationally, as well as several of the most preeminent entertainment, music, media, technology, financial and professional services organizations in the world.

“Ian’s labor and employment work in the sports, entertainment, music, media and technology spaces aligns well with the many prominent clients we serve in these industries,” said Michelle La Mar, chair of Loeb & Loeb’s Employment & Labor Department. “In addition to his own clients, with Ian on board, our Employment & Labor Department will be well positioned to expand the services we are able to offer clients across the firm, particularly in industries such as these, which are core to the firm. Further, Ian will now be in a position to add additional value and impact to his clients by offering a much broader array of practice areas and services.”

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and described as a “Go-To Thought Leader for Employment Law” (National Law Review), Ian is frequently called upon as a trusted business adviser to partner with organizations grappling with their most existential human capital issues, including conducting sensitive, bet-the-company investigations into allegations stemming from #MeToo, harassment and discrimination, and other forms of misconduct; designing practical and compliant return-to-work plans related to COVID-19; navigating the intersection of various social and equity movements and their impact on the workplace (#MeToo, Black Lives Matter, pay equity, social media); implementing workforce restructurings and reorganizations; and facilitating complex C-suite transitions through executive compensation and employee relations strategies. He is routinely sought out for his memorable, high-profile and innovative workplace trainings covering anti-harassment/nondiscrimination, bystander intervention, and diversity, equity and inclusion for executive leadership, senior management and large-scale employee workforces.

“Loeb & Loeb is synonymous with sports, music and entertainment law, and is known and recognized for its equally sterling reputation in the financial services, technology, media and telecom spaces. Taken together, this robust offering provides me with an ideal and synergistic platform upon which I can continue to build my practice and that of the Employment & Labor group,” said Schaefer. “I am excited to join such a talented team.”

“Ian has earned a reputation for his practical, business-enabling and results-driven approach,” said Laurie Ruckel, managing partner of Loeb’s New York office. “He will be a strong addition to our New York team.”

Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb, Schaefer was a partner in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice at Epstein Becker Green, where he served as the co-leader of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications group. Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Schaefer practiced labor and employment law in the New York office of Proskauer, where, among other accomplishments, he co-authored the successful briefs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett, which modified 35 years of labor law. Concurrent with his roles at Epstein Becker Green and Proskauer, Schaefer served for a decade as the head of employment law for BT Americas Inc., a subsidiary of British Telecommunications plc, where he was responsible for management and oversight of all litigation and workforce management matters in the United States and Canada. 

A classically trained musician and an advocate for arts education, Schaefer serves as trustee and general counsel to the New York Youth Symphony and is an active member on several committees of the board of directors of Jazz at Lincoln Center (Wynton Marsalis, managing and artistic director).

He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law and a B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.