Johan Lubbe

Johan Lubbe


Recognized since 2013

New York, New York

Practice Areas

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Recognized as a leading international employment lawyer, Johan Lubbe provides strategic advice and counseling to multinational employers on a wide range of global employment law, labor relations (including issues related to global supply chain management), international labor standards compliance, human resources, and data privacy matters. Who's Who Legal noted in its survey that Johan is "greatly admired" for his expertise in data privacy and the workplace. Johan also regularly advises foreign companies that do business in the U.S. on the requirements of U.S. workplace law. He is a frequent speaker on workplace law and data privacy issues and the author of numerous publications.

In June 2013, Johan testified before the U. S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee about labor issues in Bangladesh following the Rana Plaza building collapse. Johan has advised the retail industry regarding the European labor union Accord and the American Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.

Johan has guided U.S. multinational employers on the intricacies and compliance requirements of multiple-jurisdiction employment and labor law matters, such as:

  • Global mobility policies and secondment agreements
  • Global employee handbooks, codes of conduct, hotlines and HR policies, including anti-bribery
  • Multi-country audits of workplace laws and practices, and strategic compliance advice
  • Executive hiring and employment contracts, terminations and related negotiations
  • Data privacy laws affecting global Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and other cross-border HR data transmissions
  • Employment and labor law issues pertaining to cross-border mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, reductions-in-force, and office closings, including information and consultation obligations with employee representatives and works councils
  • Cross-border trade union matters, including corporate campaigns and complaints with the OECD
  • Global supply chain management and compliance

    Johan frequently represents employers in proceedings in court, government agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Labor Relations Board, concerning discrimination, whistleblowing, retaliation, non-compete and unfair labor practice matters. He also represents employers in arbitration hearings involving “just cause” discharges under collective bargaining agreements with unions and the termination of executives under employment contracts. He counsels employers regarding compliance with their obligations under the array of workplace laws.

Contact & Links


  • 900 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10022


  • Cornell University, LL.M
  • Cornell University, M.I.L.R.

Bar Admissions

  • New York, New York State Bar Association


  • Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee - International Bar Association (IBA) - Officer
  • Management Board , Cross-Border Human Resources (XBHR) - Member

Madison, Wisconsin

236 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

130 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment


  • Recipient, Fulbright Scholarship - Cornell University
  • Named, Super Lawyer – New York, 2007-present
  • Named, Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Euromoney, 2004-present
  • Named, Labour and Employee Benefits Cross-border Handbook, Practical Law Company, 2006-present
  • Named, Management Labour and Employment - Who's Who Legal, 2005-present
  • Named, International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers - Who's Who Legal, 2012-2014
  • Named, Who's Who in American Law, 2014

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