Safely Unlocking the Power of AI

Employment and Other Legal Risks and Best Practices

October 4, 2023
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With the growing interest in AI tools, including the groundbreaking ChatGPT, corporations face both exciting opportunities and critical challenges in protecting information security while remaining at the forefront of innovation. In this program, legal, human resources, and cross-culture experts come together to shed light on the current legal and practical landscape and the future outlook of successfully leveraging AI. The speakers will provide guidance on mitigating risk, including data and confidentiality breaches, as well as recent legislative developments, while leveraging business benefits of AI tools. The seminar will also share insights on how employers are using ChatGPT and other AI solutions to achieve business objectives effectively. Participants will gain invaluable insights into the potential benefits of AI adoption while safeguarding against potential significant legal risks.

Bradford Kelley
, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Former Chief Counsel to a Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Laura Kriska, Cross-Cultural Consultant 
Howard Tiegel, Former Chief Human Resources Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Marubeni America Corporation 
Hironobu Tsukamoto, Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, New York Office

Philip Berkowitz
, Partner, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

8-8:30 am: Breakfast & Registration
8:30-10 am: Discussion and Q&A

Program Details
This is a free event with advance registration required. Please note that seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

About the Speakers

Philip M. Berkowitz is the U.S. practice co-chair of Littler’s International Employment Law Practice Group and co-chair of the Financial Services Industry Group. He advises multinational and domestic companies in a wide range of industries on employment-related matters. He has significant experience advising multinational companies regarding U.S. and overseas employment and executive compensation practices. He represents employers in individual and class action lawsuits and arbitrations, and he appears in U.S. federal and state courts and before administrative agencies and international arbitration tribunals. His diverse selection of clients includes companies in financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, publishing, and fundraising. A respected authority on international employment law issues, Berkowitz conducts training worldwide on labor and employment matters. He is a frequent speaker before the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Japan Society and other prominent international organizations. Berkowitz is the founding chair of the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) Annual International Employment Law Conference. Berkowitz previously worked as a partner and head of international employment law at a full-service international law firm.

Bradford Kelley is a Shareholder at Littler Mendelson and specializes in advising clients about emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI). Kelley advises clients on how to maximize the benefits of using AI in the workplace while minimizing potential legal and business risks. He regularly counsels clients on how to navigate the compliance requirements and litigation risks associated with evolving AI laws and regulations. Kelley’s articles on workplace AI have been published in the Stanford Law & Policy Review, University of Miami Law Review, and the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology. Before joining Littler, Kelley was Chief Counsel to a Commissioner at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he provided legal and policy advice on the agency’s Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Fairness. Kelley previously served as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Laura Kriska is an experienced cross-cultural consultant who has supported Japanese corporations for over 30 years helping them increase revenue, reduce turnover, and unlock seamless communication within multicultural workforces. Her 3-step WE-building process has revolutionized the success of Japanese expatriates across four continents, with 90%+ achieving positive business outcomes. Born in Tokyo, raised in Ohio, and based in NYC, Kriska values the opportunity to share insights as a bilingual speaker and facilitator. She is a TEDx speaker and the author of two books, The Accidental Office Lady, sharing her experiences as the first American woman to work in the Tokyo HQ of Honda Motors, and The Business of WE, outlining a three-step approach to unify diverse workplaces. Kriska holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Denison University including studies at Waseda. She has a brown belt in judo from the Kodokan Institute. For more information, visit

Howard Tiegel has leveraged his knowledge, skill, and experience in HR leadership, employment law, and the unique issues of Japan-owned firms to help strengthen the overall quality and capability of their human capital functions.  Interacting successfully with individuals of various cultures, he builds communication, teamwork, and collaboration within workgroups, teams, and companies to enhance their performance. From 2005 to 2011, Tiegel was the Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Legal Counsel of Marubeni America Corporation, and from 2013 until 2022, Tiegel was the CHRO for the Americas of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Spending the early part of his career as an attorney with a national employment law firm, Tiegel advised corporations from 10 to 100,000 employees on workplace law topics, always focusing on positive HR solutions that prevent legal problems. Tiegel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and JD and MBA from Hofstra University. 

Hironobu Tsukamoto is a Co-Head of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu NY LLP. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration primarily in the area of commercial transactions, labor and employment, intellectual property and securities, as well as on regulatory compliance and other investigation matters. In addition, Mr. Tsukamoto regularly advises multinational and domestic companies in a wide range of industries on various aspects of Japanese laws including general corporate, labor and employment, privacy and data security, and intellectual property matters. He graduated with an LL.B. from Kyoto University in 1998 and with an LL.M. from the University of Chicago in 2005.

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This program is generously sponsored by Littler Mendelson, P.C. and Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu NY LLP.

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Business & Policy programs are generously supported by Japan Society Global Leaders & Corporate Partners.

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Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2023
  • 8:00 am
  • In-Person Event
  • Free Event

Online registration for this event is closed. If you would like to register for the event, please contact the Business & Policy Forum at [email protected].