John Sander

Adjunct Professor of Law
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901


Amanda Gallagher
Cornell Law School
249 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

John L. Sander is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is also co-leader of the firm's International Employment Issues Practice Group, and Chairman of the Board of L&E Global, a leading global alliance of law firms providing cross-border labor and employment law services. His practice focuses on cross-border labor and employment matters for multinational clients.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Sander served in senior in-house roles for more than 16 years at Merck & Co., Inc. and its predecessor, Schering-Plough Corporation. At Merck, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel, leading the team responsible for labor and employment law matters outside the U.S. Before the merger of Merck and Schering-Plough, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Schering-Plough, where he managed the employment law group, responsible for labor, employment, and immigration counseling and litigation within the U.S. and globally. At Schering-Plough, he also at various times served as head of commercial litigation (responsible for product liability, Lanham Act, a wide variety of general commercial litigation and international arbitrations) and as general counsel to the consumer healthcare and generic divisions of the Company, as well as managed the compliance and corporate security functions within the law department. Before joining the Schering-Plough law department, he was a litigator at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and Paul Hastings LLP.

Mr. Sander has substantial experience in international dispute resolution processes and their reform. He has served as Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration, and was a member of the Drafting Sub-Committee responsible for the 2011 revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration. He has also served as a member of the ICC Working Group on the Role of In-house Counsel in International Dispute Resolution. He is currently a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and the USCIB Arbitration Committee.

Mr. Sander is a frequent speaker and panelist at seminars sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, Association of Corporate Counsel, International Bar Association, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey, American Conference Institute, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and others on a variety of topics including international arbitration, employment law, product liability, consumer fraud claims, class actions, protection of trade secrets, e-discovery, and conduct of internal investigations. He is an author of and contributor to numerous articles and publications on cross-border employment law.

Mr. Sander is President of the Pro Bono Partnership, a nationally recognized provider of free business and transactional legal services to nonprofits, leveraging volunteer support from in-house and outside attorneys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

While attending law school, he served as Article Editor of the Cornell Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Joseph L. Tauro of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.


A.B., Cornell University, 1976
A.M., Harvard University, 1977
J.D., Cornell Law School, 1980