Martin L.Schmelkin (Marty)


New York + 1.212.326.3990

Marty Schmelkin served as an in-house employment counsel for 15 years at a leading global financial institution, providing him with a practical and business-oriented perspective that he brings to the practice. Marty represents employers in all aspects of employment law, advising on litigation strategy, leading workplace training programs, coordinating the implementation of policies and programs across multiple global jurisdictions, and counseling on recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotions, as well as disciplinary and termination activity. Marty understands the legal and business challenges facing employers and has a particular in-depth experience with financial services firms, including investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, and asset managers. He counsels financial services firms on employment related FINRA arbitrations and regulatory filings.

Marty has worked extensively in the area of corporate diversity and regularly advises employers on their implementation of U.S. and global diversity policies and programs. He also has broad experience with the obligations of federal contractors including the preparation of affirmative action plans and responses to OFCCP and related regulatory audits.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Marty worked for 15 years in the legal department of Goldman Sachs, where he was a managing director and associate general counsel in the employment law group. While there he spent time in the firm's Hong Kong office covering employment law matters throughout Asia and also had responsibility for employment law in non-U.S. offices in the Americas. Marty is a member of the board of the Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR) Alumni Association.


  • Large critical infrastructure employer considers implementing COVID-19 testing program for employeesJones Day represented a large critical infrastructure employer during the COVID-19 crisis to consider and assess appropriate protocols and policies for implementing an employee COVID-19 testing program at its sites. This included counseling on myriad federal, state, and local legal and regulatory frameworks as well as forming appropriate partnerships.
  • Luxury department store chain develops employee programming to mitigate spread of COVID-19 within workplaceJones Day represented a luxury department store chain during the COVID-19 crisis to develop appropriate protocols and policies for implementing an employee temperature screening program, a face covering program, work from home and return to work policies for employees suffering from COVID-19, respiratory illness, or exposure to individuals with COVID-19.
  • Conway MacKenzie acquired by RiveronJones Day advised Conway MacKenzie, Inc., a leading turnaround, restructuring, and operational improvement firm, in its sale to Riveron, a national business advisory firm specializing in accounting, finance, and operations.
  • Safran completes €8.7 billion agreed tender offer targeting Zodiac Aerospace's shares creating global leader in aircraft equipmentJones Day represented Safran in connection with its €8.7 billion agreed tender offer targeting Zodiac Aerospace's shares to create a global leader in aircraft equipment.
  • Goode Partners invests in Silver DinerJones Day advised Goode Partners LLC in connection with its investment in Silver Diner, Inc., operator of the successful Silver Diner, Silver Diner Airport, and Silver restaurants that bring an innovative menu to the classic American diner.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • May 16, 2018
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2018
    • April 25, 2018
      PLI's Psychological Issues in the Workplace 2018
    • October 25, 2017
      Traps for the Unwary: The Latest Challenges for Corporate Compensation Practices, 2nd New York Labor & Employment Law Discussion Group
    • June 7, 2017
      PLI's International Employment Law 2017
    • May 19, 2016
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2016
    • 19 mai 2016
      European Labor & Employment Conference 2016
    • April 28, 2016
      Pay Equity: Preparing for Increased Scrutiny

    Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day

    September 2014

    Jones Day Labor & Employment Law Seminar, "Avoiding Privilege, Ethics and Privacy Pitfalls in Workplace Investigations"

    June 2014

    Practicing Law Institute (PLI) – International Employment Law, "Ethical Issues Encountered in Cross-Border Investigations"

    June 2014

    NYU School of Law 67th Annual Conference on Labor, "The Future of Affirmative Action" and "Arbitration and Alternatives", Morning Session Moderator

    October 2013

    Association of Corporate Counsel – Doing Business Globally, "Managing Employees in a Global Market"

    March 2012

    International Bar Association, "The New Style Employee – Legal & Cultural Issues"

    November 2011

    Practicing Law Institute (PLI) 40th Annual Institute on Employment Law, "Misclassification of Employees: An In-House Perspective"

    October 2009

    Practicing Law Institute (PLI) 38th Annual Institute on Employment Law, "Employee Selection and the New Social Media"

    September 2008

    New York State Bar Association, Employment Law Fall Meeting, "Changing Labor and Employment Laws in China and Japan"

    June 2008

    NYU Law School 61st Annual Conference on Labor, Global Labor and Employment Law for the Practicing Lawyer, "Designing Global Benefits and Employment Policies for the Multinational Enterprise"

    May 2008

    NYU Law School Center for Labor and Employment Law, Doing Business in China: The Labor & Employment Law Story, "The New China Labor and Employment Law: A Practical Perspective"

    March 2008

    XBHR Washington Conference, "The New Global Era of Diversity, Discrimination and Harassment Standards"

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