Ned Bassen is Chair of the Labor & Employment Department of Hughers Hubbard & Reed LLP. He specializes in all aspects of labor and employment law, including unlawful competition, non-compete and trade secret litigation. He graduated from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1970 and Cornell Law School in 1973, where he was Note and Comment Editor of the Law Review. Mr. Bassen has specialized in labor and employment law throughout the more than 35 years that he has practiced law. He has had numerous speaking engagements, within and outside the United States, and has published a number of articles, including Mandatory Retirement of Law Firm Partners, in the premier edition of Bloomberg Law Reports' Law Firm Management, Vol. 1, No. 1 (May 2010). Mr. Bassen also is a Contributing Editor of The Developing Labor Law (BNA). He is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and his honors include Chamber USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Guide To The World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition and Who's Who In American Law. Mr. Bassen is on the Board of Advisors of St. John's School of Law's Center for Labor and Employment Law and he is a member of the U.S. Council for International Business' Labor & Employment Policy Committee, the Employment Disputes Committee of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law of the Labor Law Section of the NY State Bar Association and the Committee on Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. In 2010, in its premier edition, U.S. News and World Report ranked Hughes Hubbard in the first tier of labor practices in New York City.