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Lura H. Bechtel

Partner, Financial Institution Subpoena Compliance Practice Leader
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  • New York

Cornell University, B.S.

St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.

Lura practices labor and employment law as part of the firm’s Canada-U.S. cross-border team based in its Toronto, Ontario office. In addition to assisting U.S.-based employers, her focus is assisting Canadian entities that have employees in the United States, or are considering hiring in the U.S. Lura is dedicated to collaborating with clients to provide risk-appropriate, practical solutions to the challenges that can confront employers.

Lura's experience extends to a variety of areas, including application of wage and hour laws; executive hiring and terminations; reductions in force; trade secret protection; health, welfare, and retirement plan governance; absence management; ADA compliance; and the National Labor Relations Act. She has also worked on broad-based and executive compensation programs, public company executive compensation and reporting issues, and compensation committee functions.

Her experience in equal employment opportunity/diversity work includes non-discrimination and retaliation policies and training, executive orders affecting government contractors, diversity obligations arising out of the Dodd-Frank Act, and trends in corporate EEO and diversity initiatives. She has worked on implementing and maintaining ethics programs, including whistleblower hotlines, conducting internal and external investigations, and handling retaliation concerns.

Lura also has substantial experience with commercial litigation and business disputes, including class/collective action defense.

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Lura was an in-house attorney for a large bank, where she managed all litigation against the bank. As the bank’s employment lawyer, Lura supported the bank’s entire Human Resources function as well as the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.

Lura exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in New York. 


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