I’m always surprised how useful is it to sit down for a cup of coffee with a client. We work so much with the phone and email/Internet. And this boosts productivity. But the personal interaction is almost more important.

Jan Tibor Lelley is EU Data Privacy Counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office. He has more than 14 years of professional experience in representation and advising employers and HR executives at the full range of HR related legal issues. Key areas of his practice include: design of employment agreements, co-determination at the work-place, union and works council controlling, HR-focused corporate restructuring, data privacy and social media at the workplace. Jan regularly speaks on best practice issues of Human Resources and authors numerous articles in legal journals and the business press.

Jan represents national and international clients from a broad variety of industries. Among them are many market leaders in the field of financial services, information technology, hospitality and life science. Besides his out of court practice another important area is his in-court representation including litigation in front of the Federal Labor Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

He is regularly approached by international and multinational employers to render practical legal advice in employee data privacy matters with a cross-border focus. This includes in particular all member states of the European Union with a strong view to the U.S. Jan also serves as external Data Privacy Officer for several multinational corporations in Europe and Germany.

Jan is fluent in English and German.


  • Jan is recommended by the legal press as one of the eminent European management side employment advisors
  • Who’s Who Legal voted him under the world’s Leading Labour, Employment & Benefits Lawyers


Dr. iur, University of Bielefeld, 2002

LL.M, Suffolk University Law School, U.S. and Global Business Law, 2009


Court of Justice of the European Union

German Federal Labor Court

German Bar

Foreign Legal Consultant admitted by the State Bar of California