About Jay

Jay A. Hewlin is an attorney and consultant, specializing in employment law, managerial effectiveness, leadership, contract negotiations, and conflict resolution. Jay’s diverse clients include corporations, law firms, government agencies, and not-for-profits. Jay’s counseling, training, and instruction facilitate organizational change, strategic human resource management, handling complaints of discrimination, mediation, and more generally, optimization of organizational development through effective human resource strategy. Jay has extensive experience counseling U.S. corporations on employment law matters arising under federal, state, and local laws.

Jay is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, NY, where he teaches “Negotiation Workshop.” He is also a Course Lecturer at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, Montréal, Canada, where he teaches Negotiations and Conflict Resolution for the MBA and Bcom programs. His work in the Faculty of Management has won him the Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of outstanding teaching. Jay also teaches in modules of both the International Masters in Practicing Management, and the International Management in Health Leadership programs, co-founded by Henry Mintzberg. On occasion, Jay teaches Business Fundamentals for Musicians for the Schulich School of Music at McGill, and also on occasion, conducts seminars and workshops on Contract Negotiations and Conflict Resolution for McGill’s School of Continuing Studies. Most recently, he was invited to lecture at the National University of Singapore, Singapore, and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China.

Jay’s consulting and teaching are largely informed by his extensive management experience as well as his collaborative efforts with management scholars throughout the US and Canada on research examining employee satisfaction, retention, organizational culture, managing inclusive work forces, and employee selection. He is often called upon to assist managers with developing core competencies of leveraging talent within diverse environments.

In addition to his work for corporations, Jay has counseled and represented the United States Senate offices in employment law matters, and researched the impact of particular provisions of the U.S. Constitution on workplace policy. Before working for the Senate, Jay worked in New York City for Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the largest U.S. law firms, with a national reputation for its Labor and Employment practice. While at Proskauer, Jay investigated charges of discrimination for private and public sector clients. He counseled human resource managers and senior executives on a broad range of labor and employment issues arising under federal and state labor and employment laws.

Jay holds a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Brass Performance from Boston University.