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Helene Lerner Appointed as Chief of the Contempt, Compliance, and Special Litigation Branch

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Today, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer A. Abruzzo announced the appointment of Helene Lerner as Chief of the Contempt, Compliance, and Special Litigation Branch (CCSLB). In this position, Ms. Lerner will manage CCSLB, which represents the Board and the General Counsel in special litigation and conducts civil and criminal contempt litigation to obtain compliance with Board orders.

Ms. Lerner began her career as an attorney for Beins, Axelrod, Osborne, Mooney, and Green, and then for Osborne Law Offices for eight and a half years. She joined the NLRB in 1997 as a staff attorney for what was then the Contempt and Compliance Litigation Branch. She became a supervisory trial attorney in CCSLB in 2014 and was promoted in 2021 to Deputy Branch Chief of CCSLB. A native of Oceanside, New York, Ms. Lerner earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her J.D. from Georgetown Law School.

“Helene has proven throughout her career at the NLRB to be an exemplary leader and public servant,” said General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo. “For nearly 30 years, she has dedicated her talents to vigorously enforcing the National Labor Relations Act in various roles at the Agency and she will continue to do so as she assumes her new role.”

Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employees from unfair labor practices and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.