Stephan Swinkels has worked in labor and employment law for nearly 20 years and has advised on restructurings, compensation and benefits matters, global mobility, social media policies and health and safety issues. He has a particular focus on international law, including cross-border issues and multi-country compliance, as well as developing training programs for international clients.

Stephan was previously executive director of an international alliance of labor and employment law firms, and an attorney at a large international full-service law firm. He is a regular speaker at international labor and employment conferences for attorneys, such as the International Bar Association (IBA) and European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA), and for corporate counsel, such as the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

He has published numerous articles and blogs in various legal magazines including Managing PartnerThe Lawyer and the IBA Journal, and is co-author and editor of the books: The Independent Contractor vs. Employee, an International Analysis (2014) and Employment Litigation, Procedures, Remedies and Best Practices (2015).

Professional & Community Affiliations


European Employment Lawyers Association


Dutch Bar Association (Amsterdam)


International Bar Association


Law Firm Management Advisory Board

International Bar Association

Books & Book Chapters

  • Opportunities for Entrepreneurial Attorneys, Between New Markets and Personal Branding, De Nieuwe Advocaat (“The Modern Lawyer”), interview with Stephan Swinkels (in Dutch), 2015
  • Employment Litigation, Procedures, Remedies and Best Practices, Co-Author and Editor, 2015
  • The Independent Contractor vs. Employee, an International Analysis, Co-Author and Editor, 2014


  • M.B.A., European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, 2009cum laude
  • Master of Corporate and Commercial Law, Grotius Academy, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2004
  • LL.M., Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands, 1998
  • Certificate in Business Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1997


  • Dutch
  • English
  • German
  • French