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 Partner, The 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

News, Analysis & Press

Referral Relationships, Making the Link

The Lawyer

April 6, 2015

Does South Africa deserve the “S” in BRICS?

The Lawyer

March 20, 2014

The Paradigm of Employment Law

The Lawyer

March 30, 2012

Firm Alliances, a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a global law firm alliance

Managing Partner Magazine

September 30, 2011

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

Speaking Engagements

Inaugural Europe Conference - Germany


November 10, 2016

Second Annual Colombia Conference


October 19, 2016

Segunda Conferencia Anual en Colombia


October 19, 2016

Second Annual Mexico Conference - Mexico City

México City

October 5, 2016

Segunda Conferencia Anual en México - Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

October 4, 2016

Second Annual Mexico Conference - Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

October 4, 2016

No Friends or Best Friends

Iberian Lawyer 40 under Forty Awards, Lisbon, Portugal

September 17, 2015

Disability Works, Insights to Global Best Practices: Legal Implications Are Important, Practical Applications Are Critical

Disability Matters Annual Conference and Awards, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

June 18, 2015

How to Effectively Manage International Changes in Employment Law

Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

May 1, 2015

The Effectiveness of a Network in Generating New Referral Work

The European Legal Networks Summit, London, United Kingdom

March 11-12 2015

Protecting Your Employees Around the World

ACC Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA

October 30, 2013


  • M.B.A., European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, 2009 cum 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