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Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq. - General Counsel 

Stephen C. Dwyer, Esq.


Dwyer is a leading authority on the legal and public policy aspects of staffing. He engages in and coordinates the association’s legal and public affairs activities and advises the staffing industry on labor and employment law and policy issues. He has testified before legislatures and regulatory bodies regarding, and written extensively and spoken widely on, the staffing industry. Before joining ASA, he was associated with the New York multinational law firm Chadbourne & Parke, as well as De Forest & Duer, a 100-year-old Wall Street firm. Dwyer is a member of the New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, and District of Columbia bar associations.


Brittany Sakata

Brittany Sakata, Esq.

General Counsel

Sakata serves as general counsel for the American Staffing Association. She is a former labor and employment attorney who advises ASA members on a broad range of legal matters, including EEO and wage and hour laws, immigration/I-9, OSHA, and paid leave issues. She is principal ASA liaison to the formal ASA/OSHA temporary worker safety alliance, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) alliance, and ASA’s Employee Safety Committee. Sakata graduated from George Mason University and earned a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University.


Edward A. Lenz, Esq. - Senior Counsel 

Ed Lenz, Esq.

Senior Counsel

Lenz is former ASA general counsel and senior vice president for legal and public affairs. He is a national authority and writer on the legal and policy aspects of staffing and led the industry’s advocacy efforts on the Affordable Care Act. He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame. Before joining ASA in 1989, he was vice president and assistant general counsel of Kelly Services. Previously, he was a trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice and was associated with the law firm of Miller & Chevalier in Washington, DC.



Toby Malara, Esq.

Vice President, Government Relations

Malara advises on all staffing-related legislation and regulation, including the Affordable Care Act, immigration/I-9, paid sick leave, sales tax and per diem issues. He also directs the association’s political activities through its political action committee, StaffingPAC.


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