FordHarrison Announces Changes in Leadership

Date   Jan 12, 2021

FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce that Tracey K. Jaensch has been elected to the firm’s Executive Committee, the firm’s highest governing body; Aaron L. Zandy has been named a Regional Managing Partner, supervising six of the firm's Florida offices. Russell Jackson was named FordHarrison’s Memphis Office Managing Partner; Jeff Mokotoff was named FordHarrison’s Atlanta Office Managing Partner; and Jennifer Martinez, SHRM-CP (Orlando) was named the firm’s Human Resource Director.

“I am very excited to be adding Tracey, Aaron, Russell, Jeff and Jennifer to our growing group of firm leaders. Tracey, Aaron, Russell, and Jeff are great lawyers and terrific leaders within their offices and the firm.  Jennifer brings extensive practical skill and experience to her new role,” says Al McKenna, FordHarrison Managing Partner. “I am confident that these additions will continue to help us to recruit new lawyers, maintain our positive culture and, most importantly, to deliver excellent client service every day.”

“With Jennifer joining our leadership team, we are confident that we have added an important individual that will assist us in growing the firm, while ensuring that we remain loyal to our cultural values of teamwork, integrity, fairness, compassion and respect,” Aaron Zandy, FordHarrison’s Orlando Office Managing Partner.

Tracey Jaensch has been practicing 30 years with 25 of them being with FordHarrison. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law. In addition to Tracey’s new role on the Executive Committee, she also currently serves as the Regional Managing Partner of FordHarrison’s six Florida offices. She is an established legal leader in the healthcare industry representing national hospital systems and large physician practices.  In addition to her healthcare practice, Tracey has a long-established legal reputation representing major retail grocery, airline, correctional, and government clients, across the country. Tracey is a trial lawyer and adviser to clients in virtually every kind of employment matter, including bet-the-company litigation. She is a founding member of the Florida Diversity Council and is a board member of her local Boys and Girls Club. She has been recognized in numerous publications for her accomplishments and leadership. For more on Tracey, visit:

Aaron Zandy has successfully represented employers in all aspects of employment law for over two decades. He is a seasoned litigator and represents employers in a wide range of employment litigation matters, including harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. Aaron has extensive experience in traditional labor law, including collective bargaining, union organizing campaigns, and unfair labor practice cases. Also, he is credentialed human resources professional (SHRM-SCP and SPHR) and is passionate about taking the time to truly understand his clients, and more importantly, their workforces. For more on Aaron, visit:

Russell Jackson represents management in employment-related matters on federal, state, and local levels. Russell’s practice primarily includes defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, restrictive covenants, and wage and hour violations.  He also closely works with employers to counsel them through complex issues governing the employment relationship, including ADA and FMLA leave and accommodation requests, terminations, trade secret and non-compete obligations, wage and hour audits, and unfair labor practice complaints.  His clients represent a number of industries, such as residential services, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, insurance, healthcare, property management, staffing agencies, and retail.  With licenses in Tennessee and Mississippi, Russell regularly handles matters throughout the Mid-South as well as on a national basis for his clients. For more on Russell, visit:

Jeff Mokotoff has a spent over 20 years of his legal career with FordHarrison. He focuses his practice on broad employment law issues, including drafting and litigating executive, arbitration and non-compete agreements, as well as litigating wage-hour collective and class actions in state and federal courts. Jeff also Chairs FordHarrison’s relationship as the sole U.S. member of the global employment law firm alliance, Ius Laboris. Ius Laboris is the leading international employment law practice combining the world’s foremost employment, labor and pension law firms with nearly 1,400 legal practitioners in over 50 countries. Alongside holding the Atlanta Office Managing Partner position and Chairing the Ius Laboris relationship, he is also Co-Chair of FordHarrison’s Non-Compete, Trade Secrets and Business Litigation practice group, and established the firm’s Non-Compete News newsletter. Jeff also has extensive experience in representing clients concerning cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, employment/business torts, and wage and hour litigation. For more on Jeff, visit:

In Jennifer Martinez’s new role, she will be responsible for overseeing staff recruiting, hiring, orientation, development and continual training firm-wide. Jennifer brings a strong human resources background and practical hands on experience to this important leadership role.