Labor and Employment Litigation
Labor and Employment Litigation
Our Labor and Employment attorneys have advocated for the interests of employers for more than 60 years—in state and federal courts, before federal, state and local agencies, and in arbitrations and mediations. We provide strategic counseling and comprehensive representation on the full spectrum of workplace and employment issues, and traditional labor relations matters.

Agency Representation

Our attorneys have a well-deserved reputation for credibility and an impressive record of success earned over years of defending employers against administrative charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as state and local agencies.  Our work on behalf of clients includes preparing position statements, appearing at fact-findings and representing them in alternative dispute resolution procedures, including arbitration and mediation.

In traditional labor relations matters, our attorneys prosecute and defend clients against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board in regions across the country.

Employment Litigation

If litigation is inevitable, we provide strategic counseling and comprehensive representation to see it through to its most expedient, cost-effective resolution, whether through settlement, alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration, or trial.  We see beyond the conclusion of a dispute or suit to its long-term impact on employees and management, the company’s reputation and good will, and its business and operational objectives.

We counsel and represent employers in single-plaintiff and class action litigation involving every aspect of workforce management:

  • Employment discrimination based on age, race, gender, disability and national origin discrimination

  • Employment contracts

  • Wrongful discharge

  • Harassment, hostile environment and retaliation claims

  • Compensation disputes and claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Employment contract disputes

  • Non-compete/nondisclosure agreements and restrictive covenants

  • Partnership disputes, dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty allegations

  • Wage and hour class actions
 
 

Overview

Our Labor and Employment attorneys have advocated for the interests of employers for more than 60 years—in state and federal courts, before federal, state and local agencies, and in arbitrations and mediations. We provide strategic counseling and comprehensive representation on the full spectrum of workplace and employment issues, and traditional labor relations matters.

Agency Representation

Our attorneys have a well-deserved reputation for credibility and an impressive record of success earned over years of defending employers against administrative charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as state and local agencies.  Our work on behalf of clients includes preparing position statements, appearing at fact-findings and representing them in alternative dispute resolution procedures, including arbitration and mediation.

In traditional labor relations matters, our attorneys prosecute and defend clients against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board in regions across the country.

Employment Litigation

If litigation is inevitable, we provide strategic counseling and comprehensive representation to see it through to its most expedient, cost-effective resolution, whether through settlement, alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration, or trial.  We see beyond the conclusion of a dispute or suit to its long-term impact on employees and management, the company’s reputation and good will, and its business and operational objectives.

We counsel and represent employers in single-plaintiff and class action litigation involving every aspect of workforce management:

  • Employment discrimination based on age, race, gender, disability and national origin discrimination

  • Employment contracts

  • Wrongful discharge

  • Harassment, hostile environment and retaliation claims

  • Compensation disputes and claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Employment contract disputes

  • Non-compete/nondisclosure agreements and restrictive covenants

  • Partnership disputes, dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty allegations

  • Wage and hour class actions
Partner
Email (212) 808-7628(212) 808-7628
Barbara Hoey is co-chair of Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment practice group, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  In her third decade of practice, Barbara’s exp...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7959(212) 808-7959
Mark Konkel is co-chair of Kelley Drye's Labor and Employment practice group.  Mark is committed to protecting and maximizing the interests of employers of all sizes, from the major multin...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7718(212) 808-7718
John Callagy has served as trial and appellate counsel for numerous disputes in various federal and state courts, representing his clients on virtually all legal issues affecting large domestic and...
Partner
Email (312) 857-2623(312) 857-2623
Matthew Luzadder focuses his practice on white-collar crime and internal investigations, commercial litigation and labor and employment law matters.  In each of these areas, he brings knowledg...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7843(212) 808-7843
Jaclyn Metzinger focuses her practice on commercial and complex civil litigation in both state and federal courts.  Her experience includes consumer class actions, false advertising claims, an...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7965(212) 808-7965
Rob Steiner is the managing partner of Kelley Drye’s New York office. A proven litigator and trial attorney with two decades of experience in complex business litigation, Rob has handled...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7586(212) 808-7586
Damon Suden is an experienced and talented litigator and trial attorney.  His practice includes commercial and complex civil litigation and class action defense in both state and federal court...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7985(212) 808-7985
David Zalman’s practice involves commercial and complex civil litigation, including class action defense, contract disputes, unfair competition, false advertising, real estate disputes, corpo...
Special Counsel
Email (310) 712-6170(310) 712-6170
Kimberly Carter is special counsel in Kelley Drye’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practices and is located in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kimberly’s practice focuses...
Special Counsel
Email (973) 503-5924(973) 503-5924
Vincent Rao is special counsel in the firm’s Parsippany office.  His practice focuses on commercial litigation, consumer-oriented class action defense, intellectual property protection a...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7812(212) 808-7812
Levi Downing is a senior associate in the litigation group focusing his practice on commercial and intellectual property disputes, including trademark, trade dress, unfair competition and copyright...
Senior Associate
Email (312) 857-2507(312) 857-2507
Janine Fletcher-Thomas is a senior associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Janine brings a comprehensive background, experience and skill-set having worked in all branches of federal governme...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7908(212) 808-7908
Diana Hamar is a senior associate in the Labor and Employment practice.  Diana represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters including litigation and compliance counseling. ...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-5052(212) 808-5052
James Saylor is a senior associate in Kelley Drye’s litigation group.  James has a diverse breadth of subject matter expertise, having consulted and managed complex litigations and arbit...
Associate
Email (212) 808-5021(212) 808-5021
Nicholas Kromka is an associate in the firm’s New York office.  His practice focuses on labor and employment law. Nicholas was a Student Advocate for the Seton Hall University Schoo...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7527(212) 808-7527
Alyssa Smilowitz is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice.  Alyssa represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters including litigation and compliance counseling. &...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7602(212) 808-7602
Nidhi Srivastava is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice.  Nidhi represents employers in a variety of employment-related claims including class action and single-plaintiff claims ...