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 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 exper...
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 an...
Partner
Email (310) 712-6140(310) 712-6140
Michael Gallion is a partner in Kelley Drye’s Labor and Employment practice group, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. For over two decades, Michael has focused exclusively on...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7959(212) 808-7959
Mark Konkel is committed to protecting and maximizing the interests of employers of all sizes, from the major multinational to the startup.  Whether Mark is helping his clients with seasoned,...
Partner
Email (312) 857-7084(312) 857-7084
Givonna St. Clair Long focuses her practice on complex business litigation, labor and employment litigation, commercial and consumer litigation, class action defense and regulatory investigations....
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. Matt’s clients include national and ...
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 handle...
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 +(32)(2) 899-2941+(32)(2) 899-2941
Bert Theeuwes represents and advises international organizations, sovereign states, embassies, missions, heads of state, diplomats and international civil servants on all issues of international l...
Partner
Email (310) 712-6185(310) 712-6185
Kate Visosky’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on employment-related litigation and proactive counseling of management-side clients. Kate represents her c...
Partner
Email (310) 712-6110(310) 712-6110
With more than four decades of practice as a trial lawyer, Andrew White has won jury and nonjury trials in a wide array of complicated, high-stakes business disputes.  Notably, the general co...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7985(212) 808-7985
David Zalman’s practice involves commercial and complex civil litigation, including contract disputes, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, false advertising, real estate disputes, l...
Special Counsel
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 and false advertising claims,...
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 ...
Special Counsel
Email (310) 712-6184 (310) 712-6184
David Van Pelt is special counsel in the Labor and Employment practice group at Kelley Drye & Warren’s Los Angeles office. With more than 20 years’ experience, David repr...
Senior Associate
Email (212) 808-7511(212) 808-7511
John Mattiace is a litigator who advises businesses on how to achieve cost-effective solutions to complex employment problems.  John litigates on behalf of clients who are faced with all types...
Senior Associate
Email (312) 857-2568(312) 857-2568
John Pirra is a senior associate in the firm’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on various labor and employment matters, commercial litigation, toxic tort defense, patent defense, and ge...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7812(212) 808-7812
Levi Downing is an associate in the firm’s New York office.  He focuses his practice on litigation.
Associate
Email (973) 503-5960(973) 503-5960
Jennifer Fischer is a litigation associate who focuses on all aspects of commercial litigation, employment law, and consumer class action defense, including alleged violations of the Telephone Con...
Associate
Email (312) 857-2507(312) 857-2507
Janine Fletcher is an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Janine brings a comprehensive background, experience and skill-set having worked in all branches of federal government prior to ...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7967 (212) 808-7967
Hannah Furst is an associate in the firm’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. Hannah has handled a wide variety of cases from employme...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7908(212) 808-7908
Allison Gottlieb is an associate in the firm’s New York office and a member of the Labor and Employment practice group. Allison advises businesses on a wide range of labor and employmen...
Associate
Email +(32)(2) 899-2943+(32)(2) 899-2943
Saskia Lemeire is an associate in the Brussels office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Public International and Diplomatic Law practice and the Belgian Law prac...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7962(212) 808-7962
Steven Nevolis is an associate in the firm’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group.  His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of servic...
Associate
Email (212) 808-5052(212) 808-5052
James Saylor is an associate in the firm’s New York office. James practices general litigation with a focus in consumer class action defense and labor and employment. James has provided...
Associate
Email (212) 808-7527(212) 808-7527
Alyssa Smilowitz concentrates her practice on counseling clients in employment law matters.  As a member of the Labor and Employment practice group, she represents employers in litigation invo...