Labor & Employment

Meltzer Lippe is home to a large, experienced Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. We are an integral component to the human resource chain and the first stop before taking action that impacts the employee – employer relationship.

Exclusively representing management, Meltzer Lippe attorneys are indispensable advisors to senior executives and the HR team.  While other business owners and companies rely on our experience and depth to supplement in-house general counsel expertise. Still others lean on us to resolve their labor disruptions or employ our tenacity in collective bargaining.

National in scope, we represent clients throughout the country and across a range of industries, including but not limited to: construction, light industry, distribution, health care, hospitality, food and beverage,  infrastructure & support, insurance, real estate, retail, technology and communications.

We provide policies and procedures that minimize claims and disruptions while maximizing success, continuity, and growth. We are experienced in providing client’s a winning solution for their Labor & Employment matters, and have done so for countless employers on many occasions.

We handle high volume accounts and complex litigation. We excel at assessing risk and evaluating options early in litigation to avoid costly trial and unnecessary expense. When trial is unavoidable, we have a remarkable track-record for defending our clients’ interests before federal, state and local employment agencies in New York and across the country. Our attorneys are active before the National Labor Relations Board and have enjoyed success where others have failed.

We have vast experience litigating all types of employment and labor matters representing unionized and non-unionized clients. We provide pro-active counsel to avoid claims through policy review, management education and training;  defend employers in complex wage and hour cases, which is among the most common employment-related liability issues businesses face. Through it all we remain focused on protecting our client’s business and its bottom line.

Meltzer Lippe attorneys are experienced in National Labor Relations Board proceedings, union campaigns; strikes, picketing and collective bargaining; employment discrimination litigation including age, sex, sexual harassment, race, national origin and disability discrimination; Non-compete and Trade Secret litigation; litigation before state, federal and administrative agencies; ERISA litigation; employment policies and employee handbooks; employment and shareholder agreements; wage and hour laws; arbitration; shareholder disputes in closely-held corporations; mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits and pension matters; partnership and corporate dissolution disputes in health care and professional firms; OSHA audits and supervisory training.

Department Chair(s)
Jonathan D. Farrell / jfarrell@meltzerlippe.com
Larry R. Martinezlmartinez@meltzerlippe.com


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Jonathan D. Farrell
Jonathan D. Farrell

Partner

Practice Groups: Labor & Employment, Benefits and Litigation Areas of Focus: Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Benefits (ERISA), Litigation Overview:  ”An employ­ment and labor relations specialist, Jonathan regularly practices before the National Labor Relations Board, federal and state courts, and federal and state human rights’ agencies. He counsels employers on a variety of labor and employment-related laws including the NLRA, OSHA, EEOC, ADA, FMLA and ERISA. He also litigates in these areas.”

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Larry R. Martinez
Larry R. Martinez

Partner

Practice Groups: Labor & Employment  Area of Focus: Labor & Employment Law

Overview: Larry represents management in a broad array of multi-state labor and employment matters and has successfully defended private and public sector clients in federal and state courts as well as administrative tribunals including the New York State Division of Human Rights, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

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Thomas J. Bianco
Thomas J. Bianco

Partner

Practice Group: Labor & Employment

Areas of Focus: Union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations and contract administration, grievances and arbitrations, and unfair labor practices and representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board(NLRB); Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections

Overview:  An experienced labor and employment attorney with over 18 years of experience, Tom represents management in employment and labor law matters including: union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations and contract administration, grievances and arbitrations.

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Christopher T. Borruso
Christopher T. Borruso

Counsel

Chris is Counsel to the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. He has successfully represented management in virtually every aspect of the employer/employee relationship for more than 25 years, including as in-house counsel to a Fortune 500 metals producer, where he managed the employee and labor relations function covering nearly 30 union and non-union worksites nationwide.

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Loretta M. Gastwirth
Loretta M. Gastwirth

Partner

Practice Groups: Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration Area of Focus: Commercial Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution

Overview: She is a seasoned litigator primarily involved in commercial, intellectual property, Indian gaming law, trade secrets, construction, securities and employment litigation and arbitration.  She serves as an arbitrator on the prestigious Commercial Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association, determining complex commercial matters involving oil and gas, brokerage, software and manufacturing industries. Loretta has been appointed by various courts as a Mediator to resolve commercial disputes.

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Ana Getiashvili
Ana Getiashvili

Associate

Practice Groups: Litigation and Labor & Employment

Areas of Focus: Labor Law, Employment Law, and Commercial Litigation

Overview: Ana assists employers on issues such as discrimination and sexual harassment investigations, employee leave, worker classification and compensation practices, Form I-9 compliance and background checks. She drafts and prepares employment contracts and employer policies and handbooks. Ana also assists in commercial litigation matters.

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Carmelo Grimaldi
Carmelo Grimaldi

Partner

Practice Areas: Labor & Employment

Areas of Focus: Employment discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge litigation in federal and state courts and agencies, wage and hour proceedings, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, and employee handbooks, family leave, grievances and arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, unemployment insurance proceedings, and many other areas.

Overview: Mel is actively involved in training supervisors and managers regarding compliance with various employment laws and regulations. He regularly counsels the firm’s clients regarding various human resource issues that routinely arise in the workplace.

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Christopher P. Hampton
Christopher P. Hampton

Associate

Chris concentrates his practice on employment discrimination litigation, wage and hour compliance and litigation, and other traditional labor and employment law matters. He practices at the federal and state levels, where he has gained a plethora of experience handling employment and public discrimination matters, wage and hour litigation matters, and employment regulatory and compliance matters.

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Richard M. Howard
Richard M. Howard

Partner

Practice Groups: Labor & Employment

Areas of Focus: Wage and hour disputes, regulatory compliance, employment contracts and restrictive covenants and of employment discrimination and sexual harassment.

Overview: Richard has been representing management in various aspects of the employer-employee relationship for the past 35 years.

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Michael H. Masri
Michael H. Masri

Partner

Practice Groups: Labor & Employment Law

Areas of Focus:  Litigation

Overview: Michael has represented employers in connection with investigations, charges, hearings, complaints and appeals before Federal and State Administrative Agencies including but not limited to the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

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Nicholas P. Melito
Nicholas P. Melito

Associate

Nicholas is an associate with Meltzer Lippe’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and focuses his practice on representing employers and management in a wide variety of workplace law matters. Nicholas has experience handling employment law matters in state and federal court, including wage and hour, discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims.

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Phuong V. Nguyen
Phuong V. Nguyen

Associate

Dong Phuong V. Nguyen is an associate in the Labor & Employment Practice Group of Meltzer Lippe. Phuong concentrates her practice on employment discrimination litigation, wage and hour compliance and litigation, and other traditional labor and employment law matters. She has successfully represented clients in employment discrimination and wage and hour matters at both the […]

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Peter A. Schneider
Peter A. Schneider

Partner

Peter is a Partner of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. Peter has devoted his entire 40 year career to the practice of labor and employment law exclusively on behalf of management. His experience covers a broad spectrum of employer-employee matters, including: the defense of employment discrimination and sexual harassment matters, federal and […]

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Stephanie Suarez
Stephanie Suarez

Associate

Stephanie Suarez is an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Labor & Employment Practice Groups. She represents clients in a wide array of complex commercial litigation matters, and has experience with discovery disputes, motions, oral arguments, depositions, hearings, and trials in local, state, and federal courts. From 2012 to 2013, Stephanie was a law clerk […]

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Gerald C. Waters, Jr.
Gerald C. Waters, Jr.

Partner

Gerald is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group where he represents employers in a diverse field of labor and employment matters. He has represented employers and municipalities before federal, state and local tribunals including the EEOC, NYSDHR and New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board. Gerald also has successfully represented employers […]

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