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Jackson Lewis P.C.
666 Third Avenue
29th Floor
New York, NY 10017
United States

Position

Firm Chair

Career

Firm chair Kevin Lauri guides the overall growth and strategic direction of Jackson Lewis while ensuring the firm’s path never veers from the firm’s collaborative culture and dedication to exceptional client service.

Throughout his various leadership roles at the firm over the last 25 years, Kevin’s mission has been to serve people — the employers he advises and defends and the extended Jackson Lewis family he supports. He has made it his mission to ensure every Jackson Lewis attorney provides consistent, high quality service to each and every firm client in a way that meets their unique legal and business needs.

Kevin has always had a passion for client development and understands the need to deliver client service to employers based on their unique needs and goals. During his time on the Board of Directors, Jackson Lewis expanded its client service initiative and formalized Client Service Standards to ensure every member of the firm is actively invested in providing the highest quality of client service on a daily basis, and understands the critical need to become an extension of the client’s team.

An instrumental part of the firm since 1995, Kevin served on the firm’s Finance Committee in addition to serving on Jackson Lewis’ Board of Directors since 2011. In 2009 he was elected office managing principal of the firm’s New York City office, holding that role for ten years until he was elected firm chair in 2019. In these roles he was the driving force behind countless initiatives to improve Jackson Lewis’ expansion and profitability efforts.

Before assuming responsibility for Jackson Lewis’ day-to-day administration and management, Kevin served as the firm’s primary relationship manager for multiple Fortune 100 companies, including IBM, beginning in 1999; Pfizer, beginning in 2001; one of the world’s largest information technology companies; and a multinational investment bank and financial services corporation. In these roles Kevin was responsible for ensuring consistent quality and efficient representation on matters throughout the country and where his commitment to creating true partnerships with clients became his personal client service model.

Kevin also represented employers in state and federal courts and administrative actions including race, gender, religious, national origin, age, and disability discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliation; defamation; public policy violations; wage and hour; breach of contract; and claims involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets. His practice included the defense of single and multi-plaintiff cases, as well as collective and class actions.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling

Jackson Lewis P.C. fields a sizeable team of employment law specialists dedicated to advising on management and workplace issues. The firm has the size and resources to provide advice across a range of areas, including employment applications, background checks, disability and leave management, fitness for duty examinations, handbooks and personnel policies, reductions in workforce, and preventing violence in the workplace. The team is led by New York-based partner Kevin Lauri and William Anthony in Albany. Other prominent lawyers include Katherine Van Dyke in Detroit; she specialises in the manufacturing and chemicals sectors. Daniel Doron joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP at the start of 2022.

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Boutique law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. is noted for defending clients before trial and appellate courts as well as arbitration proceedings involving wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment allegations as well as trade secret and antitrust cases. Skilled in class, collective and single-plaintiff cases, the team benefits from the ability to leverage the firm’s e-discovery capabilities when handling complex litigation. It is managed by Orange County-based Samantha Hoffman and chaired by Kevin Lauri in New York. The class action and complex litigation practice group is jointly led by wage and hour experts Mia Farber in Los Angeles, David Golder in Hartford and Eric Magnus in Atlanta. Nadine Abrahams in Chicago directs the general employment litigation practice group alongside Orlando-based litigator Stephanie Adler-Paindiris. Other key names include Stephen Silvestri in Baltimore, Debra Weiss Ford in Portsmouth and Katherine Van Dyke in Detroit. Reynaldo Velazquez, formerly at Ford & Harrison LLP,  joined the Miami office in November 2021 and Garen Dodge, formerly at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., joined the Washington DC office in July 2021. Las Vegas-based Lisa McClane left the firm in June 2021 for Fisher & Phillips.