Howard Wexler > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile
Seyfarth Shaw LLP Offices
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NEW YORK, NY 10018-1405
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Labor & Employment Department; Single-Plaintiff Litigation Practice Group
Howard M. Wexler is a partner in the Labor and Employment group in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office. His practice includes the representation of management in employment litigation matters before state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, New York State Division of Human Rights and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. In this role, Mr. Wexler has extensive experience defending both single and multi-plaintiff discrimination/harassment cases, class and/or collective actions, as well as lawsuits initiated by the EEOC. He has represented employers in class and collective actions and multi-plaintiff claims involving discrimination/harassment on the basis of age, race, gender, national origin, and other protected classifications as well as whistleblower actions, including under New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”). His wage-and-hour experience includes the defense of major class action claims involving meal breaks, rest breaks, misclassification, and work-off-the-clock allegations. Mr. Wexler is Co-Chair of Seyfarth’s New Jersey Practice Group.
Mr. Wexler also counsels employers on preventative practices to minimize workplace disputes, including advising employers on issues relating to personnel handbooks and policies, employee relations, internal complaints and investigations, FMLA and ADA issues, as well as other employment issues which employers face routinely. He provides training for attorneys, executives, human resources professionals, and managers on best EEO practices, preventing sexual harassment, and avoiding employment litigation claims. Mr. Wexler also defends clients in lawsuits arising under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related New York state and New York City disability access laws.
As part of his traditional labor law practice, Mr. Wexler counsels and represents employers in disputes arising from collective bargaining relationships in both grievance and arbitration proceedings and has defended unfair labor practice claims before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Mr. Wexler has lectured on employment matters, including discrimination and harassment avoidance, workplace investigations, reductions in force, and Federal and State wage and hour laws. He has taught Employment Law at the Pratt Institute and the New School as an adjunct professor. Mr. Wexler is also a frequent contributor to, and often quoted in, publications including Newsday, Corporate Counsel and the Long Island Business News dealing with issues relating to labor and employment law.
J.D., Boston University School of Law, cum laude (2007), Paul J. Liacos Scholar, Honors in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration; B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University (2004)
Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s traditional labor practice is experienced in representing clients in unfair labor practice charges as well as proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in labor arbitrations. The team also handles collective bargaining, union organizing campaigns and strikes, and it has companies from various industries, such as health care, sports, construction, hospitality, transportation, manufacturing and media, on its client roster. In Chicago, Bradford Livingston is an expert in collective bargaining negotiations, while Brian Stolzenbach specialises in developing strategies. Together with the San Francisco-based Joshua Henderson they lead the practice. Arthur Telegen in Boston and Stuart Newman in Atlanta are highlighted for their longstanding activity in labor management relations. Other noted practitioners are New York’s Marshall Babson and Howard Wexler, Kyllan Kershaw in Atlanta, Robert Fisher and associate Skelly Harper in Boston, as well as newly promoted partner Karla Sanchez in Chicago. Bryan O’Keefe strengthened the Washington DC office after joining from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in February 2019. Joseph Damato is also recommended in the same office.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)
- Labor and employment > Immigration
- Labor and employment > Labor-management relations
- M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
- Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
- Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling
- Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
- Labor and employment > ERISA litigation
- Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
- Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
- Dispute resolution > E-discovery
- Government > Government contracts
- Real estate > Real estate
- Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense
- Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers
- Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital)
- Tax > US taxes: non-contentious