Gregg Kligman, a member of the Firm’s Labor & Employment practice group, focuses on management side employment litigation and counseling. Mr. Kligman’s practice includes defending clients in federal and state courts, before administrative agencies and in arbitration and mediation in cases alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and other employment related claims, including class action litigation. Mr. Kligman regularly counsels clients of all sizes, from family businesses to multinational corporations, across the spectrum of employment issues from pre-hire to termination, including recruiting, responding to harassment and discrimination issues, advising on managing leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance and benefits and drafting and reviewing policies and handbooks. Mr. Kligman also assists clients with risk assessment and due diligence in connection with wage and hour matters and corporate acquisitions, advising clients on potential exposure based upon the incoming company’s employment practices.
While Mr. Kligman’s representation spans many industries including manufacturing, retail and professional service providers, Mr. Kligman has developed a focus representing clients in the hospitality and restaurant industries including multi-venue restaurant groups, fine dining establishments, fast casual restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Mr. Kligman’s experience with the hospitality and restaurant industries allows him to advise these businesses to ensure compliance with their unique wage and hour regulations and the complex issues they face as both an employer and a provider of services to the general public.
Throughout the pandemic, the hospitality and restaurant industry has suffered severely. Mr. Kligman’s employment law background, due diligence and frequent communication aided many of the firm’s clients, but his greatest impact was on our hospitality clients during their time of need and support. The support he provided included assistance initially in advising on layoffs of employees and then onboarding employees in the new work environment, updating workplace policies to ensure compliance with new obligations related to COVID-19, and ensuring wage and hour compliance in the face of new staffing models.
Prior to joining Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, Mr. Kligman was associated with the Firms Meister Seelig & Fein PLLC; Fox Rothschild LLP; and Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.
Mr. Kligman is a graduate of Cornell University and New York Law School. Mr. Kligman is admitted to practice before the courts of the States or New York and New Jersey and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. Mr. Kligman has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and was a Long Island Business News Leadership in Law Honoree in 2020.