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  • June 10 2019

    Peter B. Cohen, a member of the Firm, specializes in the areas of employee benefits, executive compensation, employment and fiduciary law. With more than 25 years of practice, Mr. Cohen has had extensive experience in all aspects of employee benefits, including the drafting, implementation, operation and termination of all types of pension and welfare benefit plans; business transactions and reorganizations; fiduciary responsibility; prohibited transactions and exemptions; plan qualification; plan administration, reporting and disclosure and employee communications; regulatory compliance under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA; IRS and DOL audits; participant claims and litigation; and funding and investment of ERISA plan assets. In the area of executive compensation, Mr. Cohen’s experience spans the full spectrum of executive compensation and benefit planning and implementation, including employment agreements, deferred and equity-based compensation, option plans, supplemental retirement plans, severance arrangements, incentive and performance compensation programs, as well as financing techniques and funding arrangements. Mr. Cohen also regularly counsels employers and employees in connection with discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination claims.

    Mr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in 1977, his J.D. from New England School of Law in 1982, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University in 1983. He has previously practiced with the firms of Reid & Priest, White & Case and Morgan Lewis & Bockius.


  • June 10 2019

    Amanda M. Fugazy, a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, is head of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law group.  As such, Ms. Fugazy represents businesses and executives in litigation, and provides counseling and preventative education with regard to wage-hour compliance, employment discrimination, harassment, labor relations, leave laws, internal investigations, employment contracts and manuals, severance agreements, arbitration, mediation, and labor and employment aspects of corporate and real estate transactions.

    Ms. Fugazy is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the highly litigated area of wage and hour law, having litigated dozens of federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law.  Because of her experience in this area, Ms. Fugazy was invited by the mediation office of the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York to speak as an expert on wage and hour laws, and was named one of the “Top Women in Metro NY Foodservice & Hospitality” by Total Food Service magazine in 2017 and 2018.

    One of Ms. Fugazy’s strengths is valuing and resolving cases.  As such, Ms. Fugazy also serves as a mediator, and has successfully resolved many cases by appointment through the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Ms. Fugazy also has extensive experience in developing and delivering custom tailored management and employee-training seminars, and is routinely asked to serve as guest speaker by trade groups on a variety of employment related topics, including, but not limited to, illegal harassment, hiring, disciplining, firing, exterritorial application of US employment laws, wage hour compliance, employment discrimination, interviewing, family medical leave, administering a collective bargaining agreement, and matters pertaining to unions.

    Since the inception of her legal career, Ms. Fugazy has practiced labor and employment law exclusively.  Prior to joining EGS in 2013, she and current EGS member Paul P. Rooney founded Fugazy & Rooney LLP in 2007.  Prior, Ms. Fugazy was a partner at Bonnist & Cutro LLP, an associate in the New York offices of Reed Smith and Jackson Lewis, and a law clerk for the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council.

    Ms. Fugazy received her B.A. from The George Washington University, where she currently sits on the Executive Council of The Alumni Association, and her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

    Ms. Fugazy is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

    Representative Recent/Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    Opening a Restaurant in New York City: Legal Issue Bootcamp
    NYC Bar Association
    May 17, 2019

    Hospitality Spotlight: What’s Trending in Wage and Hour Claims
    HUB International
    April 9, 2018

    A Road Map: Revisiting Arbitration Agreements in Light of Epic
    January 18, 2019

    2019 Outlook: Navigating the Current Landscape of Complex Hospitality Exposures
    January 17, 2019

    The Anatomy of an Age Discrimination Case
    New York County Lawyers Association
    December 4, 2018

    Hospitality: Tipped Employees, Tip Pooling, Service Charges/Banquets
    United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
    November 15, 2018

    TimesUp: Learning From #MeToo & Building An Anti-Harassment Practice For Your Org
    Humentum 2018 Annual Conference
    July 26, 2018

    How to Handle a Discrimination Case
    New York County’s Lawyers Association
    June 13, 2018

    Employment Arbitration after Murphy Oil: Charting the Future Course of Class Actions
    American Arbitration Association, NY Law School & Cornell Scheinman Institute Conference
    May 23, 2018

    Wage & Hour MythBusters
    United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
    April 25, 2018

    Restaurant Employment Law Compliance: A Guide to 2018 NYS Changes
    Valiant Payroll Sponsored Webinar
    March 8, 2018

    Learning From #MeToo – Building An Anti-Harassment Practice For Your Foundation
    Philanthropy New York
    February 23, 2018

    New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law
    Humentum HR Roundtable
    September 19, 2017

    Issues In Social Media
    HUB International
    October 2, 2017

    Updates in Employment Law
    InsideNGO- HR Roundtable
    September 19, 2017

    Employment Law 101 For The Non-Employment Lawyer
    Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C.
    July 25, 2017

    Hiring & Vetting: How Well Are You Checking?
    March 16, 2017

    Restaurant Management Employment Law Overview
    The NYS Restaurant Association & HUB International
    November 2016

    Paying Non-Exempt Employees For Travel & Events
    July 2016

    Getting To Great: Building a Better Intern, Fellow, and Skills-Based Volunteer Program
    InsideNGO Annual Conference
    July 2016

    Updates in Employment Law
    InsideNGO- HR Roundtable
    June 2016

    How To Handle A Discrimination Case
    New York County’s Lawyers Association
    May 2015

    Representative Recent Publications

    Restaurant Assistant Managers and Sous Chefs Lawsuits Are On The Rise
    Total Food Service, April 2018

    Have Your Voice Heard In The Battle to Keep the Tip Credit
    The NYS Restaurant Association E-magazine and Total Food Service, February 2018

    Understanding Sexual Harassment In The Restaurant Workplace
    Total Food Service, January 2018

    Creating A Strategy To Comply With NY’s Pay Stub Mandates
    Total Food Service, November 2017

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