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  • June 10 2019

    John Assadi, a member of the Firm, specializes in the representation of foreign employees of multi-national corporations, international entertainers, scientists, and professional athletes. His clients include major nonprofit organizations, national sports leagues, major orchestras, larger companies and startups.

    Mr. Assadi received international media attention for his work on behalf of several Chinese artists who were aboard the Golden Venture ship. His representation enabled them to obtain permanent residence as artists of extraordinary ability. He has been interviewed about immigration issues by The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the Voice of America and CBS News. He was the former Vice-Chairman of the American Bar Association Immigration & Nationality Law Subcommittee and is admitted to the Connecticut Bar and Federal District Court.

    Mr. Assadi received his A.B. from The University of Chicago in 1983 and his J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1987.

    Below are select publications written by or featuring Mr. Assadi:

    https://www.nytimes.com/1998/06/14/weekinreview/making-room-for-the-best.html

    https://web.archive.org/web/20150926210816/http://www.csmonitor.com/1996/1021/102196.feat.arts.1.html

    https://web.archive.org/web/20150402041403/http://mashable.com/2013/07/12/league-of-legends-visa

    https://cardozo.yu.edu/attracting-and-employing-foreign-talent

  • June 10 2019

    Valerie J. Bluth is a member of the Labor & Employment practice group.  Ms. Bluth’s labor and employment practice is wide-ranging, as she guides businesses on employment-related issues from employee onboarding through post-termination disputes.

    In that regard, Ms. Bluth regularly advises clients regarding employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour compliance, employment policies and practices, unemployment insurance and Workers’ Compensation claims, internal investigations, reasonable accommodations, leave of absence management, terminations and disciplinary actions, labor-management relations, grievance processing, collective bargaining agreement interpretation and application, alternative dispute resolution and a variety of other workplace issues, including for clients with operations in multiple states and in connection with corporate transactions.  Ms. Bluth also routinely drafts employment, restrictive covenant and non-disclosure agreements as well as employment policies and employee handbooks, and develops and presents training programs for managers and staff regarding various principles of workplace law.

    Additionally, an experienced litigator, Ms. Bluth defends employers against all types of employment claims asserted in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings.  She also represents clients in traditional labor matters, including labor arbitrations and National Labor Relations Board proceedings.

    Ms. Bluth has represented and advised both small businesses and large corporations, in both unionized and non-unionized settings, in the hospitality, security, financial services, startup, real estate, analytics, advertising, publishing, automotive, retail, information technology, performing and visual arts, construction, luxury brand, cosmetics, journalism, and healthcare industries, among others, as well as in the nonprofit, education and municipal sectors.

    Above all, Ms. Bluth works tirelessly to ensure clients are in compliance with an ever-changing landscape of federal, state and local employment laws, especially with respect to pay practices and employment policies, and to devise practical solutions for any employment problems that might arise.

    Ms. Bluth is also a regular speaker on employment-related topics at hospitality industry webinars and has served as a panelist for employment-related CLE classes.

    Ms. Bluth received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and her Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School.  Ms. Bluth is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and District of New Jersey.

     

  • August 28 2019

    Mitchell F. Borger, of counsel to the Firm, has more than twenty-seven years of experience practicing Employment Law.  Mr. Borger advises clients about their legal rights and responsibilities, drafts employment agreements, severance and release documents, handbooks, and policies, is well versed in alternative dispute resolution (with an emphasis on mediation and arbitration programs), and performs employment-related corporate due diligence. He also has extensive experience conducting complex investigations into harassment and compliance allegations and providing engaging training and managerial seminars on the prevention of violations of the American’s with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, The Family and Medical Leave Act, Sexual Harassment, and Title VII Civil Rights Act.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Borger practiced with several in-house legal departments, starting with positions at the NY Power Authority, United Merchants & Manufacturers, Inc. and the last twenty-four years at Macy’s, Inc., where he served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. His responsibilities included managing the employment practice for Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s eastern US operations, including management of employment lawyers and paralegals, representation of the Company before State and Federal administrative agencies, defense of pre-litigation employment claims and providing strategic counseling to senior-level clients. In addition, his previous Macy’s responsibilities included management of the non-insured litigation portfolio of the Company and thirteen-member in-house litigation team. Mr. Borger started his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Bronx District Attorney, where he prosecuted child abuse and domestic violence crimes. His prosecutorial experience included more than twenty trials to verdict, including a matricide prosecution.

    Mr. Borger is the immediate past Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s (“NYSBA”) Corporate Counsel Section, served as its 2005 Chair and is a twenty-year member of its Executive Committee. In 2010-11, he was a member of NYSBA’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, and in 2011-2012, Mr. Borger chaired a Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Working Group which issued a “Report on Faster, Cheaper, Smarter Litigation Practices”.

    Mr. Borger has been a past CLE speaker on topics such as emerging issues in employment law, sexual harassment in the post #MeToo movement, employment arbitration programs, consumer racism, corporate public relations in the electronic age, litigation management and retail loss prevention training. In addition, Mr. Borger has been a frequent guest lecturer at Fordham Law School and Brooklyn Law School.

    Mr. Borger is admitted to the New York Bar and to the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from Albany Law School of Union University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Oneonta.

  • April 09 2021

    Jonathan J. Boyles, a member of the Firm, counsels clients on a wide array of executive compensation and employee benefit matters, including ERISA’s fiduciary obligations, plan design issues, and reporting and disclosure requirements.  His practice has a special emphasis on benefits issues and integration in corporate transactions, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), investment product design considerations in dealing with benefit plan investors, multiemployer plan issues, and executive compensation issues for nonprofits.  He has drafted plan amendments and determination letter submissions for every major Congressional pension act since the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

    Mr. Boyles received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1995 and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2000.  He was previously chief in-house counsel to the Sheet Metal Workers’ National Pension Fund, a multi-billion dollar pension plan, and previously practiced with the firms of Groom Law Group, McDermott Will & Emery, and Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders.

    Representative Matters

    • Developed equity and nonqualified plans for private and public companies.
    • Provided advice regarding compliance with Code Section 409A.
    • Represented executives and employers in negotiating complex executive pay packages and drafting employment agreements, change in control protections, and separation packages.
    • Provided advice to tax-exempt employers on how to comply with, and mitigate the effects of, the Code Section 4960 excise tax on excess remuneration and excess parachute payments paid to executives.
    • Prepared Code Section 280G analysis related to parachute payments, including disclosure and shareholder approval consents for private companies.
    • Represented insurers in reps and warranties insurance underwritings.
    • Advised plans on application of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code to a variety of plan designs, including cutback, forfeiture, and suspension of benefit issues.
    • Negotiated with the DOL and IRS during audits and assisted clients with correction filings.
    • Advised employers regarding compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
    • Provided ongoing advice to plans on prudence and loyalty obligations under ERISA’s fiduciary rules as applied to investments, plan design, and plan administration.
    • Negotiated service provider and investment management agreements and side letter agreements, representing managers, providers, and plans.
    • Conducted advanced and introductory trainings for executives and plan fiduciaries regarding ERISA fiduciary responsibility and assisted in design of plan governance process.
    • Provided day-to-day advice to investment managers regarding ERISA fiduciary rules, including fund structuring, performance fees, custody requirements, and issues with respect to specific investments and divestments.
    • Negotiated individual prohibited transaction exemption for investment manager.

    Admissions

    • State: New York, Virginia
    • Federal: Supreme Court of the United States, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Virginia, District of Columbia, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York.

    Honors

    • Best 40 Lawyers Under 40, National LGBT Bar Association, 2011.
    • 2010 McDermott Will & Emery Award for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Pro Bono and Service to the Community.
    • Managing Editor, The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, First Annual Review of Gender and Sexuality Law, May 1999-July 2000.
    • Eagle Scout, 1991.

     

     

     

     

  • June 10 2019

    Saul H. Finkelstein, a member of the Firm, represents multi-national financial institutions and other secured lenders, as well as companies in a broad range of industries, in financing and merger and acquisition transactions. In his more than 25 years of practice, he has represented lenders and borrowers in complex debt financings and buyers and sellers of both public and private businesses. He has been the featured speaker at training sessions sponsored by the American Bankers Association and has published in a variety of legal and other periodicals.

    Of particular note, Mr. Finkelstein has also worked extensively with private banking institutions, professional sports franchises, players and coaches, principal shareholders of public companies, significant collectors of fine art and media personalities in innovative financing matters.

    He has served on the Boards of several start-up companies in the fitness industry and was a member of the Executive Committee of a not-for-profit summer camp in upstate New York.

    Mr. Finkelstein received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Yeshiva University and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was an editor of the Law Review. Prior to joining the Firm, he was associated with Weinstein Smith LLP and practiced for 20 years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • 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 has been named one of the “Top Women in Metro NY Foodservice & Hospitality” by Total Food Service magazine every year since 2017.

    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 privately and by appointment through the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts 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, and 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.  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.

    Representative Recent/Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    9th Corporate Counsel Institute: Best Practices – Hot Topics
    NYSBA
    October 28, 2021

    Not-For-Profit Employment Law Update
    EGS Client Webinar
    October 19, 2021

    Where Do We Go From Here 4.0
    HUB International, NYSRA and EGS
    September 21, 2021

    Strategies For The Hospitality Industry In Negotiating And Drafting Event Contracts Post Covid-19
    EGS Client Webinar
    June 29, 2021

    Get Ready to Party Like it’s 2021: Hosting Private Events in the COVID-19 Era
    EGS Client Webinar
    May 3 and 12 2021

    Where Do We Go From Here 3.0
    HUB International, NYSRA and EGS
    May 10, 2021

    Preparing For the New Hospitality Normal
    Bayside Business Association
    March 24, 2021

    Where Do We Go From Here 2.0
    HUB International, NYSRA and EGS
    February 9, 2021

    Minimizing Restaurants’ Legal Liability in 2021: COVID-19 Considerations & Beyond
    EGS Client Webinar
    January 26, 2021

    Employment/Wage & Hour Mediation Training:
    New York County Lawyers Association
    August 11, 12 and 14, 2020

    FLSA /NYLL Issues for the Hospitality Industry
    EGS
    July 13, 2020

    Preparing For the New Hospitality Normal
    HUB International
    June 23, 2020

    New York Restaurant Reopening: Compliance Considerations
    EGS
    June 15, 2020

    New York Office Reopening: Compliance Considerations
    EGS
    June 11, 2020

    COVID-19 Employment Concerns & CARES ACT for Employers
    Chamber of Commerce
    April 28, 2020

    Hospitality Wage & Hour Seminar: FLSA & New York Labor Law Issues in Restaurants
    EGS Client Webinar
    April 23, 2020

    COVID-19 Employment Concerns & CARES ACT for Employers
    City of Glen Cove
    April 6, 2020

    What You Should Know About Emergency Sick Leave and The Corona Virus Stimulus Package
    Vanguard Insurance
    April 2, 2020

    Outsourcing Restaurant Delivery & Staffing: Pros, Cons & Liabilities
    HUB International
    February 12, 2020

    Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Training
    Philanthropy New York
    January 28, 2020

    What You May Have Missed In 2019 and What Should Be On Your Radar In 2020
    EGS
    January 23, 2020

    Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law
    NYSBA Corporate Counsel Institute
    October 17, 2019

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

    Employment Law Legal Update
    HRPANO
    May 16, 2019

    A Road Map: Revisiting Arbitration Agreements in Light of Epic
    New York State Bar Association
    January 18, 2019

    2019 Outlook: Navigating the Current Landscape of Complex Hospitality Exposures
    HUB International
    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

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

    Issues In Social Media
    HUB International
    October 2, 2017

    New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law
    Humentum HR Roundtable
    September 19, 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?
    InsideNGO
    March 16, 2017

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

    Paying Non-Exempt Employees For Travel & Events
    InsideNGO
    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

  • February 01 2021

    Brian D. Polivy is an associate in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He has extensive experience in traditional labor matters, including representing clients in mediation and arbitration, and providing counseling regarding collective bargaining agreements.  Mr. Polivy also has experience defending clients against claims of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation in federal and state court, as well as before administrative agencies.

    Mr. Polivy counsels employers of all sizes on workplace issues such as proper pay practice, employee classification, discipline, termination, accommodation and leave. He also drafts employment policies and agreements and assists employers with updating employee handbooks.

    Prior to joining Ellenoff Grossman & Schloe LLP, Mr. Polivy was a Labor and Employment associate at another New York City law firm.  He had previously served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Labor and Employment Division of the New York City Law Department, where he defended the City of New York and its agencies in complex labor and employment matters in federal and state court.  Brian also served as the Associate General Counsel for the NBA Coaches Association.

    Mr. Polivy received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Mr. Polivy is admitted to practice in New York, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

  • June 10 2019

    Paul P. Rooney, a member of the Firm, specializes in employment law and civil litigation, and has nearly 20 years of experience in the field.Mr. Rooney advises clients about their legal rights and responsibilities, drafts employment agreements, handbooks, and policies, and performs employment-related corporate due diligence.  His cases have included numerous collective actions under The Fair Labor Standards Act, and claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The New York State and City Human Rights Laws, The New York Labor Law, ERISA, and The Family and Medical Leave Act. Mr. Rooney has also litigated cases involving covenants not to compete, claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, and defamation.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rooney was a founding partner of Fugazy & Rooney LLP (2007-2013) and was an Associate and Counsel at Reed Smith LLP (2000-2007).  Paul is admitted to practice in the States of New York and Delaware, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Delaware.

    Paul received his B.A. from Wesleyan University with High Honors and his J.D. from The College of William & Mary.

  • June 10 2019

    Lawrence A. Rosenbloom, a member of the Firm, is a corporate, securities and broker-dealer attorney who represents clients in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with a particular focus on public and private equity finance, securities law compliance, mergers and acquisitions and broker-dealer regulation. During his career, he has developed significant experience in the life sciences and real estate sectors (including representations of real estate investment trusts).

    Mr. Rosenbloom’s experience includes representation of issuers of securities as well as investors, underwriters and placement agents in connection with both public and private offerings of equity and debt securities. In particular, Mr. Rosenbloom has experience with registered primary and secondary public offerings (including Registered Directs, CMPO Offerings and SPACs) as well as private placement and PIPE transactions and offerings on foreign exchanges, including the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Amsterdam. He also represents many publicly-listed companies in their securities compliance, stock exchange-related and general corporate and commercial matters and has routine interactions with applicable regulatory authorities, including the SEC and FINRA.

    In the mergers and acquisitions area, Mr. Rosenbloom has represented both buyers and sellers of businesses in a variety of industry sectors in both public and private transactions. He also regularly advises companies on a wide array of general commercial matters, including joint ventures.

    Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Mr. Rosenbloom was associated with the firms of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and Battle Fowler LLP in New York. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Rosenbloom worked as an investor relations representative for publicly held companies.

    Mr. Rosenbloom received his Juris Doctor degree in 1997 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, was elected a member of the Order of the Coif and was a member of, and had his thesis published in, the Cardozo Law Review. Mr. Rosenbloom graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester in 1991 with a dual degree in Political Science and American History. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

  • February 01 2021

    David R. Rothfeld, a member of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, leads the firm’s traditional labor law practice and specializes in the representation of management in negotiating collective bargaining agreements. In this capacity, Mr. Rothfeld serves as Chief Labor negotiator for the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., and negotiates initial opening and renewal collective bargaining agreements for all types of businesses, including, hotels, restaurants and gaming facilities.

    Mr. Rothfeld also provides his management clients:

    • Representation at grievance and arbitration proceedings;
    • Advice on contract interpretation and compliance;
    • Representation before the National Labor Relations Board, in representation proceedings and unfair labor practice proceedings;
    • Counsel on a wide range of employment issues, encompassing compliance with applicable local, state and federal employment discrimination, labor, wage-hour and employee benefits laws and regulations.

    Additionally, Mr. Rothfeld has conducted numerous seminars for employers, industry groups and trade associations on various labor and employment issues, such as Covid implications, Americans with Disabilities Act, harassment and current workplace issues such as employee discipline, employee privacy and workplace violence. Mr. Rothfeld serves as counsel to Taft-Hartley Pension and Welfare Funds as well.

    Mr. Rothfeld represents clients in a myriad of different businesses, with a concentration in the hospitality field, including hotels, restaurants, clubs, catering and gaming facilities. He also represents employers in other industries such as real estate, manufacturing, service industries, schools and not-for-profit organizations.

    Mr. Rothfeld is a board member of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality and Labor Relations, and is a frequent participant at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration Round Tables as well as the Law School’s Labor and Employment Law Round Table.  He has been selected by his peers to be included in the The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law, Management and Labor Law and Management.  He has also been selected as a “Super Lawyer” for the New York Metropolitan area.

  • February 01 2021

    Jaclyn K. Ruocco is an associate in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Her practice involves representing management in traditional labor relations, employment counseling, and employment litigation defense, including assisting clients against discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, and wrongful termination suits under both federal and state laws, including claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law. Jaclyn has broad experience in negotiating and interpreting labor contracts, conducting management and employee trainings, and devising company policies.

    Ms. Ruocco regularly speaks on how to navigate existing and proliferating labor and employment laws and regulations, especially recent COVID-19 government and agency rules and mandates.

    Before joining Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, Ms. Ruocco was an associate at Kane Kessler and prior to that, an AmLaw 100 law firm, where she defended clients in complex commercial matters and employment litigations.

    While studying at Seton Hall School of Law, Ms. Ruocco was selected to participate in the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice, Civil Litigation Clinic and was ranked third in her class. She interned for the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for the Honorable Dennis Cavanaugh of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

    Prior to her legal practice, Ms. Ruocco was the Finance Director of a statewide political party, where she quickly rose as one of the leading party fundraisers. As a result of her work, she has spoken at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on campaign finance and reform.

    Ms. Ruocco has been selected as a “Rising Star” in the New York Metro area from 2016- 2019 by Super Lawyers, an annual listing of top-rated attorneys in the United States.

    Education

    Rutgers University (B.A.)

    Seton Hall School of Law (J.D. Magna Cum Laude)

    Bar Admissions

    New York and New Jersey

    United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

  • February 01 2021

    Robert L. Sacks is a member of the Firm and practices in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and in all phases of labor and employment on behalf of management, ERISA, principally as applied to multiple and multi-employer plans, trade association law and antitrust.

    Mr. Sacks has authored “Rules Creating a Collective Contract Between an Employer and a Union,” for the American Bar Association Section of Labor Relations Law, Committee on Labor Relations and the Law of Collective Bargaining Agreements.

    Memberships and Associations

    American Bar Association
    American Society of Association Executives

    Designed the legal and administrative framework used for a multi-employer welfare arrangement in the freelance commercial production industry.

    Education

    • State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A.)
    • Brooklyn Law School (J.D.)
    • New York University School of Law (L.L.M. in Trade Regulation)

    Bar Admissions

    • New York
    • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • February 01 2021

    Jennifer M. Schmalz is a member of the firm in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. She advises employers in all facets of labor and employment law, with broad experience in preventing and resolving workplace disputes, compliance with the variety of laws governing the workplace, and the labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions.

    Ms. Schmalz has successfully litigated matters involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, violations of restrictive covenants, breach of contract and wage and hour violations. She has represented clients in proceedings before the US Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and many state and local administrative agencies. She also has experience in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and providing day to day advice on contract interpretation and compliance. Her practice also includes representing employers at grievance proceedings, mediations and arbitrations.

    She enjoys working with clients in a wide variety of industries including hospitality, real estate, transportation, retail, financial services, health care, manufacturing, technology and not-for-profit corporations. An important component of her practice involves preventative advice and business planning. Ms. Schmalz has provided employers with training in current workplace issues including the prevention of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. She also has experience working with matters involving multiemployer health, pension and welfare funds and has litigated and successfully resolved ERISA matters.

    While in law school, Ms. Schmalz was awarded the Jurisprudence Achievement Award in Labor Law and she served as a judicial extern at the National Labor Relations Board’s Division of Judges in New York City.

    Memberships

    American Bar Association
    District of Columbia Bar Association

    Education

    • University of Michigan (B.A.)
    • Michigan State University (J.D.)

    Bar Admissions

    • New York State
    • District of Columbia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • June 10 2019

    Allen Schole, a member of the Firm, is a real estate attorney involved in a broad range of transactional activities.  A substantial portion of his practice is devoted to representing landlords in connection with the leasing of retail space to national, regional and local retailers, the leasing of space to hospitals and medical groups and the leasing of restaurant space.  He also represents both landlords and tenants with respect to office leases, licensing arrangements and ground leases. Allen is actively involved in assisting clients with the purchase and sale of, and joint venture investment in, mixed use buildings, shopping centers and undeveloped real estate.  His shopping center experience includes expansion and redevelopment of regional and strip malls. In addition, he represents lenders and borrowers in all phases of commercial lending including fee and leasehold acquisition loans, refinancings and construction loans.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schole was associated with firms Hunton & Williams and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mr. Schole received a Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the George Washington University National Law Center, where he was a Notes Editor for the George Washington Law Review. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Middlebury College. Mr. Schole is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

  • March 03 2021

    Diane B. Sherman is of counsel to the firm and provides services to the firm’s clients throughout California. An experienced business and entertainment/intellectual property litigator, Ms. Sherman also has deep expertise in labor and employment matters.

    As a commercial litigator, Ms. Sherman has litigated every kind of business and entertainment dispute, including trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trademark and copyright infringement, libel and slander and real property disputes.

    Ms. Sherman also has substantial experience in labor and employment matters both in the unionized and non-unionized sectors, including discrimination, wrongful termination and wage and hour disputes. In addition to litigating labor and employment disputes, Ms. Sherman regularly represents senior level executives in employment contract negotiations, as well as independent producers and writers on entertainment projects. and counsels employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including wage and hour compliance, employee leasing, reductions in force, wrongful termination and discrimination, sexual harassment, occupational safety and the development of personnel policies and employee handbooks and conducts neutral investigations regarding allegations of workplace harassment.

    Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Sherman served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and during law school, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Education

    Brandeis University (B.A.)
    Columbia University School of Journalism (M.S.)
    UCLA School of Law (J.D.)

     Bar Admissions

    • New York, California and District of Columbia
    • Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Central District of California, Northern District of California and Eastern District of California.
  • February 01 2021

    Alexander Soric is of counsel to the Firm and practices in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. As a first chair, Mr. Soric represents management in labor relations, including in numerous arbitration hearings, collective bargaining, mediations and in matters before the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Soric conducts training for managers in labor relations and anti-harassment. He has represented management in several class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Davis-Bacon Act and State wage-hour matters in federal and state courts and in federal, state and local agencies.

    Mr. Soric has represented numerous employers in employment discrimination and unfair labor practice matters in federal and state courts and agencies. His experience also includes negotiating and drafting employment agreements, non-compete and separation agreements, drafting personnel policies and counseling clients nationwide on federal, state and city labor, wage-hour and discrimination law compliance. Mr. Soric has represented numerous clients in a wide variety of industries, including casino gaming, telecommunications, hotels, restaurants, private clubs, hospitals, nursing homes, manufacturers, construction contractors, as well as universities and not-for-profits. He has served as court-appointed labor counsel to Receivers for hotels in receivership.

    Prior to joining Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, Mr. Soric served as a Courtroom Deputy during law school in the Eastern District of New York, and he was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy at Brooklyn Law School. After graduation, Mr. Soric served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York.

    Memberships and Associations

    New York State Bar Association
    Member, Eastern District Committee on Litigation

    Representative Engagements

    • Obtained dismissal on pre-emption grounds on motion to dismiss overtime and gratuities claims under Fair Labor Standards Act and New York law regarding wages under a collective bargaining agreement.
    • Obtained summary judgment on Fair Labor Standards Act overtime claims in Eastern District of New York.
    • Defeated motions to compel voluminous discovery in a banquet gratuities class action under New York law.
    • Settled class action gratuities claims on favorable terms.
    • recently represented a casino in a disability discrimination claim in the Eastern District of New York and obtained settlement on favorable terms.
    • recently represented a hotel in a gender discrimination claim before the New York State Division of Human Rights and obtained a no probable cause finding and dismissal.
    • recently represented a hotel in an unfair labor practice proceeding before the National Labor Relations Board and obtained a withdrawal of the charge.

    Education

    • Stony Brook University (B.A.)
    • Brooklyn Law School (J.D.)

    Bar Admissions

    • New York
    • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • June 10 2019

    James M. Smedley, a member of the Firm, serves as head of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology law group.  Mr. Smedley’s practice has focused on strategic counseling of companies with respect to protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally.  He has a wealth of industry experience in the computer software and hardware fields, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies.  Mr. Smedley’s practice also covers the biotechnology and life sciences fields, where he advises clients on matters such as identifying, protecting and licensing novel drug therapies.

    Mr. Smedley has prosecuted hundreds of patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and its foreign counterparts in over 70 countries worldwide.  Mr. Smedley has provided intellectual property counsel to organizations of all sizes, from startups, to small-to-medium sized enterprises to Fortune 100 companies as well as private and public universities.  From securing the rights in inventions and brands, to developing substantial and lucrative patent portfolios, to handling complex intellectual property litigation and licensing matters, Mr. Smedley’s practice covers the management of the entire intellectual property lifecycle.

    Mr. Smedley is also an avid video gamer, and as part of the gaming community, represents eSports players, organizations and teams with respect to all their management, contracts and branding needs.  As a gamer, and an attorney, Mr. Smedley is one of the few in the industry that understands the needs of the talent, teams and agencies from both the legal and real-world perspectives.

    Prior to joining the Firm in 2019, Mr. Smedley was the managing member of the Sigma Law Group, an intellectual property law boutique he founded in 2010.  Prior to that, Mr. Smedley worked in the technology group at Lowenstein Sandler PC.

    Mr. Smedley holds a dual degree in Computer Science and English from Rutgers University, and his JD from Boston University School of Law.

    Mr. Smedley is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court of New Jersey.  Mr. Smedley is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is a registered Canadian Patent Agent.

    Representative Publications

    Nike’s Deal to Bring Virtual Jordan Brand Air Jordan 1s to Fortnite is the Best Example of Crossover Branding Ever

    Federal Circuit Ruling Cast Shadow Over USPTO Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

    Patenting and Protecting Artificial Intelligence in the United States

    PTAB Finds Subject Matter Eligibility in Hybrid Trading System

  • February 01 2021

    Joseph Tangredi is an associate in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. His practice focuses on representing management in traditional labor relations, employment discrimination actions, and wage and hour litigation, among others.

    Prior to joining Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, Mr. Tangredi was an associate at Kane Kessler.  Prior to that, he was an associate in a litigation defense firm, where he defended clients in a variety of tort matters in the New York Supreme Court.

    While studying at Fordham University School of Law, Mr. Tangredi was a recipient of the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award for his work in Fordham’s Mediation Clinic. He also served as a Staff Member of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal.

    Education

    • Gettysburg College (B.A., Cum Laude)
    • Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)

    Bar Admissions

    • New York
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • February 01 2021

    Lois M. Traub is of counsel to the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. She has wide-ranging experience in the representation of management in labor and employment litigation. Her expertise includes representation of management in employment discrimination, unfair labor practice proceedings at city, state and federal agencies and in state and federal courts as well as the National Labor Relations Board, wage and hour cases including class action litigation, and ADA website and accessibility litigation.  Ms. Traub has represented employers in labor arbitrations, negotiated and drafted labor contracts, employment and separation agreements, and personnel policies and advised clients on state and federal labor law compliance.

    She has acted for clients in a wide variety of industries, including hotels, restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, manufacturing concerns, newspapers and the publishing industry, real estate developers, contractors, and municipalities and state public authorities.

    Early in her career, Ms. Traub was an attorney with Region 29 of the National Labor Relations Board.

    Education

    • Vassar College (B.A.)
    • New England School of Law (J.D., cum laude)

    Bar Admissions

    • Maryland
    • New York
    • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
  • August 28 2019

    Nicole M. Vescova is an Associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Ms. Vescova represents and advises clients in a variety of labor and employment matters. She has experience counseling employers of all sizes on workplace issues such as proper pay practice, employee classification, discipline, termination, and leave. Ms. Vescova drafts various employment policies and agreements such as company handbooks, commission agreements, and non-competition and non-disclosure agreements. She also defends employers against wage & hour claims, discrimination & harassment claims, claims brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the National Labor Relations Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

    Prior to joining Ellenoff Grossman & Schloe LLP, Ms. Vescova advised and represented businesses and pension/welfare plans at a labor, employment & employee benefits boutique in New York City. While in law school, she clerked with the National Labor Relations Board Division of Judges in New York. Ms. Vescova is a member of Sanctuary for Families Pro Bono Council.

    Ms. Vescova earned her Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School where she served as an Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Policy and was a member of Phi Delta Phi Honor Society and the Labor and Employment Law Association.  She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in legal studies and a minor in sociology. Ms. Vescova is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and District of New Jersey.

  • June 10 2019

    Ilan Weiser is a member in the Labor & Employment practice group.  Mr. Weiser exclusively represents businesses of all sizes and sectors on how best to comply with the federal, state and local labor laws that govern their operations.  Mr. Weiser’s principal area of expertise is employment law litigation and has vigorously defended hundreds of his clients in federal and state court and before various governmental agencies against claims of employment discrimination and unfair pay practices.  Mr. Weiser’s practice also consists of counseling management on a wide range of day-to-day human resource issues involving onboarding, termination, performance management, medical leave, proper pay practices and employee classification.   Mr. Weiser also drafts various written policies and employment agreements, such as company handbooks, commission agreements, and non-competition and non-disclosure agreements.  Mr. Weiser prides himself on being available to his business clients at all times and provides recommendations and solutions so that they can weigh the benefits and consequences before taking a particular course of action.

    Mr. Weiser has particularly in-depth knowledge of wage and hour law and regularly defends and counsels his clients in class and collection action lawsuits concerning claims for unpaid wages.  He is a frequent lecturer to owners and operators of hospitality establishments in the New York Tri-state area on how best to comply with certain industry-specific issues such as tip misappropriation, exemptions from overtime and minimum wages, as well as properly addressing claims of workplace harassment with the goal of avoiding litigation altogether.  Mr. Weiser is also the Chair of the Labor & Employment Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association Hospitality Committee.

    Prior to joining Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, Mr. Weiser represented businesses at a New York-based labor & employment boutique.  In the early stages of his legal career, Mr. Weiser represented employees in labor & employment matters and brings a unique perspective to his business clients in that he has experience both prosecuting and defending employment matters.

    Mr. Weiser is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Hofstra University School of Law, and is a fluent Spanish speaker and proficient in Hebrew. Mr. Weiser is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Mr. Weiser has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“It’s with genuine appreciation to all of our clients that we are in a position to achieve and maintain our leadership position in so many areas.”