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  • June 10 2019

    Valerie J. Bluth is a member in the Labor & Employment practice group.  An experienced litigator, Ms. Bluth represents clients in all aspects of employment law, including claims asserted under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family & Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York Labor Law, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law, in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.  Ms. Bluth also 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.  Additionally, Ms. Bluth 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. 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, real estate, analytics, startup, advertising, automotive, retail, information technology, luxury brand, cosmetics, journalism, and healthcare industries as well as in the nonprofit, education and municipal sectors.  Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Bluth practiced labor and employment law at Vedder Price P.C., Jackson Lewis LLP and Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP.

    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 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.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section.

  • August 28 2019

    Mitchell F. Borger, a member of 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 current 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.

  • 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?
    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

  • 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

    Stephania C. Sanon is an Associate in the Labor and Employment law practice group. Ms. Sanon represents and advises clients in a variety of labor and employment matters. She handles a broad range of cases, from individual employment disputes to multi-plaintiff and class action litigation. She has experience with many federal and state labor and employment statutes, including, but not limited to Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and various state and local discrimination and wage and hour laws. Ms. Sanon also provides advice and counsel on a variety of workplace issues such as employee disabilities and medical leave, discipline, termination, reductions in force, noncompetition and separation agreements and affirmative action compliance.

    Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Sanon practiced labor and employment law at Jackson Lewis P.C. She also worked as an attorney within the Equal Employment Opportunity Office of the New York City Fire Department where she primarily conducted investigations of employee complaints of harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race and disability. After graduating from law school, Ms. Sanon clerked for the Honorable Larry D. Martin of New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, Civil Term.

    Ms. Sanon attended Cornell University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, minors in Law and Society and French Studies. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law where she was a member of the Mock Trial Team and the Florida State University Business Review.

  • June 10 2019

    Mohammad B. Shihabi is an Associate in the Labor and Employment practice group.  Mr. Shihabi represents and advises clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including in defense of claims asserted under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family & Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York Labor Law, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law.  Mr. Shihabi’s experience includes experience litigating matters in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice,  the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

    In addition to representing clients in litigation, Mr. Shihabi advises clients on employment contracts, response to workplace complaints, the conduct of workplace investigations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave, accommodation, and wage and hour issues.  He also conducts workplace investigations and has provided training for compliance teams and human resource departments of large companies. Additionally, he drafts various written policies and employment agreements, including discrimination and harassment policies and procedures, employee release agreements, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, and company handbooks.  Mr. Shihabi has also represented and provided advice to large fast-food and fast-casual restaurant chains on compliance with various New York City laws including the Fair Workweek Law and the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act.   

    Prior to joining EGS, Mr. Shihabi practiced labor and employment law at Messner Reeves LLP.  He also worked at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, where he enforced New York City anti-discrimination laws through the investigation and prosecution of complaints alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  After graduating law school, he worked for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section, where he investigated violations, assessed compliance, and enforced civil rights statutes and court decisions involving elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.   

    Mr. Shihabi received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School.  He is a fluent Arabic speaker and is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  He is a member of the New York City Bar Association.

  • 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 an Associate 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.

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