We collaborate with other business and employment attorneys because we want our clients get the best results available under their circumstances. That sometimes takes a team of highly-skilled contributors, and we can’t be skilled in everything.
We launched as a litigation firm that represented employers and employees. We never bought into the idea that there was a correct side to be on in the court room 100% of the time. There was no good guy in a white had or bad guy in a black hat like in Old West movies. We worked with whichever side we felt we could help most under the unique circumstances of their cases. This balance helped us to ensure our analyses were as objective as possible, and it often got our clients quicker and fairer results.
Sometimes the process, judges, or attorneys got in the way of resolution. They still occasionally do.
Mediation can be a highly effective workaround.
For the most part, we have stopped litigating. Our work is now focused on compliance with Section 50 of the Workers Compensation Law, resolving penalties for non-compliance, and mediating workplace disputes—preferably before claims are filed. That leaves a lot of work for other attorneys and plenty of opportunities to support them with our niche practice.
How might we support each other?
What We Do
- Continuing Education and Training
- Informal Resolution Facilitation
- Legal Consultations and Compliance Support (e.g., audits, audit defense, investigations)
- Mediation of Workplace Disputes (e.g., discrimination, performance, sexual harassment)
- Penalty Resolution (e.g., disability, Paid Family Leave, workers compensation)
- Title IX and Equal Employment Investigations
What We Don’t Do
- Bankruptcy or business dissolution
- Commercial litigation
- Intellectual property protection or litigation
- Litigation of discrimination, ERISA, or Wage and Hour claims
- Mergers and acquisitions
How We Support Other Attorneys in These Areas
We have assisted small and family businesses with multiple owners resolve the personal conflicts hindering dissolution or restructuring. We help them reach agreements that last.
We have intervened when collaborators disagree about creative direction, intellectual property, the value of sweat equity, and more. We get projects back on track.
We frequently consult with employers and their counsel when department heads are not getting along, uninsured employees have injury and overtime claims, or the employment relationship is imputed on workers believed to be independent contractors. We clean up messes and create systems to prevent future ones.
- J.D., State University of New York University at Buffalo Law School, 2001
- New York State law license, 2002
- EEOC Mediation Certification, 2005
- FINRA Arbitration Appointment, 2015
- DIY Conflict Resolution book, 2015
- ICERM Mediation Certification, 2017
- DISC Certification, 2019
- Coaching Mastery Certification, 2020
- Mediation Re-Certification, 2022