Louis Pechman practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including employment discrimination, union-management relations, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, and wage and overtime disputes. Mr. Pechman has litigated over one hundred federal and state court cases. As a practitioner for thirty years in the labor and employment field, Mr. Pechman offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on improving the employment relationship and, where appropriate, terminating that relationship.
Mr. Pechman has worked as a labor and employment attorney at three Manhattan law firms, as in-house labor counsel with the New York Daily News, and as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board. Admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, he is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Fordham University School of Law.
A frequent contributor to the New York Law Journal, the Huffington Post, and other legal publications, Mr. Pechman often gives presentations on employment and labor law topics. He has lectured at the Fordham University School of Law, New York University School of Law, the Practising Law Institute, and the American Bar Association. From 1994 through 1998, he was Chair of the New York County Lawyers' Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law. Since 1996, Mr. Pechman has developed and moderated NYCLA's annual program on "How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case." He also moderates an annual program at NYCLA, initiated in October 2010, on "How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case."
Since 2006, Mr. Pechman has been recognized annually as a New York Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer in the area of Employment and Labor Law. In 2013, Mr. Pechman was recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in New York. Mr. Pechman has also been rated "Superb" on Avvo.com and rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Pechman is one of the leading practitioners in the area of restaurant litigation involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law, and has recovered over ten million dollars in back wages for restaurant workers, including a record $3.15 settlement for the waiters at Sparks Steakhouse. He is the founder of waiterpay.com, a site that focuses on complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry and authors the Restaurant Worker News Blog.
Areas of Practice
- Workplace Law
- Employment Discrimination
- Union-Management Relations
- Employment Contracts
- Non-Competition Agreements
- Independent Contractor Issues
- Wage/Hour Disputes
- New York, 1984
- New Jersey, 1985
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
- J.D. - 1983
- Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations
- B.S. - 1979
- Moderator, "How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case", New York County Lawyers' Association, (2010 - 2013)
- Moderator, "How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case", New York County Lawyers' Association, (1996 - 2013)
- Lecturer, New York University, the Extension Division of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
- Speaker, Labor and Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, Pace Law School, August 18, 2011
- Moderator, "An Introduction to Wage and Hour Cases", Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, May 21, 2011
Honors and Awards
- Best Lawyer, Employment and Labor Law, 2006 - 2012
- New York Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2012
- Rated AV® - Preeminent
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, Labor and Employment Law Committee
- New York Women’s Bar Association, Co-Chair, Committee on Employment and Equal Opportunity for Women
- New York County Lawyers’ Association, Chair of the Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law, 1994-1998
- New York State Bar Association, Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law
- American Bar Association, Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law