It is hard to imagine another employment lawyer with a comparable record both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Mr. Douglas Wigdor routinely tries cases to verdict – having won numerous verdicts in the millions of dollars and regularly appearing in the New York Law Journal’s “Top Verdicts”. Because of his employment trial verdicts and high profile cases, Mr. Wigdor has been referred to in major news publications as “one of New York’s most high profile litigators,” “a top New York Lawyer,” “a high profile American lawyer,” and “a prominent lawyer.”
Mr. Wigdor was named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the USA by the National Trial Lawyers and one of the Top 100 Labor / Employment Lawyers by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Two peer review studies, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, have recognized Mr. Wigdor as one of the best Employment Trial Lawyers in America. Mr. Wigdor is also an arbitrator himself, serving on the American Arbitration Association Employment Panel.
Mr. Wigdor’s handling of numerous high profile cases has resulted in frequent media appearances, including Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN American Morning, Your World with Neil Cavuto as well as regular spots on CNBC, ABC News, CBS News, NY1, the BBC and NBC News. He is regularly quoted as a legal expert in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal, London Times, Daily Telegraph, London Independent, USA Today, New York Post, and Daily News. One well known media outlet noted that “although U.S. lawyers are known to actively seek out victims to encourage them to sue for damages, Mr. Wigdor doesn’t need to chase clients”.
Mr. Wigdor coined the phrase “Recessionary Discrimination” to characterize the growing trend by companies of using mass lay-offs to cover-up the discriminatory treatment and/or impact on groups of women, people of color and those over the age of 40.
Mr. Wigdor is also a lecturer, editor and author of articles on employment and criminal related subjects. He is regularly invited to appear and participate in leading legal forums regarding topical employment issues. Mr. Wigdor has appeared multiple times as part of an employment mediation panel at JAMS (Judicial Arbitration & Mediation) continuing legal education events and has also appeared as a speaker at the American Arbitration Association forum, as well as the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham Law Schools. Mr. Wigdor also frequently speaks and moderates other continuing legal education seminars for American Conference Institute and Practicing Legal Institute. He is also quoted frequently in the New York Law Journal, presents lectures to various Bar Associations and has published articles in numerous journals. At the request of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Task Force, Mr. Wigdor testified on the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction.
The New York Law Journal has featured Mr. Wigdor and Wigdor LLP’s clients in the top New York State verdicts six times, including the number one and two employment verdicts and the number one disability discrimination verdict. Wigdor LLP has also been honored by the Litigator Awards, the highest awards in trial law. Wigdor LLP has been recognized for extraordinary achievement in the categories of employee discrimination, wrongful termination, civil rights, whistle-blower and wage and hour.
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Mr. Wigdor’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling of individuals and companies in connection with a wide array of employment issues, criminal matters and international issues. He has represented numerous clients who have been victimized by discrimination or harassment based on pregnancy, race, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability, including, but certainly not limited to:
Mr. Wigdor regularly conducts oral arguments in appellate courts, including the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals, and the First Department, arguing some of the most closely watched legal issues in the employment field. Mr. Wigdor was a Federal Law Clerk to United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt and was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, New York where he investigated, prosecuted and tried hundreds of criminal matters ranging from robberies and burglaries to complex schemes to defraud. Because of the breadth of his criminal litigation experience, Mr. Wigdor was appointed under the Federal Criminal Justice Act to serve a three-year term, in the Eastern District of New York, as a criminal defense lawyer in selected criminal cases. Prior to founding Wigdor LLP, Mr. Wigdor was a senior lawyer at one of the nation’s preeminent management side labor and employment firms.
Mr. Wigdor was named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the USA by the National Trial Lawyers and one of the Top 100 Labor / Employment Lawyers by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Two peer review studies, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, have recognized Mr. Wigdor as one of the best Employment Trial Lawyers in America. The American Academy of Trial Attorneys, a national organization of premier attorneys, has recognized Mr. Wigdor as one of the Premier 100 trial attorneys for New York, and he has been honored with a lifetime membership from the Top American Lawyers. Mr. Wigdor was selected as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for Super Lawyers in the employment litigation / labor and employment field after receiving one of the highest point totals in the Super Lawyers rankings. As a Blue Ribbon Panelist, he rates other candidates and provides recommendations regarding the candidacy of other lawyers to the prestigious Super Lawyers rankings. Mr. Wigdor has also received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, indicating that his peers rank him as one of the preeminent lawyers in the labor and employment field. Avvo, a well-respected lawyer-rating agency, rates Mr. Wigdor at 10.0, its highest rating (“Superb”). Mr. Wigdor is a member of the Law360 Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board; a news source read by thousands of corporate counsel and firm decision makers every day. Members of this board serve as a resource for Law360 to get feedback on the publication’s coverage in addition to insight from experts in the field.
Mr. Wigdor received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, cum laude, where he was a member of the Varsity Tennis Team; a Master’s Degree from Oxford University in England; and his Juris Doctor from Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C., graduating in the top of his class. Mr. Wigdor was a senior staff member on the Catholic University Law Review and an editor of the Oxford International Review. While at Oxford, he received a coveted “Full-Blue” and was a member of the Vincent’s Club.
Mr. Wigdor is an active and philanthropic member of the Forest Hills community, where he served on the legal committee of the Forest Hills Gardens Association, had the privilege of managing several basketball teams in the Forest Hills Little League in addition to coaching a basketball team at the Forest Hills YMCA and Forest Hills Community House. He was a former member of the Governing Committee of the Oxonian Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing heads of state to address its members, and was also a member in both the Alexander Hamilton and Theodore Roosevelt Inns of Court wherein he worked together with other selected lawyers and state and federal judges in the analysis of current legal issues. Mr. Wigdor recently travelled to Kenya with other lawyers from the Firm, to educate Kenyan Wildlife Service Officers on evidence preservation and testifying in court. Mr. Wigdor is also an active member of the Westside Tennis Club at Forest Hills and a member of the International Tennis Club of the U.S.A.
Mr. Wigdor has lectured at Oxford (University) and has been awarded the Alumnus of the Year in 2007 and 2014. Due to his continued support of Oxford, St Cross College, a library has been named after Mr. Wigdor and his wife – the Douglas and Catherine Wigdor Library Garden Room. Mr. Wigdor is a member of the New York Eliot Society Membership Committee, and a volunteer for the Leading Together Campaign for Washington University. Mr. Wigdor has also endowed a scholarship for an Arts & Sciences student at Washington University.
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