Wayne N. Outten

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in New York, NY

Outten & Golden LLP
 | 685 Third Avenue, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-245-1000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (80%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Wayne N. Outten is the founding and managing partner of Outten & Golden LLP, a New York City law firm with more than 30 attorneys that focuses on representing employees exclusively. Mr. Outten handles, among other things, employment and expat agreements, severance agreements, employment disputes, and discrimination, harassment, retaliation/whistleblower, and breach of contract claims.

He received his law degree from the New York University School of Law in 1974. He is licensed to practice in New York and Maryland and before the United States Supreme Court, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

He was a founding Governor of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.  A member of the American Bar Association (ABA), he is vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section, served on the Section's Council (2000-2008), and co-chaired various committes (including the Employment Rights & Responsiblities, International Labor & Employment Law, Pro Bono, and Membership Development Committees). Mr. Outten is a founding member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and served on its board for 11 years; and he founded NELA's New York affiliate and served as its president for 16 years. He is also a co-founder and officer of Workplace Fairness, a charitable/educational organization.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section and has co-chaired numerous of its committees (including International Labor & Employment Law and ADR).

He is a frequent lecturer and author of articles related to employment law throughout New York and the country, as well as abroad.

For more information, see www.outtengolden.com.

 
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About Wayne Outten

Admitted: 1979, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.outtengolden.com/firm/team/partners/wayne-outten/

Honors and Awards:

  • Intercontinental Finance Magazine ICFM 500 Leading Lawyers, 2014
  • Award as Founding Leader (30th Anniversary), National Employment Lawyers Association 2015
  • Lawdragon Legend 2015 (one of 50 in the U.S.)
  • Social Justice Leadership Award, The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, 2014
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2005-2014
  • Top 100 New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
  • Fellow, Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America in 2007
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America in 2006
  • Top 100 lawyers in New York
  • "Best Lawyers in America"

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1979
  • New York Bar Association, 1979
  • New York State Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, International Labor & Employment Law Committee)
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Former Co-Chair Committee on Pro Bono Work)
  • New York State Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee)
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section (Co-chair, Employment Rights and Responsibiltiies Committee, 1995-1998)
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Seciton, Co-chair, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 1995-1998)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) (Founding Member, Executive Board, 1985-1996)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New York, Founder (1986), President (1986-2002)
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section (Co-Chair, Membership Development Committee, 2008 - )
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section (Employee Co-Chair, International Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2005-2008)
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Council member, 2000 - 2008
  • Co-Chair/ Moderator, International Labor Law Committee, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Vienna, Austria, May 15, 2006 - May 16, 2006
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (Member, Employment Disputes Committee)
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section (Active Member, Executive Committee)
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 1996 - 2003 (Founding Governor)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (Co-Chair, International Law Committee)
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Workplace Fairness (Co-Founder, Officer, and Board Member)
  • New York Civil Liberties Union (Former Board Member)

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Moderator, Independent Contractors and Interns, “Zero-Hours” Contracts and Just-in-Time Scheduling: Organizing, Representing and Bargaining with Precarious Workers Faced with market pressures to increase the bottom line, companies around," American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law International Labor and Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, 2015
  • Moderator, Pay and Leave, Fourth TransAtlantic Conference, U.K. Employment Lawyer Association and ABA Labor & Employment Law Section International Committee, London, 2015
  • Panelist, The New Restatement of Employment Law, National Employment Lawyers Association/ New York, New York, 2015
  • Keynote Speaker, Employment Lawyer as Problem Solver, Connecticut Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Hartford, CT, 2015
  • Panelist, Navigating International Labor and Employment Issues in Corporate Transactions: Know the Issues; Consult the Experts, Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Vail, CO, 2015
  • Picking on Me? Tactics and Defenses for Handling Retaliation Claims, Law Education Institute, Aspen, January 7, 2005
  • How Women Can Overcome the Glass Ceiling (or Sticky Floor), New Hampshire Women's Bar Association, Manchester, NH, January 13, 2005
  • Why Are Thousands of Women Suing Their Employers? Are Class Action Law Suits Finally Going to Effect Change?, Human Resources Association of NY, NYC, February 17, 2005
  • How Do You Say Covenant in French ... Spanish ... German? Enforcing Covenants Not to Compete in the International Workforce - Moderator, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee, 2005 Midwinter Meeting, Key Biscayne, FL, March 10, 2005
  • Settlement of Discrimination Cases, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, 2005 Midwinter Meeting, Naples, FL, April 7, 2005
  • Wal-Mart to Wall Street: Gender Discrimination, Georgetown University Law Center, Employment Law & Litigation Institute: Legal Trends and Practice Strategies, Washington, DC, April 21, 2005
  • Sarbanes-Oxley: Employment Law Aspects and Procedural Aspects, Georgetown University Law Center, Employment Law & Litigation Institute: Legal Trends and Practice Strategies, Washington, DC, April 21, 2005
  • Advanced Trial Practice Panel, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN, March 3, 2005
  • Mock Negotiating Separation Agreements, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN, June 3, 2005
  • A Review of Common Law Claims, National Employment Lawyers Association, 16th Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, June 23, 2005
  • Gender Discrimination Litigation, Practicing Law Institute, NYC, June 27, 2005
  • Gender Discrimination Litigation, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, September 27, 2005
  • Teleconference Negotiating Severance Agreements, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Nationwide, September 27, 2005
  • Representing Workers in Class & Collective Actions. Panel on Working with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission., National Employment Lawyers Association, Seminar on Impact Litigation, Cambridge, MA, October 14, 2005
  • Global HR Conference, New York University, Global HR Conference, Florence, Italy, November 15, 2005
  • Employment Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 10th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Snowmass Village, Colorado, March 9, 2006
  • Workplace Fairness: Utopian Myth or New Reality, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee, 2006 Midwinter Meeting, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, March 15, 2006
  • The Plaintiff's Bar: Plaintiff's Lawyering in Diverse Areas of Practice, New York Law School Conference, NYC, March 31, 2006
  • Expert Roundtable: Evaluating and Valuing Cases (Co-Chair), Georgetown University Law Center, 24th Annual Employment Law & Litigation Institute, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2006
  • Whistle blowing and Retaliation Against Private Employees, Seattle, Washington, 39th Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, May 4, 2006
  • Can You Hear the Whistle blowing? The Prosecution and Defense of Whistleblower and Retaliation Cases, 39th Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, Seattle, Washington, May 4, 2006
  • Co-Chair/ Moderator, International Labor Law Committee, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Vienna, Austria, May 15, 2006 - May 16, 2006
  • Negotiating Employment Agreements, Including Executive Agreements, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 22, 2006
  • SOX: A Review of the Newest Whistle blowing Sword, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 22, 2006
  • Settlement and Utilization of Separation Agreements in Discrimination & Sexual Harassment Cases, Practicing Law Institute, Litigating Employment Discrimination & Sexual Harassment Claims, NYC, June 27, 2006
  • Teleconference - "Employment Law after Burlington Northern: What it Means for Today's Workplace", West Legal Ed Center, NYC, June 30, 2006
  • Diversity Workshop – Making Diversity Work: Key Tips on Achieving and Maintaining True Diversity in the Legal Profession, Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association Section of Labor & Emp. Law, Equal Emp. Opportunity Committee Program, Honolulu, HI, August 7, 2006
  • Leaders in Public Interest Series "Doing Well While Doing Good", NYU Law School, October 30, 2006
  • Strategic Legal Thinking for Not-for-Profit Executives "From the Belly of the Beast: Avoiding Lawsuits", Pfizer/United Way, NYC, November 2, 2006
  • Labor & Employment Law Program "Why's Everybody Always Picking On Me? Strategic and tactics in retaliation cases.", Law Education Institute, January 10, 2007
  • 11th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute "Employment Law Roundtable: Employee and Company Counsel Explore the Most Contentious Issues in Employment Law", Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, March 8, 2007
  • Court-Based or Annexed Mediation of Employment Disputes, NYU Law School: Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, NYC, March 12, 2007
  • Midwinter Meeting "Advice & Strategy on Building a Successful Practice", ABA/Labor & Employment Law Section, Committee on Employment Rights & Responsibilities, New Orleans, LA, March 30, 2007
  • 25th Annual Employment Law & Litigation Institute - Co-chair "An Interview with the New Chair of the EEOC (Naomi Earp)" "Mock Negotiation of Employment Agreement", Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, April 12, 2003 - April 13, 2003
  • Employment Discrimination Law Outside of the United States: An Overview of Anti-Discrimination Law in the European Workplace - Moderator, ABA / Labor and Employment Law Section, Committee on International Labor Law, Teleconference Series, NYC
  • Negotiating Separation Agreements: A Mock Negotiation, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN , May 30, 2007
  • Negotiating Employment Agreements, Including Executive Agreements, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN, May 30, 2007
  • Anti-Retaliation Under Federal and State Discrimination and Wage-Hour Laws; Implications of Burlington Northern v. White, New York University School of Law's 60th Annual Conference on Labor: Retaliation and Whistleblowers, NYC, May 31, 2007
  • When Counsel Crosses an Ethical Line: What to Do and How to Do It, PLI's Litigating Employment Discrimination Claims, NYC, June 19, 2007
  • Co-Chair, Presenter, Negotiating Employment Contracts, Separation Agreements, and Releases, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, MN, October 4, 2007
  • Retaliation & Whistleblower Claims, PLI 36th Annual Institute on Employment Law, NYC, October 11, 2007
  • Negotiating Employment Agreements: Mock Negotiation, ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Annual CLE Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 9, 2007
  • Retaliation Redux, Colorado Bar Association, National CLE Conference, Vail, CO, January 9, 2008
  • Creating an Ethical Business Environment, Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, Garden City, NY, February 10, 2008
  • Introduction to International Labor & Employment Law (Moderator), ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Teleconference, February 20, 2008
  • Ending Employment Relationships, New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, International Labor & Employment Law Committee, NYC, March 8, 2008
  • Court-Based or Annexed Mediation Of Employment Disputes, New York University School of Law, Workshop on Employment Law For Federal Judges, NYC, March 18, 2008
  • Discussion of 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett (Arbitration of Civil Rights Claims), College of Labor & Employment Lawyers/Second Circuit Chapter, NYC, May 12, 2008
  • Legislative Update: New York's Whistleblower Law, National Employment Lawyers Association/New York, Hunter, NY, May 16, 2008
  • Negotiating Employment Agreements, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minneapolis, MN, May 29, 2008
  • Arbitration and Mediation Programs, Practicing Law Institute, 30th Annual Litigating Employment Discrimination Claims, NYC, June 16, 2008
  • Representing Multinational Employees: Special Issues and Considerations (Moderator), National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, June 26, 2008
  • Annual Meeting "Ultimate Arbitration Update", American Bar Association, August 11, 2008
  • Retaliation & Whistleblower Claims, 37th Annual Institute on Employment Law, NYC, October 23, 2008
  • Managing Human Resources Risks, New York General Counsel Forum, NYC, October 30, 2008
  • Crucial Strategies in Negotiating Employment and Separation Agreements, ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Annual CLE Conference, Denver, CO
  • Instructor, NYU School of Law, 1976 - 1978
  • Lecturer, Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims
  • Lecturer, Employment and Severance Agreements
  • Lecturer, Arbitration of Employment Disputes
  • Lecturer, Mediation
  • Lecturer, Employment Law

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Public Interest Award from CUNY School of Law Public Interest Law Student Association, 2010
  • Samuel M. Kaynard Award for Excellence in the Fields of Labor & Employment Law from Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, 2010

Educational Background:

  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.S., 1970
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New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-245-1000

 

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