Ethan A. Brecher

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Law Office of Ethan A. Brecher LLC
244 5th Ave, Suite B241
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 646-974-3982
Fax: 888-821-0246
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%), Business Litigation (30%), Business/Corporate (10%), Employment & Labor: Employee (10%), Securities & Corporate Finance (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Ethan A. Brecher is the founder and managing partner of the Law Office of Ethan A. Brecher, LLC, in New York City, New York. A top-rated trial attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Brecher provides exceptional representation and support to clients throughout New York City and the surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Employment law litigation
  • Securities litigation
  • Commercial and business litigation

Primarily a plaintiff's attorney, Mr. Brecher has achieved significant success advocating on behalf of employees who have suffered serious violations of their rights as workers on the job, including all forms of discrimination, harassment, wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination and other serious grievances. He has also assisted hundreds of clients with claims against their securities brokers for fraud and misrepresentation, and he has helped numerous companies of all sizes in a variety of industries with their complex disputes.

In addition, Mr. Brecher also negotiates favorable terms regarding severance agreements and employment contracts between employees and their employers. No matter the issues his clients are facing or how complicated their needs, he delivers highly personalized counsel and aggressive advocacy to ensure they obtain the full amount of restitution they deserve, and he has secured millions of dollars in settlements and awards for those he has served.

Honored for his professionalism, civility and irreproachable ethical standards, Mr. Brecher has earned high rankings from his peers as being among the top attorneys in his region for his practice areas. As the result of his success and unwavering focus on his clients' needs, he has also received Superb client ratings on AVVO along with the site's Clients' Choice Award.

A 1988 graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Brecher obtained his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 1991. He holds his license to practice in Connecticut as well as New York, and he recently completed a three-year tenure as a member of the Pro Bono Panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. He is also an elected member of The American Law Institute, and he maintains active involvement with various other local, state and national legal organizations.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Securities & Corporate Finance
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Contracts, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Securities Law


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2021

About Ethan A. Brecher

Admitted: 1992, Connecticut

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Educational Background

  • Cornell University, A.B., 1988

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, New York Bar
  • Member, Connecticut Bar
  • NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel, August 27, 2015
  • Member, The American Law Institute (ALI), January 18, 2013


  • Negotiated an ~$3 million settlement of a defamation and stock compensation claim for an employee of a bank (2020) Negotiated a $600,000 settlement of a whistleblower and bonus claim for an employee of a FINRA broker-dealer (2020)  Negotiated with co-counsel a $3 million settlement of a breach of contract claim for a former employee against a FINRA broker-dealer (2020) Negotiated settlement of $1,637,500 on behalf of a broker-dealer owed a finder’s fee. (2020), 2020
  • On October 9, 2020, the New York Supreme Court granted Ethan Brecher's clients, members of an investment fund, access to the fund’s books & records under the Delaware LLC Law in support of fraud and other claims., 2020
  • On March 7, 2019, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, granted Summary Judgment in favor of Law Office of Ethan A. Brecher, LLC’s client’s claim on a $500,000 loan, reversing the lower court’s order which had denied summary judgment. The Appeals Court found that the LLC borrower and its individual principal who guaranteed payment were both liable on the outstanding unpaid debt. With interest, the amount due exceeds $990,000.  Read a copy of the Court’s decision here., 2019
  • On December 18, 2018, the Connecticut Superior Court permitted most of the claims to proceed in the case Baxt v. Smith et al., a complex commercial dispute involving among other things allegations of misconduct by the defendants in denying compensation to the plaintiff in connection with a business venture formed to acquire aircraft servicing businesses. The Law Office of Ethan A. Brecher, LLC represented the plaintiff in the lawsuit, which subsequently settled in a mediation in 2019. , 2018
  • On September 17, 2020, the United States Court fo Appeals for the 11th Circuit reversed the District Court and reinstated a $3.4 million FINRA arbitration award in favor of Ethan Brecher's client against Citigroup Global Markets.  Click here to read the Court's Opinion in Gherardi v. Citigroup Global Markets., 2020


  • New York Super Lawyer, 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2020, 2020
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Office Location for Ethan A. Brecher

244 5th Ave
Suite B241
New York, NY 10001

Phone: 646-974-3982

Fax: 888-821-0246

Last Updated: 7/7/2021

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