Harvey S. Mars

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in New York, NY

Law Office of Harvey S. Mars, LLC
 | 322 West 48th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-765-4300
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1986
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor (70%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Harvey S. Mars has provided quality legal representation to employees, labor organizations and employers in New York City and statewide for more than 30 years. A diligent and tenacious advocate, Harvey’s current practice involves a diverse range of labor and employment law matters, including employee benefits issues, covenants not to compete and employee confidentiality agreements, collective bargaining negotiations, arbitration, employment discrimination litigation, ERISA litigation and administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the New York State Employment Relations Board, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights. Harvey is also a Oberlin College trained musician (trombone) who particularly enjoys providing legal representation and advice to professional musicians and recording artists. He currently serves as an in-house counsel to the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, AFM, the largest local union representing professional musicians in the United States.

He has published numerous articles, serves as an editor for BNA's treatise, "Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law" and lectures at both Baruch College and Columbia University's Teacher's College. He is also active in the New York State Bar Association, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (70%): Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Employment Litigation (20%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Entertainment & Sports (10%)

Focus Areas

Employment & Labor: Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Employment Litigation: Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017

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About Harvey Mars

Admitted: 1986, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.harveymarsattorney.com/attorney-profiles.php

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Cornell-ILR- Certificate in Labor Studies , 2016
  • Cornell-ILR-  Basic Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York, 1986
  • Member, Board of Directors of CIANA, 2010 - Present
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, 1995 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • New York State Counsel Pro Bono Service Award, 2014
  • Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • The Case Of The Concert That Went On ... And On... And On... Allegro, July, 2013
  • What Are Yellow Dog Contracts, June Allegro, 2012
  • Is It Legal For Musicians To Go On Strike, April Allegro, 2012
  • Two District Court Decisions Turn Back The Clock on Workers, 2012
  • Making Strides, IM May 2012, International Musicain, 2012
  • Walmart Women Will Not Be Denied, Allegro
  • es, Musicians Are Employees, Allegro
  • Published an article in the May 2015 New York Law Journal detailing a comparison between the ADEA and Title VII with respect to mixed motive employment discrimination claims  , The Conflicting Legal Standards for Mixed-Motive Employment Discrimination CLaims, New York State Bar Association Journal
  • Philadelphia Story- How Management Used Bankruptcy As A Weapon Against Musicians- And Can We Stop This From happening Again?
  • Divide and Conquer- Can an Employer Bypass THe AFM and Negotiate Directly With A Local?
  • Special Lecturer, Labor Law, 2005
  • When Talks Break Down, Regional Orchestra Players' Association, 2011
  • Employee Welfare Benefit Entitlement and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, March 1994
  • The Effect on Collective Bargaining Obligations of Statutory Duties Under the ADA Title I, March 1994
  • Collective Bargaining Under the ADA Title I, November 1994
  • An Overview of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Its Impact Upon Federal Labor Law - Part II, August 1995
  • An Overview of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Its Impact Upon Federal Labor Law - Part I, August 1995
  • Multiemployer and Multiple-Employer Plans, May 1996
  • Federal Administration and Enforcement of Wage-Hour Laws, May 1997
  • What To Do When You're Not Paid, April 2003
  • Discrimination Claims: A Guide for Musicians (Part I), June 2003
  • You've Won! Now, How Do You Collect?, June 2003 
  • If You're Discriminated Against: A Gude for Musicians (Part III), October 2003
  • Discrimination Claims: A Guide for Musicians (Part II), October 2003
  • 802 Legal Corner: How Someone Can "Steal" Your Song...Legally, December 2003
  • "Waiter, There's Glass in my Pudding!", January 2004
  • What’s Your Grievance?, February 2004
  • Pregnancy Discrimination: What Every Woman Should Know, March 2004
  • 802 "Can You Turn It Down?", May 2004
  • Work for Hire... Watch Out!, June 2004
  • 802 Legal Corner: Can You Hear Me Now?, July 2004
  • Can You Put That in Writing?, September 2004
  • Elections the Union Way, October 2004
  • First Rule of Business: Protect Yourself!, November 2004
  • Sexy Lawsuits Hog the Press, November 2004
  • A New Kind of Strike, February 2005
  • Is Arbitration Final? Maybe, Maybe Not, March 2005
  • Getting Rid of a Bad Decision, April 2005
  • It Takes Two (or More) to Tango, July 2005
  • "Can You Keep It Down?" Practicing in Your Apartment, October 2005
  • Copyright Protection for Arrangers, November 2005
  • When Two Musicians Record a CD, Who Owns It?, December 2005
  • When You’re Discriminated Against, for a Discrimination Complaint, January 2006
  • You Have the Right (Not) to Remain Silent!, February 2006
  • Scabs Can Run But They Can’t Hide, April 2006
  • Why Can Musicians Strike - But Not Firefighters?, July 2006
  • Instruments and Airplanes: Legally Speaking, December 2006
  • Lose Your Gig? File for Unemployment, if You Can..., January 2007
  • Looking For Music Schools on the Web? Let the Buyer Beware!, February 2007
  • NLRB is ‘Rip Van Winkle'?, March 2007
  • Raising Up Women’s Rights with a Forklift, March 2007
  • American Ballet Theatre Settles Lawsuit, April 2007
  • When Elections Aren’t Enough, April 2007
  • You'd Better Shop Around, May 2007
  • The Day The Music Died, June 2007
  • Are "Non-Compete" Contracts Legal?, July 2007
  • Looking for Legal Help?, July 2007
  • When Can You Be Fired, Legally?, September 2007
  • United States of America ex rel. Quinn V. Omnicare, Inc. - The Loophole Has Been Closed, November 2007
  • A Major Blow: New Labor Rule Will Hurt Organizing, December 2007
  • Supreme Court Slams Equal Pay, February 2008
  • Some Blogger Called Me a Jerk!, May 2008
  • Competent or Not?, July 2008
  • Licensing Music Online, August 2008
  • Disabled? New Protections for Disabled Musicians and other Workers, November 2008
  • Don’t Look a Gift Score in the Mouth, December 2008
  • Not Just for the Fun of it, January 2009
  • Bad Borrowing, February 2009
  • The Pen is Mightier than the Sword, March 2009
  • No choice: Workers Lose Certain Rights to Sue for Discrimination in Court, November 2009
  • He Said, She Said, December 2009
  • Can You Please Turn It Down?, January 2010
  • Are You in Charge of the Money?, February 2010
  • Record Labels get Slapped, March 2010
  • Should we Panic about Pension?, June 2010
  • American Idol is Sued by the Union, September 2010 
  • Picky about Pickets, December 2010
  • Free Speech? If you blast your boss on Facebook, are you protected?, January 2011
  • A Union Man - MLK's last days were spent in support of a strike, February 2011
  • Master's Thesis, "An Overview of Title I of The Americans With Disabilities Act and its Impact on Federal Labor Law", Hofstra Labor Law Journal

Representative Clients:

  • Opera Company of Brooklyn and Local 802, AFM, 51 SERB 01
  • White Diamond, et al.  v. Stephen Guy Polis, Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • U.S. ex rel. Quinn v. Omnicare, 382 F.3d 432 (3rd Cir. 2007)
  • Soumayah v. Minnelli, 19 A.D. 3d 337 (1st Dept. 2005)
  • Minnelli v. Soumayah, 41 A.D. 3d 388 (1st Dept.2007)
  • Associated Musicians of Greater New York v. The Parker Meridien Hotel, 145 F. 3rd 85 (2nd Cir. 1997
  • Howard, et al., on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated v. Hoechst Celanese, Civil Action 01-929 (AET), United States District Court, New Jersey
  • Emira Habiby Browne vs. Arab-American Family Support Center, Sherief Meleis, Joseph Botros, Christine Moore Vassallo, Shermaine Bilal, Khalid Anasseri, Dina Hanna and Assad Jebara, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, CV 06-3748 (CPS)

Educational Background:

  • Cornell University's Industrial Labor Relations School and Baruch College's School of Business, M.S., in Industrial Labor Relations, 1995
  • Oberlin College, B.A., in Political Science, 1982

Industry Groups

  • Music
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    Office Location for Harvey S. Mars

    322 West 48th Street
    6th Floor
    New York, NY 10036

    Phone: 212-765-4300


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