Laurie Berke-Weiss

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in New York, NY

Berke-Weiss Law PLLC
 | 950 Third Avenue, 32nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-888-2680
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Laurie Berke-Weiss, principal of Berke-Weiss Law PLLC, is an established and highly regarded New York attorney with over 30 years’ experience.  Laurie and her firm handle a full range of employment and labor law issues, representing both employees and employers.  The firm provides advice and counsel, negotiation and mediation services, as well as litigation in state court, federal court, and before governmental agencies.  The firm’s clients include businesses, professional practices, non-profit organizations, as well as executives and professionals from a wide range of industries and backgrounds.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, Ms. Berke-Weiss earned a Master of Arts in industrial relations from Rutgers University. She then attended Fordham University School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1983. Admitted to practice in New York, Ms. Berke-Weiss is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Highly regarded by her peers, she has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America* and holds an AV Preeminent** rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2010, Ms. Berke-Weiss was given the Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award by Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Ms. Berke-Weiss is a leader in the New York legal community.  She frequently writes and lectures about employment discrimination, legal ethics and law practice management. An active participant in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, she is a past chair of its Executive Committee and is a past president of the New York Women's Bar Association. Among her many other professional affiliations, Ms. Berke-Weiss sits on the advisory board of the New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, and is a vice president of the Fordham Law Alumni Association.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

**AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
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About Laurie Berke-Weiss

Admitted: 1984, New York

Professional Webpage: http://berkeweisslaw.com/attorneys/laurie-berke-weiss/

Honors/Awards:

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, Top 100, 2012 – 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV® – Preeminent
  • "Judge William Groat Alumni Award", Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2010
  • Avenue Magazine Legal Elite, 2010 – 2013
  • "Best Lawyer", Employment and Labor Law,  2006 – 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York City Bar Association, Task Force on New Lawyers in the Changing Profession, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Dean’s Advisory Council, 1999 – 2012; Emerita, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Cornell University Council, Administrative Board, 2010 - 2012
  • Director, New York Women's Bar Association Foundation, Inc.
  • Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations Alumni Association, Board Member, 1992 - 1999
  • Member, Cornell University Council
  • New York City Bar Association, Council on the Profession, Member, 2013
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Commercial Part, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, Mediator, 1996 – 2007; 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • New York City Bar Association, Past Chair, Executive Committee, Audit Committee, 2002 – 2003; 2005 – 2009
  • Past President, New York Women's Bar Association
  • Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations Alumni Association, President, 1999 - 2003
  • Member, New York State Bar House of Delegates
  • Member, Advisory Board of the New York  University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law
  • New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, Advisory Board, 2010
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  • New York State Bar House of Delegates, Member, 2008 – 2012
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations Alumni Association, Executive Board, 2003 - 2009
  • Past Chair, New York City Bar Executive Committee & Audit Committee
  • Cornell University President's Council of Cornell Women, Member, 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Commentator on United States Supreme Court Opinion, Smith v. City of Jackson, MSNBC (March 30, 2005)
  • Laurie Berke-Weiss, Trade Secrets and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, in Resolving Labor and Employment Disputes, A Practical Guide, 117, 117 (Ross E. Davies and Samuel Estreicher eds., 2012)   Lecturer in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Law Practice Management and Ethics
  • “Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2014,” Practising Law Institute (June 18, 2014)
  • “Disparate Impact and Pattern or Practice Litigation,” 67th Annual Conference on Labor: Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act After 50 Years, New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law (June 5, 2014)
  • “An Introduction to U.S. Employment Law,” seminar to visiting students from Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono, Israel, at the invitation of the New York University Law School Center for Labor and Employment Law (June 3, 2014)
  • “Employment Litigation/Claims Against Employees,” Moderator, Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law (March 19, 2014)
  • “Best Practices for Negotiating and Litigating the Matter,” Workshop on Representing Individual Employees in Employment Disputes: Practice and Strategy, New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law (January 10, 2014)
  • “Women and Mentoring,” Cardozo School of Law, New York City (October 10, 2013)
  • “What To Do Now: The Small and Midsize Law Firm Job Search,” Fordham University School of Law, New York City (September 25, 2013)
  • Presentation to Employment Law and Dispute Resolution class, regarding mediation of employment disputes at invitation of Prof. Sam Estreicher, New York University School of Law (April 25, 2013)
  • “Employment Litigation/Claims Against Employees,” Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law (March 7, 2012)
  • “From Sexual Harassment to Sexual Assault: Sexual Misconduct at the Workplace,” Cornell University ILR School Labor and Employment Law Program, New York City (October 12, 2011)
  • “Getting and Keeping Your Job: Street Smart Tips from an Employment Lawyer,” NYC Cornellians – Young Alumni (February 23, 2011)
  • “Employee Misclassification: An Enforcement Update,” CLE at Cornell University ILR School Labor and Employment Law Program, New York City (November 18, 2010)
  • “Litigating a Trade Secrets Case,” 63rd Annual Conference on Labor – Resolving Labor and Employment Disputes: A Practical Guide, New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law (June 3, 2010)
  • “Trade Secrets/Noncompetition Clauses,” Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law (March 17, 2010)
  • “Restrictive Covenants and Non-Competes,” Lee Hecht Harrison (February 26, 2009)
  • “Risk Management Employment Considerations in Lawyer Termination,” The Legal Malpractice and Risk Management Conference (March 9, 2007)
  • “Employment Law – Are You Prepared?,” The Johnson School Club of New York, Cornell University (May 16, 2006)
  • “Restrictive Covenants: What You Must Know,” Legal and Legislative Conference, Human Resources Association of New York (October 26, 2005)
  • “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case,” Moderator, New York County Lawyers’ Association (June 15-16, 2005)

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers University, Master's Degree in Industrial Relations
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations - B.S.

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York Women's Bar Association
Office Location for Laurie Berke-Weiss

950 Third Avenue
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-888-2680

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Last Updated: 1/22/2019

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