Lou Pechman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in New York, NY

Pechman Law Group PLLC
 | 488 Madison Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-583-9500
Fax: 212-409-8763
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (50%)
Attorney Profile

Louis Pechman practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including employment discrimination, sex harassment litigation, union-management relations, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, and overtime and pay disputes. As a practitioner for over 35 years in the labor and employment field, Mr. Pechman offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on improving the employment relationship and, where appropriate, terminating that relationship.

Mr. Pechman has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and as a New York Super Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment Law since 2006.  He has a AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo. Mr. Pechman has also been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an honorary organization limited to 1% of attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession. Pechman Law Group PLLC, has been recognized by U.S. News’ Best Law Firms as a Tier 1 law firm in Employment Law for Individuals and Labor Law for Management. Mr. Pechman has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in New York City.

Mr. Pechman is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the fast-emerging area of wage and hour law. Over the past decade, he has litigated over 250 federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the New York Labor Law. Mr. Pechman is also the founder of waiterpay.com and empleaodsderestaurantes.com, websites that focus on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry. Mr. Pechman is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law teaching the course “Wage Theft: Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities.”

A frequent contributor to the New York Law Journal and other business and legal publications, Mr. Pechman often gives presentations on employment law topics, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment, wage & hour law, and the development of human resource policies and procedures. He has lectured at the Fordham University School of Law, New York University, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the Practising Law Institute and the American Bar Association.  A former Chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Mr. Pechman moderates NYCLA's annual programs “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case” and “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case.” He served as Chair of the Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2015-2017.

Mr. Pechman’s prior experience includes work as an attorney at some of the leading employment law firms in New York, as in-house labor counsel with the New York Daily News, and as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board. Admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, he is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Fordham University School of Law. 

Practice Areas
  • 50%Employment & Labor
  • 50%Employment & Labor


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Lou Pechman

Admitted: 1984, New York

Professional Webpage: http://pechmanlaw.com/our-team/lou-pechman.html


  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2015
  • Best Lawyer, Employment and Labor Law, 2006 – 2014
  • 10.0 Superb Rating, Avvo, 2015
  • Rated AV® – Preeminent

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Chair, Labor Relations and Employment Law Committee, 1994 - 1998
  • United States District Court of Southern District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law.
  • New York City Bar Association, Chair, Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee, 2015
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • New York, 1984
  • United States District Court of Eastern District of New York
  • New York Women’s Bar Association, Co-Chair, Committee on Employment and Equal Opportunity for Women

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, “Representing Multiple Plaintiffs in Employment Discrimination Litigation,” Practising Law Institute, June 20, 2013
  • Moderator, “Reforming the FLSA,” NYU 66th Annual Conference on Labor:  Regulation of Compensation, New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law, June 6, 2013
  • Moderator, “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2010 – Present
  • Moderator, “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, 1996 – Present
  • Lecturer, New York University, the Extension Division of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Speaker, Labor and Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, Pace Law School, August 18, 2011
  • Moderator, “An Introduction to Wage and Hour Cases,” Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, May 21, 2011
  • Speaker, “FLSA On the Clock, Off the Books, and Underpaid?,” NELA/NY Fall Conference,  New York Employment Lawyer’s Association, October 10, 2014
  • Moderator, “Current Issues in Settlement of FLSA Cases,” New York City Bar Association, October 6, 2015
  • Moderator, “Top Ten FLSA Litigation Issues: 2016 Edition Webinar,” Bloomberg BNA, September 29, 2016
  • Speaker, “Developments in Gender Discrimination Law,” Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation, Praticising Law Institute Program, June 22, 2015
  • Panelist, “Have We Reached the Tipping Point for Tips?,” NYC Hospitality Alliance, February 2, 2015
  • Panelist, “Prosecuting & Defending Wage and Hour Cases,” Employment Law Institute at the NYC Bar Association, March 11, 2016
  • Panelist, “Opening A Restuarant in New York: Legal Boot Camp,” New York City Bar Association, March 18, 2016
  • Speaker, "The Tipping Conference," New York City Hospitality Alliance, March 2, 2016
  • Moderator, “FLSA Settlement Issues One Year After Cheeks,” New York City Bar, October 24, 2016
  • Speaker, “Trends in Wage and Hour Claims and Class Actions,” American Conference Institute, June 12, 2017
  • Moderator, “Top Ten FLSA Litigation Issues: 2015 Edition Webinar,” Bloomberg BNA, September 30, 2015
  • Program Chair, "FLSA Math: How to Calculate Wage-Related Damages," Ethical Issues in Employment Law, New York City Bar, October 24, 2017


  • Anemone v. MTA, 629 F.3d 97 (2d Cir. 2009) (Represented Inspector General of MTA and obtained dismissal of case alleging termination of MTA Director Security violated his first mendment free speech rights), 2009
  • Toyama v. Hasaki Rest., Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175006 (SDNY Dec. 18, 2014) (Won summary judgement dissmisal of sex harassment case filed by waitress against Japanese restaurant), 2014
  • Duchene, et al. v. Michael Cetta, Inc. d/b/a Sparks Steak House, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85955 (SDNY  Sep. 10, 2009) - (Settlement of FLSA and NYLL claims in the amount of $3.15 million), 2009
  • Chhab v. Darden Restaurants, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135926 (SDNY 2013) (Represented waiters at Capitale Grille restaurants; obtained nationwide notice for FLSA collective action alleging wage theft), 2013
  •   Velandia v Serendipity 3, Inc., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116594 (SDNY Jul. 12, 2018) (Settled minimum wage, overtime, and tip credit lawsuit filed by bussers and servers against iconic Manhattan restaurant), 2018  , 2018
  • In Re Milos Litigation, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138473 (SDNY Sep. 8, 2011) - (Settlement of FLSA and NYLL claims in the amount of $1.975 million), 2011
  • Shannon v. New York City Transit Authority, 332 F.3d 95 (2d Cir. 2003) (Represented New York City Transit Authority and obtained dismissal of bus driver's claim of disability discrimination due to his color blindness), 2003
  • Drozd v. 340 W. 46th St. Corp., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17746 (SDNY Feb. 1, 2018) (Settled age discrimination and wage and hour case filed by waitresses against French restaurant), 2018

Educational Background:

  • Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S.
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Office Location for Lou Pechman

488 Madison Avenue
17th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-583-9500

Fax: 212-409-8763

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Last Updated: 5/20/2019

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