Louis Pechman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in New York, NY

Pechman Law Group PLLC
 | 488 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-583-9500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor
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 thirty 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’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. Lou 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, and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  He 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.

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, 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 has moderated since 1996 NYCLA's annual program on “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case.” He also moderates an annual program at NYCLA, on “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case.”

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 100 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, a site that focuses on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry.  He currently serves as Chair of the Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Practice Areas
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Employment & Labor (100%)


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017

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About Louis Pechman

Admitted: 1984, New York

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

Honors and Awards:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, "The Tipping Conference," New York City Hospitality Alliance, March 2, Speaker, 2016
  • Panelist, “Opening A Restuarant in New York: Legal Boot Camp,” New York City Bar Association, March 18, 2016
  • Panelist, “Employment Law Institute,” New York City Bar Association, March 11, 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
  • Moderator, “Top Ten FLSA Litigation Issues: 2015 Edition Webinar,” Bloomberg BNA, September 30, 2015
  • Moderator, “Current Issues in Settlement of FLSA Cases,” New York City Bar Association, October 6, 2015
  • Speaker, “FLSA On the Clock, Off the Books, and Underpaid?,” NELA/NY Fall Conference,  New York Employment Lawyer’s Association, October 10, 2014
  • March 11, 2016, Panelist, Employment Law Institute
  • Moderator, “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, 1996 – 2016
  • Moderator, “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2010 – 2016
  • Moderator, “An Introduction to Wage and Hour Cases,” Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, May 21, 2011
  • Speaker, Labor and Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, Pace Law School, August 18, 2011
  • Lecturer, New York University, the Extension Division of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • 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
  • Speaker, “Representing Multiple Plaintiffs in Employment Discrimination Litigation,” Practising Law Institute, June 20, 2013

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Educational Background:

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

488 Madison Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-583-9500


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Last Updated: 6/1/2016

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