Wayne N. Outten

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in New York, NY

Outten & Golden LLP
 | 685 Third Avenue, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-245-1000
Fax: 646-509-2050
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (80%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    WAYNE N. OUTTEN is Chair and Founding Partner of Outten & Golden LLP. He was the Managing Partner from the founding of the firm in 1998 until the end of 2018. His practice focuses exclusively on representing individuals in all areas of employment law. He co-chairs the firm’s Executives and Professionals and Whistleblower Retaliation Practice Groups.

    Mr. Outten’s practice focuses on representing high-level employees and professionals in all aspects of their employment, including negotiation of employment, compensation, and severance agreements. He is the author of the “Representing the Executive” chapter in Executive Compensation (BNA Books). His practice includes representing employees in multinational employment contexts, including expatriate and seconded employees.

    Mr. Outten’s notable cases include: a recovery of more than $12 million in a gender discrimination/retaliation case against Morgan Stanley in federal court; an $18.9 million arbitration award in a breach of contract case against Deutsche Bank (with partner Larry Moy);  and a $71.5 million arbitration award under a profit participation plan against another international bank – perhaps the largest arbitration award in an employment case (with partners Larry Moy and Tammy Marzigliano).

    Mr. Outten was selected by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1987 and as one of New York’s Super Lawyers, where he is listed as one of the Top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers every year since 2006. Best Lawyers designated him "Lawyer of the Year 2010" for Labor and Employment Law - New York City and "Lawyer of the Year 2012" for Litigation - Labor and Employment in New York City. He was selected for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America every year since 2005, and for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America in 2006.  Mr. Outten was also selected to the new Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in 2018. Mr. Outten has been an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers since 1992.

    Mr. Outten was a Co-Founder in 1993 of Workplace Fairness, a charitable/educational organization, and is its current President. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Lawyers International Network for Employees and Executives (LINEE).

    He was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Gus J. Solomon, District of Oregon (1974-76) and was an instructor at the NYU School of Law (1976-1978). He was an associate and then a partner at Lankenau Kovner & Outten, LLP (1979-1998).

    Mr. Outten received his B.S. from Drexel University in 1970 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1974, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.

    (*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 20%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employee


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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    About Wayne Outten

    Admitted: 1979, New York

    Professional Webpage: https://www.outtengolden.com/lawyer-attorney/wayne-n-outten


    • Recognized 32 consecutive years, listed since 1987, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers
    • 2005-2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon
    • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2018
    • Lawdragon Legend (one of 50 in the U.S.), Lawdragon, 2015
    • Award as Founding Leader (30th Anniversary), National Employment Lawyers Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2015
    • 2014-2015 ICFM 500 Leading Lawyers, Intercontinental Finance Magazine
    • Social Justice Leadership Award, The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, 2014
    • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2006

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chair, Labor and Employment Law: American Bar Association (2015-2016)
    • Liaison to the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association
    • Council member, Labor and Employment Law Section: American Bar Association (2000 - 2008)
    • Former Co-Chair Committee on Pro Bono Work: American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Employee Co-Chair, International Labor & Employment Law Committee: American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section (2005-2008)
    • Employee co-chair, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee: American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Seciton (1995-1998)
    • Founding Governor: College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (1996 - 2003)
    • Founder and President: National Employment Lawyers Association/New York (Founder, 1986; President, 1986-2002)
    • Founding Member, Executive Board: National Employment Lawyers Association (1985-1996)
    • Maryland, 2010
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1988
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1979
    • New York Bar Association, 1979

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Workplace Fairness (Co-Founder, Officer, and Board Member)
    • New York Civil Liberties Union (Former Board Member)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Blog Post, Author, How Videoconferencing Has Become Part of the "New Normal" in the Practice of Law, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2020
    • Managing Partners’ Forum of the New York State Bar Association: “Managing Partner Conference Series: Managing Partner Response to COVID-19”, Panelist, “Managing Partner Conference Series: Managing Partner Response to COVID-19”, Managing Partners’ Forum of the New York State Bar Association, 2020
    • "Managing Partner Roundtable | Developing a Culture of Attorney Satisfaction", Panelist, New York State Bar Association, Law Practice Management Committee Annual Meeting, 2019
    • "The Arbitration Dichotomy: Advances Outside the US while Challenges to Its Use in the US Continue", Moderator, American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Annual Conference of the International Labor & Employment Lawyers Committee, 2018
    • "Employees’ Lawyer’s Perspective: Resolving Highly Emotional Workplace Complaints and Claims", Speaker, Practising Law Institute, Program on Psychological Issues in the Workplace, 2018
    • "Representing Highly Compensated Employees", Panelist, Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, 2017
    • "Not Just Plain Vanilla: Creative Settlement Terms in Employment Disputes", Speaker, National Employment Lawyers Association, NELA Annual Convention, 2017
    • "Deferred Compensation Issues in Negotiating Severance Agreements", Moderator, National Employment Lawyers Association, NELA 2016 Annual Convention, 2016
    • "Pay and Leave", Moderator, Fourth TransAtlantic Conference, U.K. Employment Lawyer Association and ABA Labor & Employment Law Section International Committee, 2015
    • "The New Restatement of Employment Law", Panelist, National Employment Lawyers Association/ New York, 2015
    • "Navigating International Labor and Employment Issues in Corporate Transactions: Know the Issues; Consult the Experts", Panelist, Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, 2015
    • "Employment Lawyer as Problem Solver", Keynote Speaker, Connecticut Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, 2015
    • "Independent Contractors and Interns, “Zero-Hours” Contracts and Just-in-Time Scheduling: Organizing, Representing and Bargaining with Precarious Workers Faced with market pressures to increase the bottom line, companies around", Moderator, merican Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law International Labor and Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting, 2015
    • "Cutting Edge Issues in EU and NA Discrimination Laws", Moderator, American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, International Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2014
    • "The New Restatement of Employment Law: Its Strengths, Weaknesses & Ambiguities", Speaker, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2014 Annual Convention: Blazing the Trail, Courage, Challenge, Change, 2014
    • "International Issues to be Aware Of", Speaker, Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, 2014
    • "Compensation and Discrimination/Equal Pay Issues in the Financial Services Sector", Panelist, ELA, Third Transatlantic Conference, 2013
    • "Plenary Session—Case Study addressing the following issues: Cross-Border US/UK fact pattern raising potential sexual harassment, performance, pregnancy/maternity leave & promotion issues; Strategic concerns on how best to manage litigation in US/UK, inclu", Moderator, ELA, Third Transatlantic Conference, 2013
    • "Let’s Make a Deal: Settlement Agreements A-Z", Speaker, American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2013
    • "Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal 30th Anniversary Reception and Symposium", Panelist, Hofstra, Arbitration and Mediation in Labor and Employment Law, 2013
    • "The Lawsuit Seesaw: U.S. Discrimination vs. European Unfair Dismissal", Panelist, Law Education Institute, 2012
    • "Negotiating Executive Severance Agreements", Co-presenter, American Bar Association Premiere, Webinar, 2012
    • "Arbitration and Mediation in labor & Employment Law", Panelist, Hofstra, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal’s 30th Anniversary Symposium, 2012
    • "2011 A Year in Review, HR’s Biggest Challenges", Panelist, Five O’Clock Club, 2012

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (only employee-side attorney in U.S.), 2011
    • Public Interest Award from CUNY School of Law Public Interest Law Student Association, 2010
    • Samuel M. Kaynard Award for Excellence in the Fields of Labor & Employment Law from Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, 2010
    • Distinguished Community Leader Award, CUNY School of Law, 2010

    Educational Background:

    • Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.S., 1970
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    685 Third Avenue
    25th Floor
    New York, NY 10017

    Phone: 212-245-1000

    Fax: 646-509-2050

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