Rick Ostrove

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Carle Place, New York

Leeds Brown Law, PC
Rick Ostrove
Leeds Brown Law, PC

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation view more

Licensed in New York since: 1997

Education: Hofstra University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023
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Leeds Brown Law, PC

One Old Country Road
Suite 347
Carle Place, NY 11514 Phone: 516-873-9550 Email: Rick Ostrove Visit website


Rick Ostrove is principal trial counsel for Leeds Brown Law. Rick has won numerous jury verdicts including a $15M verdict in a sexual harassment case, one of the largest jury awards to an individual plaintiff in an employment discrimination case. He also obtained a $5.25M award in a workplace retaliation case and has multiple other victories with awards exceeding $1M, including a 2019, FINRA arbitration award in a sexual harassment case. On three occasions, Rick has appeared in Verdict Search’s publication Top New York Verdicts.

After winning a First Amendment, Judge Joseph F. Bianco, now a United States Circuit Court of Appeals Judge for the 2d Circuit, issued a decision describing Rick as “an experienced lawyer, with almost two decades of experience in employment litigation and extensive trial experience." Judge Bianco awarded Rick’s client attorneys’ fees “at the high end of the range” based upon the Judge’s “own observations of Ostrove’s abilities [and] performance.” The Judge cited a case stating that such rates “are reserved for expert trial attorneys with extensive experience before the federal bar, who specialize in the practice of civil rights law and are recognized by their peers as leaders and experts in their fields.”

United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt commented: “Mr. Ostrove is one of the premiere trial lawyers in the field [of employment law] and has tried many cases before me. Mr. Ostrove is outstanding.” United States District Judge Joanna Seybert described Rick as having a “marvelous way with juries” and achieving “fantastic results.”

Although his primary practice areas are employment and civil rights law, Rick has extensive experience handling complex litigation, including commercial, estate, and matrimonial matters. As lead trial counsel in a federal Unfair Competition case, he managed more than a dozen lawyers from four separate law firms. The action involved over fifty deposed witnesses and approximately twenty expert reports. After closing arguments, United States District Judge Leonard D. Wexler described the trial performance as “fantastic,” “superb,” and “excellent.” Judge Wexler added in his published post-trial decision, “[t]his case was highly contested and well tried by all counsel. Indeed, the court is hard pressed to recall a trial in which the claims of the parties was so competently and clearly presented by counsel to a jury.”

Rick was lead trial counsel in Quinn v. Nassau County, the first case where a court held that workplace harassment of a municipal employee based on sexual orientation violates the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In a separate case, Manning v. Nassau County, he used this theory to obtain a $1.5M emotional damage verdict.

Rick is currently an adjunct professor at Hofstra Law School and he frequently appears as a speaker regarding civil rights issues. One of his trial victories was featured on ABC’s 20/20. He has lectured about employment law and trial advocacy over 50 times, including at continuing legal education classes hosted by the New York City, Nassau County, and the Suffolk County Bar Associations.

Rick is the former Chairperson of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee. Rick was recognized by that committee for having “the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership in the field of labor and employment law.”  For each of the past ten years, Rick has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer.  He is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in New York as well as the United States Supreme Court, and he has successfully argued numerous appeals to the Second Circuit and the New York State Appellate Division.

Rick graduated seventh in his class from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University at Albany, where he graduated cum laude.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment & Labor: Employer, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, General Litigation, Appellate, Civil Rights

First Admitted: 1997, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.lmblaw.com/partners/rick-ostrove/

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Ex-Nassau cop wins political retaliation lawsuithttp://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/ex-nassau-cop-wins-political-retaliation-lawsuit-1.6941322
  • Sherry Hines awarded $350,000 after lawsuithttp://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/sherry-hines-awarded-350-000-after-lawsuit-1.3230564
  • Flushing Hospital nurse gets $15 million award in sexual harassment suit http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/flushing-hospital-nurse-15-million-award-sexual-harassment-suit-article-1.369554, 2009
  • Cleared of charges, Glen Head teacher returns to workhttp://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/cleared-of-charges-glen-head-teacher-returns-to-work-1.6471924
  • Figherfighers awarded $625K in malicious prosecution and abuse of process lawsuit - http://abc7ny.com/news/father-and-son-firefighters-vindicated-after-being-accused-of-theft-/1824545/ , 2017
  • Nassau to borrow about $1M to settle suitshttp://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/nassau-to-borrow-about-1m-to-settle-suits-1.6845276
  • Gay Ex-cop Wins Harassment Suithttp://www.nydailynews.com/archives/boroughs/gay-ex-cop-wins-harassment-suit-article-1.828896
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • Former Chairperson, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Nassau County Bar Association's
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • New York State, 1997
Educational Background:
  • University at Albany, B.S. in Business Administration, Cum Laude
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • American Cancer Society, Taste of Hope Planning Committee Member.  Volunteer time and effort to plan, produce and promote Taste of Hope, an NYC event that occurss anually to benefit the American Cancer Society in its fight against cancer., 2012
  • President, Merrick Manor Cooperative Board, 2003
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Bridge the Gap: Sexual Harassment” – Nassau County Bar Association, 2019
  • “Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Claims” – National Business Institute, 2019
  • "Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era" – Nassau County Bar Association

    , 2018
  • “Associational Discrimination in the Employment Context” – Nassau County Bar Association, 2018
  • “ADA Direct Threat Defense” – Nassau County Bar Association, 2017
  • "Effective Closing Statements - Strategies for Winning" - Nassau County Bar Association, 2017
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Marijuana and Other Considerations” ­– National Business Institute, 2016
  • "Second Circuit Employment Law Update.", Nassau County Bar Association, 2014
  • “Win at Trial with Persuasive Closing Arguments and PowerPoint Presentations” – New York City Bar Association, 2014
  • “Jury Selection in State and Federal Court” – Nassau County Bar Association, 2013
  • “Epilepsy and Employment” – NYU Langone Medical Center: Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES), 2013
  • “Persuade the Judge & Jury in Your Opening & Closing Arguments Using Storytelling, Body Language, PowerPoint & More…” – New York City Bar Association, 2013
  • “Human Resource Law”– Jackson Lewis Breakfast Series, 2013
  • “Forging a Path: Dissecting Controversial Health Legislation in the Workplace” – Hofstra University School of Law, 2013
  • “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now”– National Business Institute, 2013
  • “Persuasive Opening and Closing Arguments and Dynamic Presentations” – New York City Bar Association, 2012
  • “Annual School Law Conference: Americans with Disabilities Act Panel” – Federal Court Bar Association (N.D.N.Y.), 2012
  • “Americans with Disabilities Act: Claims by Employees for Reasonable Accommodations; Leaves of Absence; and Ramifications of Disciplinary Proceedings under the Circumstances” – Nassau County Bar Association and Suffolk County Bar Association, 2012
  • “Roundtable Discussion Regarding Recent Supreme Court Cases” – Nassau County Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee, 2011
  • “Basics of Employment Law: Retaliation, Discrimination, and Wage & Hour”– Nassau County Bar Association, 2011
  • “Hot Topics in Employment Discrimination Law”– Nassau County Bar Association and Suffolk County Bar Association, 2011
  • “16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Sway the Judge and Jury: Persuasive Opening and Closing Arguments” – New York City Bar Association, 2011
  • “Basics of Employment Law” – New York City Bar Association, 2010
  • “Sway the Judge and Jury: Persuasive Opening & Closing Arguments” – New York City Bar Association, 2010
  • “16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Corporate and Litigation” – New York City Bar Association, 2010
  • “Annual Supreme Court Review: Cases Relevant to Labor & Employment Law” – Nassau County Bar Association, 2010
  • “Technology and the Workplace” – Suffolk County Bar Center, 2009
  • “16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Corporate & Litigation” – New York City Bar Association, 2009
  • “Dean’s Hour – New Haven Firefighters, Sotomayor & The Supreme Court’s 2009-10 Term” – Nassau County Bar Association Labor & Employment and Civil Rights Committees, 2009
  • “Effective Trial Techniques: Examining Witnesses & Navigating Objections” – New York City Bar Association, 2009
  • “Olsen et. al. v. County of Nassau et. al.: A Discussion” – Nassau County Bar Association Labor and Employment, 2008
  • “Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law: Pregnancy Discrimination” – Nassau County Bar Association, 2008
  • “Damages in Employment Law Cases: How to Calculate & Assess the Settlement Value” – New York City Bar Association, 2008
  • “Recent Developments & Hot Topics in Employment Law” – New York County Bar Association, 2007
  • “Sexual Harassment Basics” – Nassau County Bar Association, 2007
  • “Employment Discrimination From the Plaintiff’s Perspective” – Zurich Insurance Company, 2007
  • “Age Discrimination” – The Greens at Half Hollow, 2007
  • “Fundamentals of Employment Law” – New York City Bar Association, 2006
  • “Adverse Employment Action and Title VII” – Nassau County Bar Association, 2006
  • “Employment Law” – Suffolk County Bar Association, 2006
  • “Valuation of an Employment Discrimination Case” – Nassau County Bar Association, 2006
  • “Gender Discrimination: Differences Between Private and Public Sector” – New York City Bar Association, 2006
  • “Employment Discrimination” – Long Island Associates of Assistant Superintendants for Personel, 2003
  • “Recent Cases in Gender Litigation” – The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC), 2001

Office location for Rick Ostrove

One Old Country Road
Suite 347
Carle Place, NY 11514


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