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Anthony J. Harwood

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in New York, NY

Harwood Law PLLC
260 Madison Ave, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-867-6820
Fax: 212-937-3167
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee, Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, Appellate, Intellectual Property Litigation, Professional Liability: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Defense
Attorney Profile

With over twenty five years of experience representing clients in trials and appeals, Anthony J. Harwood has built a reputation as a leader in commercial litigation, employment law, securities litigation and professional liability.  He has won multi-million dollar judgments in the trial courts, and won appeals in both state and federal courts.  Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, he has an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Harwood is admitted to practice in New York State, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Federal Circuit.  He has been a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and served as Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. 

He earned his law degree with honors at Fordham University School of Law, where he was on the Fordham Law Review.  After graduation, Mr. Harwood served  as a clerk for a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York before becoming an associate at a New York City law firm in 1988.  He earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Employment & Labor: Employee, Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, Appellate, Intellectual Property Litigation, Professional Liability: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Defense
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Appeals, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Selections

7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022

About Anthony J. Harwood

First Admitted: 1988, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.aharwoodlaw.com/person/anthony-j-harwood/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, Ethics Committee, 2014-2017
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Securities Law Committee, 2003-Present
  • American Bar Association, Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division, 1995-1997
  • State of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Executive Committee, 2004-Present
  • American Bar Association, Chair, International Law Committee, Young Lawyers Division, 1995-97
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • New York State Bar Association, Commercial, and Federal Litigation Section, Co-Chair, Ethics and Professionalism Committee, 2004-2021
  • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Membership Committee, Section of International Law and Practice, 1998-2000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Ethical Issues in the Investigation of a Lawsuit, Part II, Panel Co-Chair, Presented at the Spring Meeting of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, May 2009
  • Ethical Issues in the Investigation of a Civil Lawsuit, Part I, Panel Co-Chair and Panelist, Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association, January 2009
  • Ethical Issues That Arise in Government Investigations of Alleged Corporate Wrongdoing, Panel Chair, Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association, January 2006
  • “The Elusive Definition Of Primary Liability Under Section 10(B) Of The Securities And Exchange Act of 1934” presented and published at the January 2004 Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • “Controlling Costs and Achieving Fairness Through Alternative Dispute Resolution,” published by the American Bar Association in June 2003 for its aviation law seminar in New York City
  • “Protecting Trademark Rights in Internet Domain Names in the United States,” presented and published at the 2000 Annual Congress of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats in Helsinki, Finland
  • “Provisional Remedies in the United States: the New York Model,” published for the 1998 Annual Congress of the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats in Sydney, Australia (Received Past President’s Award)
  • “Taking Evidence Abroad for Use in Civil Litigation in the United States,” published in the International Practitioners’ Workshop Series, Vol. XIII (American Bar Ass’n 1997) Published and presented at the 1997 Spring Meeting of the Section of International Law and Practice in Washington, D. C.
  • International Service of Process, (with others) (American Bar Association, 1995)
  • “A Narrow Eleventh Amendment Immunity for Political Subdivisions; Reconciling the Arm of the State Doctrine with Federalism Principles,” 55 Fordham Law Review 101 (1986)
  • CLE Program on Legal Ethics in the Digital Age, "Protecting Clients' Confidences in Electronic Documents Under New York's Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers", Presenting Panelist, New York State Bar Association, 2016
  • CLE Program on Ethics of Outsourcing Legal Work, Presenting Panelist and Chair of Organizing Committe, New York State Bar Association, 2015
  • CLE on Data Securuty for Small and Mid-Sized Law Firms, "The New York Lawyer's Ethical Duties When Using the Cloud", Presenting Panelist, New York City Bar Association, 2015
  • Report of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section on Threatening Disciplinary Action Against Attorneys in New York, Author (with others), New York State Bar Association, 2015
  • Report on the Proposed Amendment to Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4 Regulating Lawyers' Supervision of Undercover Investigations, Author (with others), New York State Bar Association, 2015

Honors/Awards

  • AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell

Educational Background

  • Cornell University, B.A.in History, 1983

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Obtained a multi-million dollar judgment for financial consultants on a breach of contract action., 2020
  • Obtained a $750,000 judgment for purchasers of a home against the seller for construction defects., 2021
  • Obtained financial settlements of unfair labor practice claims of employees who were wrongfully terminated in retaliation for reporting safety violations., 2021
  • Obtained a financial settlement of a wrongful termination claim for an employee under the Family Medical Leave Act., 2020
  • Obtained a financial settlement of a wrongful termination claim for an employee under the Family Medical Leave Act., 2021
  • Recovered clients' losses in a malpractice action against their former lawyer., 2021
  • Achieved a settlement for an executive that recovered severance payments, garden leave and attorneys' fees in the amount of $600,000., 2019
  • Achieved a settlement for an employee of a technology company on a disability discrimination claim that recovered the full amount of the employee's lost wages, attorneys' fees and other compensation., 2020
  • Argued an appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department in a defamation case on behalf of a hedge fund against Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal., 2019
  • Argued an appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department in a defamation action on behalf of celebrities., 2019
  • As co-counsel with Fein & Jakab, obtained a $4 million settlement for a former pharmaceutical executive who brought claims for wrongful termination under a federal whistleblower statute., 2017
  • Obtained an arbitration award against a broker in a securities arbitration which, combined with the settlement amount received from the settling brokerage house, gave the investor a full recovery of his investment losses., 2018
  • As co-counsel with Rakower Law, after a 5-day bench trial in November 2016 before Judge Oetkin in the Southern District of New York, obtained a judgment for failure to pay pension benefits valued at approximately $14 million, based upon a lump sum payment of approximately $3.4 million, a lifetime stream of monthy cash payments, and life insurance benefits of approximately $3.2 million.  The judgment was entered on June 1, 2017., 2017
  • Obtained a settlement in the amount of $175,000 for a real estate broker who served as marketing agent for a housing redevelopment program in Brooklyn., 2017

Transactions

  • Negotiated an employment agreement for a financial executive with a startup company., 2021
  • Negotiated the dissolution of a medical practice., 2019

Comments

  • “Tony has had vast experience in a variety of complicated areas of the law. His multi-disciplinary approach has enabled him to become a uniquely well-rounded lawyer with a deep understanding of the law's intricacies.”
  • “Tony is a thorough and clear thinker. His wisdom and experience make him a formidable foe.”
  • “Few lawyers have the breadth of experience and technical expertise that Tony has. He has an excellent legal mind and approaches issues with a thoroughness that enables him to catch what even the savviest practitioners will oftentimes miss.”
  • “Tony is an excellent lawyer who analyzes commercial disputes to the best advantage of his clients while recognizing the cost and likely outcome should a litigation proceed. He is fair minded and practical.is”
  • “Tony Harwood is an experienced trial lawyer and ethics scholar. He understands evidence and spots issues with a degree of skill with which few lawyers can compete.”
  • “Tony is intelligent, friendly, and strategic.”
  • “Tony is experienced, even-keeled and deadly in his legal insights.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Anthony J. Harwood

260 Madison Ave
8th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-867-6820

Fax: 212-937-3167

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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