David N. Mair

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in New York, New York

Kaiser Saurborn & Mair, P.C.
David N. Mair
Kaiser Saurborn & Mair, P.C.

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Employment & Labor, General Litigation; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1992

Education: New York University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

Kaiser Saurborn & Mair, P.C.

30 Broad Street, 37th floor
New York, NY 10004 Visit website


For more than twenty years David Mair has focused his practice on representing clients in complex employment litigation and high-stakes employment disputes. Mr. Mair’s clients include senior investment banking, capital markets and other financial services professionals, senior executives at private and public companies and lawyers, physicians, accountants and academics at leading global financial institutions, professional firms, academic institutions and businesses. He also represents executives and professionals in negotiating employment contracts, team moves and severance arrangements.
Mr. Mair frequently represents both U.S. and foreign executives and professionals in cross-border employment disputes, often working together with foreign law firms to implement joint negotiating and litigation strategies for clients in financial services and other industries.
Mr. Mair’s recent client representations have included the former CEO of a NYSE-listed global broker-dealer in a breach of contract arbitration and senior executives in the financial services, energy and biotechnology industries in connection with Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims.  He has also recently represented a number of investment banking and capital markets senior executives and teams in negotiating moves between leading investment banks and financial services firms.
Mr. Mair graduated with honors in 1989 from the University of Dundee School of Law in Scotland with an LL.B. degree and, in 1991, received an LL.M. (Masters of Law) degree from New York University School of Law. He is admitted to the New York bar and is also admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Fourth Circuits and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and the Western District of Michigan.
Mr. Mair has been awarded the highest AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, one of the country’s leading legal directories. He has also been named each year since 2012 to the list of New York Super Lawyers, a listing of the top attorneys in New York. Mr. Mair is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. His pro bono work has included representation of clients for the Cancer Advocacy Project of the New York City Bar Association.

Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor: Employee, General Litigation

Focus areas

Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Labor Law, Litigation, Restraining Order, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Small Claims, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

  • 60% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20% General Litigation

First Admitted: 1992

Professional Webpage: http://www.ksmlaw.com/Attorneys/David-N-Mair.html

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Leadership for Lawyers
  • Member, Committee on Labor and Employment Law, New York State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1994
  • University of Dundee Alumni
  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1998
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1999
  • Member, Committee on Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association
  • Leadership for Lawyers
  • AV "Preeminent" Peer-Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Educational Background:
  • University of Dundee Law School, Dundee, Scotland, 1989, LL.B, First Class Honors
Representative Clients:
  • Representation of the head of the mortgage banking advisory practice in moving from the Financial Institutions Group of one leading global bank to another.
  • Representation of a senior executive at a leading private equity firm in negotiating the terms of his departure from the firm.
  • Ashmore v. CGI Group Inc., 2012 WL 2148899 (S.D.N.Y. 2012)
  • Representation of numerous investment bankers, capital markets professionals and traders in negotiating employment agreements at global banks, hedge funds and private equity firms.
  • Representation of the head of senior debt loan trading at a leading global bank in a move to another leading global bank.
  • O’Mahony v. Accenture, 537 F.Supp.2d 506, S.D.N.Y. 2008
  • Mot Parking Corp. v. 86-90 Warren Street, LLC, 104 A.D.3d 596, 962 N.Y.S.2d 116 (1st Dep’t 2013)
  • Representation of the co-heads of leverage and acquisition finance in their move from one leading global bank to another.
  • Representation of a senior big-four accounting firm audit partner in negotiating a resolution of claims that the firm breached its agreement regarding his assignment following a multi-year expatriate assignment to lead the audit of one of the firm’s most important European clients.
  • Wong v. CKX, Inc., 890 F.Supp.2d 411 (S.D.N.Y. 2012)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • My pro bono work includes representing and counseling clients on employment issues for the Cancer Advocacy Project of the New York City Bar Association.
  • Obtained a $500,000 pre-litigation settlement of claims against a major European investment management group on behalf of its former US placement agent., 2009
  • Represented senior executive of leading investment bank in obtaining separation settlement which permitted him to retain approximately $20 million of un-vested restricted stock which would otherwise have been forfeited., 2006
  • Represented Investment Banker in negotiating separation package of $1.4 million following her assertion of gender discrimination claims., 2013
  • Obtained a $1.25 million settlement for a senior executive of a global company after extensive litigation involving whistleblower claims., 2009
  • Obtained a $425,000 settlement for the former Chairman of Rehabilitation Medicine at SUNY Buffalo Medical School in litigation based on whistleblower claims., 2007
  • Represented financial sector executive in obtaining $1 million separation package together with continued payout of commissions., 2008
  • Obtained $6.5 million settlement for two investment bankers from leading global bank in settlement of whistleblower claims., 2010

Office location for David N. Mair

30 Broad Street, 37th floor
New York, NY 10004

Phone: 212-338-9100


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

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