Louis Pechman

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

Pechman Law Group PLLC
Louis Pechman
Pechman Law Group PLLC

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor

Licensed in New York since: 1984

Education: Fordham University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Pechman Law Group PLLC

488 Madison Avenue
Suite 1704
New York, NY 10022 Visit website

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Lou Pechman handles cases in all areas of workplace law, including sex harassment litigation, employment discrimination, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, overtime and pay disputes, and union-management relations. As a practitioner for over 40 years in the employment law field, Lou offers both individual employees and employersc practical guidance on resolving employment law issues, either by active litigation or by confidential negotiation or mediation.  

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.  He has a AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo. Lou 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. Pechman Law Group PLLC, has been recognized by U.S. News’ Best Law Firms as a Tier 1 law firm in Employment Law for Individuals and Labor Law for Management. Lou has previously been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in New York City.

A former Chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Lou moderates NYCLA's annual programs on “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case” and “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case.” Lou is also one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the fast-emerging area of wage and hour law. He has litigated over 300 federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the New York Labor Law. Lou is also the founder of waiterpay.com, a site that focuses on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry. Lou is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law teaching the course “Wage Theft: Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities.”.

Lou’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. 

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 50% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 50% Employment & Labor: Employer

First Admitted: 1984, New York

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

Educational Background:
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New York City Bar Association, Chair, Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee, 2015
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • 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, 1998
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • New York, 1984
Honors/Awards:
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2015
  • 10.0 Superb Rating, Avvo, 2015
  • Best Lawyer, Employment and Labor Law, 2006 – 2014
  • Rated AV® – Preeminent
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Espinosa v. Abraham Refrigeration A/C Corp., 2020 WL 1130743 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2020) ($106,033 trial judgment obtained for refrigeration mechanic for claims of unpaid minimum and overtime wages), 2020
  • Martinez v. Junee Management Inc, No. 19 Civ. 2023 (E.D.N.Y 2019) (Settlement of overtime and minimum wage claims on  behalf of 5warehouse workers in the amount of $169,000), 2019
  • Choi v. Bayside BCD Inc, No. 16 Civ. 6495 (S.D.N.Y. 2019) (Settlement of wage theft class action on behalf of restaurant workers in the amount of $2.84 million) , 2019
  • Yu v. Hasaki Restaurant, Inc., 944 F.3d 395 (2d Cir. 2019) (won landmark decision holding that Rule 68 Offer of Judgment in FLSA case did not require court fairness review), 2019
  •   Velandia v Serendipity 3, Inc., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116594 (SDNY Jul. 12, 2018) (Settled minimum wage, overtime, and tip credit lawsuit filed by bussers and servers against iconic Manhattan restaurant), 2018  , 2018
  • Drozd v. 340 W. 46th St. Corp., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17746 (SDNY Feb. 1, 2018) (Settled age discrimination and wage and hour case filed by waitresses against French restaurant), 2018
  • Dias v. PS Bros. Gourmet, Inc., 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3147 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2017) (Obtained a judgment of $1.4 million for five former workers of Indus Valley Restaurant), 2017
  • Eren v. Gulluoglu, LLC, 2017 WL 4351516 (E.D.N.Y Jan 15, 2016) ($451,956.39 judgment on behalf of bakery employees who had been misclassified as exempt from overtime and denied overtime wages), 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Professor, "Wage Theft: Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities," Fordham University School of Law, 2020
  • Program Chair, "Opening a Restaurant in New York City: Legal Issue Bootcamp," Restaurant & Hospitality Law Committee, 2019-2020, 2020
  • An article regarding the rights of undocumented workers under the FLSA and NYLL., Author, Rights of Undocumented Workers in Wage Theft Cases, New York Law Journal, 2020
  • Speaker, "Employment Law Institute," New York City Bar Association, 2020
  • Speaker, "Tip Pooling and Other Wage and Hour Issues in the Hospitality Industry: New FLSA Amendments," Strafford CLE Webinar, 2019
  • Moderator, “FLSA Math: How to Calculate Wage-Related Damages," New York City Bar Association, 2018-2019, 2019
  • Moderator, “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2010 – Present, 2019
  • Moderator, “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, 1996 – Present, 2019
  • Speaker, “Trends in Wage and Hour Claims and Class Actions,” American Conference Institute, June 12, 2017
  • Program Chair, "FLSA Math: How to Calculate Wage-Related Damages," Ethical Issues in Employment Law, New York City Bar, October 24, 2017
  • Moderator, “FLSA Settlement Issues One Year After Cheeks,” New York City Bar, October 24, 2016
  • Moderator, “Top Ten FLSA Litigation Issues: 2016 Edition Webinar,” Bloomberg BNA, September 29, 2016
  • Panelist, “Prosecuting & Defending Wage and Hour Cases,” Employment Law Institute at the NYC Bar Association, March 11, 2016
  • Panelist, “Opening A Restuarant in New York: Legal Boot Camp,” New York City Bar Association, March 18, 2016
  • Speaker, "The Tipping Conference," New York City Hospitality Alliance, March 2, 2016
  • Moderator, “Top Ten FLSA Litigation Issues: 2015 Edition Webinar,” Bloomberg BNA, September 30, 2015
  • 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, “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
  • Speaker, “Representing Multiple Plaintiffs in Employment Discrimination Litigation,” Practising Law Institute, June 20, 2013, 2013
  • 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, 2013
  • Moderator, “An Introduction to Wage and Hour Cases,” Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, May 21, 2011, 2011
  • Speaker, Labor and Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, Pace Law School, August 18, 2011, 2011
  • Lecturer, New York University, the Extension Division of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Office location for Louis Pechman

488 Madison Avenue
Suite 1704
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 855-573-2610

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