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Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2000

Lyle S. Zuckerman

Co-Leader, East Coast Labor and Employment Law Practice
Lyle Zuckerman is the co-leader of the East Coast employment services practice in our New York office. For over 19 years, he has represented management in all disciplines of labor and employment law. Mr. Zuckerman defends employment discrimination, class action wage and hour, and breach of contract matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and in arbitrations before FINRA and the AAA. With respect to traditional labor law, Mr. Zuckerman counsels employers in union avoidance and represents their interests in collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, NLRB proceedings, and work stoppages. His experience includes a broad range of companies and organizations, including employers in media & entertainment companies, the financial services industry, schools and colleges, retail establishments, and nonprofit organizations.

The Legal 500 United States guide recommends Mr. Zuckerman in the Labor and Employment-Labor-Management Relations category, and Mr. Zuckerman was selected for inclusion in 2011 New York Rising Stars, and in Super Lawyers in 2012-2014.

Representative Experience

Spellman v. Gucci Am., Inc.

Won CPLR 3211 motion to dismiss luxury retail store manager’s NYC Human Rights law gender discrimination and harassment claim. 2015 NY Slip Op. 31728 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2015)

Henry v. Warner Music Group*

Successfully opposed plaintiff’s motion to remand to New York state court a putative class action filed on behalf of unpaid interns, which had been removed by the defendant to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act. 2014 WL 1224575 (S.D.N.Y. 2014)

Ojeda v. Viacom*

Defended media giant in nation’s largest FLSA collective action filed by unpaid interns, successfully opposing lead plaintiff’s motion for leave to file a late jury demand. No. 13 Civ. 5658 (JMF) (S.D.N.Y 2014)

Sharma v. Burberry*

Defeated motion for nationwide collective action initial certification, limiting it to three local retail stores. Sharma v. Burberry, CV 12-6356 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 4, 2014)

Furfero v. St. John's Univ.*

Won summary judgment on appeal (reversing a trial court decision) dismissing state and city law claims of age discrimination and retaliation in multi-plaintiff action. Furfero v. St. John's Univ., A.D.3d, Slip Op. 02452 (2d Dept. 2012)

Gilbert v. LaSalle Bank Corp.*

Won summary judgment for LaSalle Bank, and successfully defended the appeal, in a case alleging violations of ERISA and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the denial of employment benefits. Gilbert v. LaSalle Bank Corp., 2008 WL 4406357 (S.D.N.Y. 2008), 2010 WL 3584171 (2d Cir. 2010)

Kearney v. ABN AMRO, Inc.*

Won summary judgment for an investment bank, resulting in dismissal of all claims, including sex discrimination in pay, age discrimination, and retaliatory discharge, made by a former female executive. Kearney v. ABN AMRO, Inc., 738 F. Supp. 2d 419 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)

Tomasino v. St. John’s University*

Won summary judgment in favor of a leading Catholic university in a case involving religion, race, and retaliatory-discharge claims. Tomasino v. St. John’s University, 2010 WL 3721047 (E.D.N.Y. 2010)

Payment Alliance Int'l, Inc. v. Ferreira*

Obtained a preliminary injunction enforcing a two-year post-employment restrictive covenant in favor of an electronic payment processing company and against a senior-level employee who resigned his employment with the intent of commencing employment with a competitor. Payment Alliance Int'l, Inc. v. Ferreira, 530 F. Supp. 2d 477 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)

Rabel v. American Building Maintenance*

Won summary judgment in favor of a national building services company on federal race and age harassment, and retaliation claims.  Dismissal was subsequently affirmed on appeal. Rabel v. American Building Maintenance, 2002 WL 389156 (S.D.N.Y. 2002)

Dismissal against Big Four accounting firm affiliate*

Won dismissal, on jurisdictional grounds, of a state court breach of employment contract action against an affiliate of a Big Four accounting firm.

Post-employment restrictive covenant breach*

Secured a temporary restraining order against an investment bank’s former broker for breach of a post-employment restrictive covenant.

Return of confidential documents*

In an emergency appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department, obtained an order requiring a former employee to return former employer’s confidential documents, resulting in a favorable settlement that included reimbursement of attorneys' fees in full.

Steven Trimer v. Barnes & Noble Inc.

Represented national retailer in highly publicized collective and class action filed by former assistant store manager alleging that he was misclassified as exempt. Case No. 1:13-cv-00579 (S.D.N.Y.)

Summary judgment in unfair competition case*

Obtained summary judgment in favor of a jewelry importer and its principal who were sued by the principal's former employer for unfair competition and breach of a non-disclosure agreement.
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Shareholder, Vedder Price, New York, N.Y., 2009-2014
  • Partner, Kauff, McClain & McGuire, New York, N.Y., 2004-2009
  • Associate General Counsel, St. John’s University, New York, N.Y., 2003-2004
  • Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, New York, N.Y., 2002-2003
  • Associate, Kauff, McClain & McGuire, New York, N.Y., 1998-2002
  • Associate, Proskauer Rose, New York, N.Y., 1996-1998
  • Law Clerk, National Labor Relations Board Division of Judges, New York, N.Y., 1996

Professional Recognition

  • Named a "Recognised Practitioner" in Labor & Employment (New York) by Chambers USA, 2016-2017
  • Selected to "New York Rising Stars," 2011; "New York Super Lawyers," 2012-2017, Thomson Reuters
  • Named to "The Legal 500 U.S. Edition," for Labor and Employment-Labor-Management Relations
Recognized by Chambers USA – Chambers and Partners
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