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Douglas H. Wigdor

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Employment & Labor, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

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No other employment lawyer in New York has a comparable record both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Mr. Wigdor routinely tries cases to verdict– having received numerous decisions in the millions of dollars and regularly appearing in the New York Law Journal’s “Top Verdicts.” As a former Federal Law Clerk in the Eastern District of New York, an Assistant District Attorney, and a senior lawyer at a prominent management side employment firm, he brings his trial experience to bear, regularly trying cases in federal and state court as well as arbitration tribunals. Because of his trial abilities, he routinely settles cases, valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars, through informal negotiations and mediation. His cases are regularly cited by other lawyers and judges in their judicial opinions. 


Over the past eight years, the New York Law Journal has featured Mr. Wigdor and Wigdor LLP’s clients in top New York State verdicts six times, including the number one employment verdict in 2011, and the number one disability discrimination verdict in 2012. Mr. Wigdor also appears in appellate courts, including the Second Circuit, New York Court of Appeals and First Department arguing some of the most ground-breaking and closely watched legal issues in the employment field.


 Some of his notable outcomes include: 



  • $23.72 million arbitration award on behalf of the former Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags

  • $7.5 million verdict in a disability discrimination case against Wal-Mart, one of the largest verdicts ever in a single plaintiff case under the Americans with Disabilities Act

  • $8 million (appx.) verdict on behalf of the former Editor-in-Chief of the Source Magazine, who was retaliated against after she complained of gender discrimination

  • $3.35 million verdict on behalf of a former employee of Nassau County whose due process rights were violated

  • $1.35 million verdict in a disability case where our client was terminated from his employer after disclosing he was HIV positive


Two peer review studies, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, have recognized Mr. Wigdor as one of the nation’s leading labor and employment lawyers. Mr. Wigdor was recently selected as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for Super Lawyers in the employment litigation / labor and employment field after receiving one of the highest point totals in the Super Lawyers rankings. Mr. Wigdor has been asked by Law360, a news source read by thousands of corporate counsel and firm decision makers everyday, to become a member of their 2014 Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board.  Members of this board serve as a resource for Law360 to get feedback on the publication's coverage in addition to insight from experts in the field, such as Mr. Wigdor. More recently Mr. Wigdor has had the honor of being selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.


Mr. Wigdor coined the phrase “Recessionary Discrimination” to characterize the growing trend by companies of using mass lay-offs to cover-up the discriminatory treatment and/or impact on groups of women, people of color and those over 40. 


Mr. Wigdor is also a lecturer, editor and author of articles on employment and criminal related subjects, having been quoted frequently in the New York Law Journal, presenting lectures to various Bar Associations, speaking at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and publishing articles in numerous journals. Mr. Wigdor also recently spoke at a Human Resources seminar on the topic of retaliation in the workplace and has been a feathered speaker at the American Conference Institute. In May 2013, at the request of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Task Force, Mr. Wigdor testified on the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction. Mr. Wigdor has the rare qualification to practice law in both the U.S. and U.K. as a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. Mr. Wigdor’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling of individuals and companies in connection with a wide array of employment issues, criminal matters and international issues including:



  • the courageous victim of a heinous sex crime at the hands of an Uber cab driver in India

  • numerous attorneys against their former employers, who were subjected to gender, age and sexual orientation discrimination

  • a group of women in a gender discrimination case against Citigroup



  • a group of women in a pregnancy discrimination case against a large investment bank

  • a group of women who were paid less than similarly situated men against a large bank

  • the former CFO of Six Flags

  • a group of people of color in a race and national origin claim against Bank of America

  • Individual women in an alleged gender discrimination class action complaint against Dresdner Kleinwort

  • the former Tour Manager of ‘NSYNC’ in a lawsuit against ‘NSYNC’

  • numerous investment bankers against their Wall Street employers and in conjunction with negotiating employment and severance agreements

  • several employees in claims of race discrimination against Radianz, Reuters and Equant

  • employees in a large wage and hour case against CitiMortgage

  • several celebrity models, actors, actresses and well-known chefs in various legal disputes.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Employment & Labor: 40%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Sexual Harassment: 30%
  3. Discrimination: 30%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-750/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

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Contact Info

WIGDOR LLP

85 Fifth Avenue
5th Floor
New York, NY, 10003

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 199505/24/2015
NYCurrently registered 199403/13/2015
PAInactive199405/31/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Law FirmU.S. News2015
Litigator AwardsTrial Lawyers Board of Regents2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Legal Leaders Top Rated LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Best Law FirmU.S. News2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Law FirmU.S. News2013
New York Metro - Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Top Verdicts of 2012New York Law Journal / Verdict Search2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Top Verdicts of 2011New York Law Journal / Verdict Search2012
Best Law FirmU.S. News2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Top Verdicts of 2009New York Law Journal / Verdict Search2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Top Verdicts of 2006New York Law Journal / Verdict Search2006
Top Verdicts of 2005New York Law Journal / Verdict Search2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerWIGDOR LLP2003 - Present
AssociateMorgan Lewis & Bockius2000 - 2002
Law Clerk - Honorable Arthur D. SpattU.S. District Court Eastern District Of N.Y.1998 - 2000
Assistant District AttorneySuffolk County Da's Office1995 - 1998

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of the Bar of New York CityMemberN/A
Suffolk County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar CouncilMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Jeffrey Speed v. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation et alArbitration Award for Jeffrey Speed
Patrick Brady v. WalmartJury Verdict for Plaintiff Patrick Brady
Georgina Morgenstern v. County of Nassau, et alVerdict for Plaintiff Georgina Morgenstern

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
New York State Bar Association Section NewsletterUnforeseen Practical Ramifications of Accepting an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal2013
New York Law JournalCourt of Appeals Upholds Enforcement of Oral Contract for 'Guaranteed Bonus'2012
Practising Law InstituteWhen Discrimination has a Disparate Impact2011
Touro Law Review"What's in a Word? A Comparative Analysis of Article 1,§ 12 of The New York State Constitution and The Fourth Amendment to The United States Constitution as Interpretered by The New York Court of Appeals and The United States Supreme Court"1998

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Oxford UniversityN/AMA - Masters1995
Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C.LawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Washington University in St. LouisN/AA.B., cum laude1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
New York County Lawyers' AssociationHow to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case2014
Annual Central Islip Reception & CLE ProgramFLSA: On the Clock, Off the Books and Underpaid?2014
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Task ForceWigdor testifies at the The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction2013
New York County Lawyers' Association"How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case"2013
American Conference Institute - 4th Annual Employment Discrimination Litigation Conference (“Views from the Plaintiffs’ Bar”)"Recent Employment Cases in the Supreme Court and Second Circuit and the Practical Effects of Such Decisions"2013
American Conference Institute - 19th Wage & Hour Claims & Class Actions"Arbitrating Wage and Hour Cases Post-Concepcion and D.R. Horton and the Latest on the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements"2013
American Conference Institute - 19th Wage & Hour Claims & Class Actions"Views from the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics"2013
American Conference Institute"Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation"2013
Cambridge University Law School (England)Lecture -"The Strauss-Kahn Case and the Rights of the Sexual Assault Victims"2012
The Five O’Clock Club“Retaliation: The Most Frequently Filed EEOC Charge in Fiscal Year 2010”2011
Suffolk County Bar Association"An Overview of Litigating an Employment Case"2003

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