I am the head of Bleakley Platt's Labor and Employment and Immigration Practice Groups. I have over 35 years' experience in representing and advising Fortune 500 companies and other corporate clients in labor, employment and immigration law including my 14 years of experience at Skadden Arps, and more than 6 years of experience at Jackson Lewis.
I advise clients on all aspects of labor and employment law including employment terminations and discipline, reductions-in-force, personnel policies and practices, employee benefit cases, and collective bargaining negotiations. I have acted as lead counsel on significant employment discrimination law cases, wage and hour cases and collective actions, non-competition cases, and arbitration proceedings.
I also advise corporations, business executives, professional employees and individual clients with respect to immigrant visa (green cards) applications, U.S. citizenship applications, nonimmigrant work visa petitions, and employment verification and discrimination issues.
My articles on labor and employment law include my seminal work on the employment-at-will rule entitled, "The Effect of the Employment-at-Will Rule on Employee Rights to Job Security and Fringe Benefits," 10 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1 (1981), which has been cited by the New York Court of Appeals in the landmark decisions of Murphy v. American Home Products Corp. and Weiner v. McGraw-Hill, Inc. and by other federal and state courts. I have also been a featured lecturer at various labor and employment law seminars.
Licensed since 1978
I am pleased and proud to heartily endorse Joseph DeGuiseppe Jr. as an attorney who represents the best of what we as counselors-at-law should strive to be. I first came to know Joe on an adversarial basis, and can state without question that his personal and legal ethics are second to none. Moreover, his facility with Labor & Employment Law, whichever side of the issue must be considered, is exemplary. Indeed, over the time which I have been fortunate to know him, on numerous occasions Joe has freely afforded me with on-point legal advice.
Steven Felsenfeld Employment & Labor Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a very articulate, accessible, helpful and detailed lawyer. His insights, strategy and advice have been very crucial in resolving a number of labor/employment matters over the years.
Bruce Grobe Communications & Media Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent 5 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|New York Metro Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment||American Lawyer Media & Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Immigration Law||American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Partner||Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP||2006 - Present|
|Of Counsel||Jackson Lewis||2000 - 2006|
|Of Counsel||Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP||1992 - 2000|
|Associate||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom||1978 - 1991|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Westchester County Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|New York City Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||1978 - Present|
|Nicholls v. Philips Electronics North America Corp., et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6756 (S.D.N.Y. January 14, 2011)||Summary Judgment granted dismissing complaint|
|Steven Jackson v. Yonkers Racing Corporation, NYSDHR Case No. 10118857 (2009)||Complaint dismissed after hearing.|
|Stephen Kipp v. Community Mutual Savings Bank, NYSDHR Case No. 10140153 (2011)||Complaint dismissed for lack of probable cause.|
|Westchester Bar Journal||New Anti-Retaliation Standards Extend Employee Protection Beyond the Workplace||2008|
|Benefits Law Journal||Effect of Laws & Decisions Concerning Vacation & Compensatory Time||1993|
|Westchester Bar Journal||The New York ‘Whistleblower’ Law: A Ten-Year Perspective||1992|
|Westchester Bar Journal||Weiner v. McGraw-Hill, Inc.: Ten Years After||1992|
|Benefits Law Journal||Flexible Work Arrangements: An Emerging Area of Law||1992|
|New York State Bar Association Labor Law Newsletter||ERISA Pre-emption of New York Labor Law Raises New Issues Concerning Employer Severance Pay Policies||1986|
|Fordham Urban Law Journal||The Recognition of Public Policy Exceptions to the Employment at Will Rule: A Legislative Function?||1982|
|Fordham Urban Law Journal||Effect of the Employment at Will Rule on Employee to Job Security and Fringe Benefits||1981|
|Fordham University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|Fordham University||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|
|Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar||Immigration Law||2013|
|Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar||FLSA/Wage and Hour Critical Issues||2013|
|Employment Law Update||Wage and Hour Compliance||2013|
|Fundamentals of Employment Law in New York||Basic Labor Law||2010|
|Fundamentals of Employment Law in New York||Immigration Compliance Issues for Employers||2010|
|Employment Law From A to Z||Personnel Documents and Records Retention||2010|
|Employment Law From A to Z||Wage and Hour Compliance||2010|
|Municipal Law Section||Investigation and Defense of Employment Claims Against Municipalities and Public Officials||2008|
|Municipal Law Section||Update on Retaliation in the Workplace||2007|