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About Me

     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 with respect to 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, and professional employees 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.


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Practice Areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 80%
    37 years
  2. Immigration: 20%
    29 years


Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Steven Felsenfeld

    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

  • No photo

    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 Commercial Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP

One North Lexington Avenue
White Plains, NY, 10601


NYCurrently registered 197803/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
New York Metro Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & EmploymentAmerican Lawyer Media & Martindale-Hubbell2014
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Immigration LawAmerican Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell2014
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP2006 - Present
Of CounselJackson Lewis2000 - 2006
Of CounselBleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP1992 - 2000
AssociateSkadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom1978 - 1991
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Westchester County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1986 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
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.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Westchester Bar JournalNew Anti-Retaliation Standards Extend Employee Protection Beyond the Workplace2008
Benefits Law JournalEffect of Laws & Decisions Concerning Vacation & Compensatory Time1993
Westchester Bar JournalThe New York ‘Whistleblower’ Law: A Ten-Year Perspective1992
Westchester Bar JournalWeiner v. McGraw-Hill, Inc.: Ten Years After1992
Benefits Law JournalFlexible Work Arrangements: An Emerging Area of Law1992
New York State Bar Association Labor Law NewsletterERISA Pre-emption of New York Labor Law Raises New Issues Concerning Employer Severance Pay Policies1986
Fordham Urban Law JournalThe Recognition of Public Policy Exceptions to the Employment at Will Rule: A Legislative Function?1982
Fordham Urban Law JournalEffect of the Employment at Will Rule on Employee to Job Security and Fringe Benefits1981
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Fordham UniversitySociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Fundamentals of Employment Law SeminarImmigration Law2013
Fundamentals of Employment Law SeminarFLSA/Wage and Hour Critical Issues2013
Employment Law UpdateWage and Hour Compliance2013
Fundamentals of Employment Law in New YorkBasic Labor Law2010
Fundamentals of Employment Law in New YorkImmigration Compliance Issues for Employers2010
Employment Law From A to ZPersonnel Documents and Records Retention2010
Employment Law From A to ZWage and Hour Compliance2010
Municipal Law SectionInvestigation and Defense of Employment Claims Against Municipalities and Public Officials2008
Municipal Law SectionUpdate on Retaliation in the Workplace2007