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Robert Walter Ottinger

Employment and labor Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 27 years
    Connecticut - CT 28 years
    California - CA 31 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    The Ottinger Firm helps people with employment matters. We handle overtime pay recovery, wage and hour matters, severance pay negotiations, all types of employment discrimination cases, sexual harassment and retaliation cases.

    29 years, 500 cases

  2. Class action
    We handle wage and hour class actions and have recovered millions of unpaid wages for employees.

    19 years, 50 cases

  3. Discrimination
    We represent the victims of employment discrimination.

    29 years, 200 cases

  4. Sexual harassment
    The represent victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

    29 years, 50 cases

Our law firm only represents employees in employment matters.  We have been doing this since 1999.  We have handled all kinds of employment cases against the largest companies in the Country.  Many of our cases have been featured in the news media.   We have seen it all and we can help you solve your problem. 


We have flexible billing arrangments so you can afford to have a top law firm help you.  We prefer to take cases on a contingent fee basis so that our interests are aligned  and no money is paid until we get results.


We have offices in New York City and San Francisco.   

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Age Discrimination video.  This video is an example of a typical age discrimination case and includes facts from actual cases we have handled.
This video is an example of a disability discrimination case and it includes facts from actual cases that my firm has handled.
This is a video of a typical family medical leave case and includes facts from cases we have handled.
This video is about a typical retaliation case and includes facts from retaliation cases our law firm has handled.
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Posted by Michael | June 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highest recommendation
I have used Robert on several occasions. On each occasion I was always delivered more by him than was promised. In complex matters, Robert was able to get to the core issues quickly and obtain great results for my company. I would give him my highest level of recommendation.
Posted by Employee in NYC | June 18, 2013
Outstanding legal representation for employment matters.
I was very fortunate to be represented by Robert Ottinger recently during my severance negotiations from a long time employer. Mr. Ottinger’s counsel was extremely helpful in reaching an expedient and favorable result. I found his expertise, professionalism, attention to detail and accessibility extremely reassuring during a stressful and difficult time. He will thoroughly research all available legal options and help you decide the best course of action. He is in equal measure a fierce advocate as well as a thoughtful advisor. I am forever thankful to him and his staff for all their help. I would recommend them unreservedly to anyone seeking sound and formidable legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2012
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I highly recommend The Ottinger Firm. I received a very favorable outcome in my employment case.
Posted by Susan | January 9, 2012
Highly competent and effective employment law attorney
I was introduced to The Ottinger Firm by way of a relative who gave attorney, Robert Ottinger, a very favorable recommendation. I found Mr. Ottinger to be experienced, knowledgeable, and insightful in all aspects of employment law as his blog will attest. I liked the fact that he prepared cases in a concise, straightforward and compelling manner. Mr. Ottinger was an excellent communicator and always gave me reasonable expectations of the case. He is technically savvy and has utilized technology to better serve his clients. I felt well-represented because of his competency in our case against a large corporate defendant. In the end, I was genuinely pleased with the outcome. I, too, highly recommend Robert Ottinger for those seeking legal counsel in employment matters.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2010
June Client
Robert was very responsive and thorough. He was dedicated to my case and would check in with me even on weekends and holidays.
Posted by Douglas | March 18, 2010
Excellent caring and results-oriented legal help
Robert Ottinger, Esq is a specialist in employment law issues, with particular knowledge in matters relating to academic employment, having worked for (as I understood it) the State University of New York and then having represented clients against several universities (including me). Mr Ottinger listened carefully to the issues I had with my employer, asked excellent questions, looked over all the documentation and then decided that there was indeed a case to be made. He went over what the case would entail and warned about the hurdles involved. He was painstaking in preparing me as a witness; it helped that I had a lot of experience as an expert witness but being a plaintiff was different and he took the time to emphasize those differences. He and the other members of his firm took a lot of time to gather evidence through depositions of relevant witnesses and to get the other side to yield relevant documents. He was thorough and complete in his preparations. He did all he could to bring the matter to a reasonable settlement, and when the other side was recalcitrant, pursued it successfully to a trial to a point where we had picked a jury, at which point the judge successfully pushed the other side to a settlement. I strongly endorse Mr Ottinger and his firm as expert attorneys in the area of employment law; he is knowledgeable, diligent, skillful, dogged, and effective.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2010
Employment Case
Robert Ottinger was knowledgeable and aggressive in the pursuit of my case, even after the 9/11 attack ruined his NYC office, he still managed to continue and we won my case. He is professional and results oriented but still manages to have a good sense of humor. He is realistic and forthright thus limiting your time and costs. I recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • The Ottinger Firm
  • 1999 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • New York State Attorney General's Office
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • State Of California, Department Of Justice
  • 1993 - 1996


  • Loyola Law School
  • law
  • 1991
  • East Stroudsburg Univ
  • undergraduate
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • 5 Million Dollar Settlement
  • Settled
  • Jack Epter v. New York City Transit Authority
  • Won summary judgment for my client.
  • Anna Regalato v. State Line Diner
  • Won sexual harassment jury trial


  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association New York
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014


Speaking Engagements

  • Winter Conference
  • Employee Privacy Issues
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (25)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Robert on several employment discrimination cases while we both were Assistant Attorney General's for New York State. Robert is extremely talented employment law attorney with a solid work ethic and deep concern for his clients. We often worked overtime making sure our clients received the best possible counsel. Robert moved onto form his own firm specializing in Employment Law. Since then, I have had occasion to reach out to him and seek counsel on issues I was working on. His knowledge on employment law related matters is impeccable and his desire to achieve results for his clients is unprecedented. I highly endorse this highly and compentant legal professional."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bo is a gunh-ho trial lawyer who knows how to fight for his clients. (We were co-counsel on trial for the NYS Attorney General's office.)"
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert Ottinger is a Top New York City Employment Lawyer. Ottinger is aggressive, knowledgeable and very effective. You cannot go wrong hiring him. Robert is not only a Top New york Employment Lawyer, he has carved out quite a good reputation on the national stage."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Robert excells at providing big firm advocacy at small firm prices. He has high expectations for the lawyers that work for him, and his clients receive excellent service and advocacy as a result. Our firm attracts clients who have previously shopped for legal services at bigger firms and choose Robert and the Ottinger Firm because of Robert's aggressive approach to litigation, his reasonable billing practices and his trustworthiness as a lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bo Ottinger is a lawyer's lawyer. He is a go-to guy for employment law questions."
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New York Employment and labor Lawyer Robert Walter Ottinger
Robert Walter Ottinger
Employment and labor Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 31 years
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