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Brian Heller has been with Schwartz & Perry LLP since his graduation from Fordham Law School in 2001. In August 2007, Mr. Heller was named as a Partner of the firm. Mr. Heller has an impressive background in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, fraudulent inducement, contractual disputes, stock options and benefits, and workplace torts.


 


Mr. Heller is an experienced litigator, having co-chaired numerous trials, including jury and non-jury trials in both the Federal and state courts. Mr. Heller has also prosecuted and argued numerous appeals in various New York State appellate courts. In addition to litigation, Mr. Heller negotiates severance agreements, employment contracts, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, and counsels employees who are subjected to discrimination in the workplace.


 


In addition, Mr. Heller is active in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), successfully representing employees in mediations sponsored by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the court or a number of private dispute resolution entities. He also appears on behalf of individuals in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly NASD) and the American Arbitration Association.


 


In June 2006, following a two-week trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the jury returned a verdict in favor of a client of Schwartz & Perry LLP in the amount of $2.5 million, of which $300,000 was an award for punitive damages. The verdict was based upon a retaliation claim arising from the plaintiff's allegation of age discrimination brought under the New York City Human Rights Law. After adding damages and interest, the amount of the final judgment paid totaled nearly $4 million. Mr. Heller played an active role throughout the case.


 


Mr. Heller actively lectures on the field of employment law for programs sponsored by the New York County Lawyers' Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Lawline.com and the Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education. In addition, Mr. Heller has co-authored numerous articles and publications for various Bar associations in New York.


 


More than 10 years ago, the firm developed a Summer legal internship program at the request of a New York law school. The initial programs were so successful that the firm initiated on-going legal internship programs throughout the academic year as well. In 2008, Schwartz & Perry LLP was joined by 24 students from nine law schools in the New York and New Jersey areas. Mr. Heller takes an active role in mentoring future lawyers through the firm’s legal internship program.


 


As a student at Fordham Law School, Mr. Heller served on the Fordham Urban Law Journal and as a mediator in the Bronx Small Claims Court. In addition, Mr. Heller is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  2. Appeals: 20%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Employment: 20%
  5. Discrimination: 20%

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Schwartz & Perry, LLP

295 Madison Avenue
New York, NY, 10017

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License
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NYCurrently registered 200203/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Archibald M. Murray Award for Public ServiceFordham University School of Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSchwartz & Perry LLP2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Insinga v. Cooperative Centrale Raiffeisen Boerenleenbank B.A.$2.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiff
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
New York County Lawyers' AssociationThe Great Employment Debate - Are Age Discrimination Laws Necessary?2008
New York City Bar AssociationInvestigating Liability & Assessing Damages in Employment Law Claims: Identifying Methods That Have Proven Successful in Negotiating Claims2008
New York County Lawyers' AssociationHow to Effectively Commence an Employment Discrimination Claim2008
Marino Institute for Continuing Legal EducationGetting the Most Out of Your Case2007
Marino Institute for Continuing Legal EducationGetting the Most Out of Your Case2007
Marino Institute for Continuing Legal EducationTrial Strategies That Work2006
National Employment Lawyers AssociationLitigating Harassment Claims: Strategies for Success - Counseling and Case Selection2005
National Employment Lawyers AssociationSexual Harassment in the New Millenium2003
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New York County Lawyers' AssociationThe Great Employment Debate - Are Age Discrimination Laws Necessary?2008
New York City Bar AssociationInvestigating Liability & Assessing Damages in Employment Law Claims: Identifying Methods That Have Proven Successful in Negotiating Claims2008
Marino Institute for Continuing Legal EducationEmployment Discrimination in the Workplace: How to Handle and Negotiate an Employment Discrimination Claim2008
Marino Institute for Continuing Legal EducationAn Introduction to Employment Law2008
Marino Institute for Continuing Legal EducationGetting the Most Out of Your Case2007
Marino Institute for Continuing Legal EducationGetting the Most Out of Your Case2007
Marino Institute for Continuing Legal EducationTrial Strategies That Work2006
Lawline.comHow to Handle and Negotiate Your First Employment Discrimination Case2006