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William Kaining Li

Employment and labor Attorney at New York, NY

4.8   19 reviews

also known as 李凱寧, 李凯宁

  • State Years
    New York - NY 13 years
    New Jersey - NJ 14 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

I have been practicing labor and employment law representing both employers and employees since 2009. I frequently work on matters relating to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, covenants not to compete, wage and hour violation disputes, and labor union disputes. I also negotiate employment and departure agreements and provide counsel and advice to employers regarding policies and procedures.

In addition to labor and employment law, I also have experience in commercial and business litigation and disputes involving matters such as breach of contract and shareholder disputes in privately held corporations.

Location

William K Li Law PLLC
535 5th Avenue, 4th Fl.
New York, NY, 10017

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Ting Ting | June 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient and Professional!
We are very thankful that we found William to represent my mom when filing a suit against her former employer. He was always easy to get in touch with/quick to respond, was professional, patient, and most importantly, spoke Chinese so it significantly helped when it came to guiding my mom through the legal process. I would highly recommend him to anyone. We did not have any hiccups and the former employer and my mom settled after just 8ish months. There are very few honest, professional Chinese-American employment lawyers out there who have their client's best interest at heart so William is undoubtedly one of the best!
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Posted by R | January 20, 2023
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severance / data issue
William came highly recommended for labor law from another lawyer I worked with in NY. I am so glad I hired William for a severance and data issue with my previous employer. Background - I left my previous employer and was getting severance pay. After 4 months my previous employer suddenly stopped payment and accused me of downloading proprietary data. William was professional and knowledgeable about this situation and handled all communication with the opposing legal counsel. I'm so glad I hired William. My employer's opposing legal counsel seemed to be playing hardball and really putting a negative spin on the situation and thought it to be a clear case in their favor. After many months, William was very diligent and was able to resolve the situation and even get them to pay for all the legal fees. Thanks to William - I simply signed an amended severance agreement and my payments and health benefits were resumed - success. I highly recommend you get an attorney to look over your severance agreement and negotiate it I naively signed thinking it was the best deal I could get. I should have hired William from the start to avoid dealing with this from the outset.
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Posted by George | May 10, 2022
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Property Manager
Mr. William Li helped me get my job back in less than 3months, He's such a gentleman that he doesn't ask for too much money. He's very respectful, takes time to listen and responds in a timely manner. I will always refer to him those in need of his diligent service.
Posted by Jay | November 3, 2021
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A Pleasant Experience
As an experienced banking professional (leadership role), I never thought that I would need labor law consultation in my career. Going through Employment Litigation is not an easy process, BUT having William representing you will ease all the headaches. It is simply a pleasant experience working with William.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2021
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Highly recommend
Mr. Li represented me for a racial/harassment issue in the workplace. Mr. Li settled my matter within a few months (approx. 5-6 months). He kept me notified every step of the way and communicated effectively and efficiently. I would highly recommend his services to anyone seeking legal representation for unlawful or discriminatory work issues.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer
Very professional, extremely thorough and quick to respond at all times. I would highly recommend Mr. Li and will be keeping his contact information should I need his services again.
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2020
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termination
William was extremely helpful in helping me navigate a termination and associated regulatory issues. William helped with correspondence and negotiations with a former employer and FINRA in a timely manner.
Posted by Linda | August 9, 2020
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Excellent employment attorney! Highly recommend!
I hired William Li for a retaliation case in the workplace. He was an invaluable resource when it came to protecting my rights. His attention to detail and knowledge of the employment laws are unsurpassed. He is an excellent attorney who really goes above and beyond. He is very straightforward and told me what to expect each step of the way. He responds in an extreme timely matter, he is very knowledgeable, accessible, diligent and dependable. It was a tough fight but we prevailed. I highly recommend William K. Li!
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Posted by ANNIE | June 12, 2020
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My excellent lawyer
William is a very professional and helpful lawyer. Even though I had a very unpleasant and unexpected racism/work experience during this uncertain times, he was able to help me resolve the issue efficiently and carefully.
Posted by George | May 1, 2020
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The most professional and trustworthy attorney that I worked with
William is a person that you can rely upon for any issues. he is not the typical attorney that will give you the "legal advise only" he is your partner in solving your issue. I will work with him any time I needed, and I can guaranty that anybody will work with him will share my experience.
Posted by Krystal | April 6, 2020
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Professionalism, Knowledgable and always willing to fight for you!
This was my first time in any type of legal situation and I had vetted quite a few top employment lawyers in NYC including going through consultations. Upon my first consultation with William, I could tell he was knowledgeable, professional and within our first meeting already developed a sense of trust. Throughout our one year working together, William always had my highest interest at heart and took into consideration my unique situation and all factors in provided recommendations. He had absolutely sound judgment on all fronts and I always trusted his recommendations. Lastly, his ethics are outstanding. Not only did we get a great outcome, but William always made me feel confident and gave me all the facts I needed to make a sound decision. I will definitely recommend him and will use him in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2020
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Superb!
Mr. Li will be your advocate. He will fight hard for you. He is fair and balanced with his attorney fees. Excellent knowledge of labor law and has great experience. He will not take advantage of you. I felt comfortable with him during a very stressful time in my life. I discerned he was honest and transparent.
Posted by Beth | March 23, 2020
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Respectful, reliable and thorough
I could not be a happier than I am with William Li. I operate 2 of the largest child care centers in New York City, and have 99 team members working with me. I have been working with William for over 2 years and during that time he has guided me through employee handbooks, NYC and NYS labor laws, employee and administrative trainings and even the smallest questions I may have. He is currently guiding me through this unprecedented time of mass layoffs. William is respectful, reliable and knowledgeable. He makes sure that his advice is up-to-date and thorough. I feel his work and advice is a necessity working with today's work force. I highly recommend William as a provider of legal support for all employers.
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Posted by Mariela | February 23, 2020
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A great attorney
William Li was the only attorney that took my case. He listened to me and didn’t give up. He is a great attorney who is willing to do what it takes to win. I appreciate everything he did for me.
Posted by AZ | May 30, 2018
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Excellent employment law attorney
After extensive research and interviews, I decided to retain William and the Boyd Law Group in connection with an employment law matter. He is thorough, creative, responsive and effective. He communicated with me promptly regarding each key step and was able to explain to me the most complicated legal and financial issues in plain English. He was both firm and practical when he was negotiating with the employer's counsel and always tried to protect my interest first. William was able to achieve a satisfactory result for me which would not have been possible without his legal assistance and skills. I highly recommend William.
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Posted by Sunny | October 21, 2016
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Effective communication and organized plan for client's work
1. Understand my need and perform detailed analysis. William performed a good review of my issue and collected as much relevant information as possible to stand with me. 2. Plan ahead and efficient communication. William did a good job in communication with my former employer and got back to me quickly for the feedback. 3. Try to do more to help the client. I am an international employee with H-1B status, and William did search about relevant regulations and policies about my status and give some suggestions. 4. After the first round communication, William found out more information and represented me in a further negotiation with former employer and finally it was settled with a satisfying amount. 5. Outstanding quality of paper documentation and always listen my need, and bring in effective and efficient communication.
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Posted by Alan | October 21, 2016
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Excellent representation
William was retained to aid in employment dispute matter. He maintains excellent qualifications, experience and prudence in representing me. He always operated transparently and communications to alleviate my concerns and keep me apprised of progress. As a result, we were able to settle in a effective and efficient manner. I highly recommend William and his law firm Boyd Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2015
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Efficient and hardworking
William was very generous with his time and diligent in his work with respect to my case. He was professional through out and i appreciated his candor and honesty throughout the process. It was a complicated case but he approached it with a good understanding and focused on the provisions that mattered. Would recommend!
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2022
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Rubbish. Took my case then decided he doesn't believe in it.
I had another attorney "Derek Smith Law Group" ready to take my case on contingency but I made a mistake to go with William. Nonsense. William was overpowered by the opposing counsel in the very first call. He took my case then adopted a defeatist attitude telling me the facts of my case are not good. If he had told me that he does not believe I was discriminated against based on the facts in our first call I would've found another lawyer. When I did not agree with his decision he told me if I don't settle now I owe him money. We could have filed without bearing cost but he did not want to spend more time on the case probably short staffed but that is no excuse. You cannot take on a case then decide that you don't believe in it, if you do change your beliefs then you should drop the case and not ask for lien.
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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • William K Li Law PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Boyd Law Group, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2019

Education

  • St. John's University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2009
  • Syracuse University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Princess Fornah vs. Cargo Airport Services, LLC
  • Renel Marcelin vs. Westchester ARC

Associations

  • Westchester Bar Association
  • Legal Referral Panel Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Legal Referral Service Panel Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • FF
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (New York Chapter)
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • English

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Worlds of Work: Employment Dispute Resolution Systems Across the Globe at University of Cambridge
  • Hostile work environment
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I served as co-counsel with William Li, Esq. on an employment dispute, and fully endorse him. He is smart, persistent, and an effective advocate."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with William for several years and is patient, knowledgeable and tenacious when needed. William is a strong advocate and I am happy to endorse him to potential clients."
Employment and labor
Employment and labor
New York Employment and labor Lawyer William Kaining Li
William Kaining Li
Employment and labor Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 14 years