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Louis Pechman practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including employment discrimination, sex harassment litigation, union-management relations, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, and overtime and pay disputes. As a practitioner for over thirty years in the labor and employment field, Mr. Pechman offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on improving the employment relationship and, where appropriate, terminating that relationship.

Prior to forming Pechman Law Group PLLC, Mr. Pechman’s  experience includes work as an attorney at some of the leading employment law firms in New York, as in-house labor counsel with the New York Daily News, and as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board. Admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, he is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Fordham University School of Law. Lou has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and as a New York Super Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment Law since 2006, and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  He has also been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an honorary organization limited to 1% of attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession.

A frequent contributor to the New York Law Journal and other business and legal publications, Mr. Pechman often gives presentations on employment law topics, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment, and the development of human resource policies and procedures. He has lectured at the Fordham University School of Law, New York University, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the Practising Law Institute and the American Bar Association. A former Chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Mr. Pechman has moderated since 1996 NYCLA's annual program on “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case.” He also moderates an annual program at NYCLA, on “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case.”

Mr. Pechman is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the fast emerging area of wage and hour law. Over the past decade, he has litigated over 100 federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the New York Labor Law. Mr. Pechman is also the founder of, a site that focuses on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry.  He currently serves as Chair of the Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.


Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 25%
  2. Discrimination: 25%
  3. Employment: 25%
  4. Sexual Harassment: 25%

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  • Jeremy Daniel Scholem

    Lou Pechman was an entirely reasonable opponent. We were able to work out a settlement of our clients' dispute with no acrimony and great speed.


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Contact info

Pechman Law Group PLLC

488 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY, 10022-5701


NYCurrently registered 198403/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Best Lawyer, Labor and Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2015
New York Super Lawyer, Labor and Employment LawNew York Super Lawyers2015
FellowAmerican Bar Foundation2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lead AttorneyPechman Law Group PLLC2015 - Present
PartnerBerke-Weiss & Pechman LLP1996 - 2015
AttorneyLambos & Junge1989 - 1996
Labor CounselNew York Daily News1988 - 1989
AttorneyVladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C.1985 - 1988
AttorneySkadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP1983 - 1984
Field ExaminerNational Labor Relations Board1980 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee of the New York City Bar AssociationChair2015 - Present
New York Women's Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Committee on Employment and Equal Opportunity2003 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember, Labor and Employment Law Committee1985 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember, Section on Labor and Employment Law1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, Section on Labor and Employment Law1985 - Present
New York County Lawyers' Association, Committee on Labor Relations and Employment LawChairman1994 - 1998
Publication nameTitleDate
New York Law JournalLaw Relating to Alcoholics, Convicts, Drug Addicts in the Workplace2009
New York Law JournalTattoos and Piercings in the Workplace2005
New York Law JournalThe Employer Strikes Back2002
New York Law JournalThe Language of Harassment2000
New York Law JournalWorkplace Abuse: Unlawful or Simply Unfair?1999
New York Law JournalEmployment Practices Insurance Proliferates1998
New York Law JournalBalancing Customer Preference with Employee Rights1997
The Journal of CommerceObserve at Your Own Peril1997
New York Law JournalAppearance Based Discrimination1996
New York State Bar JournalCoping with Mental Disabilities in the Workplace1996
New York TimesA Level Playing Field or a Quagmire?1995
New York Law JournalMental Disabilities in the Workplace1994
New York State Bar JournalEmerging Issues in Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Cornell UniversityIndustrial and Labor RelationsBS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The New York City Hospitality AllianceThe Tipping Conference2016
New York City Bar AssociationOpening A Restaurant in New York: Legal Bootcamp2016
Employment Law InstituteProsecuting and Defending Wage & Hour Cases2016
Praticising Law Institute Program - Employment Discrimination Law & LitigationDevelopments in Gender Discrimination Law2015
NYC Hospitality AllianceHave We Reached the Tipping Point for Tips?2015
New York City Bar AssociationCurrent Issues in Settlement of FLSA Cases2015
Bloomberg BNATop Ten FLSA Litigation Issues: 2015 Edition Webinar2015
New York County Lawyers' AssociationHow to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case2014
New York County Lawyers' AssociationHow to Handle a Wage and Hour Case2014
NELA/NY Fall ConferenceFLSA On the Clock, Off the Books, and Underpaid?2014
Practising Law InstituteEmployment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2013: Representing Multiple Plaintiffs in Employment Discrimination Litigation2013
Metropolitan District Office of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor RelationsRecent Developments Under the ADA2008
American Conference InstituteManaging and Defending Retaliation Cases: Cost-Effective and Successful Strategies2008
Fox News ShowThe O'Reilly Factor2003
New York Women's Bar AssociationMcDonnell-Douglas to Reeves: Is there a Simpler Method for Assessing Evidence in Discrimination Cases?2000
New York County Lawyers' AssociationBlueprint for Building Your Practice: A Conference for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners2000
Practicing Law InstituteDamages in Employment Discrimination Cases: An Overview of Recent Developments1999
American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Midwinter MeetingMinimizing Economic Damages in Employment Discrimination Cases: An Overview of Recent Developments1999