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Orin R. Kurtz

Class action Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
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About Orin

Learn Orin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Class action
    Class actions on behalf of employees, consumers, and investors.

  2. Employment and labor
    Class actions for failure to pay overtime, minimum wage violations, tip theft, and employee misclassification.

  3. Employee benefits

Orin Kurtz, of the employment division of Gardy & Notis, practices before federal and state courts on behalf of employees, and select employers, in class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the labor laws of various states. Although located in New York City, Orin is available to represent employees throughout the country.

Orin is a frequent speaker at national employment law conventions. He was a featured speaker at the 2014 American Bar Association Employment Rights & Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and also at the 2015 American Bar Association Employment Rights & Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting in Naples, Florida. He has taught CLE classes at the Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the National CLE Conference in Vail, Colorado. At each of these meetings, Orin spoke about various aspects of employment class and collecive action practice.

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Posted by Osman | December 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Long Term Care & Attention to Detail - Incredible Lawyer!
I am so happy to report my first A++ Lawyer experience, and it was with Orin Kurtz. Orin has been working with me for nearly two years now, resolving a payment dispute with a former employer who promised several thousands of dollars in payments, yet never delivered them upon termination of our contract. Though the amount was small in the big scheme of things, Orin still took on my case and fought it for well over 15 months of negotiations and stall tactics from my former employer. The attention to detail was impeccable, and after many, many months we achieved our desired result. I am grateful for Mr. Kurtz' attention to detail and to his supportive explanation of all strategies and options.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An attorney you can count on
When my out-of-state employers failed to pay my wages, expenses or severance, taking the attitude that there was nothing I could do about it, I didn't know where to turn. I took a chance on Orin, and am so glad I did. He listened carefully at our first meeting and gave me a realistic initial assessment of the case. He was always extremely responsive to my questions. His billing was fair and clearly explained. And above all, he was tirelessly diligent and resourceful in overcoming numerous obstacles as the case unfolded. Long story short, he obtained a judgement in my favor in federal court while the defendants stonewalled. He then undertook a difficult collections process, against out-of-state defendants who were expert at concealing assets. He eventually succeeded in having their bank account seized, forcing them to settle on favorable terms. It was a far better outcome than I had hoped. Orin is just an outstanding attorney and a pleasure to work with. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by John Li | June 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Got Results When Others Refused to Try
I retained Orin to help me negotiate a better severance agreement with my prior employer. He listened to my story, asked the "right" questions and developed a strategy that highlighted the merits of my case. He was able to talk me through my rights, what action I could take and what I could/couldn't reasonably expect in a way that was easy for me to understand. He was even available to me on weekends, which I felt was really going above and beyond. Orin provided extremely effective representation and negotiated a monetary settlement as well as non-monetary terms much better what was initially offered. He did a fantastic job.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
HIghly Recommend
Orin Kurtz helped me with a situation handling an employee misclassification issue. Normally he deals with bigger cases than my situation, but he was happy to help me. He's not after your money; he is truly there for you! With my particular situation, I was not able to reach a resolution and this is only because of the defendant. Orin Kurtz is very professional. He stayed in contact with me every step of the way, and responded to my questions and concerns in an unbelievable timely manner. This is my first time ever dealing with a lawyer, and the experience couldn’t have been better. If you need a lawyer handling the situations he handles; this is the man you want to have your back! If I ever need a lawyer for a case in which he doesn’t handle, he’s going to be a “tough act to follow”! Thank you so much Orin Kurtz, I appreciate all you have done for me!
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2014
Personal committment and results
Orin Kurtz helped me with a case of unethical employment practices. I was in a horrific situation with a foreign employer who made working miserable and ostracized me for claiming overtime. Volume of work was massive so the hours were required but overtime was forbidden. I felt obligated to put in the time to get the work done and sacrificed the overtime income. Ultimately, the position became impossible and I resigned. I reached out to Orin and he took on the battle to recover my lost earnings. He listened intently, asked pointed questions to get a clear understanding of the situation. He was clear about his approach and the process he would follow. He kept me informed of his activities and the former employers responses. He recommended strategy and suggested compromises that were sound and, he ultimately recovered my lost wages. He's the real deal. Doesn't pussy foot around and doesn't back off. I'm extremely satisfied with the outcome of this case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2013
You Get Your Money's Worth and Sharp Advice
Orin came highly recommended and did a great job with a legal issue I was having with my boss. Orin provided me with excellence guidance in employer-employee relations, particularly when it came to defending my rights in the workplace. As a result, we got exactly the result I was looking for. I would certainly suggest him to anyone who feels they are being taken advantage of at their job and are considering legal action or who are just seeking excellent legal advice.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gardy & Notis, LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Abbey Spanier, LLP
  • 2004 - 2013


  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • State University of New York, College at New Paltz
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Salisbury v. TransCare Corporation
  • Pending
  • Griffiths v. James Merrill, et al
  • Pending
  • Noriega v. Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events, et al.
  • Pending. Please see our website,, for updates.
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  • Federal Bar Council
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • New York Law School
  • 2004
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  • American Bar Association Consumer Protection Update
  • 2015 Review of Consumer Protection Law Developments
  • 2015
  • American Bar Association Consumer Protection Update
  • 2013 Review of Consumer Protection Law Developments
  • 2013
  • American Bar Association Consumer Protection Update
  • 2010 Review of Consumer Protection Law Developments
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting
  • U.S. Immigration Law Reform: What You Don’t Hear in the Press
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
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Class action Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Orin was built for the law. I had the pleasure of attending law school with Orin. His performance in law school was outstanding. Unsurprisingly, his performance as a class-action lawyer is equally outstanding. Orin is a cerebral guy and is always thinking as to how to improve his clients' positioning. He takes on mega corporations that overreach. The marketplace needs lawyers like Orin to keep people safe and treated fairly."
Class action Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Orin is a fierce and courageous advocate for his clients. He is adept at spotting issues, claims and defenses many other class action lawyers would not have considered. Orin is kind-spirited and truly cares about obtaining the best results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Class action Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Orin Kurtz. I have had the pleasure of knowing Orin since 2001. Orin not only has a gifted legal mind but also a genuine commitment to his clients and the greater social good. I cannot think of any better labor and class action attorney, Orin is a true expert in these fields and an extraordinary lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Orin is one of the most intelligent attorneys I have ever met in my professional career. We have known each other for more than 10 years and his skill, successes and practice only continues to grow. I am constantly amazed by the results he is able to obtain for his clients. I refer all of my Class Action employment/ labor law matters to Orin."
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New York Class action Lawyer Orin R. Kurtz
Orin R. Kurtz
Class action Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 18 years
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