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Louis Pechman

New York Labor and Employment Lawyer

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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.

Mr. Pechman has worked as a labor and employment attorney at three Manhattan law firms, 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. Mr. Pechman has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer since 2006, is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is rated “superb” by Avvo.

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, the Extension Division of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and the American Bar Association. From 1994 through 1998, he was Chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law. Since 1996, Mr. Pechman has developed and moderated NYCLA's annual program on “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case.” He also moderates a program at NYCLA, initiated in October 2010, 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 200 federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act 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.

Areas of practice
  • Workplace Law

  • Employment Discrimination

  • Union-Management Relations

  • Employment Contracts

  • Non-Competition Agreements

  • Independent Contractor Issues

  • Wage/Hour Disputes


Bar admissions
  • New York, 1984

  • New Jersey, 1985

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

  • Fordham University School
    of Law, New York, New York, J.D.

  • Cornell University, Industrial
    and Labor Relations, B.S.

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