Felice B. Ekelman

New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone(212) 545-4000

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Wage and Hour Compliance
University Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1982
Law SchoolAlbany Law School, J.D., 1985
Admitted1986, New York; 2010, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Bar & Professional Association Memberships
New York Women's Bar Association


Felice B. Ekelman is a Shareholder in the New York City office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Since joining Jackson Lewis in 1985, Ms. Ekelman has been engaged exclusively in the practice of labor and employment law on behalf of management, and has represented employers in federal and state courts, and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, and other federal, state and city administrative agencies. Ms. Ekelman's litigation experience includes employment law jury and bench trials and appellate arguments before state and federal courts. She has represented employers in hundreds of employment and labor arbitrations involving commission and compensation disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants collective bargaining contract interpretation issues and termination disputes. Ms. Ekelman's traditional labor law experience includes representation of both unionized and union free employers. For clients with bargaining relationships she negotiates collective bargaining agreements, represents clients in arbitrations, in litigation involving Taft Hartley fund disputes and litigation under the LMRA.

Ms. Ekelman has extensive experience in wage and hour litigation. She has represented a multitude of clients in collective and class action litigations involving misclassification issues, off the clock work, and donning and doffing claims. She has expertise in the unique wage and hour laws affecting New York employers in the hospitality industry, and has defended numerous restaurants and nightclubs in wage and hour disputes. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Ekelman regularly represents employers before the Federal and New York State Departments of Labor. She also assists clients with their ongoing compliance efforts.

Ms. Ekelman received her undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University and was awarded the degree of Juris Doctor by Albany Law School. In 2013, Ms. Ekelman was honored with two “Client Choice Awards” for both US Employment and Labour and Employment and Labor, New York, given by International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology. She has been listed in New York Super Lawyers from 2009-2011 and has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent, which is the highest legal peer rating. She is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practice in numerous district courts across the country, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

•Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition, 2009-2013
•Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•New York Women's Bar Association - Board of Directors
•Member, National Advisory Council, The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University
•Legal Momentum, Board of Advisors
•Selected as one of New York Area's Top Rated Lawyers
•2013 Client Choice Award in US Employment and Labour
•2013 Client Choice Award in Employment and Labor, New York


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New York Employers Relieved of Annual Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice Requirement
Jeffrey W. Brecher,Felice B. Ekelman,Richard I. Greenberg,Jonathan M. Kozak,Noel P. Tripp, February 26, 2015
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.5885-B) on December 29, 2014, eliminating New York’s annual wage notice requirement (mandating a written notice of pay rates and other information during the month of January to all employees, regardless of the timing of pay increases or...

New York’s Changing Wage Rates and Allowances Effective December 31st
Jeffrey W. Brecher,Felice B. Ekelman,Richard I. Greenberg,Jonathan M. Kozak,Noel P. Tripp, January 30, 2015
Effective December 31, 2014, the New York State minimum wage increases to $8.75 per hour (from $8.00 per hour).

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Felice B. Ekelman

666 Third Avenue
New YorkNY 10017


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