Felice B. Ekelman

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Biography

Felice B. Ekelman is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Since joining Jackson Lewis in 1985, she has been engaged exclusively in the practice of labor and employment law on behalf of management.

Ms. Ekelman 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. Her 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.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Ekelman regularly represents employers before the Federal and New York State Departments of Labor. 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. She also assists clients with their ongoing compliance efforts.

Wage and Hour Litigation Experience

Ms. Ekelman 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.

Webinars

Archived

Class Actions and Complex Litigation Webinar Series

When March 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending

Archived

Class Actions and Complex Litigation Webinar Series

When February 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending

Archived

Class Actions and Complex Litigation Webinar Series

When January 10, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending

Publications

September 8, 2017

DOL’s ‘80/20’ Tip Credit Rule Entitled to No Deference, Ninth Circuit Holds, Creating Circuit Split

Finding it wholly inconsistent with the statute and the regulation it purports to interpret, the Ninth Circuit has held invalid the United States Department of Labor’s “80/20” tip credit rule, or “20% Rule,” which limits the availability of the tip credit when tipped employees spend more than 20% of their time performing allegedly non-...

December 22, 2015

Significant Changes to New York State Hospitality Industry Wage and Hour Laws Effective 12/31/15

New York State Hospitality Industry employers face several significant changes to employee compensation, effective December 31.These changes result from: 1) the final stage of the three-step state minimum wage increase passed by the New York State Legislature, 2) a new Hospitality Industry Wage Order enacted by the New York State...

January 8, 2015

New York Employers Relieved of Annual Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice Requirement

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 date of hire) codified in New York...

In the News

July 23, 2017
Law 360

Felice Ekelman Discusses Jackson Lewis Named a Best Law Firm for Female Partners

Felice Ekelman discusses Jackson Lewis' designation as a Ceiling Smasher law firm in The Best Law Firms For Female Partners, published by Law360.Subscription may be required for viewing article

July 23, 2017
Law 360

Felice Ekelman Discusses Jackson Lewis' Representation of Gender Diversity

Felice Ekelman discusses Jackson Lewis' strategies for increasing its representation of female attorneys in How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity, published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article

August 25, 2016
Law 360

Felice Ekelman Featured in Law 360’s “Rainmaker Q&A: Jackson Lewis’ Felice Ekelman”

Felice Ekelman is featured in “Rainmaker Q&A: Jackson Lewis’ Felice Ekelman,” published by Law 360.Subscription may be required to view article

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • Hospitality
  • Public Sector
  • Real Estate
  • Retail and Consumer Goods

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212-545-4005  Phone
(212) 972-3213  Fax
www.jacksonlewis.com
University Attended:
Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1982
Law School Attended:
Albany Law School, J.D., 1985
Year of First admission:
1986
Admission:
2010, New York - N.D. N.Y.; 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit; 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals; Colorado - D. Colo.; 1986, New York; Illinois - C.D. Ill.; Michigan - E.D. Mich.; New York - E.D. N.Y.; New York - S.D. N.Y.; DC - D. D.C.
Memberships:

Professional Associations and Activities

•Legal Momentum, Board of Advisors
•Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society whose members are selected on basis of their effectiveness, accomplishment in litigation and trial work, and ethical reputation, fellow
•New York Women's Bar Association, Board of Directors
•The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, National Advisory Council

Birth Information:
1960
ISLN:
907629960

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (13)
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  • Felice B. Ekelman

    5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 04/10/12 in Labor and Employment on 04/10/12

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    5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/09/12 in Labor and Employment on 04/09/12

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  • Felice B. Ekelman

    5.0/5.0 by a Associate/Assistant General Counsel on 03/30/12 in Labor and Employment on 03/30/12

    Among the best in her field.

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    Among the best in her field.

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    5.0/5.0 by a Deputy General Counsel on 03/28/12 in Labor and Employment on 03/28/12

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  • Felice B. Ekelman

    5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 03/28/12 in Litigation on 03/28/12

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  • Felice B. Ekelman

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/25/12 in Labor and Employment on 03/25/12

    One of the top labor and employment attorneys in New York. Top notch knowledge and expertise. Top notch ethically. Easily deserves top ratings

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    One of the top labor and employment attorneys in New York. Top notch knowledge and expertise. Top notch ethically. Easily deserves top ratings

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  • Felice B. Ekelman

    5.0/5.0 by a Associate/Assistant General Counsel on 03/25/12 in Labor and Employment on 03/25/12

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  • Felice B. Ekelman

    5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 03/19/12 in Labor and Employment on 03/19/12

    Felice is an excellent attorney. She is very smart, extremely knowledgeable about her area of the law, well spoken and a great advocate.

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    Felice is an excellent attorney. She is very smart, extremely knowledgeable about her area of the law, well spoken and a great advocate.

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  • Felice B. Ekelman

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/16/12 in Employment Litigation on 03/16/12

    Felice is a go-to lawyer for complicated, high-stakes employment litigation. She's also a practical and thoughtful advisor on employment law counseling issues.

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    Felice is a go-to lawyer for complicated, high-stakes employment litigation. She's also a practical and thoughtful advisor on employment law counseling issues.

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  • Felice B. Ekelman

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/16/12 in Employment Litigation on 03/16/12

    Felice is well-respected as an employment litigator.

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    Felice is well-respected as an employment litigator.

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