Louis Pechman

Louis Pechman: Attorney with Pechman Law Group PLLC
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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 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 2007. He has a AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards rating by Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo. Mr. Pechman 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. Pechman Law Group PLLC, has been recognized by U.S. News’ Best Law Firms as a Tier 1 law firm in Employment Law for Individuals and Labor Law for Management.

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 250 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 waiterpay.com, a site that focuses on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry.

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, wage & hour law, 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 moderates NYCLA's annual programs “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case” and “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case.” He served as Chair of the Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2015-2017.

Mr. Pechman’s prior 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.

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Workplace Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Union-Management Relations
  • Employment Contracts
  • Non-Competition Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Issues
  • Wage/Hour Disputes

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
929-260-1621  Phone
212-583-9500  Phone
212-409-8763  Fax
Year of First Admission:
1985, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1984, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1996, U.S. Supreme Court
New York State Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section); American Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law Section); New York Women's Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee); New York State Bar Association (Former Chair, Restaurant and Hospitality Law Committee).
Special Agencies:

Moderator, “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, 1996 – Present.

Moderator, “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2010 – Present.

Program Chair, FLSA Math: How to Calculate Wage-Related Damages, Ethical Issues in Employment Law, New York City Bar, October 24, 2017.

Speaker, “Trends in Wage and Hour Claims and Class Actions,” American Conference Institute, June 12, 2017.

Moderator, “FLSA Settlement Issues One Year After Cheeks,” New York City Bar, October 24, 2016.

Moderator, “Top Ten FLSA Litigation Issues: 2016 Edition Webinar,” Bloomberg BNA, September 29, 2016.

Panelist, “Opening A Restaurant in New York: Legal Boot Camp,” New York City Bar Association, March 18, 2016

Panelist, “Prosecuting & Defending Wage and Hour Cases,” Employment Law Institute at the NYC Bar Association, March 11, 2016.

Speaker, "The Tipping Conference," New York City Hospitality Alliance, March 2, Speaker, 2016.

Moderator, “Current Issues in Settlement of FLSA Cases,” New York City Bar Association, October 6, 2015.

Moderator, “Top Ten FLSA Litigation Issues: 2015 Edition Webinar,” Bloomberg BNA, September 30, 2015.

Speaker, “Developments in Gender Discrimination Law,” Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation, Praticising Law Institute Program, June 22, 2015.

Panelist, “Have We Reached the Tipping Point for Tips?,” NYC Hospitality Alliance, February 2, 2015.

Speaker, “FLSA On the Clock, Off the Books, and Underpaid?,” NELA/NY Fall Conference, New York Employment Lawyer’s Association, October 10, 2014.

Speaker, “Representing Multiple Plaintiffs in Employment Discrimination Litigation,” Practising Law Institute, June 20, 2013.

Moderator, “Reforming the FLSA,” NYU 66th Annual Conference on Labor: Regulation of Compensation , New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law, June 6, 2013.

Speaker, Labor and Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, Pace Law School, August 18, 2011.

Moderator, “An Introduction to Wage and Hour Cases,” Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, May 21, 2011.

Lecturer, New York University, the Extension Division of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Birth Information:
Brooklyn, New York, 1957
Reported Cases:
Toyama v. Hasaki Rest., Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175006 (SDNY Dec. 18, 2014); Chhab v. Darden Restaurants, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135926 (SDNY 2013); In Re Milos Litigation, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3038 (January 11, 2010); Duchene v. Michael Cetta, Inc. d/b/a Sparks Steak House, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85955 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 10, 2009); Dumtrescu v. Mr. Chow's Enterprises, LTD, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49881 (S.D.N.Y. June 30, 2008); Anemone v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36091 (S.D.N.Y. May 2, 2008); Matter of Casale v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 850 N.Y.S.2d 79 (1st Dept. 2008); Browne-Sanders v. Madison Square Garden, L.P., 525 F. Supp. 2d 364 (S.D.N.Y 2007); Duchene v. Michael L. Cetta, Inc. d/b/a Sparks Steakhouse, 244 F.R.D. 202 (S.D.N.Y. 2007); Mattar v. Alliance Bernstein Investment Research and Management, Inc., NASD Case No. 05-00925 (2006); Francis v. The Blaikie Group, 372 F. Supp. 2d 741 (S.D.N.Y. 2005); Khalil v. The Original Homestead Restaurant, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70372 (S.D.N.Y. June 6, 2005); Angrisani v. Long Island Railroad, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42240 (E.D.N.Y. May 25, 2005); Salemi v. Boccador, Inc., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6828 (S.D.N.Y. April 19, 2005); Shannon v. New York City Transit Authority, 332 F.3d 95 (2d Cir. 2003).
Hobbies & interests:
Founder of waiterpay.com, a website created to promote awareness about the wage and hour laws in New York so that employees and restaurant owners alike have a greater understanding of their respective rights and obligations.
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