Todd H. Girshon is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. For more than 25 years, he has devoted his entire professional career to practicing workplace law at Jackson Lewis.
Since joining the firm's New York City office, Mr. Girshon has focused his practice on employment law litigation. In this capacity, he has represented employers in jury and bench trials, appeals, arbitrations, mediations, and other proceedings before various federal, state and local government agencies, arbitrators, mediators and courts throughout the country. He has successfully handled a diverse range of individual and class/collective actions alleging discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblower, failure to pay compensation and employee benefits, wrongful termination, breach of contract, tort, and other employment-related claims.
Mr. Girshon is a business-oriented attorney who takes a practical approach to problem-solving. As such, he also advises clients in connection with preventive workplace law matters, including the design and implementation of human resources policies and practices. Mr. Girshon represents a vast array of clients, ranging from entrepreneurs to large corporations, on workplace law issues across a wide spectrum of industries, including but not limited to real estate, insurance, retailing, fashion, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, private equity, transportation, hospitality, professional service firms, non-profit organizations, staffing, and professional employer organizations.
From 2011 through 2013, Mr. Girshon served as the Marketing Coordinator for the firm’s New York City Office. He currently assists the firm in developing its alliance with L&E Global, an international alliance providing counsel to employers on workplace law. In 2016, Mr. Girshon was elected to the firm’s Advisory Committee, which advises the Chairperson and Board of Directors on major issues affecting the firm, including strategic, operational, and financial matters.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Change for Kids, Legal Advisor
•Harlem Educational Activities Fund: HEAF, Legal Advisor
•Le Trianon Condominium, Board of Managers
• Jury or Non-Jury Trials: Consider whether a jury waiver agreement is right for your organization, HR Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management (February 2012) [Author]
• Wrongful Discharge Reform in the United States: International and Domestic Perspectives on the Model Employment Termination Act, Emory International Law Review 6.635 (Fall 1992) [Author]
• FMLA Policy, Practice and Legal Update, Business & Legal Reports (1995 - 2012) [Consulting Legal Editor]
Speeches and Presentations
•“Employer Best Practices for Conducting Sexual Harassment Investigations and Preparing for Possible Litigation,” New York City Bar Center for CLE (New York, NY, November 2018) (panelist)
Employment Class and Collective Actions
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Refuses to Certify Class of Interns; Adopts Balancing Test Similar to Second Circuit’s Primary Beneficiary Test
August 3, 2016
A recent New York State Supreme Court decision raises the bar for certifying an “opt out” class of unpaid interns seeking minimum or other wages, and provides valuable guidance for employers facing challenges to their unpaid internship programs. Rodriguez v. 5W Public Relations, Index No. 156571/14 (July 26, 2016).
By Todd H. Girshon , Daisy A. Tomaselli and Noel P. Tri