Mr. Wayne N. Outten

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WAYNE N. OUTTEN is Chair and Founding Partner of Outten & Golden LLP. He was the Managing Partner from the founding of the firm in 1998 until the end of 2018. His practice focuses exclusively on representing individuals in all areas of employment law. He co-chairs the firm’s Executives and Professionals and Whistleblower Retaliation Practice Groups.

Mr. Outten’s practice focuses on representing high-level employees and professionals in all aspects of their employment, including negotiation of employment, compensation, and severance agreements. He is the author of the “Representing the Executive” chapter in Executive Compensation (BNA Books). His practice includes representing employees in multinational employment contexts, including expatriate and seconded employees.

Mr. Outten’s notable cases include: a recovery of more than $12 million in a gender discrimination/retaliation case against Morgan Stanley in federal court; an $18.9 million arbitration award in a breach of contract case against Deutsche Bank (with partner Larry Moy); and a $71.5 million arbitration award under a profit participation plan against another international bank – perhaps the largest arbitration award in an employment case (with partners Larry Moy and Tammy Marzigliano).

Mr. Outten was selected by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1987 and as one of New York’s Super Lawyers, where he is listed as one of the Top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers every year since 2006. Best Lawyers designated him "Lawyer of the Year 2010" for Labor and Employment Law - New York City and "Lawyer of the Year 2012" for Litigation - Labor and Employment in New York City. He was selected for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America every year from 2005 through 2013, and for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America in 2006. Mr. Outten has been an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers since 1992.

Mr. Outten was a Co-Founder in 1993 of Workplace Fairness, a charitable/educational organization, and is its current President. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Lawyers International Network for Employees and Executives (LINEE).

He was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Gus J. Solomon, District of Oregon (1974-76) and was an instructor at the NYU School of Law (1976-1978). He was an associate and then a partner at Lankenau Kovner & Outten, LLP (1979-1998).

Mr. Outten received his B.S. from Drexel University in 1970 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1974, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.

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Founding Member, Board of Governors, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 1996-2003; American Bar Foundation

Areas of Practice (17)

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Litigation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Executive Compensation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Executive Employment Law
  • Executive Severance Contracts
  • International Employment Contracts
  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Law
  • Executive Transfers
  • Employment Termination
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Reductions in Force
  • Employment Breach of Contract
  • Employee Rights

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
929-900-3551  Phone
212-245-1000  Phone
646-509-2060  Fax
University Attended:
Drexel University, B.S., 1970
Law School Attended:
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1974
Year of First Admission:
1979, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; 1988, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; 1979, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; 2010, Maryland; 1979, New York; 1997, U.S. Supreme Court
Founding Member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) in 1985 and served on its board for more than 11 years; Founded the New York Affiliate of NELA in 1986 and was its President for more than 15 years; Founding Governor of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (1996-2003); Served as Chair of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association (2015-2016), served on the Section's Council (2000-2008), is Liaison to the Section's Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, was Co-chair of the various Administrative Committees, was Liaison for the Section's Committees on Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Pro Bono Work; Employee Co-chair of the both the International Labor & Employment Law Committee and the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee.
Birth Information:
Dover, Delaware, May 14, 1948
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

Peer Reviews

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