Best of the Best in Employment Law in New York City
Reputation is important when choosing an employment law firm to protect you. The team of lawyers you hire are a reflection of you! You want and deserve the Best!
Quick questions to ask yourself when looking at employment law firms to hire.
- Does the law firm litigate employment cases regularly or just try to settle and avoid court if they can’t? How many cases are they actually litigating?
- Are you hiring a full service law firm or just a single lawyer in an office to stand up against your large company who will have a high-powered team of lawyers?
- Do they have the financial backing to fight? Look at their office, their appearance, do they have staff or do you get an answering machine when you call?
- Do they practice a bunch of different areas of law such as personal injury, criminal law, real-estate? We only practice employment law and we are very good at it.
- Do they also represent and defend companies accused of discrimination? We would never switch side. We only represent employees. We don’t need or want money from corporations to make ends meet.
- What’s some of the they highest settlement achieved?
Whether you are a worker who has been terminated because your race or demoted because of your sex, it is crucial to be careful in selecting legal counsel when you believe you might need to file a lawsuit. Not all firms are well-respected by peers, opposing counsel, and judges. Moreover, not all firms have the financial ability to pay all costs and represent clients on a contingency fee basis. Most lawsuits settle before trial. Even more so than the past, not all counsel have taken cases to trial, or understand how to do so strategically. Even fewer have a strong track record or received awards and recognition for their effectiveness. Phillips & Associates is a premier trial firm that represents workers against their powerful employers in both federal and state courts. Our firm is considered by many peers to be the best of the best in employment law. Our results-oriented New York City employment attorneys are dedicated to fighting for workers’ rights in connection with employment discrimination and harassment. More than $150 million have been recovered for our clients.
Employment Law Firm with Notable Honors
Our recognitions and honors in the practice area of employment litigation are many. Many regard us among the top employment legal counsel in New York City. One of the chief distinctions between us and some of our competitors is that more than a dozen of us have been named "Super Lawyers." What does this mean and why is it important? It means our peers recognize the excellence of our firm’s counsel. Super Lawyers is a rating service that recognizes only legal counsel who are highly well considered by peers and who have significant personal achievements. It is unusual for an employment litigation firm to have ten trial attorneys who are noted for this level of accomplishment.
Peers make nominations to Super Lawyers. This means others, both plaintiffs’ counsel and defense counsel, have observed our skill in action in employment litigation, whether in mediation or at trial. At our firm, those who have achieved this notable status include our managing partner Bryan Arce, partner Marjorie Mesidor, partner Brittany Stevens, partner Stephen Fingerhut, Silvia Stanciu, and Gregory Kirschenbaum. When all these minds are available to weigh in on strategy and other aspects of a client’s employment discrimination case, the results can be staggering settlements and awards for those who’ve been mistreated on the job due to a protected characteristic.
Another of our significant distinctions is that we are an employment discrimination firm with counsel who belong to the prestigious Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, as well as the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates. This is highly unusual. Fewer than 1% of trial lawyers across the country belong to the Million-Dollar Advocates Forum.
Only those who have won or settled million and multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements can join this group. Many of our lawyers have experience handling high valued cases over $1 million for clients who suffered workplace discrimination, including founder and managing partner William Phillips, managing partner Bryan Arce, partner Marjorie Mesidor, and partner Brittany Stevens, partner Greg Calliste, and litigator Shawn Clark.
Other Recognitions and Awards in Employment Litigation
The foregoing makes us stand out. However, that’s not all. When you consult us, you’re consulting those recognized for excellence in both federal and state courts. We’ve pursued litigation successfully under federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. We were chosen by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of the 10 Best Employment and Labor Law Firms in New York.
We pool our knowledge about past settlements and jury awards and how specific judges have ruled on various issues that come up, both common and novel. These could include such questions as:
- What accommodations are considered reasonable?
- Whether an action taken in the workplace is egregious enough to count as hostile work environment harassment?
- Whether a client’s belief system should constitute a protected religion?
Over the years, we’ve seen laws change in the city and been proud to represent workers in cases arising out of sexual harassment, racial harassment, marital status discrimination, criminal conviction discrimination, and more.
Our Broad Trial Experience Allow Us to Achieve Results in Employment Discrimination
An array of other independent organizations has also noticed our hard work and results. Legal counsel at our firm have been chosen as "Top Employment Attorneys in North America in New York" by the Who's Who directories. These directories specify legal counsel that have succeeded in achieving through their dedication, education, and a vision for the future. Our founder and managing partner William Phillips has been selected for Who’s Who, North America. Mr. Phillips left a career in investment banking to found the firm and fight for those harmed by their powerful employers. When he realized that many victims of harassment had been terminated or otherwise found themselves in a rocky financial position, Mr. Phillips altered the fee arrangements so that clients could receive effective legal counsel on a provided on a contingency fee basis; this means that as our client, you would not need to pay unless we settled or won a verdict on your behalf.
Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America conferred another rare recognition: our managing partner Bryan Arce was selected as one of the “Best Employment Attorneys in America” by. Fewer than 1% of American legal counsel have been invited to be members of this organization.
And we’re recognized not only peers, opposing counsel and well-respected organizations, but also by the workers we’ve represented in employment discrimination litigation and harassment cases. Our firm has received the “Client's Choice Awards” in employment law, sexual harassment, and discrimination law as awarded by AVVO. Sixty sterling reviews were provided by our satisfied clients. We are happy to see them be able to move on with their lives after facing injustice and a power imbalance with their employers.
Consult New York City Trial Firm Considered the Best of the Best
At Phillips & Associates, we have a strong understanding of how courts are likely to evaluate a plaintiff’s claims because we have represented many clients in a wide range of industries against companies with varying degrees of power. Many of our peers and opposing counsel regard us as the best of the best. When we represent a case, both the other side and the court are aware of our skill, knowledge of how a case should be valued, and our willingness to take cases to trial when appropriate settlements are not offered. Our New York City plaintiff’s firm work up every case thoroughly to work towards the best available outcome for our clients. We represent clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Nassau County, or Suffolk County. Complete our online form or call us at (866) 229-9441 or for a free consultation.