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Lawrence Z. Lorber

Senior Counsel

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5341
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Lawrence Z. Lorber is a member of the Labor & Employment Department in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is an experienced employment law practitioner who counsels and represents employers in connection with all aspects of labor and employment law, including EEO issues, affirmative action, OFCCP and Department of Labor audits, wage and hour issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, employee discipline and the preparation of employee handbooks and human resource policies. He also advises clients with respect to government contract issues. Mr. Lorber also conducts employee investigations and advises clients with respect to Congressional and regulatory matters. He also represents employers and executives with respect to employment contracts and severance arrangements.

Mr. Lorber has represented a wide variety of employers in all aspects of employment law, including trial and appellate litigation and employment restructuring. He argued the landmark Bourselan v. Aramco case in the Fifth Circuit regarding the extraterritorial reach of Title VII, and filed briefs in several landmark Supreme Court employment law cases, including Johnson v. Santa Clara County; Watson v. Ft. Worth Bank; Atonio v. Wards Cove Packing; Gunther v. Washington County; NLRB v. Detroit Edison and Circuit City Stores v. Adams.

Mr. Lorber served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor and the Director of the OFCCP. In this capacity, he issued the first regulations under section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and enforced Executive Order 11246, requiring affirmative action for federal contractors. In addition, Mr. Lorber served as Executive Assistant to the Solicitor of Labor with special responsibilities in the areas of labor legislation, wage and hour, equal employment and occupational safety and health. He was appointed by Congressional leadership as one of the five original Directors of the Office of Compliance charged with implementing the Congressional Accountability Act applying 11 labor and employment laws to the Congress and Congressional entities.

Mr. Lorber frequently testifies before Congress on a wide variety of proposed employment legislation, including various employment and benefit initiatives, and has written on employment and discrimination issues extensively. For over a decade, Mr. Lorber has served as Chairperson of the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. He was chief counsel for the Business Roundtable in the negotiations leading to the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and to the Chamber of Commerce in the negotiations leading to the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Lawrence Z. Lorber is a member of the Labor & Employment Department in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is an experienced employment law practitioner who counsels and represents employers in connection with all aspects of labor and employment law, including EEO issues, affirmative action, OFCCP and Department of Labor audits, wage and hour issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, employee discipline and the preparation of employee handbooks and human resource policies. He also advises clients with respect to government contract issues. Mr. Lorber also conducts employee investigations and advises clients with respect to Congressional and regulatory matters. He also represents employers and executives with respect to employment contracts and severance arrangements.

Mr. Lorber has represented a wide variety of employers in all aspects of employment law, including trial and appellate litigation and employment restructuring. He argued the landmark Bourselan v. Aramco case in the Fifth Circuit regarding the extraterritorial reach of Title VII, and filed briefs in several landmark Supreme Court employment law cases, including Johnson v. Santa Clara County; Watson v. Ft. Worth Bank; Atonio v. Wards Cove Packing; Gunther v. Washington County; NLRB v. Detroit Edison and Circuit City Stores v. Adams.

Mr. Lorber served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor and the Director of the OFCCP. In this capacity, he issued the first regulations under section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and enforced Executive Order 11246, requiring affirmative action for federal contractors. In addition, Mr. Lorber served as Executive Assistant to the Solicitor of Labor with special responsibilities in the areas of labor legislation, wage and hour, equal employment and occupational safety and health. He was appointed by Congressional leadership as one of the five original Directors of the Office of Compliance charged with implementing the Congressional Accountability Act applying 11 labor and employment laws to the Congress and Congressional entities.

Mr. Lorber frequently testifies before Congress on a wide variety of proposed employment legislation, including various employment and benefit initiatives, and has written on employment and discrimination issues extensively. For over a decade, Mr. Lorber has served as Chairperson of the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. He was chief counsel for the Business Roundtable in the negotiations leading to the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and to the Chamber of Commerce in the negotiations leading to the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Education

  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law (1970)
  • B.A., Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (1967)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
     

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Former Co-Chairman of Federal Legislative Developments Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management (Honorary Life Member)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Labor Relations Committee, Chairman of EEO Subcommittee, Vice Chairman of FLSA Subcommittee)
  • National Association of Manufacturers (Labor Law Advisory Committee)

Presentations

  • "Seyfarth's Exclusive Post-Election Webinar," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 11, 2016)
  • "EEO-1 Update: Preparing Now for EEOC’s New Pay Reporting Requirement," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 11, 2016)
  • “Unpleasant Realities – Employee Separation and Dispute Settlement Agreements,” McLean, VA (September 13, 2011)
  • “What You Need to Know about the New ADA Amendments Act Regulations: For Public Sector HR Professionals,” Alexandria, VA (April 26, 2011)
  • “EEOC & OFCCP Enforcement and Regulations,” Employment and Labor Forum, McLean, VA (July 20, 2010)
  • “Legislative and Regulatory Update & Forecast on Employee Benefits,” Employment and Labor Forum, McLean, VA (September 23, 2009)
  • “US Supreme Court's Decision on Ricci,” American Law Institute - ABA (July 20, 2009)
  • “The New Haven Fire Department Race Discrimination Case,” American Law Institute - ABA (July 13, 2009)
  • “ADA Amendments Act of 2008,” New York, NY (December 9, 2008)
  • “Recent Trends in Employment Litigation,” U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform's 8th Annual Legal Reform Summit, Washington, DC (October 24, 2007)

Publications

Accolades

  • Chambers USA: District of Columbia: Labor & Employment 2012-2013
  • US Legal 500: Labor & Employment: Workpalce & Employment Counseling
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, 2010-2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2014
  • Lawdragon “3000 Leading Lawyers in America,” 2010