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Robert S. Whitman

Partner

New York
Direct: (212) 218-5629
Fax: (212) 218-5526
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Rob Whitman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department with extensive experience representing management in the full range of employment law matters.  He has particular experience in wage-hour litigation, employment arbitration, discrimination and non-compete matters, and preventive employment counseling.
 
Mr. Whitman is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor & Employment Law at NYU Law School and serves as an elected Director of the Cornell ILR School Alumni Association.  He has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top employment lawyers in Manhattan in polls conducted by New York Super Lawyers.
 
Mr. Whitman has authored articles on employment law issues for a number of publications, including Corporate Counsel, New York Employment Law & Practice, The New York Law Journal, The Corporate Board and Employment Law Strategist.  He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV and NPR as a commentator on employment law issues and has been quoted frequently in the print media.  Mr. Whitman lectures regularly and leads panel discussions before professional audiences on a variety of labor and employment topics.  He also served as an Editor and Advisory Committee member for Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes (CPR, 2014).  He was an Associate Editor of the 2009 and 2010 Cumulative Supplements of Employment Discrimination Law (BNA, 4th ed.) and a Contributor to Workplace Harassment Law (BNA, 2012).
 
Mr. Whitman serves as the Pro Bono Chair in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office and as a member of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee.  In June 2008, he received the Award for Pro Bono Leadership from Lawyers Alliance for New York in recognition of his pro bono representation of not-for-profit organizations throughout New York City, and in 2011 received the John M. D’Amato Legal Advocacy Award from the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, a longtime pro bono client.
 
After law school, Mr. Whitman was a Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He has also served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as in-house employment counsel for the U.S. Senate.
Rob Whitman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department with extensive experience representing management in the full range of employment law matters.  He has particular experience in wage-hour litigation, employment arbitration, discrimination and non-compete matters, and preventive employment counseling.
 
Mr. Whitman is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor & Employment Law at NYU Law School and serves as an elected Director of the Cornell ILR School Alumni Association.  He has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top employment lawyers in Manhattan in polls conducted by New York Super Lawyers.
 
Mr. Whitman has authored articles on employment law issues for a number of publications, including Corporate Counsel, New York Employment Law & Practice, The New York Law Journal, The Corporate Board and Employment Law Strategist.  He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV and NPR as a commentator on employment law issues and has been quoted frequently in the print media.  Mr. Whitman lectures regularly and leads panel discussions before professional audiences on a variety of labor and employment topics.  He also served as an Editor and Advisory Committee member for Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes (CPR, 2014).  He was an Associate Editor of the 2009 and 2010 Cumulative Supplements of Employment Discrimination Law (BNA, 4th ed.) and a Contributor to Workplace Harassment Law (BNA, 2012).
 
Mr. Whitman serves as the Pro Bono Chair in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office and as a member of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee.  In June 2008, he received the Award for Pro Bono Leadership from Lawyers Alliance for New York in recognition of his pro bono representation of not-for-profit organizations throughout New York City, and in 2011 received the John M. D’Amato Legal Advocacy Award from the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, a longtime pro bono client.
 
After law school, Mr. Whitman was a Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He has also served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as in-house employment counsel for the U.S. Senate.

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan, magna cum laude (1989)
    Order of the Coif
    Book Review Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • B.S., Cornell University (1986)
    Industrial and Labor Relations

Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third and Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York

Affiliations

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Fellow)
  • New York State Bar Association (co-chair of Wage Hour Committee and member of Executive Committee of Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • NYU Law School, Center for Labor & Employment Law (Advisory Board)
  • American Bar Association (active member of Labor and Employment Section)
  • Cornell University ILR School Alumni Association (elected member of Board of Directors)
  • CPR Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolution (member of Advisory Board of Alternatives)

Presentations

  • Presenter, "New York Employment Law Update 2016: A Look Back and What to Expect in the New Year," Breakfast Briefing, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, New York, NY (January 27, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Minimizing Wage and Hour Risks With an Evolving On Demand Workforce,” Strafford Webinar (November 2015)
  • Presenter, “Joint Employer Status: How Will it Impact Your Business?,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 2015)
  • Presenter, “Retaliation and Whistleblower Update,” PLI Employment Law Institute (October 2015)
  • Presenter, “Wage & Hour Issues Affecting the Retail Industry,” Stifel Retail Summer School at Columbia Business School (August 2015)
  • Presenter, " The Importance of Pre-Hearing Conferences" (The Cost-Effective Arbitration Program, April 2015)
  • Presenter, "Making Sense of Employee Classifications: Exempt Status, Independent Contractors and Interns," Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 25, 2015)
  • Moderator, “Substantive Issues Under the FLSA” (NYU Annual Labor Conference 2013)
  • “Following Overtime Regulations to the Letter of the Law” (Bridgeport Continuing Education, April 2013)
  • “New York and New Jersey: The New California?” (Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing September 2013)
  • “Employment Law Update 2013: a Look Back and a Look Ahead” (Seyfath Shaw Breakfast Briefing February 2013)
  • “Doing Well by Doing Good: The Business Case for Pro Bono,” New York City Bar and Legal Marketing Association (October 3, 2012)
  • “Best Practices in Settlement/Release Agreements,” Employment Law Issues for In-House Counsel, New York University Law School (June  2012 and 2013)
  • Panelist, “Employee Misclassification: Practical Considerations for Employers,”  LSI Telebriefing (September 15, 2011)
  • Moderator, “’Fissurization’ of the Labor Market; ‘Wage Theft’ Initiatives,” New York University 64th Annual Labor Conference (June 9, 2011)
  • Presenter, “Evidence Issues,” Federal Judicial Center Employment Law Workshop for Federal Judges

Publications

Accolades

  • Super Lawyers (2009-2015)
  • Pro Bono Leadership Award from Lawyers Alliance for New York (June 2008)
  • John M. D’Amato Legal Advocacy Award from New York Center for Interpersonal Development (June 2011)
  • Cornerstone Award from Lawyers Alliance for New York (2006)