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Gena B. Usenheimer

Partner

New York
Direct: (212) 218-3507
Fax: (917) 344-1212
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Gena Usenheimer is a Partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's New York office.   Ms. Usenheimer regularly defends employers in single and multi-plaintiff cases, as well as in complex class and collective action litigations.  In addition, Ms. Usenheimer has also defended employers in class and individual arbitrations.

Ms. Usenheimer has significant litigation experience in both state and federal courts and has successfully defended claims of discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation arising under federal, state and municipal laws.  Ms. Usenheimer’s practice also includes defending employers in wage and hour class and collective actions.

In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Usenheimer regularly defends employers in administrative proceedings before various agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state fair employment practices agencies, (such as the New York State Division of Human Rights) where she assists clients in navigating through responsive statements, document production and agency fact-finding investigations.  In addition, Ms. Usenheimer has represented employers in wage and hour audits as well as independent contractor misclassification audits before the U.S. Department of Labor and the various state investigative agencies.

Based on her extensive experience, Ms. Usenheimer conducts training and counsels clients on a host of employment related matters, from wage payment and other wage and hour issues to best practices with respect to creating an inclusive workplace, compliance with recent legislation, internal investigations, employee discipline, preparation of employee handbooks and employee terminations.

Moreover, Ms. Usenheimer frequently represents companies in labor and employment transactional due diligence, including providing advice and counsel on matters such as employee transfers, risks associated with possible joint employer relationships, wage and hour liability, the use of contingent workers including temporary employees and independent contractors, high-risk employment litigation, government audits and investigations, and potential WARN based issues arising from mass terminations and plant closings.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Usenheimer worked at a prominent Labor and Employment law firm in New York City.  Prior to that, she defended the MTA New York City Transit Authority in employment disputes and served as a liaison to the employee benefits group to ensure agency-wide compliance with federal and state privacy laws.

Gena Usenheimer is a Partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's New York office.   Ms. Usenheimer regularly defends employers in single and multi-plaintiff cases, as well as in complex class and collective action litigations.  In addition, Ms. Usenheimer has also defended employers in class and individual arbitrations.

Ms. Usenheimer has significant litigation experience in both state and federal courts and has successfully defended claims of discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation arising under federal, state and municipal laws.  Ms. Usenheimer’s practice also includes defending employers in wage and hour class and collective actions.

In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Usenheimer regularly defends employers in administrative proceedings before various agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state fair employment practices agencies, (such as the New York State Division of Human Rights) where she assists clients in navigating through responsive statements, document production and agency fact-finding investigations.  In addition, Ms. Usenheimer has represented employers in wage and hour audits as well as independent contractor misclassification audits before the U.S. Department of Labor and the various state investigative agencies.

Based on her extensive experience, Ms. Usenheimer conducts training and counsels clients on a host of employment related matters, from wage payment and other wage and hour issues to best practices with respect to creating an inclusive workplace, compliance with recent legislation, internal investigations, employee discipline, preparation of employee handbooks and employee terminations.

Moreover, Ms. Usenheimer frequently represents companies in labor and employment transactional due diligence, including providing advice and counsel on matters such as employee transfers, risks associated with possible joint employer relationships, wage and hour liability, the use of contingent workers including temporary employees and independent contractors, high-risk employment litigation, government audits and investigations, and potential WARN based issues arising from mass terminations and plant closings.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Usenheimer worked at a prominent Labor and Employment law firm in New York City.  Prior to that, she defended the MTA New York City Transit Authority in employment disputes and served as a liaison to the employee benefits group to ensure agency-wide compliance with federal and state privacy laws.

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School (2005)
    cum laude
    Dean’s List
    Notes and Comments Editor, Brooklyn Journal of International Law
    Moot Court Honor Society
  • B.A., Emory University (2002)
    Dean’s List

Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "How #MeToo is Changing the Legal Landscape," NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers (January 16 and 23, 2019; December 17 and 18, 2018; and November 13, 2018) 
  • Co-Presenter, "New York Paid Family Leave: What Employers Need to Do Now," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 31, 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, “Regular Rate of Pay,” National Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group Meeting, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 20, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, "Final Regulations Released for NY Paid Family Leave - Affects Employers Nationwide," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (August 1, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Employment Law: Dual Perspectives for your Dual Role as Employer & Lawyer,” New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (April 5-7, 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, "The City Human Rights Law that Never Sleeps: Review of Major Developments under the NYCHRL," 68th HR Network Breakfast Seminar (January 29, 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, "Global Workforce Classifications - Benefits and Compensation Considerations," Global Benefits & Compensation Roundtable, presented by The Conference Board (December 3, 2015)

Publications

Media Mentions

Accolades

  • Recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" for Employment & Labor (2015-2018)
  • Recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers as “Top Women for Employment & Labor Law” (2016)
  • Recognized by Chambers as a New York "Rising Star" (2015)
  • Lawyer’s Alliance for New York 2011 Cornerstone Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services to Nonprofits