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Nila Merola

Associate

New York
Direct: (212) 218-5257
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Nila M. Merola is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s New York office.

Ms. Merola represents employers in all aspects of employment-related litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration panels. In particular, her practice focuses on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage & hour, and restrictive covenant matters. Ms. Merola also regularly counsels clients on compliance with anti-harassment legislation and conducts anti-harassment trainings. A former commercial litigator, Ms. Merola also has experience with complex commercial litigation, as well as regulatory investigations. 

Ms. Merola is also committed to public service and maintains an active pro bono practice.  She was a member of the legal team representing Edith Windsor in the landmark Supreme Court case, United States v. Windsor, has authored amicus briefs for state court LGBTQ parentage cases, represented individuals in asylum proceedings, and often provides employment advice and counseling to non-profit organizations. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Merola was a Litigation associate at the New York office of an international law firm.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gary L. Sharpe in the Northern District of New York from 2013 - 2015.

Nila M. Merola is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s New York office.

Ms. Merola represents employers in all aspects of employment-related litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration panels. In particular, her practice focuses on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage & hour, and restrictive covenant matters. Ms. Merola also regularly counsels clients on compliance with anti-harassment legislation and conducts anti-harassment trainings. A former commercial litigator, Ms. Merola also has experience with complex commercial litigation, as well as regulatory investigations. 

Ms. Merola is also committed to public service and maintains an active pro bono practice.  She was a member of the legal team representing Edith Windsor in the landmark Supreme Court case, United States v. Windsor, has authored amicus briefs for state court LGBTQ parentage cases, represented individuals in asylum proceedings, and often provides employment advice and counseling to non-profit organizations. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Merola was a Litigation associate at the New York office of an international law firm.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gary L. Sharpe in the Northern District of New York from 2013 - 2015.

Education

  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, magna cum laude (2011)
    Staff Member, St. John’s Law Review
  • B.S., Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (2008)

Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • New York State Appellate Division, Second Department

Presentations

  • Presenter, “Transforming Workplace Culture In the Era of #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and More,” Webinar, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 29, 2019)
  • Panelist, “How #MeToo is Changing the Legal Landscape,” New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (November 13, 2018; January 9,10, and 16, 2019)
  • Speaker, “Sexual Harassment Policies and Training Under the New NYS and NYC Laws,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 2, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Transforming Workplace Culture In the Era of #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and More,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 26, 2018)
  • Speaker, “HR Forum: Recent New York State and New York City Laws Governing Sexual Harassment,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 7, 2018)
  • Presenter, “New Anti-Harassment Legislation In New York State and City,” Webinar, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 25, 2018)
  • Panelist, "Sexual Harassment & The #MeToo Movement: Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," presented by Women in eDiscovery, New York City Chapter (April 2018)
  • Speaker, “HR Forum: Let's Talk about Sexual Harassment and the #MeToo Movement,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 8, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Sexual Harassment and the #MeToo Moment,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 24, 2018)

Publications

Accolades & Awards

  • Pathfinder, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2018)
  • Recipient, Immigration Equality Safe Haven Award (2013)
  • Recipient, St. John’s University School of Law St. Thomas Moore Scholarship (2008 - 2011)
  • Recipient, St. John’s University School of Law Dorothy Day Scholarship (2008 - 2011)