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Kevin B. Leblang


Chair, Employment Law

Phone: 212.715.9306 Fax: 212.715.8306 New York

Kevin B. Leblang, Chair of the Employment Law Department, advises and represents management in employment litigation and advisory matters.

Mr. Leblang counsels employers on the full spectrum of employment law matters, ranging from the adoption and application of employee relations policies to the evaluation and minimization of litigation risks of employment decisions. He also conducts training sessions designed to avoid litigation and has successfully mediated dozens of disputes before JAMS, AAA and private mediators.

Mr. Leblang also represents management clients in litigation in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies and arbitrators. He litigates claims alleging all forms of discrimination, breach of contract and the myriad of tort claims — including defamation, wrongful discharge, and negligent hiring or supervision — arising out of the employment relationship. He also advises and represents employers in the rapidly growing field of employee noncompetition law.

Mr. Leblang has secured favorable rulings in dozens of cases brought by former employees in state and federal litigation, as well as in arbitration, including successfully defending employers against claims for compensation and deferred compensation, discrimination, harassment, tort claims and breach of contract. Among his most recent representations, Mr. Leblang defended a global banking and financial services company against an action by a former senior executive seeking $34 million in allegedly unpaid compensation based on claims of breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, and violations of New York labor laws, obtaining summary judgment on all of the claims from the district court and a unanimous affirmance on appeal to the Second Circuit. He successfully represented the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a former NBA player, and obtained summary judgments in favor of several large financial institutions facing sexual harassment, gender discrimination, race discrimination, and wage and hour claims in federal courts in New York.

Best Lawyers, Chambers USA and Legal 500 have repeatedly recognized Mr. Leblang in the area of employment law, lauding him as "excellent in client relations and communications" (Chambers USA 2016), “very pragmatic in high-profile litigation” (Chambers USA 2015). Human Resource Executive also ranked Mr. Leblang as one of the nation’s most powerful employment law attorneys nine years in a row, and Lawdragon named him to their Top 100 list for employment law.

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1984
B.S., Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1981
New Jersey, 1986
New York, 1985
U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
    -Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers (2007-2018)
    -Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA (2007-2017)
    -Legalease’s Legal 500 US (2011-2017)
    -Lawdragon 3000 (2011)
    -Human Resource Executive, Most Powerful Employment Attorneys (2009-2017)
    -Thomson Reuters’ New York Super Lawyers (2006-2014, 2016)
    -Law Business Research Limited, Who's Who Legal, One of the World’s Leading Labor, Employment & Benefits Lawyers (2016, 2017)
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    -American Bar Association, Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
    -New York County Lawyers Association
    -New York State Bar Association, Member, Labor and Employment Law Section