Five FordHarrison Attorneys Named to 2022 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Five FordHarrison Attorneys Named to 2022 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Date   Sep 29, 2022

NEW YORK – FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce that Philip K. Davidoff, Partner, Bran C. Noonan, Partner, and Stephen E. Zweig, Partner – Senior Status, were named to the 2022 New York Super Lawyers List and Vince M. Avery, Partner, and Marissa Vitolo, Counsel, were named to the 2022 New York Rising Stars List.

Attorneys are selected for this honor through a statewide nomination process, peer review by practice area and independent research on candidates. This rigorous process is designed to identify lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of attorneys in the state of Connecticut are named “Super Lawyers.”

The Rising Stars list recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state – those who are 40 years old or younger, or those who have been practicing for 10 years or less. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Philip is the office managing partner for FordHarrison’s New York City office. He has practiced employment law in New York for over 30 years and has significant experience in employment law matters including developing workplace policies, presenting management and other training programs and counseling senior management on all aspects of employment law. Philip defends management in a broad range of employment law matters, but has a substantial experience in claims involving discrimination, sexual harassment, wage & hour laws, family and medical leave laws, breach of contract, restrictive covenants and common law torts.

Bran is a successful litigator and trial attorney with extensive experience in federal and state courts as well as in arbitration representing companies in employment and commercial litigation in a wide range of industries, including education, hospitality, cannabis, construction, and manufacturing. Bran also regularly provides employers with preventative counsel to help companies prevent issues before they arise by working with them to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws. Bran has extensive experience defending single and multi-plaintiff claims, as well as class and collective actions, under the FLSA, ADA, Title VII, FMLA, ADEA, NLRA, WARN, and state and local employment and labor laws. In addition to representing clients in employment litigation, Bran is skilled in handling traditional labor matters including grievance arbitrations and NLRB claims. 

Stephen has represented management in employment and labor law for over four decades. He is an experienced litigator and well known for his negotiating strategies. He represents and counsels executives in employment negotiations when they are entering, during, and leaving employment. He has counseled hundreds of individuals in negotiating their employment and separation agreements, including both total compensation packages and separation packages. He is a Lexis Practice Advisor on executive compensation, has authored a chapter in Bloomberg BNA’s Executive Compensation treatise, has been published by many other media sources, and speaks regularly to associations and professional groups.

Vince is an experienced attorney that concentrates his practice defending employers in state and federal litigation in a myriad of employment law claims. His traditional labor experience is also extensive, as he has handled collective bargaining, union elections, union-employer relations for clients, grievance arbitrations, and has represented companies in claims asserted before the NLRB. Vince's litigation experience ranges from representing employers in individual and class-based wage and hour claims under FLSA, NYLL, New York Hospitality Wage Order, and NJWHL, to single and multi-plaintiff discrimination and retaliation claims asserted under various employment statutes. He also regularly provides preventive advice and counsel to his clients to help them avoid litigation in wage and hour issues including overtime pay, minimum wage issues and prevailing wage concerns.

Marissa concentrates her practice on the representation of management clients facing employment law or labor relations challenges. Her employment law experience ranges from arguing motions and discovery disputes to preparing witnesses to provide testimony, however her practice is not limited to employment law. Marissa also has first-hand experience representing clients in arbitrations against unions for grievances and disciplinary matters.

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