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Evan J. White

Partner

Evan J. White is a partner of the firm.  His extensive labor and employment law background includes both private practice and government experience. In private practice, Mr. White served as a Labor and Employment Associate at a prominent New York City law firm. There he represented employers in a broad range of industries including healthcare, retail and the automotive. He also drafted collective bargaining agreements, employer policies, handbooks, severance agreements, employment contracts, and appeared in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. After gaining experience as an associate, Mr. White opened his own labor and employment law firm, representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including administrative complaints and litigation involving federal, state, and local laws, such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York Labor Law.

Mr. White’s government experience includes service as an Assistant General Counsel for the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations, which is responsible for municipal labor relations for the City of New York, which employs over 300,000 people and 140 individual bargaining units. There he provided legal counsel and represented the City in collective bargaining negotiations. He also drafted collective bargaining agreements and advised City officials on various labor and employment issues, including drug and alcohol testing, discipline and discharge, reductions of force, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and salary disputes. His record as an Assistant General Counsel includes successfully representing various New York City agencies, such as the New York City Police Department and the Administration for Children’s Services, in labor relations matters before the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, in arbitrations, improper practice hearings and petitions for injunctive relief. Mr. White has also served as a Review Officer for the New York City Office of Labor Relations. In that capacity, he heard labor grievances between the City of New York and its unions involving issues such as discipline and discharge of City employees and contractual disputes arising from collective bargaining agreements.

Mr. White is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York and, in the federal courts, in the Southern and Eastern districts of New York. Mr. White is a graduate of Lafayette College and New York Law School.

Mr. White was named a “Rising Star” in labor and employment law by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication, in 2013, 2014, and again in 2015. He has been rated “AV Preeminent,” the highest rating available, by Martindale-Hubbell, and 10/10 “Superb” by Avvo. In 2015, he was featured in “Legal Leaders: New York’s Top Rated Attorneys,”and, in 2014, he was selected by SmartCEO Magazine as a finalist for the “Attorney of the Year Award.”


Presentations, Articles & Press

Presentations

  • “Employment Law Tips for Small Business Owners,” New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Strategic Steps for Growth Program, March 2015.
  • “Unpaid Interns: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You,” Lawline.com, May 2014.
  • “Employment Law Essentials for Media and Entertainment Businesses,” New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Strategic Steps for Growth Program, March 2014.
  • “Cyber Security for Attorneys” (Panelist), Produced by SUM Innovation and hosted by Citrin Cooperman, January 2015.
  • “Preventing Workplace Discrimination and Harassment,” New York State Society of CPAs, April 2013.
  • “Employment Law Issues Affecting the Media and Entertainment Industries,” New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Strategic Steps for Growth Program, April 2013.
  • “Complying with the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance: Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions,” Workplace Training Center, January 2013.
  • “What HR Executives Need to Update in HR Manuals for 2013,” ExecSense, December 2012.
  • “Employment Law for Business Attorneys,” National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, November 2012.
  • “Legal Dos and Don’ts of Employee Discipline,” Management Training Resources, October 2012.
  • “Employment Law Essentials,” Lawline.com, July 2012.
  • “Most Common Pitfalls of Wage and Hour Law — and How To Avoid Them,” Management Training Resources, June 2012.
  • “Navigating Wage and Hour Laws: Tips and Tools for Human Resource Professionals,” Human Resources Association of New York, May 2012.
  • “Avoiding Three Employment Law Traps: Unpaid Interns, Independent Contractors, and Overtime,” New York Small Business Expo, May 2012.
  • “Employment Law and the Internet: Understanding and Managing the Risks to Businesses,” hosted by SyNet Solutions, February 2012.
  • “Employment Law Tips For Entrepreneurs,” New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Strategic Steps for Growth Program, November 2011.
  • “New York Wage and Hour Law Compliance,” Lawline.com, October 2011.
  • “Employment Law 101 for Business Managers,” New York Small Business Expo, October 2011.
  • “The End of Welfare,” featured panelist discussing obstacles facing those entering the workforce, Brooklyn College Graduate Center, June 2011.
  • “Employment Law 101 for Business Managers,” Cathedral Consulting, May 2011.
  • “Business Entity Selection and Best Employment Practices,” SCORE, April 2011.
  • “Best Employment Practices for Small Business Owners,” hosted by SCORE and the United States Small Business Administration, February 2011.
  • “Employment Law Tips for Small Business Owners,” New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Strategic Steps for Growth Program, November 2010.

Articles

  • Is Your Unpaid Internship Program Legal?Priori Legal, November 2013.
  • “Time to Revise Your Employee Handbook,” Small Business Update, October 2012.
  • “Practical Tips for Employers for the 2012 Campaign Season,” Small Business Update, September 2012.
  • “Think It’s Legal to Refuse to Hire Anyone With a Criminal Conviction? Think Again!” Small Business Update, August 2012.
  • “Three Employment Law Tips for Small Business Owners,” Small Business Update, January 2012.
  • “2010 U.S. Second Circuit Court Decisions Affecting Labor and Employment,” New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Journal, spring 2011.

Press

  • Quoted in “NYC Intern Protections Will Start Domino Effect Across US,” Law 360, March 2014.
  • Quoted in “Local Wage Hikes in NY Could Create Compliance Headaches,” Law360, February 2014.
  • Quoted in “Have You Misclassified Your Workers? IRS Will Help, But There’s a Catch,” Proformative, April 2013.
  • Quoted in “5 Tips For Navigating NYC’s New Ban On Unemployment Bias,” Law 360, April 2013.
  • Quoted in “How to Effectively Enforce Distracted Driving Policies,” Automotive Fleet Magazine, December 2012.
  • Quoted in “How Legal Is Your Unpaid Internship Program?” American Express Open Forum, June 2012.
  • Quoted in “Can You Really Be Fired For Being Too Hot?” Fox Business News, May 2012.

Contact


Tel: 212.518.3997

Fax: 212.457.6131

ewhite@whiteharrislaw.com


Professional Affiliations

• Co-Chair, Business Lawyers’ Forum

• Chair, New York Law School Small Firm Alumni Network

• Board Member, Alumni Board of Directors, New York Law School

• New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

• New York City Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee


Bar & Court Admissions

• United States District Court, Southern District of New York

• United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

• New York State


Education

• New York Law School, J.D.

• Lafayette College, B.A.