Justin A. Guilfoyle

Associate

New York
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Overview

Justin Guilfoyle focuses his practice on employment-related litigation and counseling by vigorously representing his clients and helping them navigate the many facets of the employer-employee relationship. He works with employers of all sizes and across many industries, defending them in employment disputes in both federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies.

Matters involve wage disputes and claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to accommodate disabilities, breach of employment contracts, and restrictive covenants and whistleblower violations. Always cognizant of the clients' needs, Justin partners with them to structure practical and efficient solutions to the complex issues at hand.

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  • As lead attorney, represents employers in all areas of employment law in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies, by formulating defense strategies, drafting dispositive motions and position statements, participating in government investigations, taking and defending party and non-party depositions and overseeing the discovery process.
  • Defends clients against FLSA and NYLL claims in the individual plaintiff and class/collective contexts, and counsels large and small employers on wage and hour compliance, including issues involving overtime exemptions, employee classification, interns, tip pooling, wage allowances, payroll and record-keeping practices, and government audits.
  • Counsels employers on compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including COVID-19 regulations, conducting workplace investigations, guiding clients through reductions in force, auditing and preparing handbooks, negotiating severance packages, and drafting employment, restrictive covenant, commission and consulting agreements.
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Experience

  • As lead attorney, represents employers in all areas of employment law in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies, by formulating defense strategies, drafting dispositive motions and position statements, participating in government investigations, taking and defending party and non-party depositions and overseeing the discovery process.
  • Defends clients against FLSA and NYLL claims in the individual plaintiff and class/collective contexts, and counsels large and small employers on wage and hour compliance, including issues involving overtime exemptions, employee classification, interns, tip pooling, wage allowances, payroll and record-keeping practices, and government audits.
  • Counsels employers on compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including COVID-19 regulations, conducting workplace investigations, guiding clients through reductions in force, auditing and preparing handbooks, negotiating severance packages, and drafting employment, restrictive covenant, commission and consulting agreements.
  • Advises clients on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including medical leaves of absence, disciplinary and termination decisions, joint employment relationships, accommodation requests, restrictive covenants and drafting employee handbooks and policies, as well as day-to-day compliance with federal, state and local laws.
  • Conducts buy-side due diligence by analyzing materials and information related to target entities’ employment practices, evaluating liabilities and potential exposures, and preparing recommendations as to the corresponding impact on the purchase price and deal terms.
  • Defends employers in employment discrimination and wage and hour matters by drafting dispositive motions and pleadings, taking and defending depositions, preparing discovery, appearing at court conferences and representing clients at mediations and settlement conferences.
  • Represents companies of all sizes against website accessibility lawsuits and counsels clients on prospective website remediation and compliance with applicable WCAG standards.

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Pro Bono

  • Provided employment counseling and litigation defense to a NYC-based social services not-for-profit.

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Eric N. Vitaliano, U.S.D.J., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York: Judicial Intern (2011)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2013; Staff, Urban Law Journal
  • B.A., Psychology; Religion, Columbia University, 2010