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Felice B. Ekelman

Principal
New York

P 212-545-4005
F 212-972-3213
EkelmanF@jacksonlewis.com

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Biography

Felice B. Ekelman is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a member of the firm's Board of Directors.  Since joining Jackson Lewis in 1985, she has been engaged exclusively in the practice of labor and employment law on behalf of management.

Ms. Ekelman has represented employers in federal and state courts, and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, and other federal, state and city administrative agencies. Her litigation experience includes employment law jury and bench trials and appellate arguments before state and federal courts. She has represented employers in hundreds of employment and labor arbitrations involving commission and compensation disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants collective bargaining contract interpretation issues and termination disputes.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Ekelman regularly represents employers before the Federal and New York State Departments of Labor. Ms. Ekelman's traditional labor law experience includes representation of both unionized and union free employers. For clients with bargaining relationships she negotiates collective bargaining agreements, represents clients in arbitrations, in litigation involving Taft Hartley fund disputes and litigation under the LMRA. She also assists clients with their ongoing compliance efforts.

Wage and Hour Litigation Experience

Ms. Ekelman has represented a multitude of clients in collective and class action litigations involving misclassification issues, off the clock work, and donning and doffing claims. She has expertise in the unique wage and hour laws affecting New York employers in the hospitality industry, and has defended numerous restaurants and nightclubs in wage and hour disputes.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Legal Momentum, Board of Advisors
  • Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society whose members are selected on basis of their effectiveness, accomplishment in litigation and trial work, and ethical reputation, Fellow
  • New York Women's Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, National Advisory Council

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August 25, 2016
Law 360

Felice Ekelman Featured in Law 360’s “Rainmaker Q&A: Jackson Lewis’ Felice Ekelman”

August 25, 2016

Felice Ekelman is featured in “Rainmaker Q&A: Jackson Lewis’ Felice Ekelman,” published by Law 360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 28, 2016
Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Felice Ekelman Discusses 2016 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition

April 28, 2016

Felice Ekelman is quoted in an article announcing the winners of the 2016 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition, published by Chicago-Kent College of Law. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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December 22, 2015

Significant Changes to New York State Hospitality Industry Wage and Hour Laws Effective 12/31/15

December 22, 2015

New York State Hospitality Industry employers face several significant changes to employee compensation, effective December 31. These changes result from: 1) the final stage of the three-step state minimum wage increase passed by the New York State Legislature, 2) a new Hospitality Industry Wage Order enacted by the New York State... Read More

January 8, 2015

New York Employers Relieved of Annual Wage Theft Prevention Act Notice Requirement

January 8, 2015

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.5885-B) on December 29, 2014, eliminating New York’s annual wage notice requirement (mandating a written notice of pay rates and other information during the month of January to all employees, regardless of the timing of pay increases or date of hire) codified in New York... Read More

December 9, 2014

New York's Changing Wage Rates and Allowances Effective December 31st

December 9, 2014

Effective December 31, 2014, the New York State minimum wage increases to $8.75 per hour (from $8.00 per hour).  This is the second in a series of scheduled increases based on legislation passed in 2013. (See our article, New York Minimum Wage to Increase in Stages.) New York state employers must comply with this change as well as... Read More

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