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Felice B. Ekelman

Principal
New York

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

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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November 7, 2017
New York Law Journal

Felice Ekelman Discusses Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Amid Weinstein Scandal

November 7, 2017

Felice Ekelman discusses workplace sexual harassment complaints, charges, and litigation in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein allegations and the #MeToo movement in "Amid Weinstein Scandal, Employment Attorneys See Business Gains," published by the New York Law Journal.  Subscription may be required to view... Read More

July 23, 2017
Law 360

Felice Ekelman Discusses Jackson Lewis Being Named a Best Law Firm for Female Partners

July 23, 2017

Felice Ekelman discusses Jackson Lewis' designation as a "Ceiling Smasher" law firm in "The Best Law Firms For Female Partners," published by Law360. Subscription may be required for viewing article Read More

July 23, 2017
Law 360

Felice Ekelman Discusses Jackson Lewis' Representation of Gender Diversity

July 23, 2017

Felice Ekelman discusses Jackson Lewis' strategies for increasing its representation of female attorneys in "How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity," published by Law360.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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September 8, 2017

DOL’s ‘80/20’ Tip Credit Rule Entitled to No Deference, Ninth Circuit Holds, Creating Circuit Split

September 8, 2017

Finding it wholly inconsistent with the statute and the regulation it purports to interpret, the Ninth Circuit has held invalid the United States Department of Labor’s “80/20” tip credit rule, or “20% Rule,” which limits the availability of the tip credit when tipped employees spend more than 20% of their time performing allegedly non-... Read More

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

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Class Actions and Complex Litigation Webinar Series

March 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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Class Actions and Complex Litigation Webinar Series

February 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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Class Actions and Complex Litigation Webinar Series

January 10, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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Second Circuit to Decide Whether Court Approval of FLSA Settlements Applies to Accepted Offers of Judgment
October 24, 2017

Seeking to resolve a split among the district courts in the Second Circuit, the Court of Appeals has accepted an interlocutory appeal to decide whether, in resolving cases involving FLSA claims, offers of judgment under Rule 68 require DOL or judicial scrutiny and approval.  Yu v. Hasaki Restaurant, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. Read More