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William J. Anthony


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William J. Anthony is a Shareholder in the Albany, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. He leads the Class Actions and Complex Litigation Practice Group, and is a member of the firm's Board of Directors.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Anthony joined the San Francisco office of Jackson Lewis. He transferred to the firm's Morristown office in 1991, the Hartford office in 2000, and moved to the Albany office in 2012. While at the Hartford office, Mr. Anthony served as Managing Partner from 2000 to 2008.

Class and Collective Action Experience

Mr. Anthony has handled numerous class and collective actions, including wage and hour claims alleging claims for improper payment of bonuses, misclassification of customer service employees, dispatchers, assistant retail managers, time share resort salespeople, pharmaceutical sales representatives and installation technicians and failure to pay minimum wage to tipped employees. Mr. Anthony has handled class and/or collective actions in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, California and Washington. Results in those cases include:

  • Defeated a class certification motion seeking to certify a class of banquet servers under N.Y. law;
  • Obtained dismissal of a putative class action arguing that fitness instructors were properly paid all wages due under N.Y. law;
  • Obtained dismissal of a putative class acting arguing that satellite television installers were properly paid all non-overtime wages due under N.Y. law;
  • Defeated Rule 23 class certification motion for class of mortgage underwriters in U.S.D.C. for District of Connecticut;
  • Obtained dismissal of a state law class action seeking a relief under a variety of state law causes of action as a result of an alleged misclassification as an exempt employee on the grounds that the claims were preempted by federal and state wage statutes;
  • Obtained dismissal of a nationwide collective action on the grounds that the named plaintiff failed to comply with § 216(b) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and amending would be futile as plaintiff’s claims were time barred as a result of the dismissal;
  • Defeated conditional certification of a nationwide class of pharmaceutical sales representatives in U.S.D.C. for the District of Miami;
  • Defeated conditional certification of a nationwide class of pharmaceutical sales representatives and obtained summary judgment against the plaintiff for breach of contract which included a class action waiver in U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of Illinois;
  • In another national pharmaceutical sales representative case, compelled transfer of a collective action based on a forum selection clause to a Circuit which previously ruled on two occasions that such representatives are administratively exempt;
  • Obtained court ordered dismissal of a nationwide class claim alleging wrongful withholding of wages pursuant to the company’s bonus plan based on the differences in various state laws as to when or if a bonus constitutes a “wage” within the meaning of the law;
  • Secured voluntary withdrawal of a class claim for violation of the OWBPA’s provisions regarding group releases after deposition of the plaintiff demonstrated incompatibility between the interests of the named plaintiff and the class members’ interests;
  • Defeated class certification in two cases related to tipped employees on the basis that the Rule 23 standards were not met and individual interests predominated;
  • Obtained extremely favorable resolution of nationwide misclassification claim related to assistant retail managers after conditional certification was granted;
  • Obtained dismissal of various state law claims from a nationwide FLSA collective action;
  • Obtained voluntary withdrawal of nationwide collective action to include individuals residing only in the state where the case was venued after early and aggressive communications with plaintiffs’ counsel.

Litigation Experience

Mr. Anthony has been defending employment claims for almost twenty-five years in a number of federal and state courts around the country. He has helped clients obtain many dismissals and favorable results during that time. Mr. Anthony has trial experience in several states, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Montana. He has tried cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, failure to pay wages and a variety of other statutory and common law issues.

Employment Law Counseling and Training

Mr. Anthony advises clients on the full range of employment law issues and provides training on management skills, discrimination, harassment, wage/hour and disabilities management issues.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Hartford Business Journal, Leadership in Diversity Award (2010)
Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, Past President

Published Works

  • “Be Careful When Reining in Social Media Use,” Connecticut Law Tribune, (October 25, 2010)
  • “The Danger of Bringing Stereotypes to Work,” Connecticut Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Quarterly, (Spring 2007)
  • “Potential Disaster: The Employee Blogger,” Connecticut Law Tribune, (January, 2007) [Co-Author]
  • “Defending claims of Retaliatory Discipline,” Connecticut Law Tribune, (April 19, 2004) [Co-Author]
  • "What to do When Workers Can't Work," New Jersey Law Journal, (April 11, 1994) [Co-Author]

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November 20, 2015
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Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity Committee Newsletter

November 20, 2015

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2015. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has... Read More

September 25, 2015
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Jackson Lewis Ranked Employment Litigation "Powerhouse" in BTI Litigation Outlook 2016

September 25, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (September 25, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that for the fifth consecutive year the firm has been designated a Powerhouse in both Complex and Routine Litigation in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2016: Changes, Trends and Opportunities... Read More

August 19, 2015
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Firm Chairman Vincent Cino Featured As A Law 360 "Trial Ace."

August 19, 2015

Firm Chairman Vincent Cino, who was designated as a top litigator and named a Law 360 "Trial Ace", is featured in Law 360's "Trial Aces: Jackson Lewis' Vincent Cino." Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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November 19, 2015

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2015

November 19, 2015

Our quarterly Class Action Trends Report discusses significant new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Mapping a defense strategy What to do when the EEOC is the plaintiff Litigation holds: no longer... Read More

December 23, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Procedures for Removal to Federal Court under Class Action Fairness Act

December 23, 2014

In a divided 5-to-4 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that defendants seeking to remove a case to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) need only allege in the notice of removal an amount in controversy in excess of the $5 million threshold and need not attach evidence to the notice of removal... Read More

November 12, 2013

New York Department of Labor Issues Draft Wage Orders Implementing Minimum Wage Increase

November 12, 2013

New York’s minimum wage will increase from $7.25 per hour to $8.00 per hour on December 31, 2013. Additional increases will occur annually after that — to $8.75 on December 31, 2014, and $9.00 on December 31, 2015.  The increased minimum wage affects other compensation requirements under the New York Department of Labor... Read More

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Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report Fall 2015 Now Available
November 20, 2015

Below is a link to the latest issue of the Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report.  This report is published on a quarterly basis by our firm’s class action practice group in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer.  We hope you will find this issue to be informative and insightful.  Using our considerable experience in defending hundreds of &# Read More

Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report Now Available
August 12, 2015

Below is a link to the latest issue of the Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report.  This report is published on a quarterly basis by our firm’s class action practice group in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer.  We hope you will find this second issue to be informative and insightful.  Using our considerable experience in defending hundred Read More

FAQs About the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
January 5, 2015

Complying with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is a growing concern for employers and others. This is especially true given that suits under the TCPA have regularly resulted in damage awards of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars. Read More