Felice B. Ekelman

New York Metro
New York City

P 212-545-4005 F 212-972-3213


Felice B. Ekelman


Felice B. Ekelman is a principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and a former member of the firm's Board of Directors. Felice approaches the attorney-client relationship as a business partnership, and clients rely on her to develop both legal and business strategies and when necessary to litigate “bet the company” cases.

Felice is the co-author of Thrive with a Hybrid Workplace: Step by Step Guidance from the Experts, published by Rowman and Littlefield, which explores the challenges created by the hybrid work movement and presents solutions for business leaders.

She places paramount importance on understanding her clients’ businesses, their goals and tolerance for risk. Felice has decades-long relationships with clients because of her ability to communicate with senior management, develop consensuses in problem solving, and work with clients to execute their goals. Known for her ability to develop thoughtful and creative solutions to complex workplace issues, clients trust her judgment.

When litigation is necessary, Felice stands at the ready. She has experience defending a broad range of employment law claims, including the defense of discrimination and harassment actions. Felice has first-chair trial experience including a significant number of wage and hour class and collective actions as well as hundreds of matters in arbitration.

Felice has in-depth knowledge, having served clients in several industries including hospitality, real estate, healthcare and retail. She is co-leader of the firm’s Restaurant industry group. Felice has defended a substantial number of major restaurant groups in wage and hour claims, and investigates claims of wrongdoing asserted by employees and customers. Her experience in the hospitality industry is well established, and she is regularly asked to speak about workplace law issues at industry events. Felice also represents real estate firms and retailers, and is well versed in the workplace issues unique to those industries.

Representative Experience

  • Conducted internal investigations for Fortune 50 finance company to address alleged gender discrimination/retaliation matters by senior executives
  • Investigated racial discrimination claims asserted by high-profile guest regarding treatment by restaurant group
  • Represented Fortune 50 healthcare employer in complex class action litigation involving independent contractors
  • Represented Fortune 50 retailer in complex class action litigation
  • Represented major restaurant groups in workplace issues including the defense of discrimination and harassment claims
  • Represented public sector employers in various complex class action and collective action litigations involving thousands of employee claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Honors and Recognitions

  • Client Choice™, "Recognized for Excellence in Client Service" (2013)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV Preeminent® - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (2012-present)
  • New York Super Lawyers®, "Super Lawyers" (2009-present)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Brooklyn Urban Garden School, Board of Directors, Chair 
  • 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 (2009-2019)
  • The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, National Advisory Council

Published Works

  • Thrive with a Hybrid Workplace: Step by Step Guidance from the Experts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2023) [Co-Author]
  • ​"5 Recent Trends in Employment Law Affecting Your Business," National Pawnbrokers Association (August 2019) [Author]