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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 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 arbitrations involving wage and hour claims, commission and compensation disputes, collective bargaining contract interpretation issues and termination disputes.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Ekelman works closely with clients to provide ongoing workplace law compliance counseling. Ms. Ekelman regularly counsels clients on a wide range of workplace issues including  sexual harassment; discrimination; accommodating disabled employees; family and medical leave laws; wage and hour laws; hiring, disciplining and terminating employees; downsizing and reductions-in-force; independent contractor, employment, non-competition and confidentiality agreements; mergers and acquisitions; and outsourcing. She has represented many clients for decades, and works closely with clients to understand their unique needs and cultures. Ms. Ekelman also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations. 

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. Her experience counseling employers and defending class and collective spans many industries, including transportation, retail, health care and the public sector. She has extensive 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

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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

Published Works

​"5 Recent Trends in Employment Law Affecting Your Business," National Pawnbrokers Association (August 2019) [Author]