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William J. Anthony


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William J. Anthony


William J. Anthony is a Principal in the Albany office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  He has served in several significant leadership roles, including Firm Co-Chair, a  member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee and Hartford Office Managing Principal. In 2007, Mr. Anthony launched and led the firm’s Class Actions and Complex Litigation Practice Group, and was instrumental in growing it into one of the largest class action practices in the country.

Mr. Anthony has played a powerful role in advancing Jackson Lewis’ diversity and inclusion efforts. A long-time advocate of diversity within the legal industry, he developed and led the firm’s first Diversity Committee.

Mr. Anthony focuses his practice on class and collective actions, including wage and hour claims alleging improper payment of bonuses; failure to pay minimum wage to tipped employees; and misclassification of customer service employees, dispatchers, assistant retail managers, time share resort salespeople, pharmaceutical sales representatives and installation technicians. Results in those cases include: 

  • 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 action 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;
  • 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 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.

Mr. Anthony has trial experience in several states, including Connecticut, New Jersey, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Montana, and 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. He also has extensive experience advising 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

  • New York - Upstate Super Lawyers (2006-present)
  • Hartford Business Journal, Leadership in Diversity Award (2010)
The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms
Best Lawyers Award Badge
Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2019 - William J. Anthony
Chambers USA 2019 - William J. Anthony

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]