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William J. Anthony

Firm Co-Chair
Albany

P 518-512-8703
F 518-242-7730
William.Anthony@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

William J. Anthony is Co-Chair of Jackson Lewis P.C. and is responsible for the entire firm's day-to-day administration and management.

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 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;
  • 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

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms
Best Lawyers 2019 - William J. Anthony
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]

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May 13, 2019
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William Anthony Discusses Jackson Lewis' Surging Practice Areas and Leaning on Big Data

May 13, 2019

William Anthony discusses trends behind the firm's recent growth and leaning on big data in "Surge in Demand for the Firm's Workplace Law Offerings and Big Data"Employment Firms Find Stability In Changing Workplace Law," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 9, 2019
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Brian L. McDermott Appointed Jackson Lewis' Office Managing Principal in Indianapolis

May 9, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 9, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Brian L. McDermott has been appointed to Office Managing Principal of the firm’s Indianapolis office. Mr. McDermott has spent more than 25 years focusing his practice on representing employers in... Read More

April 25, 2019
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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2019 Edition

April 25, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 25, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S.... Read More

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Class Action Trends Report Summer 2018

August 13, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses 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: Disparate impact — discrimination by the numbers Is the FCRA class the new FLSA wage and hour class? Other class action developments... Read More

May 1, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Spring 2018

May 1, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses 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: Computer-age class action traps #MeToo: A viral movement, a wave of claims The ADA applies in cyberspace, too Online job assessments... Read More

January 22, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Winter 2018

January 22, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses 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: Minimum wage: Tip traps The legislation Regulatory roundup Prevention pointer Meanwhile, in the states … Jackson Lewis advocates... Read More

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Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report Fall 2017 Now Available
November 2, 2017

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 Summer 2017 Now Available
July 12, 2017

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

Supreme Court: Plaintiffs May Not Voluntarily Dismiss Case to Appeal Class Certification Decision
June 12, 2017

Plaintiffs may not voluntarily dismiss their class action claims upon receiving an adverse class certification decision and subsequently invoke 28 U.S.C. § 1291, the general rule that appeals can be taken only from a final judgment, to appeal the decision as a matter of right, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Microsoft Corporation v. Read More