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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 Firm Co-Chair of Jackson Lewis P.C. and responsible for providing strategic direction to what has been consistently recognized as one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms. Working in tandem with Co-Chair Kevin G. Lauri, he is responsible for guiding the overall growth and direction of Jackson Lewis and maintaining the firm’s collaborative culture.

Mr. Anthony, who recently celebrated his 30-year anniversary with Jackson Lewis, served in several significant leadership roles before being elected Firm Co-Chair. He was a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee alongside Mr. Lauri, and served as Hartford Office Managing Principal from 2000-2008. 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 and remains heavily involved in Jackson Lewis’ diversity and inclusion efforts.

Before assuming responsibility for Jackson Lewis’ day to day administration and management, Mr. Anthony focused 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

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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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Jackson Lewis Earns "Tipping the Scales Award" for Percentage of Women Partners

November 13, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (November 13, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm has been recognized for “Tipping the Scales,” as part of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance’s 2019 New Partner Report. The firm was acknowledged for having 50% or more women in its 2019... Read More

November 1, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Earns Tier 1 Rankings on 2020 "Best Law Firms" List

November 1, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (November 1, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm has earned “National Tier 1” rankings for the following practice areas in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list: Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management... Read More

September 19, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Designated an Employment Litigation "Powerhouse" in BTI Litigation Outlook 2020

September 19, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (September 19, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm has once again landed on the BTI Litigation Outlook 2020 report, earning “Powerhouse” rankings in the categories of Complex Employment Litigation as well as Employment Litigation. The report... 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