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Vivien Shelanski

Vivien B. Shelanski, Esq.

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Case Manager
Doug Duzant
T: 212-607-2787
F: 212-228-0222
620 Eighth Avenue , 34th Floor , New York , NY 10018
Vivien Shelanski has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of employment cases, including many with complex interpersonal dynamics and difficult factual, legal, and business issues. She uses a pragmatic and flexible approach, keeps up-to-date on employment law, and diligently pursues a case to closure. Ms. Shelanski has also served as the court-appointed settlement monitor of federal class action discrimination suits.

Representative Matters

  • Civil rights claims by ousted member of volunteer fire department alleging dismissal was based on comments critical of healthcare for 9/11 workers
  • Claims by employers of violations of non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality clauses against former high-level employees and the companies that subsequently hired them
  • Executive compensation, bonus, pension, and benefits disputes arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions, and reductions in force
  • Hundreds of individual claims of discrimination based on race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and sexual harassment, under federal, state, and local laws, including ADA, FMLA, FSLA/wage-hour, and ERISA, involving employees in private and public companies, the professions, academia, government, and religious institutions
  • Multiple discrimination and retaliation claims litigated and mediated as a group against a corporation
  • National origin discrimination claims brought by employees of a municipality following the events of September 11, 2001
  • Whistleblower claims involving prominent corporations
  • Wrongful termination and defamation claims by high-ranking employees of financial institutions
  • Federal and state law wage and hour claims
  • Co-Editor, The College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (3rd. Ed.)
  • Elected Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Panel of Mediators, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Elected Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Lecturer at New York University School of Law
  • Assistant Circuit Executive for Legal Affairs, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Assistant Attorney General, New York State Department of Law, Real Estate Financing Bureau
  • Litigation Attorney, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and Howard Darby & Levin
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Milton Pollack, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York
  • J.D., with honors, New York University School of Law
  • Ph.D., Philosophy of Science, University of Chicago
  • A.B., with honors, Bryn Mawr College

Counsel Comments

    • "Just a quick note to thank you for the incredible work you did for us and our clients... The case which for so long has plagued all involved settled largely because of your doggedness, determination, acumen and compassion."




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