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Brian Heller is a partner of the firm, Schwartz Perry & Heller, LLP.
One of the preeminent trial lawyers in employment law and workplace rights
in and around New York City, Mr. Heller has been first chair in multiple
seven-figure verdicts on behalf of his clients and has handled matters
addressing all aspects of employment law including discrimination, sexual
harassment, fraudulent inducement, contractual disputes, stock options
and benefits, and workplace torts.
In 2017, the Appellate court affirmed a total award of $1.55 million following
a 6-week jury trial that he first-chaired in a sexual harassment and retaliation
case. In 2015, Mr. Heller secured his client’s right to bring a
sexual harassment and retaliation claim in another appellate court victory.
In 2013, Mr. Heller argued before the Court of Appeals for the Second
Circuit in a landmark victory that reinforced the broad protections of
the New York City Human Rights Law for victims of employment discrimination.
Mr. Heller testified before the New York City Counsel on a proposed amendment
to expand employee rights under the New York City Human Rights Law, which
was ultimately successful.
In addition to his established litigation track record, Mr. Heller negotiates
severance agreements, employment contracts, non-compete and confidentiality
agreements, and counsels employees who are subjected to discrimination
in the workplace. He has been with Schwartz Perry & Heller since his
graduation from Fordham Law School in 2001. He was made a partner of the
firm in 2007 and a named partner in 2016.
Mr. Heller is frequently quoted in national and local newspapers and has
appeared on various television news programs in New York City. He is a
member of the National Employment Lawyers Association of New York, the
Bar Association of the City of New York, and the New York State Trial
Association. He actively lectures and publishes articles on the field
of employment law for programs sponsored by the New York County Lawyers'
Association, National Employment Lawyers Association,
Lawline, and the Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education, where he prepares
students for the employment law portion of the bar exam required by various states.
During law school, Mr. Heller served on the
Fordham Urban Law Journal and as a mediator in the Bronx Small Claims Court. He is a Phi Beta Kappa
graduate of Pennsylvania State University.
“Most people feel they have no say in the workplace,” he says.
“They feel that it’s best to stay silent and hope the boss
leaves them alone. We help give people a voice to fight back.”
J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2001
B.A., with Distinction, Pennsylvania State University, 1998
Phi Beta Kappa
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York, 2002
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2002
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2008
Honors & Awards
- Archibald M. Murray Award for Public Service (2000)
- Super Lawyers — New York Metro Area — Rising Star (2012)
Publications & Lectures
“Bridge the Gap: Employment Discrimination & Sexual Harassment
– A Complete Overview” (Co-Author & Presenter, Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 13, 2016)
“Ageism in Employment: A High-Tech Trend?” (Co-Author & Presenter, West LegalEdcenter, July 24, 2014)
“Sexual Harassment & The New York City Human Rights Law” (Lawline.com, April 24, 2012)
“Day in The Life of an Employment Lawyer: Plaintiff’s Side” (Lawline.com, February 1, 2012)
“A Day in the Life of an Employer Law Office” (New York County Lawyers Association, February 1, 2012)
“The Great Employment Debate” (Co-Author, New York County Lawyers Association, October 2, 2011)
“Issues and Insights in Employment Discrimination Cases from the
Plaintiff’s Side” (New York County Lawyers Association, January 14, 2010)
“Critical Issues in Contemporary Employment Law” (Lawline.com, July 23, 2009)
“Employment Discrimination in the Workplace: How to Handle and Negotiate
an Employment Discrimination Claim” (Presenter, Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December 6, 2008)
“The Great Employment Debate — Are Age Discrimination Laws
Necessary?” (Co-Author & Presenter,New York County Lawyers' Association, October 6, 2008)
“Investigating Liability & Assessing Damages in Employment Law
Claims: Identifying Methods That Have Proven Successful in Negotiating
Claims” (Co-Author & Presenter, New York City Bar Association, August 12, 2008)
“How to Effectively Commence an Employment Discrimination Claim”
(Co-Author, New York County Lawyers' Association, August 7, 2008)
“An Introduction to Employment Law” (Presenter,Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education, April 5, 2008)
“Getting the Most Out of Your Case” (Co-Author & Presenter, Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 10, 2007)
“Getting the Most Out of Your Case” (Co-Author & Presenter, Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education, February 15, 2007)
“Trial Strategies That Work” (Co-Author & Presenter,Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December 10, 2006)
“How to Handle and Negotiate Your First Employment Discrimination
Case” (Presenter, Lawline.com, September 16, 2006)
“Litigating Harassment Claims: Strategies for Success — Counseling
and Case Selection” (Co-Author, National Employment Lawyers Association, March 11-12, 2005)
“Sexual Harassment in the New Millennium” (Co-Author, National Employment Lawyers Association, 13th Annual Convention, 2003)