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Davida S. Perry

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295 Madison Avenue, 26th Floor
New York, New York 10017

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Davida S. Perry is the co-founding and managing partner of Schwartz Perry & Heller, a boutique law firm focusing exclusively on representing individuals in all areas of employment law, including discrimination and sexual harassment cases.

Ms. Perry’s notable cases include representing Anneka Thoreson in the landmark sexual harassment cases of Thoreson v. Penthouse Magazine and Robert Guccione. In Thoreson, the trial court’s finding of sexual harassment was sustained on appeal by the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals, setting the significant precedent that sexual harassment can be established based on the victim’s testimony alone. Ms. Perry was also significantly involved in the sexual harassment case of Bracker v. Cohen, one of the first discrimination cases brought under the New York City Human Rights Law that was enacted in 1991. The defendants in Bracker challenged the City Law as being unconstitutional. As a result of Schwartz Perry & Heller’s efforts, the City Law -- a human rights law that offers broader protection to victims of discrimination than the New York State and Federal Human Rights law -- was ultimately found to be constitutional. Since that ruling in 1994, victims of discrimination in New York City have had the benefit of that broad and expansive law. Ms. Perry served as Second Chair during the sexual harassment trial of McIntyre v. Manhattan Ford where a Manhattan jury awarded the plaintiff $6.6 million, which even after being reduced by the trial court and then by the appellate court still stands as one of the highest awards for sexual harassment in the entire nation.

Ms. Perry’s other notable accomplishments include representing the plaintiff in Insinga v. Rabobank a retaliation case where the jury returned a verdict in the amount of $2.5 million, of which $300,000 was an award of punitive damages, representing the plaintiff in the pregnancy discrimination case of Tang v. Paco where the jury found in Tang’s favor and also representing the plaintiff in the sexual harassment case of Rivera v. United Parcel service where the jury awarded the plaintiff – after a 7 week trial -- $1.33 million.

Ms. Perry holds an “AV rating with preeminence” from Martindale Hubbell, one of the oldest rating authorities worldwide. The “A” represents the highest level of legal ability and the “V” indicates “Very High” adherence to the Professional Code of Responsibility in conduct, ethics and diligence. According to Martindale.com, the “AV” rating is a significant accomplishment - a testament to the fact that Ms. Perry’s peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence

Ms. Perry has been listed by Thompson Reuters as a New York – Metro Area “Super Lawyer” every year since 2009, was named as one of the “Top 50 Female Attorneys” in the New York Metro Area listing in 2012 and 2013 and also named a “Woman Leader In The Law” every year since 2012 by New York Magazine.

Ms. Perry has co-authored numerous articles and publications for programs sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Practicing Law Institute. Ms. Perry has also lectured extensively on employment law for various continuing legal education providers such as Lawline.


J.D., New England School of Law, 1985
cum laude

B.A., Skidmore College, 1982
highest honors

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

New York, 1986
Massachusetts, 1986
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1992
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1996
U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2002

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

New York State Bar Association
New York Employment Lawyers Association
Women's Empowerment Networking Group
Business Network International

Honors & Awards

Named as one of New York's Women Leaders in the Law (2012-2017)
Named to the New York Super Lawyers Listing (since 2009)
"AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell with Preeminence (since 2003)
Honored by the National Employment Lawyers Association at its celebration in honor of "Courageous Plaintiffs Who Fought Back" (1999)
Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law (1984)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

May 12, 2017, Featured Speaker at NELA/NY Spring 2017 Conference "Individual Liability in Discrimination Cases"
April 24, 2012, “Sexual Harassment & The New York City Human Rights Law,” Lawline.com
2002 - "Sexual Harassment in the New Millennium: The Impact of Faragher and Ellerth," National Employment Lawyers Association Publication (Co-Author)
1999 - "How to Handle Your First Employment Discrimination Case," Practising Law Institute Publication (Co-Author)
May 18-20, 1998 - "Trial Motions: Advantages and Considerations," Third Annual Employment Law Litigation Institute, New York State Bar Association Publication, Section on Labor and Employment Law (Co-Author)
April 24, 1998 - "Counsel's Investigation and Retainer Agreements," National Employment Lawyers Association Publication (Co-Author)
March 5-6, 1998 - "Claims for Damage to an Employee's Reputation and Future Employment Opportunities," Practising Law Institute Publication (Co-Author)
May 16-17, 1997 - "Strategies for Settlement," Second Annual Employment Law Litigation Institute, New York State Bar Association Publication, Section on Labor and Employment Law (Co-Author)

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Schwartz Perry & Heller
New York Employment Law Attorney
Located at: 295 Madison Avenue,
26th Floor,

New York, NY 10017
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