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Davida S. Perry

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3 Park Ave., 27th Fl
New York, New York 10016

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

Advocating fiercely for her clients for 31 years, Ms. Perry has been a trailblazer in the field of employment law. A landmark case (Thoreson v. Penthouse Magazine and Robert Guccione) set a significant precedent that a claim can be established based on a victim's testimony alone. In addition to playing an important role in the creation of the New York City Human Rights Law, Ms. Perry was significantly involved in one of the first discrimination cases (Bracker v. Cohen) brought under this law. When the constitutionality of the law was challenged, she fought successfully to have it upheld, which paved the way for victims of discrimination working in New York City to avail themselves of one of the most protective and comprehensive human rights laws in the country. Serving as Second Chair on a sexual harassment trial (McIntyre v. Manhattan Ford), the $6.6 million award and its adjustment on appeal still stands as one of the highest awards for sexual harassment in the nation.

Ms. Perry’s firm prosecuted employment law cases when this field of law was relatively new and has been responsible for shaping the law. Schwartz Perry & Heller handles gender and sexual harassment disputes, age discrimination, race, religion, nationality, and disability matters.

Ms. Perry has co-authored articles for programs sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, The National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Practicing Law Institute, among others. She has achieved an "AV" rating with preeminence by Martindale-Hubbell. For each year since 2009 to the present, Ms. Perry has been designated a New York "Super Lawyer" and a "Woman Leader In The Law.”

She’s passionate about the plight of her clients and the fundamental importance of their jobs. In almost every case, it’s a David and Goliath power equation, with a defenseless individual up against a company machine that marshals an army of lawyers and human resources. She prides herself on thinking outside the box, being tenacious and tough, but also compassionate. She says, “When a client says to me, ‘This is the worst time in my life and you’re the bright star,’ then I feel like I’m doing my job well.”

Legal Ratings

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

Legal Distinctions

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.

Authorship

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.

Lectures

Ms. Perry has lectured on employment law for various continuing legal education providers such as Lawline.

Education

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)

Speaking Engagements and Publications

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


Education

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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