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.
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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 Bar Association of the City of New York, where he serves on the Employment Law Committee and volunteers with the Monday Night Law program, providing pro bono legal assistance to the community. He is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association 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.”