No other employment lawyer in New York has a comparable record both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Mr. Wigdor routinely tries cases to verdict– having received numerous decisions in the millions of dollars and regularly appearing in the New York Law Journal’s “Top Verdicts.” As a former Federal Law Clerk in the Eastern District of New York, an Assistant District Attorney, and a senior lawyer at a prominent management side employment firm, he brings his trial experience to bear, regularly trying cases in federal and state court as well as arbitration tribunals. Because of his trial abilities, he routinely settles cases, valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars, through informal negotiations and mediation. His cases are regularly cited by other lawyers and judges in their judicial opinions.
Over the past eight years, the New York Law Journal has featured Mr. Wigdor and Wigdor LLP’s clients in top New York State verdicts six times, including the number one employment verdict in 2011, and the number two employment verdict and number one disability discrimination verdict in 2012. Mr. Wigdor also regularly appears in appellate courts, including the Second Circuit, New York Court of Appeals and First Department arguing some of the most ground-breaking and closely watched legal issues in the employment field.
Some of his notable outcomes include:
- $23.72 million arbitration award on behalf of the former Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags
- $7.5 million verdict in a disability discrimination case against Wal-Mart, one of the largest verdicts ever in a single plaintiff case under the Americans with Disabilities Act
- $8 million (appx.) verdict on behalf of the former Editor-in-Chief of the Source Magazine, who was retaliated against after she complained of gender discrimination
- $3.35 million verdict on behalf of a former employee of Nassau County whose due process rights were violated
- $1.35 million verdict in a disability case where our client was terminated from his employer after disclosing he was HIV positive
Two peer review studies, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, have recognized Mr. Wigdor as one of the nation’s leading labor and employment lawyers. Mr. Wigdor was recently selected as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for Super Lawyers in the employment litigation / labor and employment field after receiving one of the highest point totals in the Super Lawyers rankings. As a Blue Ribbon Panelist, Mr. Wigdor will rate other candidates and provide recommendations regarding the candidacy of other lawyers to the prestigious Super Lawyers rankings. Mr. Wigdor has also received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell indicating that his peers rank him as one of the preeminent lawyers in the labor and employment field. Avvo, a well-respected lawyer-rating agency, rates Mr. Wigdor at 10.0, its highest rating (“superb”). Mr. Wigdor has been asked by Law360, a news source read by thousands of corporate counsel and firm decision makers everyday, to become a member of their 2014 Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board. Members of this board serve as a resource for Law360 to get feedback on the publication’s coverage in addition to insight from experts in the field, such as Mr. Wigdor.
Mr. Wigdor’s handling of numerous high profile cases has resulted in frequent media appearances, including on Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN American Morning, Your World with Neil Cavuto as well as regular spots on CNBC, ABC News, CBS News, NY1, the BBC, and NBC News. Mr. Wigdor is frequently quoted as a legal expert in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal, London Times, Daily Telegraph, London Independent, USA Today, New York Post, and Daily News.
Mr. Wigdor coined the phrase “Recessionary Discrimination” to characterize the growing trend by companies of using mass lay-offs to cover-up the discriminatory treatment and/or impact on groups of women, people of color and those over 40.
Mr. Wigdor is also a lecturer, editor and author of articles on employment and criminal related subjects, having been quoted frequently in the New York Law Journal, presenting lectures to various Bar Associations, speaking at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and publishing articles in numerous journals. Mr. Wigdor also recently spoke at a Human Resources seminar on the topic of retaliation in the workplace and has been a feathered speaker at the American Conference Institute. In May 2013, at the request of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Task Force, Mr. Wigdor testified on the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction. Mr. Wigdor has the rare qualification to practice law in both the U.S. and U.K. as a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. Mr. Wigdor’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling of individuals and companies in connection with a wide array of employment issues, criminal matters and international issues including:
- a group of women in a gender discrimination case against Citigroup
- a group of women in a pregnancy discrimination case against a large investment bank
- a group of women who were paid less than similarly situated men against a large bank
- executives in sexual orientation claims against their employer
- the former CFO of Six Flags
- a group of people of color in a race and national origin claim against Bank of America
- Individual women in an alleged gender discrimination class action complaint against Dresdner Kleinwort
- the former Tour Manager of ‘NSYNC’ in a lawsuit against ‘NSYNC’
- numerous investment bankers against their Wall Street employers and in conjunction with negotiating employment and severance agreements
- several employees in claims of race discrimination against Radianz, Reuters and Equant
- several employees in age discrimination claims against their employers
- employees in a large wage and hour case against CitiMortgage
- several celebrity models, actors, actresses and well-known chefs in various legal disputes
Mr. Wigdor had the honor of serving as a Federal Law Clerk to United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt and was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, New York; where he investigated, prosecuted and tried hundreds of criminal matters ranging from robberies and burglaries to complex schemes to defraud. Mr. Wigdor was rapidly promoted to the Complex Litigation Bureau where he both litigated and supervised the litigation of white collar matters — complex financial crimes, including organized crime, bank fraud, insurance fraud, tax evasion, identity theft and elder abuse. Because of the breadth of his criminal litigation experience, Mr. Wigdor was appointed under the Federal Criminal Justice Act to serve a three-year term, in the Eastern District of New York, as a criminal defense lawyer in selected criminal cases.
Mr. Wigdor received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, cum laude, where he was a member of the Varsity Tennis Team; a Masters Degree from Oxford University in England; and his Juris Doctor from Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C., graduating in the top of his class. Mr. Wigdor was a Senior Staff Member on the Catholic University Law Review and an Editor of the Oxford International Review. While at Oxford, Mr. Wigdor received a coveted “Full-Blue,” was a member of the Vincent’s Club and was the President of his College Student Body.
Mr. Wigdor is an active and philanthropic member of the Forest Hills community, where he serves on the legal committee of the Forest Hills Gardens Association, has had the privilege of managing several baseball teams in the Forest Hills Little League and coaching a basketball team at the Forest Hills YMHA and Forest Hills Community House. Mr. Wigdor is a former member of the Governing Committee of the Oxonian Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing heads of state to address its members, and was also a member in both the Alexander Hamilton and Theodore Roosevelt Inns of Court wherein he worked together with other selected lawyers and state and federal judges in the analysis of current legal issues.