David E. Gottlieb is a Partner at Wigdor LLP and is an aggressive and zealous advocate for employees and victims of civil rights violations. Mr. Gottlieb has represented thousands of employees in individual, multi-plaintiff, collective and class action litigation before a wide array of federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and arbitral forums
Mr. Gottlieb has handled numerous high profile matters that have garnered significant media attention. Mr. Gottlieb, and his cases, have appeared on CNN, FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS, National Public Radio, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, The New York Daily News, The New York Post and TMZ amongst many others.
The following are samples of Mr. Gottlieb’s notable results:
- Represented a class of home loan officers who alleged failure to pay overtime and other wage violations, which was resolved for in excess of $4,500,000;
- Represented a class of limousine drivers who alleged misclassification as independent contractors, unlawful tip retention and numerous other wage violations, which was resolved for $3,500,000;
- Represented a woman who was sexually assaulted by her supervisor leading to her constructive discharge, which resulted in a judgment of approximately $2,000,000;
- Represented a class of service employees at the de Seversky Mansion at the New York Institute of Technology alleging unlawful tip retention, which was resolved for $1,625,000;
- Represented a class of servers and bartenders in a class action sexual harassment and wage‐and‐hour dispute, which settled for an aggregate total of $1,800,000; and
- Represented a collective of employees against one of the largest architectural firms in the world, alleging an array of unlawful wage practices, resulting in payment in excess of $1,500,000.
Experience and Types Of Cases
Mr. Gottlieb is an employment and civil rights litigator. Mr. Gottlieb advocates for people who have been sexually harassed, subject to hostile work environment, discriminated against by their employers on the basis of race, gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, or retaliated against for raising anti-discrimination or whistleblower complaints. These cases have touched virtually every professional industry including: banking, finance, hospitality, architecture, transportation, fashion, education, government, communications, advertising, sports, media and retail. A large aspect of Mr. Gottlieb’s practice includes the representation of individuals within the LGBTQ community, and he serves as pro bono counsel for an LGBTQ advocacy organization.
Mr. Gottlieb also has substantial experience representing employees in class action representation. Mr. Gottlieb has successfully litigated class actions against numerous restaurant and hospitality industry employers in connection with wage-and-hour class actions. He has represented individuals and classes of employees at some of the largest and most well-known establishments in New York including: Tao, Lavo, Bouley Restaurant, 230 Fifth, Philippe Restaurant, Café Un Deux Trois, the De Seversky Mansion at NYIT and Angelo’s of Mulberry Street. Mr. Gottlieb has litigated discrimination and wage-and-hour class actions against numerous employers in a variety of professional industries.
Furthermore, Mr. Gottlieb helps to ensure that the police do not abuse their power or authority. Mr. Gottlieb represents individuals who have claimed Constitutional violations by police officers and municipalities for false arrest, false imprisonment, excessive use of force, malicious prosecution and unlawful racial bias.
Mr. Gottlieb previously worked for The Innocence Project, a nationally recognized organization devoted to the exoneration of wrongfully convicted inmates. Among other accomplishments, Mr. Gottlieb was involved in the matter of Williams v. Carter, No. 03-cv- 1067 (S.D. Ind. 2003), wherein a death row inmate received an eleventh-hour stay of execution and ultimately clemency on account of exculpatory DNA evidence.
Mr. Gottlieb has been selected as Super Lawyer Rising Star by SuperLawyers (2014 – 2017).
Mr. Gottlieb received his Undergraduate Degree from the University of Arizona and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.
Admitted to Practice
Mr. Gottlieb is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.