Joseph DeGiuseppe, Jr.
Mr. DeGiuseppe is the head of our Labor and Employment and Immigration Practice Groups. He has over 35 years’ experience in representing and advising Fortune 500 companies and other corporate clients in labor, employment and immigration law, including 14 years of experience at Skadden Arps and more than 6 years of experience at Jackson Lewis.
Mr. DeGiuseppe advises clients on all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment terminations and discipline, reductions-in-force, personnel policies and practices, employee benefit cases and collective bargaining negotiations. He has acted as lead counsel on significant employment discrimination law cases, wage and hour cases and collective actions, non-competition cases and arbitration proceedings.
Mr. DeGiuseppe also advises corporations, business executives, professional employees and individual clients with respect to immigrant visa (green cards) applications, U.S. citizenship applications, nonimmigrant work visa petitions, and employment verification and discrimination issues.
- Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
- Editor-in-Chief, Volume V of the Fordham Urban Law Journal
- Fordham University, B.A.
- New York
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a corporate employer in dismissing a former employee’s age discrimination claims under ADEA and the NYS Human Rights Law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2011).
- Successfully defended a corporate client against a customer’s racial discrimination in public accommodation claim under the NYS Human Rights Law in a public hearing before the NYS Division of Human Rights by obtaining a decision and order dismissing the Complaint (2010).
- Successfully defended a corporate employer against an employee’s disability discrimination and retaliation claims under the NYS Human Rights Law and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a public hearing before the NYS Division of Human Rights by obtaining a decision and order dismissing the Complaint (2009).
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a private school in dismissing an employee’s overtime compensation claims under FLSA and the NYS Labor Law in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2006).
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an individual defendant in dismissing a former employee’s unlawful retaliation claims under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and the NYS Human Rights Law in a Section 1983 action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2002).
- New York State Bar Association
- New York City Bar Association
- Westchester County Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent (5.0 out of 5)
- New York Metro Super Lawyers 2013 – 2015 (Labor & Employment), 2016, 2017
- 2013-2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment (American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell)
- New York State Supreme Court, New York County, Independent Judicial Screening Panel, 1985
- Author of The Effect of the Employment-at-Will Rule on Employee Rights to Job Security and Fringe Benefits, 10 Fordham Urban L.J. 1, one of the seminal works on the employment-at-will rule cited by the New York Court of Appeals in the landmark decisions of Murphy v. American Home Products Corp. and Weiner v. McGraw-Hill, Inc. and by other federal and state courts