Gorlick, Kravitz & Listhaus, P.C.

Gorlick, Kravitz & Listhaus, P.C.

We are a small law firm founded in 1994 to provide high quality cost effective representation to individuals and institutions in our major practice areas.

Firm Overview

We concentrate our practice so that we can obtain results for you efficiently and at a reasonable fee. We won't represent you in areas we don't have expertise but we will help you find the legal resources you need.

Our focus:

Our focus is on you and your needs both legal and practical. We pride ourselves on delivering superior cost effective legal services in our major practice areas. We believe that you are entitled to representation from experienced attorneys who have a superior understanding of the legal issues you face. We believe that hard work and creativity combined equals client satisfaction.

Our major areas of practice:

For Individuals:

Employment law and employee benefits issues
Personal Counseling
Domestic Relations
Real Estate
Business transactions
Litigation in all of these areas

For Institutions:

Labor Law and Labor Relations for unions
ERISA/Employee Benefits for fiduciaries and plan sponsors
Employment Law
Not-for-profit formation
Real Estate/Commercial Transactions
Litigation in all of these areas

Our clients typically include international unions, local unions, and ERISA trust funds as well as small businesses and individuals. We pride ourselves on the diversity of the clients we serve.
Main Office

Main Office
17 State Street, 4th Floor
New York  NY  10004

  • 212-269-2500
New York City, Newark, and Buffalo Employment Attorneys
At Gorlick, Kravitz & Listhaus, P.C, we address the full range of employment concerns of individuals, from negotiating compensation agreements to litigating discrimination claims. We are also experienced at providing cost effective assistance to small businesses in navigating the myriad of state and federal employment laws and regulations. Our lawyers are not limited to New York; we also have a Newark law office to support our New Jersey clients and are admitted in the federal court in Connecticut.

Employment Litigation and Representation at Administrative Agencies:

If you believe that you're being unfairly treated at work because of your race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, family responsibilities, or national origin, or because of a perceived or actual disability we will evaluate your situation and provide you with legal services tailored to your needs, whether it is helping you to negotiate your way out of an unhappy situation or waging a battle in the courts, state or federal, or representing your interests at the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), the New York State Division of Human Rights or the New York City Commission on Human Rights:

Our lawyers also handle class action and individual wage claims for overtime or minimum wage violations, whistle blowing complaints, and wrongful termination actions.

If you believe that you are being wrongly denied benefits from an employee benefit plan, whether for health insurance or retirement benefits, our attorneys are experienced in employee benefits law and can represent you at all steps of the claims process through litigation.

Negotiation and Drafting of employment, severance and compensation agreements:

Whether you are starting a new position and are negotiating your contract, or you are facing a lay off and need to work out a severance agreement, we will provide excellent cost effective representation to meet your needs.

Compliance for Small Business Employers and Union Clients:

We provide legal advice and counsel to small businesses and our union clients on compliance with the extensive network of state and federal laws that regulate this area. We offer advice and assistance in

-Compliance and development of HR policies
-Employment manuals
-Sexual harassment training Sensitivity training
-Employment best practices Development and negotiation of contracts and severance agreements.

Andrew A. Gorlick

New York Lawyer

Andrew A. Gorlick is a graduate of Cornell University, School of Industrial Labor Relations. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1985 where he graduated on the Dean's List.

His areas of concentration include labor law, ERISA and federal litigation. Andrew provides advice and counsel to unions on Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) compliance and internal union administration, and has served as special counsel during numerous trusteeships.

Andrew provides counsel on the operation of multi-employer plans, the implementation of benefit plan mergers and acquisitions, and for audits, investigation, and lawsuits involving plan participants and governmental agencies. He provides counsel on the operation of pension, health and welfare plans, and implementation of benefit plan mergers and acquisitions. He advises multi-employer plans regarding audits, investigation, and lawsuits involving plan participants, fiduciaries, and regulatory agencies.

Andrew is a mediator appointed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. He is well known and widely respected within the construction industry for his ability to negotiate and achieve results on behalf of his union clients.

Practice Areas:
-Labor Law
-Federal Litigation

1986, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
1998, U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of New York

-Fordham University, J.D., 1985
-Cornell University, B.S. I.L.R., 1982

-Brooklyn and American (Member, Labor Law Section) Bar Associations
-AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee

Mediator, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Arbitrator, New York City Civil Court, 1994-1995

Brooklyn, New York
  • Fordham University
    Juris Doctorate , 1985

Bruce L. Listhaus

New York and New Jersey Lawyer

Bruce L. Listhaus graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn College and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1987. A versatile practitioner with a strong transactional background, Bruce is responsible for our personal counseling group as well as the overall management of the firm.

Admitted in New York and New Jersey, Bruce's areas of concentration include real estate, corporate and union governance, employee benefits, and employment related matters. He has substantial experience handling sales and purchases of commercial and residential properties, commercial leases and licenses on behalf of both landlords and tenants and dealing with a wide variety of title and financing considerations. Bruce also acts as counsel to many large and small companies on the entire range of benefit and employment issues, and advises employees regarding employment agreements, severance agreements, and discrimination and benefit claims.

Bruce has worked on behalf of legal service plans and with union members and trust fund administrators his entire career. During that time, he has represented individual laborers, laborer locals and trust funds in many capacities. Bruce is a member of the New York State Bar Association and has provided counsel to the boards of both for profit and not-for-profit corporations. He is active in many community projects and has been honored by the New York State Senate for his civic and charitable activities.

Bruce works closely with the many clients he represents, including corporate CEO's and comptrollers, International and Local Union Officers, Trust Fund Trustees and Administrators, and corporate and organizational directors ensuring that the needs of their members and participants are tended to and that the interests of the entities are protected. He also uses his firm but mild manner to communicate his clients' positions and to resolve issues as non-contentiously as possible. This allows him to work effectively and efficiently with clients, other professionals and adversaries. These traits combined with his genuine care and concern for his clients and colleagues, his reputation for integrity and his competence in his areas of practice has resulted in the development of strong relationships between Bruce and his clients.

Practice Areas:
-Real Estate and Commercial Transactions
-Employment Law
-ERISA and Employee Benefits

-1987, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
-1988, New York
-1993, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
-2010, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

-New York University School of Law, J.D., 1987
-Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A., summa cum laude, 1984

-New York State Bar Association
-Alpha Sigma Lambda

Brooklyn, N.Y.

-Gorlick, Kravitz & Listhaus, P.C., New York, NY, Managing Partner, Personal Counseling Group and Real Estate Department Chair, Labor and Employment Department, ERISA Department, 1994-present
-Levin & Weissman, New York, NY, Real Estate Department, 1987-1994; Legal Services Department Chair, 1989-1994; Litigation Department, 1992-1994
-New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel
-Agudath Israel of America, Vaad Hanhala (Lay Board) Member, 2007 - Present
-Agudath Israel Bais Binyamin, Board Member, President, 1997-1999; Rabbinical Search Committee Chair, 1997-1998, 2008-2009
-Prospect Park Yeshiva, Board of Trustees, 1991-2005
-Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, Seminary, 1980-1984
  • New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1987

Barbara S. Mehlsack

New York Lawyer

Barbara is an experienced labor, employment and employee benefits attorney, whose unusual combination of private sector, governmental and managerial experience makes her an effective advocate for her clients in all arenas, whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table. An accomplished litigator, she is also an experienced mediator, who brings her background, life experience and street smarts to the table as an effective conciliator.

Barbara leads the firm's employment and labor litigation practice in representing our international and local union clients in complex federal cases. She is a passionate advocate for individuals seeking redress in the courts and administrative agencies in employment discrimination, employee benefits, wrongful termination and wage and hour cases. She has managed hundreds of representation cases for our union clients before the National Labor Relations Board and brought and defended unfair labor practice charges. Barbara has a special expertise representing labor unions and employee benefit funds in employer bankruptcy proceedings.

Barbara brings both a strategic and practical approach to serving her clients as a litigator, negotiator and mediator. She advises small businesses on employment best practices, designing employment manuals and providing advice and counsel on compliance with the full range of employment laws. Her management experience in government and the private sector means she understands the practical day to day responsibilities of running a business. As a mediator, she is adept at facilitating the resolution of disputes among the most stubborn of adversaries.

Barbara is known and respected by adversaries, colleagues and clients alike for her fierce devotion to her clients' needs and her creativity and dogged persistence as a litigator and a mediator.

Barbara combines extensive private sector legal experience, including as in-house labor and regulatory counsel for NYNEX, with a strong record in government affairs in both the executive and legislative branches. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a Deputy Comptroller of the City of New York, running a department of over 100 employees. She also served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. House of Representatives Pension and Welfare Benefits Task Force, where she was one of the staff architects of the Multi-employer Pension Plan Amendments Act ("MPAA").

Barbara graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from City College and received her J.D. with honors from Rutgers University School of Law. She is admitted in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the federal district courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut and is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and the Labor and Employment Committees of the ABA and the New York State Bar Association.

While bringing up her daughter, Barbara was active in school and community affairs as treasurer of her daughter's soccer team and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Westside Soccer League. With her daughter in college, she gets to spend more hours on the mountain: Barbara is an avid skier, attacking black diamond slopes the same way she practices law, with grace, flexibility and determination.

Practice Areas:
-Labor and Employment Law
-Employee Benefits Law
-Government Relations Law
-General Practice

-New York, 1976
-U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, District of Connecticut.
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

-Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1975
-City College of New York, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude

-New York State Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Section, Employee Benefits Committee)
-American Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Committee)

-Partner (2004 to present), Senior Associate (1997-2004) Gorlick Kravitz & Listhaus, P.C.
-The Law Offices of Barbara S. Mehlsack, New York NY 1994-1997
-Deputy Comptroller, Office of the Comptroller, City of New York, 1990-1994
-HR/Regulatory Counsel, NYNEX Corporation, 1985-1990
-Labor/ERISA Attorney, Cohen, Weiss & Simon, 1981-1985
-Chief Counsel and Staff Director, U.S. Congress, House of Representatives Pension Welfare Benefits Task Force, 1978-1980
-Labor/ERISA Attorney, Cohen, Glickstein, Lurie, et al, 1975-1978

New York, New York
  • Rutgers University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 1975

Felicia L. Boles

Felicia L. Boles is part of our Legal Services Group with experience in matrimonial and family, landlord/tenant, criminal defense and immigration law. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a BS in Psychology and continued on to New York Law School. She is admitted in New York and Missouri.

Practice Areas:
-Family Law
-Matrimonial Law
-Landlord/Tenant Law
-Criminal Defense

-New York 2008
-Missouri 2001

-New York Law School, J.D., 2001
-University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, B.S., 1997
  • New York Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2001

Deke W. Bond

Deke W. Bond is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in the areas of labor and employment and ERISA. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in December 1991 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Broadcast News Sequence. He then graduated, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in May 1998 with a doctorate of jurisprudence. After practicing in Texas for 7 years, Deke moved to New York where he has practiced for the past six years.

Practice Areas:
-Labor and Employment Law
-ERISA Litigation
-Employment Law Compliance
-Harassment & Discrimination Training
-General Civil Litigation

-Texas, 1998
-New York, 2005
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit 2003
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 2009
-Southern, Northern, Eastern & Western District Court Of Texas
-Southern, Eastern & Western District Of New York

Texas Rising Star Attorney 2004, 2005

-J.D., Cum Laude, University of Houston Law Center, 1998
-B.J., Broadcast News Sequence, The University of Texas at Austin, 1991

Professional associations:
-TEXAS State Bar Association

Reported cases:
-Quinn v. E.M.C. Corp 109 f. Supp.2d 681 (S.D.Tx. 2000)
-Mason Tenders Dist. Council of Greater N.Y. v. Concore Equip., Inc., 10 Civ. 4227(RWS);03 Civ. 634 (RWS), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132200 (S.D.N.Y)
-Lennon v. Nokai, Inc., 07 Civ. 343 (KMK) (LMS), 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24345 (S.D.N.Y)
-Vincent v. Fesenius Med. Care of N. Am., Civil Action No: SA-03-CA-934-XR, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23399 (W.D.Tex)

Community involvement:
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
  • University of Houston Law Center
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1998

Denise Grey

New York Lawyer

Denise Grey is a New York-licensed attorney with an LL.M. in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law. Denise specializes in ERISA and employee benefits, has 13 years of experience and has successfully practiced at several major New York City law firms, including Shearman & Sterling, LLP; Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, PC; and Blitman & King, LLP.

Denise provides our clients with a full spectrum of employee benefits consulting including matters regarding: Taft-Hartley/multiemployer plans; qualified and tax exempt retirement plans; welfare benefit plans; and nonqualified plans. Additionally, her areas of expertise include: statutory compliance; fiduciary duty obligations; executive compensation; collective bargaining agreement provisions; employment manuals; and multiemployer withdrawal liability procedures.

Practice Areas:
ERISA Employee Benefits

-New York 1999
-Southern District of New York 2005
-Eastern District of New York 2005

-Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts - LL.M. in Taxation, 2000
-State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, Buffalo - New York J.D., 1998
*Honors Certificate in Taxation Law
-City University of New York at Queens College, Queens, New York - BA in Political Science, 1992
*GPA: 3.89
*Dean's List
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law, Buffalo - New York
    Juris Doctorate , 1998
  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    LL.M. in Taxation , 2000

Michael McGovern

Michael McGovern graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in History and continued onto Northwestern University School of Law. Following Northwestern, Michael received an LLM in Taxation from NYU School of Law. Michael specializes in ERISA and employee benefits continuing the practice he engaged in before coming to the firm.

Practice Areas:
-Employee Benefits

Bar admissions:
New York

-NYU School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 2010
-Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2008
-Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 2003

Brooklyn, NY
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2008
  • NYU School of Law
    LL.M., Taxation , 2010

Isaac James Glovinsky

Isaac has been an Associate at Gorlick, Kravitz & Listhaus, P.C. since 2011. He specializes in compliance and litigation in the Labor, Employment and ERISA practice areas. Isaac appreciates drafting clear policies and agreements using ordinary English, especially when writing documents that will be used by non-specialists.

Practice Areas:
-Labor Law:
-Employee Benefit Fund Compliance
-ERISA Litigation
-Collective Bargaining
-Employment Policies and Agreements
-Employment Litigation

Not-for-Profit Law:
-Applications for Tax-Exempt Status
-Governance and Policies

Bar admissions:
-New York State, 2011
-Southern District of New York, 2012

-J.D., magna cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 2010
-B.A., First Class Honors in History, McGill University, 2007
Stuyvesant High School, 2003
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude , 2010

Benjamin Mikhli

Over the last two years, I have acquired extensive experience in the field of law working with diverse clients and complex cases. I have become particularly proficient in transactional work including but not limited to: settlement agreements, indemnity agreements, releases, leases and purchase agreements. My passion, interest, and commitment lie in real- estate transactions, which have and continue to be the focus of my career. I have successfully participated and been involved in over 100 closings, many of which included million dollar transactions. Despite the unique set of challenges presented with each case, my primary goal has always been to maintain client satisfaction.

Practice Areas:
-Real Estate
-Debt Settlement

Bar admissions:
-New Jersey, 2012
-New York, 2013

-J.D., Hofstra Law School, 2012
-B.S., Accounting, Magna Cum Laude Honors, Brooklyn College City University of New York, 2009

Professional associations:
-New York Bar Association
-New Jersey Bar Association
-American Bar Association

Community involvement:
Vice President of Avon Riverside Estates

Christopher J. Malone

Christopher Malone is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and New York University. During law school he served as a judicial intern to New York County Supreme Court Judge Eileen A. Rakower and Federal Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak of the Eastern District of New York. He also worked in CHANEL, Inc.'s legal department and served as a prosecutorial intern with the Office of the Suffolk County District Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts.

After attending NYU, Christopher joined the 2008 Barack Obama Presidential Campaign and also worked for two years as a commercial litigation paralegal in New York City. As a paralegal, Christopher was certified by the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA).

Practice Areas:
-Labor and Employment Law

Bar admissions:
New York, 2014(application pending)

-J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2013
-B.A., New York University, 2007

Professional Associations:
New York City Bar Association
  • Brooklyn Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2013

Dennis Groves

Dennis Groves earned his Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in June 2012. As a matrimonial and family law attorney, Dennis has represented clients on matters involving divorce, child custody, visitation, spousal support, domestic violence, and child neglect. He also has significant experience within the field of employment law.

As a law student, Dennis was a member of Cardozo's Moot Court Honor Society, Unemployment Action Center, and Advocates for Kids.

Practice Areas:
-Matrimonial Law
-Family Law
-Employment Law

-New York State, 2013
-Southern District of New York, 2014
-Eastern District of New York, 2014

J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, June 2012
B.A., Arizona State University, 2007
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , June

Jeffrey J. Tyrpak

Jeffrey Tyrpak is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law. During law school he served on the SUNY Buffalo Moot Court board and participated in UB's New York City Program in Finance and Law. He also worked as a law clerk at a local labor and general practice law firm.

Practice Areas:
-Labor and Employment Law

Bar admissions:
New York, 2014

-J.D., Cum Laude, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2013
-B.A., Fordham University, 2010

Professional Associations:
-New York State Bar Association
-Erie County Bar Association
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 2013

Sarah Goldenthal

Sarah N. Goldenthal is an attorney licensed in New York and New Jersey specializing in matrimonial and family law. She joined the firm following two and half years of successful practice at a boutique family law firm and a year-long judicial clerkship with the Honorable Peter J. Melchionne of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

While in law school, Ms. Goldenthal was the recipient of the C. Brainbridge Smith Scholarship and the Kyle D. Jewell Memorial Fellowship as a result of her academic performance and commitment to legal work on behalf of at-risk children.

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Goldenthal was a Teach For America corps member and a teacher in two New York City public schools. She has a Masters of Science in Teaching from Fordham University.

Practice Areas:
-Family Law
-Matrimonial Law

-City University of New York Law School - Juris Doctor
-Fordham University Graduate School Of Education - Masters of Science in Teaching
-Boston University - Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

-New York
-New Jersey