Urba Law PLLC - Employment Law Reality Check

Urba Law PLLC - Employment Law Reality Check

I'm an employment lawyer with 30 years of experience based in the greater New York City area. I hung my first shingle as Jonas Urba, P.C. in 1996, my 2nd firm, the Law Offices of Jonas Urba, P.A. in 2004 and Urba Law PLLC fka Urba Law Firm in 2014.

Firm Overview

I'm an employment lawyer with 30 years of experience based in the greater New York City area.

I have worked as a state prosecutor and as an in-house, human resources attorney. I have been associated with a number of small law firms in addition to a 200 lawyer firm. I was the human resources director conducting internal investigations for a professional employer organization. I have founded and directed 3 law firms in 3 different states.

I am very familiar with the financial services, health care, union represented civil service, manufacturing, higher education, and sales industries. In addition to federal court litigation, mediation, and arbitration I help employees and small employers with the application of employment policies and procedures. More employers choose to apply covenants not to compete, enforce trade secrets and duties of loyalty, in order to protect legitimate business interests.

One of the most challenging things we do as employment lawyers is the reality check. We tell employees that unless they work for the government, are covered by union collective bargaining agreements, or have entered private employment contracts, their employers don't need a reason to fire them. That's correct. An employer does not have to give most employees any reason when firing them. Many employees find this surprising.

I search for sufficient facts, usually proven with circumstantial evidence, to determine whether potential clients might have suffered discrimination prohibited by Title VII, the ADA, FMLA, ADEA, EPA, FRA, PDA, or unpaid wages covered by the FLSA or New York's Labor Laws.
Main Office
Main Office
520 White Plains Road, Suite 500
Tarrytown  NY  10591
Phone
  • (914) 366-7366
Fax
  • (914) 366-0000
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Always by telephone.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Letters, employment contracts, severance agreement reviews, drafting policies and procedures and other matters. Arbitration and limited engagement litigation.
Hourly Rates
275 to 400 depending on the matter

Office Information

Office Hours
9:30 to 5:00 only by appointment; Sundays
Office Manager
Lemishi
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English
Sexual Harassment
Each of the 3 firms I founded, around the country, have operated with an "Employment Law Reality Check" philosophy. Regardless of the employment law issue, strong facts and credible witnesses make all the difference. They remain my focus.
I believe my clients. I go to extreme lengths to represent them diligently and zealously. Unless they do something which breaches our mutual trust I stick by them no matter what. We should be on the same team since the constitutions under which our laws are made bind us.

I can, and often do, help unsophisticated clients become more articulate. But I suspect for those of us who share my philosophy, there is little any of us can do to help the occasional manipulative or deceitful ones who call on us.

Nothing beats taking some time up front to establish rapport and a mutual understanding of what each of us ultimately intends to accomplish. And if we share that bond, lawyer and client make a great team!

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Although I enjoy taking depositions and appearing in federal court, the time and cost of doing so make it prohibitive for all but a select few cases.

Federal courts recognize that many employment law cases should settle. Unless employees have diligently kept records, the lack of discovery can inhibit early resolution.

I attempt to limit my representation to cases with strong facts and credible witnesses. For those cases, mediation makes perfect sense and if properly prepared they do often settle. But there are those employers who refuse to listen to reason or are determined to make a statement. Those are the employers reluctant to appear weak or that they may have made a mistake. Everyone knows that we can force no employer to settle. And for those determined to litigate that's what we do.

V. Jonas Urba

I graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1988. In the past 15 years, I have become a court certified civil mediator and a certified fraud examiner.

I served as an Assistant State Attorney and Assistant General Counsel of a 2,000 employee regulatory agency focusing on employment law issues. Thereafter, I founded my first law firm with a labor and employment law emphasis. I worked in-house, conducting employment investigations, for a professional employer organization. I then launched my second firm, representing the most discriminated residents, of a state I called home at that time. I've been licensed in and a full-time resident of New York since 2011. Urba Law PLLC, limited to labor and employment law matters has existed since 2014, was fka Urba Law Firm.
License
  • Bar Number: 4974333
    New York , 2011
  • Bar Number: 672217
    Massachusetts , 2008
Education
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
    J.D. , 1988
    Highest Scholastic Achievement Award - Legal Process - 1988
  • University of South Florida
    M.B.A. , 1983
  • Indiana University
    B.S. , 1980

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