Most everyone with above average intelligence can learn the law. Truly exceptional employment lawyers appreciate that the best results come from those who understand human and organizational behavior. I've devoted my entire career to studying both.
Urba Law PLLC limits its practice to employment law matters. It serves the entire state of New York.
The firm has the experience to determine which matters can be handled remotely. Severance agreements, employment contracts, and non-competes are just a few matters which are reviewed statewide. In person consultations are unnecessary.
Hostile workplaces, unpaid overtime claims, employee handbooks, and trade secrets are screened by telephone initially. When necessary, in person conferences can be arranged statewide.
As the law adopts technology more readily the firm is doing so as well.
An initial telephone consultation is almost always recommended. The firm will never discourage any potential client from contacting other employment lawyers. Nor does it feel that every potential client is a good fit for it.
In 2018 it launched a YouTube channel called Employment Law Reality Check. Short videos describe commonly asked questions, encourage potential clients to call employment lawyers, and remind all that employment law is about strong facts.
520 White Plains Road, # 500
Tarrytown NY 10591
Always by telephone.
Reviews of severance agreements, employment contracts, and non-compete or non-solicitation agreements. Drafting employee handbooks. Helping employees draft responses to performance evaluations or performance improvement plans.
Always by telephone.
Letters, employment contracts, severance agreement reviews, drafting policies and procedures and other matters. Arbitration and limited engagement litigation.
275 to 400 depending on the matter
9 to 5
9:30 to 5:00 only by appointment; Sundays
Severance agreements and separation packages are a large part of the firm's focus. Hostile workplaces, sex, race, and disability discrimination. Unpaid overtime claims, trade secrets, employment contracts, federal court litigation and mediation.
Urba Law stresses that everyone should call employment lawyers as soon as possible. It's best to get lawyers involved well before anyone has filed charges with the EEOC or a complaint with the NYS Division of Human Rights or New York City's Commission protecting human rights. Initial telephone screening is always free. Depending on the issue, an in person conference may be, but is not always, necessary. Technological advances help many retain the best lawyer for the employee's or small employer's particular needs. Call around, today! Employment law cases demand special skills. They are much different from other types of legal matters and often demand a bigger investment of time and attention.
New York is still a pretty litigious place. We welcome alternative dispute resolution. However, no employer or employee can be forced to mediation. Mediation has to be voluntary. And that only happens if the important facts are identified and merged into a plausible theory of recovery. That takes time up front.
More and more contracts seem to demand arbitration; often to save money. But arbitration is not always the best option for employees or employers. The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions tend to support alternative dispute resolution like arbitration; even for employees who had little if any input into their union contracts. The courts presume that what's good for the union is good for the individual employee. And that is often not true. Union members covered by union collective bargaining agreements would be best served to have their own private lawyers review and advise them. But that rarely happens. Most of the time a union member seeks a private lawyer's help long after they should have done so. If a collective bargaining agreement mandates arbitration, and the agreement specifically states that the matter an employee wishes to dispute is subject to arbitration, each year the chances of that issue being compelled for arbitration is greater.
Our philosophy may disagree with union contracts but neither covered employees nor private counsel can do much about such agreements after the fact.
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.
Bar Number: 4974333
New York, 2011
Bar Number: 672217
Valparaiso University School of Law
University of South Florida
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