Laurie Berke-Weiss represents businesses, partnerships, not-for profit corporations and individuals in connection with commercial disputes and transactions, employment issues, as well as on a wide range of personal concerns. Ms. Berke-Weiss appears before federal and state courts and government agencies on litigated matters including breach of contract claims, covenants not to compete, partnership disputes, sexual harassment, and other complaints of employment discrimination.
Since graduating from the Fordham University School of Law, Ms. Berke-Weiss has been a New York City Assistant Corporation Counsel, a litigator at two Manhattan law firms and, for the five years prior to the formation of Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP, a sole practitioner. She serves as a mediator for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County and has been appointed by the Court as a Law Guardian in custody disputes. Ms. Berke-Weiss frequently speaks and writes on employment discrimination and law practice management issues for lawyers and business audiences.
A graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Ms. Berke-Weiss is the Immediate Past President of its Alumni Association. She is a member of the Cornell University Council and the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Ms. Berke-Weiss also holds a graduate degree in Industrial Relations from Rutgers University. Ms. Berke-Weiss is a Past President of the New York Women’s Bar Association, a Board member of the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Inc., a Vice President of the Fordham Law Alumni Association, Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of New York, and a member of the Audit Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Louis Pechman practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including employment discrimination, union-management relations, employment contracts, ERISA, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, and wage/hour disputes. As a practitioner for over twenty years in the labor and employment law field, Mr. Pechman offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on improving the employment relationship and, where appropriate, terminating that relationship.
Mr. Pechman has worked as a labor and employment attorney at three Manhattan law firms, as in-house labor counsel with the New York Daily News, and as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board. Admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, he is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Fordham University School of Law.
A frequent contributor to the New York Law Journal and other business and legal publications, Mr. Pechman often gives presentations on employment law topics, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment, and the development of human resource policies and procedures. He has lectured at the Fordham University School of Law, New York University, the Metropolitan District Office of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and the American Bar Association. From 1994 through 1998, he was Chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law. Since 1996, Mr. Pechman has moderated NYCLA’s annual program on “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case.”