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LeeJacobs

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Overview

Biography

Lee has over 16 years of legal experience and focuses his practice on representing a diverse range of individual and corporate clients in complex matters in both state and federal courts. With a niche in the restaurant, hospitality, and cannabis industries, Lee provides invaluable counsel to clients within these sectors.

A significant part of Lee's practice is devoted to assisting clients in day-to-day employment practices counseling, ensuring they stay compliant with ever-changing labor laws and regulations. Lee also conducts in-person training sessions on a variety of critical topics, such as sexual harassment prevention; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and effective management techniques. Additionally, Lee regularly hosts webinars and writes alerts, helping his clients stay informed and proactive in their legal matters.

Lee has extensive experience handling all aspects of commercial civil litigation in both state and federal court, white-collar criminal defense cases, governmental investigations, corporate compliance matters, and internal investigations and audits. His multifaceted legal background allows him to offer comprehensive support to clients across various industries, effectively protecting their interests and rights.

Throughout his career, Lee has successfully litigated in both courtrooms and arbitration settings, displaying his prowess as a skilled advocate. He has also represented clients in cases before significant agencies, such as the New York State Department of Health (NYSDH), the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

As an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, Lee teaches an advanced course focused on trial advocacy, evidence, and procedure. Lee also serves as a faculty advisor to the school's Moot Court Honor Society's Trial Advocacy Division, where he passionately coaches students and teams, guiding them to local, regional, and national championships.

Lee is a trusted advisor and ally to his clients, ensuring their success and compliance with the law. His dedication to the hospitality industry is evident in his client-focused approach, providing tailored solutions that meet the unique challenges faced by businesses in this sector.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Society of Human Resource Managers
  • New York City Hospitality Alliance
  • New York State Hotel and Tourism Association
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented a multi-unit small business with over 1000 employees in a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action, achieving a favorable outcome.
  • Skillfully defended businesses in discrimination and harassment cases before the EEOC, NYS DHR, and the NYCCHR, resolving claims related to discrimination based on age, sex, sexual identity, race, national origin, and disability.
  • Provided comprehensive day-to-day employment counseling for multi-unit restaurants, offering skilled guidance on various legal issues and best practices.
  • Led a thorough multi-party investigation in response to a workplace sexual harassment and assault claim, ensuring a fair and respectful resolution.
  • Conducts comprehensive training sessions for employees, managers, owners, and stakeholders to ensure compliance with New York State Labor Law and its Wage Orders, with a focus on the Hospitality Industry Wage Order.
  • Designs and implements tailored employment practices and procedures, such as personalized employee handbooks, onboarding documentation, disciplinary programs, and offboarding practices, to foster a legally compliant and efficient workplace environment.
  • Provides in-depth training to owners, managers, and relevant personnel on best practices for conducting thorough and lawful internal investigations in the workplace.

Prior Experience

  • Helbraun Levey, Managing Partner
  • Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP, Partner

Selected Community Activities

  • Brooklyn Law School, Adjunct Professor

Selected Honors

  • Selected to Super Lawyers New York Metro: Employment Litigation: Defense, 2022–2023
  • Selected to Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars: Employment Litigation: Defense, 2012–2021

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