CARA E. GREENE, Partner and Co-Chair of O&G's Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group, represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including executive and professional contracts and compensation; discrimination class actions; whistleblowing; and discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, and family responsibilities. She also is active in the Financial Services Practice Group and the Executives and Professionals Practice Group.

She serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section (Employment Rights and Ethics and Professional Responsibilities Committees), a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and its New York affiliate, NELA/NY, and a member of the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Greene also has appeared as a speaker at many employment law programs.

 

CARA E. GREENE is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP, where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including executive and professional contracts and compensation; lawyers as clients; discrimination class actions; whistleblowing; and discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, and family responsibilities. She is Co-Chair of O&G's Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group and is active in the Financial Services Practice Group and the Executives and Professionals Practice Group.

In addition to reviewing and negotiating employment contracts and compensation guarantees, as well as severance agreements and other exit arrangements, Ms. Greene has litigated both individual and class action cases on behalf of a variety of employees including low-wage hourly workers, highly compensated professionals, and employees in the financial services industry.

She serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section (Employment Rights and Ethics and Professional Responsibilities Committees), a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and its New York affiliate, NELA/NY, and a member of the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Greene also has appeared as a speaker at many employment law programs.

During law school, she served on the Moot Court Board and her moot court team reached the semi-finals in the national J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law, hosted by the University of North Carolina. Before law school, Ms. Greene was an Ohio LSC Legislative Fellow, working with Ohio State Senator Rhine McLin and the Ohio Senate Minority Caucus.

Ms. Greene received her B.A. in political studies from Gordon College, where she was an A.J. Gordon Scholar. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Ms. Greene is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), NELA New York
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee; Employee Co-Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Complex Litigation Sub-Committee)
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Executive Board, Co-Chair Ethics Sub-Committee)

Speaking Engagements

2014

  • Speaker: “Social Media and Legal Ethics”, 31st Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr., Labor & Employment Law Institute (Louisville, KY)

  • Panelist: “Restrictive Covenants and Faithless Servant Litigation”, Suffolk County Bar Association (Hauppauge, NY)

  • Panalist: "Ethical Issues in Representing Multiple Clients: We're All in this Together—Or Are We?", ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law Midwinter Meeting, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee (Los Cabos, Mexico)

2013

  • Moderator: "Ethics in Employment Law,” New York City Bar Association (New York, NY)
  • Speaker: "The Business and Ethics of Hanging Out Your Shingle", Ethical, Practical and Technological Issues in Managing a Labor and Employment Law Practice, 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Annual CLE Conference (New Orleans, LA)
  • Panelist: "Ethics in Discovery: Where the Rubber Meets the Road", American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law (New York, NY)
  • Speaker: "Do Lawyers Have an Ethical Duty to Understand Technology", American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment, National Symposium on Technology and Labor and Employment Law (Berkeley, CA)
  • Panelist: "Ethics: A to Discovery,” National Employment Lawyers Association—New York Chapter (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "Update Ethic 20/20", American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting

2012

  • Panelist: "Emergency Ethics for the Employment Lawyer," National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference (Hunter, NY)
  • Panelist: "Ethics and Social Media for Plaintiffs' Employment Lawyers," National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference (San Diego, CA)
  • Panelist: "Ethics for Government Attorneys," The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers New York, Connecticut, and Northern New Jersey (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "Love Triangle in Sin City: A Modern Day Mock Trial," Midwinter Meeting of the American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Panelist: "Ethical Considerations in Alternative Dispute Resolution," National Employment Lawyers Association ABCs of Alternative Dispute Resolution (Seattle, WA)
  • Lecturer: "Ethical Issues in Terminating a Client-Lawyer Relationship," Association of Towns Annual Meeting and Training (New York, NY)

2011

  • Panelist: "Responding to a World of Rapidly-Changing Technology," American Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section Annual CLE Conference (Seattle, WA)
  • Moderator: "Forget Romance, Get it in Writing:  The Ethics of Engagement Letters," New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Fall Meeting (Sarasota Springs, NY)
  • Panelist: "Remaining Civil with the Uncivil," The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers New York, Connecticut, and Northern New Jersey (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "Ethics in Employment Law," National Employment Lawyers Association—New York Chapter (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "Technology Tools and Legal Ethics," ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "Two Years Down the Road with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act - a look back on equal pay developments and a look ahead to upcoming implications for class litigation," Midwinter Meeting of the American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee/Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee (San Juan, PR)
  • Panelist: "Practice Profiles—Labor and Employment Law," Fordham University School of Law (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: ""Client, You're Fired!" Ethical Issues in Terminating the Client Lawyer Relationship," NYSBA Annual Meeting (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "Top 5 Things to Tell Your Client in Preparing for Mediation," Colorado Bar Association, National CLE Conference (Vail, CO)

2010

  • Panelist: "Equal Employment Opportunity and Discrimination Law and Regulatory Change," The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers New York, Connecticut, and Northern New Jersey (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "Ethical Issues Surrounding Third Party Payer Situations," New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Fall Meeting (Longboat Key, FL)
  • Moderator: "Le Divorce: Hot Issues in Negotiating Severance Agreements," National Employment Lawyers Association (Washington D.C.)
  • Panelist: "No Day at the Beach—Conflicts of Interest" (Joint Panel), Midwinter Meeting of the American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee/Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "Ethics in Employment Law," National Employment Lawyers Association—New York Chapter (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "FMLA⁄ADA and USERRA Update," Colorado Bar Association, National CLE Conference (Vail, CO)

2009

  • Lecturer: "Pregnancy and the Law," Legal Health (New York Legal Assistance Group)--Beth Israel Medical Center (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: "Fighting the Discovery Battle Without Losing the Ethics War" (Joint Panel), Midwinter Meeting of the American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee/Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee (Key West, FL)
  • Panelist: "Practice Profiles—Labor and Employment Law," Fordham University School of Law (New York, NY)  

Publications

Ms. Greene is a regular speaker on employment-related matters and has authored and co-authored numerous articles on employment and partnership law and ethics issues.

  • Restrictive Covenants and Partnership Agreements: Staying on the Right Side of the Ethics Rules While Protecting Firm Interests, Cara E. Greene, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, October 2013.
  • Ethics Corner
    Cara E. Greene, ABA Labor and Employment Section Flash, featured columnist.
  • Ethics Concerns When Computing in the Cloud and on the Earth
    Cara E. Greene, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, November 2011.
  • The Dodd-Frank Act's Whistleblower Provisions: The Act's Best Hope for Exposing Financial Wrongdoing
    Tammy M. Marzigliano and Cara E. Greene, BNA Workplace Law Report, September 21, 2011.
  • The Family Medical Leave Act: 2011 Cumulative Supplement
    Cara E. Greene, Chapter 10 Editor, ABA/BNA Books, 2011.
  • Whose Signature Is on the Check?
    Cara E. Greene, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, November 2010.
  • New Laws Expand Whistleblower Protections
    Wayne N. Outten and Cara E. Greene, Employment Law Strategist, November 2011.
  • The Family Medical Leave Act: 2009 Cumulative Supplement
    Cara E. Greene, Chapter 10 Editor, ABA/BNA Books, 2009.
  • Family Responsibilities Discrimination in Law Firms
    Cara E. Greene and Christopher Willett, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, July 2008.
  • The Family Medical Leave Act: 2008 Cumulative Supplement
    Cara E. Greene, Chapter 10 Editor, ABA/BNA Books, 2008.
  • Jumping Ship (and Taking the Crew): Can Law Firm Partners Solicit Their Firm's Employees?
    Wayne N. Outten and Cara E. Greene, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, June 2007
  • Whose Clients Are They? Contracting Putative Class Members
    Cara E. Greene and Jill Maxwell, Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 35, No. 3, Spring 2007.
  • Challenges to Law Firm Mandatory-Retirement Policies
    Gary Phelan and Cara E. Greene, Accounting and Financial Planning for Law Firms, February 2007.
  • The DOL's New FLSA White Collar Exemption Regulations and Working with the DOL on FLSA Actions
    Adam T. Klein, Mark R. Humowiecki, Tarik F. Ajami, and Cara E. Greene, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, Winter 2006.
  • The Family Medical Leave Act: 2006 Supplement
    Cara E. Greene, contributing author Chapter 6, ABA/BNA Books, 2006.

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Super Lawyer 2013 and 2014
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012, New York Metro