Darnley D. Stewart is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, Co-chair of the Discrimination & Retaliation Practice Group, and Co-chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Workplace Rights Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Ms. Stewart was a partner at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP between 1999 and 2007, and a named partner at Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP between 2008 and 2015.

Ms. Stewart received her B.A. from Princeton University in 1984, and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990. After law school, Ms. Stewart clerked for the Hon. R. Ammi Cutter and the Hon. Mel L. Greenberg on the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. Ms. Stewart was named Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law-Individuals in 2013, and was a finalist for “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in 2004.

Ms. Stewart is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) and its New York affiliate (“NELA/NY”).


DARNLEY D. STEWART is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, Co-chair of the Discrimination & Retaliation Practice Group, and Co-chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Workplace Rights Practice Group. She represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including executive and professional contracts and compensation, whistleblowing, discrimination based on disability, race, gender and pregnancy, and discrimination class actions.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Stewart was a partner at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP (1999 - 2007) and a named partner at Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP (2008 - 2015). She was the first female President of the Executive Board of the New York affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA/NY”) and served in that capacity between 2008 and 2014. She is also the Vice-President of the Board of Workplace Fairness and serves on the Advisory Board of New York University’s Center for Labor and Employment Law.

Ms. Stewart has had substantial success in the courtroom prosecuting individual discrimination claims. In 2011, she obtained a plaintiff’s verdict at trial in two different cases. In the first, Castro v. City of New York, et al, Ms. Stewart was lead trial counsel in an individual retaliation case brought against the City of New York, which resulted in a plaintiff’s verdict of $400,000, including punitive damages of $50,000 against each of the two named defendants. In McMillan v. Millennium Broadway Hotel, an individual race discrimination case, Ms. Stewart obtained a plaintiff’s verdict of $1.125 million, including a punitive damages award of $1 million. To see the New York Times article on that result please click here.

Ms. Stewart has also prosecuted class action impact cases against several large companies, including Ford Motor Company, Gerber, Coastal Corporation, First Union Bank, National Car Rental, General Motors, Nissan, Toyota, and Bank of America. In connection with her work on Coleman, et al. v. General Motors Acceptance Corporation , Ms. Stewart was named as a finalist for "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2004 by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. She has also been named as one of the leading 500 plaintiffs' lawyers in the country and one of America's top 1000 litigators by Lawdragon magazine. In addition, Ms. Stewart was selected for inclusion in several lists including: New York Super Lawyers for 2006 - 2014, one of the New York Area's Best Lawyers for 2011 - 2016, and a Best Lawyer in America for 2014-2017. Ms. Stewart was named Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the year" in 2013 for Employment Law - Individuals.

Ms. Stewart received her B.A. from Princeton University in 1984 and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1990. After law school, Ms. Stewart clerked for the Hon. R. Ammi Cutter and the Hon. Mel L. Greenberg on the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.

Ms. Stewart is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) and its New York affiliate (“NELA/NY”).

Bar/Professional activity:

  • Vice-President, Workplace Fairness
  • New York/Second Circuit representative for the Judicial Nominating Committee of NELA National
  • Former President of NELA/NY 2008-2014
  • Member of the Social Media Committee for NELA/NY
  • Member of the Attorneys Fees Committee for NELA/NY
  • Member of the Advisory Board of NYU’s Center for Labor and Employment Law

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Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker: New York State Bar Association (September 11, 2015), "Representing LGBT Clients after Obergefell"
  • Speaker: NYU Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges (March 11, 2015):“Sex and Race Discrimination Updates”
  • Speaker: NYU 67th Annual Conference on Labor (June 5, 2014), “Gender Pay Bias Challenges Under Title VII, EPA, and President Obama’s Executive Orders
  • Speaker: NYU Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges (March 19, 2014):“Sex and Race Discrimination Updates”
  • Speaker: College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Regional Conference (November 13, 2013): “Review of the U.S. Supreme Court Term, Including Decisions on Arbitration and Class Action Waivers
  • Speaker: Practicing Law Institute (June 20, 2013): “Discrimination Class Actions: United We Stand, Divided We Fall
  • Moderator: NELA/NY Spring Conference (May 10, 2013): “Advanced Deposition Issues
  • Speaker: Practicing Law Institute (June 21, 2012): “Discrimination Class Actions: Wal-Mart v. Dukes One Year Later
  • Speaker: Northeastern University Women In the Law 2012 Conference (May 11, 2012) : “Moving Forward: Getting What You Want
  • Moderator: ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law/ National Symposium on Technology In Labor and Employment Law (April 26, 2012): “Workplace Technologies & Implications for Financial Services Industry
  • Speaker: 18th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale University (February 17, 2012): “Wal-Mart v. Dukes and the Future of Aggregate Claims
  • Speaker: Northeastern University Women In the Law Brownbag Lunch: “The Pros and Cons of Starting Your Own Firm” (November 3, 2010)
  • Speaker: NELA Annual Meeting (2008): “Turning the Federal Rules on E-Discovery To Your Client’s Advantage”.
  • Speaker: NYU Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges (March 18, 2008): “Class and Collective Actions
  • American Bar Association/ Technology In the Workplace and Practice Committee Meeting (April 26, 2007): “Using Technology In Your Practice
  • Speaker: NELA/NY Spring Conference 2007: “Requests for Electronic Documents – Negotiation and Motion Practice” (speaker)
  • Speaker: American Bar Association/ Technology In the Workplace and Practice Committee Meeting (December 13, 2006) “Topics for Legal and Ethical Considerations In the World of the Internet”

Publications (Articles, books; law related):

  • "A Hard-Won Victory: Seventh Circuit Finds Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ Workers," Outten & Golden LLP Employment Law Blog

  • Title VII Class Actions After Allison v. Citgo Petroleum, Inc.” (with Susan Stokes, Pamela Coukos, and Christine Webber).  ABA Annual Meeting 1999 Journal.
  • Cracking Cracker Barrel…The 1998 Amendments to the Shareholder Proposal Rule” Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP Institutional Investor, Vol. I (1999)
  • Giving (Auto) Credit Where It Is Due: Credit Discrimination Class Actions”.  ATLA Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 2, Winter 2006.
  • Playing Niesig: Judge Lowe’s Decision Disqualifying Counsel In Muriel Siebert & Co. v. Intuit, Inc.”  NELA/NY Employee Advocate July 2006.
  • Editor, “Workplace Data: Law and Litigation,” (Treatise) Bloomberg BNA (2013)

Awards/Recognition:

  • Finalist, “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” 2004 from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice;
  • One of the 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers and one of America’s Top 1000 Lawyers by Lawdragon Magazine 2006;
  • One of the New York Area’s Best Lawyers for 2011-2017;
  • One of the Best Lawyers in America for 2014;
  • Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law-Individuals in 2013;
  • New York Super Lawyer 2006-2016