RENÉ S. ROUPINIAN, Partner and Co-Chair of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Practice Group and member of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, has been practicing law since 1995.  Since 2002, Ms. Roupinian has exclusively litigated federal WARN class actions on behalf of employees terminated in mass layoffs and plant closings without advance written notice. 

Her practice is national and covers a wide range of industries. She is listed in the Legal 500. In 2008, Ms. Roupinian was invited to submit testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee by Senator Ted Kennedy (Chair) about the WARN Act and its possible reform on the 20th anniversary of its enactment. Ms. Roupinian has written and lectured on the WARN Act, and she has been quoted and her cases cited in major media publications. She has spoken at national American Bar Association and National Employment Lawyer Association conferences, among others, on WARN and the litigation of employment claims in bankruptcy. 

RENÉ S. ROUPINIAN is a Partner of the firm and Co-Chair of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group.

Since 2002, Ms. Roupinian has devoted 100% of her practice to the litigation of WARN cases, representing tens of thousands of employees who were terminated without sufficient notice in violation of federal and state WARN laws. The firm’s WARN practice is national and its WARN cases have and continue to cover a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, transportation, retail, mining, mortgage and manufacturing. A majority of the cases Ms. Roupinian litigates are initiated as class actions and are frequently filed in bankruptcy court as adversary proceedings.

Ms. Roupinian has been quoted on WARN law rights and her cases have been cited in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, American Lawyer, Associated Press, USA Today, Forbes, Newsday, Times-Gazette, The Herald News, and others. In May 2008, Ms. Roupinian, her colleague Jack A. Raisner and their client, Joe Aguiar, were invited to submit testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee by Senator Kennedy (Chair) about the WARN Act, on the 20th anniversary of its enactment, and its possible reform. Mr. Aguiar testified before the Committee.

Ms. Roupinian received her BA in 1989 from the University of Michigan and her JD in 1994 from Michigan State University College of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Executive Board. She joined Outten & Golden LLP in August 2007 after representing employees in WARN Act cases at another New York firm. Prior to 2002, she was a partner in a Detroit law firm where she litigated ADA, FMLA, ADEA and race and gender discrimination cases on behalf of employees and class actions on behalf of homeowners, consumers and taxpayers. She has argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.

A member of the New York and Michigan bars, Ms. Roupinian is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of New York, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and District of Colorado, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits.

 

 

 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York City Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  • Armenian-American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

2017

  • Panelist: "Jevic and its Impact on Settlements in Bankruptcy Court," 2017 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, in conjunction with the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) 

2016

  • Lecturer: "WARN Act", 53rd Annual Midwest Labor & Employment Law Seminar
  • Lecturer: "WARN Act Employee Claims and Their Impact on Chapter 11 Cases", 36th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute

2014

  • Lecturer: “Seeking Your Recovery: Pre-Judgment Attachment and Bankruptcy”, National Employment Lawyers Association New York Affiliate

2010

  • Lecturer: “The Financial Crisis: Impact on WARN Act Cases,” ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting
  • Lecturer: “The Financial Crisis: Impact on WARN Act Cases,” New York County Lawyers’ Association

2009

  • Lecturer: “Economy in Peril (Part 1): The Legal Landscape for Addressing Reductions in Force,” American Bar Association teleconference 
  • Lecturer: “WARN Act Specialist Offers Advice About Layoffs Amidst Tough Economic Times,” Employment & Labor LAWCAST
  • Lecturer: “Layoff Law,” Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Lecturer: “New Causes of Action: WARN Act and ERISA,” National Employment Lawyers Association New York Affiliate
  • Lecturer: “Reductions in Force in Both a Union and Non-Union Setting,” New York State Bar Association
  • Lecturer: “Attacking Mass Layoffs,” National Employment Lawyers Association National Convention
  • Lecturer: “Analyzing Employee Issues in Chapter 11, Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar
  • Lecturer: “The Last Resort: What Labor & Employment Lawyers Need to Know About Bankruptcy,” American Bar Association

2008

  • Lecturer: “Grasping the WARN Act through an interactive discussion addressing all the ins and outs,” Tonkins Employment Law: Termination


Publications

  • 2016 WARN Act Protects Laid off Employees of Companies in Bankruptcy, Outten & Golden LLP Employment Law Blog
  • 2010 Co-Author: “Fair Warning for Workers,” Trial Magazine, August 2010
  • 2008 Author: “A Practitioner’s Overview of the Deficiencies of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act Twenty Years Following its Enactment,” The New York Employee Advocate, Volume 14, No. 5, June 2008

Honors & Awards

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers 2014 and 2015
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Top Women 2015