SHIRLEY LIN represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including individual discrimination and retaliation cases; executive and professional contracts and compensation; and whistleblowing.  Ms. Lin is a member of Outten & Golden’s Discrimination and Retaliation Practice GroupLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Workplace Rights Practice GroupFamily Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group; and Appellate Practice Group. She serves on the New York City Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and its New York affiliate, NELA/NY. She also serves as a board member of Adhikaar, a community-based human rights and workers’ rights organization in New York.

SHIRLEY LIN  is an associate at Outten & Golden LLP, where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including individual discrimination and retaliation cases; executive and professional contracts and compensation; and whistleblowing. Ms. Lin is a member of Outten & Golden's Discrimination and Retaliation Practice Group; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Rights Practice Group; Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group; and Appellate Practice Group. She also serves as a board member of Adhikaar, a community-based human rights and workers’ rights organization in New York.

Ms. Lin has litigated both labor and employment cases on behalf of a variety of employees in state and federal court, and represented claimants before federal and state departments of labor.  Prior to joining Outten & Golden LLP, she was a Skadden Fellow at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF), where she represented low-wage Asian immigrant workers and labor trafficking survivors in connection with their wage-and-hour, discrimination, retaliation, and trafficking claims. 

Upon graduating from the City University of New York School of Law in 2010, Ms. Lin clerked for the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  During law school, she served as Managing Articles Editor of the New York City Law Review, and represented two habeas petitioners imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and Bagram, Afghanistan, before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Before law school, Ms. Lin directed communications efforts at AALDEF, and was the Director of Community Organizing at New Immigrant Community Empowerment. 

Ms. Lin graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2002, with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Spanish Languages & Literature.  She was honored with the Hannah T. Croasdale Award, for “the most significant contribution to the quality of life for women at Dartmouth College.”

Ms. Lin is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the State of New Jersey, the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

Bar/Professional Activity:

• National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

•  NELA New York (Gender Discrimination Committee) 

• American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)

• New York City Bar Association (Professional Ethics Committee)

• National Lawyers Guild

Speaking Engagements:

• May 15, 2015, Moderator, NELA-NY 2015 Spring Conference, Gender Pay Disparities: Enforcement, Litigation and Remedies (New York, NY)

• May 1, 2015, Panelist, NYCLA Women in Law: Policy Perspectives and Personal Progression, Addressing the Hurdles to Family-Friendly Work Environments: Pregnancy Discrimination (New York, NY)

• March 27, 2015, Speaker, Ethics Committee, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Stonewalling: Uncivil Civil Wars (Naples, FL)

• March 6, 2015, Panelist, University of Baltimore School of Law Center on Applied Feminism's 8th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, Reducing Harassment, Violence, and Retaliation in the Workplace (Baltimore, MD)

• January 8, 2015, Low Wage Worker Task Force CLE, Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients (New York, NY)

• October 8, 2014, Arthritis Foundation Women on the Move Presenter, Know Your Rights: The Family & Medical Leave Act (New York, NY)

• June 19, 2014, Panelist, NELA Nite, Using Gender Stereotyping Evidence to Support Gender Discrimination Claims on Behalf of LBGT Clients (New York, NY)

• May 9, 2014, Panelist, NELA-NY 2014 Spring Conference, Using Publicity and Press: Ethical and Tactical Issues (New York, NY)

• June 6, 2013, Presenter, 2013 Low-Wage Worker Task Force Employment Law Training, Introduction to Lawyering Ethics (New York Rules of Professional Conduct) (New York, NY)

• Dec. 16, 2012, Panelist, Honour Post-Performance Discussion on Labor Trafficking and the Global Sex Trade (New York, NY).

• Nov. 3, 2012, Panelist, ABA 6th Annual Labor & Employment Law Section Conference, The Real Cost of Human Trafficking: How U.S. Immigration Law and the TVPRA Can Help (Atlanta, GA)

• March 11, 2012, Panelist, Law as a Tool for Social Change, Adhikaar International Women’s Day Conference: Building Collective Power for Rights, Respect & Recognition (Woodside, NY)

• May 8, 2010, Workshop Presenter, Race and Privilege in Lawyering Workshop: Mobilizing Students to Engage and Lead Change, Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education (Baltimore, MD)

• Apr. 27, 2007, Planning Committee Member & Moderator, Opening Plenary, Labor’s Voices III Conference:  Media for a New Workers’ Movement (New York, NY)

• Apr. 5, 2007, Moderator, Immigrant Organizing and Coalition Building in New York and New Jersey After 9/11, 2007 National Association for Asian American Studies Conference (New York, NY)


  • 'And Ain’t I A Woman?': Feminism, Immigrant Caregivers, and New Frontiers for Equality, 39 Harvard J. of L. & Gender __ (2015) (forthcoming).
  • Representing Clients Ethically in the Digital Age, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report (April 2015) (Co-Author). 
  • Supreme Court Shows the Way to a Jury in Pregnancy Discrimination Cases, New York Law Journal (Mar. 31, 2015) (Co-Author).
  • ABA 2015 Midwinter Meeting Report on Family and Medical Leave Act Cases, ABA Labor & Employment Law Section (2015) (Contributing Author).

  • Employment and Labor Law in 2014: Has the Workplace Improved?, New York Law Journal (Dec. 11, 2014) (Contributing Author).

  • A Bill to Expand Our Toolbox: A. 8045 – Securing Wages Earned Against Theft(“SWEAT”), The N.Y.  Employee Advocate (Feb. 2014) at 6.

  • States of Resistance: The REAL ID Act and the Limits of Federal Deputization of State Agencies in the Regulation of Non-Citizens, 12 N.Y. CITY L. REV. 329 (2009).

Awards & Recognition

• 2013 NYSBA Empire State Counsel Honoree

• 2013 Adhikaar Spring for Justice Advocacy Award

• 2007–2010 Haywood Burns Fellowship in Civil Rights & Human Rights at CUNY School of Law

• 2002 Hannah T. Croasdale Award, Dartmouth College

• 2002 Pan Asian Council Leadership Award, Dartmouth College

• 1999 Arthur J. Cohen Memorial Scholarship, Dartmouth College