WENDI S. LAZAR, Partner & Co-Chair of the Executives and Professionals Practice Group at Outten & Golden LLP, has been practicing employment law since 1993, with a focus on representing employees in the negotiation of executive employment agreements, non-competition and severance agreements, and multinational employment issues.  She also advises clients and other attorneys concerning employment-related immigration and international law. Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Ms. Lazar as an AV “Preeminent” rated attorney. She was selected to Best Lawyers in America in the field of Employment Law – Individuals, and selected to Super Lawyers, for 2012 - 2015. Ms. Lazar has been named as a 2013 and 2014 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyer. In 2014, Ms. Lazar was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

Ms. Lazar was recently appointed to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession for the 2015/16 year.  She is the former plaintiff Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s International Labor and Employment Law Committee.  Ms. Lazar is a member of both the National Employment Lawyers Association and a member of its New York affiliate; Diversity Co-Chair and member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section; and an active member of a number of other ABA and NYSBA committees. Ms. Lazar writes a column for the New York Law Journal quarterly entitled, “Employees in the Workplace”. She regularly lectures on employment issues to bar associations and industry groups and has had numerous legal articles and book chapters published.  She co-authored as Co-Editor In-Chief, "Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey," published in 2010 by the BNA and its supplements through 2013, which includes the chapter “Confidentiality, Trade Secrets, and Other Duties and Restrictive Covenants in a Global Economy.”  In addition, she is also the author of the chapter “Negotiating and Drafting Expatriate Employment Agreements," in  the 3rd Edition of Vol. 1B of International Labor & Employment Law, published in 2009 by the BNA. 

WENDI S. LAZAR is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP where she co-heads the firm’s Individual Practice and the Executives and Professionals Practice Group. She practices in many areas of employment law with a focus on executive agreements, including retention, expatriate, non-competition, talent, severance, and compensation arrangements. She also represents teams of executives, founders and partners transitioning during a sale, merger and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Ms. Lazar’s practice is international in scope, and she advises clients and attorneys in the U.S. and abroad on employment, contract, and often related immigration issues. Her clients are predominantly executives, and professionals in the legal, advertising, financial, private equity and media industries.

Ms. Lazar writes a quarterly column for the New York Law Journal entitled “Employees in the Workplace”.  Sometimes controversial, always informative, this column tackles issues facing employees and executives in the workplace.

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Ms. Lazar as an AV “Preeminent” rated attorney. She was named to Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the field of Employment Law – Individuals. Ms. Lazar was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Ms. Lazar has been selected as a 2013 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyer. In 2014, Ms. Lazar was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

Before she began practicing law in 1993, Ms. Lazar was a film and television producer. Her ten years of experience in that field include many television and feature film credits as well as an Emmy Award. Ms. Lazar graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College and received her J.D. cum laude from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship in International Law and was an Alexander Fellow, participating as a federal judicial law clerk.

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Former Co-Chair, International Labor and Employment Law Committee, American Bar Association (ABA), Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Subcommittee on Restrictive Covenants, International Labor Committee of American Bar Association (ABA), Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Chair, National Employment Lawyers Association's (NELA) Executives and Professionals Committee
  • Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Labor & Employment Section
  • Executive Committee, NYSBA Labor & Employment Section, International Labor and Employment Committee
  • Former Chair, International Women's Rights Committee of the Women's Bar of the State of New York
  • Former Member, International Human Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Former Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association - National & New York sections

Speaking Engagements (previous two years)

Ms. Lazar frequently lectures on employment issues to bar associations and industry groups, and appears as an expert in the news media.

2015

  • Speaker: "Managing Expatriates in the U.S. and Overseas," PLI, International Employment Law 2015, New York, NY
  • Panelist: "What Works for Women at Work: Navigating Workplaces Shaped by Subtle Bias," UCHastings Leadership Academy for Women, UC Hastings WorkLife Law, San Francisco, CA
  • Panelist: Private Equity CEO Compensation Structures Luncheon, Hypatia Capital Group, New York, NY
  • Speaker: "Employment Law Issues for the Startup Venture: Representing the “Sweat Equity” Worker in a Startup or Early-Stage Venture", “Sweat Equity” in Startups and Early-Stage Businesses, Legal, Tax and Employment Issues for Founders, Key Executives and Independent Contractors, NYSBA, New York, NY
  • Speaker: “Managing Expatriates in the U.S. and Overseas,” PLI International Employment Law 2015, New York, New York
  • Speaker: “Restrictive Covenants and Unlawful Competition in Employment Law,” IBA Annual Employment and Discrimination Law Conference: The dynamics of a globalised workforce: challenges and solutions in the modern labour landscape, Rome, Italy
  • Speaker: "Restrictive Covenants and Labor Mobility: A Case Study of Non-Competes, and Choice-of-Law Provisions, in the Legal Profession," American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, International Labor and Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting, Barcelona, Spain
  • Speaker: “Retaining & Promoting Women & Minorities in the Legal Profession: Getting It Right,” 2015 NYSBA Annual Meeting, Plenary One, New York, New York
  • Speaker: "Noncompetes on the Cutting Edge," Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Vail, Co.

2014

  • Moderator: "Doing Business in the Asia Pacific: Pitfalls and Advantages for Employers and Employees", ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • Speaker: "What Works for Women", Women Lawyers 2014 Book Club Series, sponsored by Committee on Women in the Legal Profession & Committee on Career Advancement and Management, New York City Bar
  • Speaker: "Challenges Facing Women Lawyers in a Global Practice", American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, International Labor & Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting
  • Speaker: "International Compensation Challenges", Practising Law Institute
  • Panelist: "Mediation Strategies in Executive Employment Disputes", New York Law Journal Labor & Employment Law breakfast
  • Speaker: "Effective Strategies for Drafting Executive Employment Contracts", NELA 2014 Annual Convention: Blazing the Trail, Courage, Challenge, Change
  • Panelist: "Mediation Advocacy Strategies in Executive Employment Disputes", Insights and Strategies on the Effective: Mediation of Employment Disputes, presented by JAMS and the New York Law Journal
  • Panelist: "Professional Responsibility and Gender Equity," Edith I. Spivack Symposium, presented by the Committee on Women in the Law, of the New York State Bar Association Program Annual Meeting
  • Speaker: "FMLA, ADA, PDA Update," Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference

2013

  • Panelist: "The Changing Landscape of Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants" webinar, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, and the Center for Professional Development
  • Moderatior: ABA Panelist: "Team Moves and Restrictive Covenants," ELA, Third Transatlantic Conference
  • Speaker: “Cross-Border Assignments & Employment Agreements,” Practising Law Institute, International Employment Law 2013 Seminar/Webcast
  • Speaker: "Settling the Case and Wrapping Up Employment: Negotiating Strategies, Drafting Realities," Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • Panelist: "Where Have all the Women Gone?," International Bar Association, IBA Employment and Discrimination Law Conference
  • Panelist: "It's as Easy as a Day at the Beach: Basics of Restrictive Covenants and Duties," American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, International Labor & Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting
  • Speaker: "Tips for Successful Negotiations," Webinar, American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Speaker: "What's Love Got to Do With It? Work Romances and Sexual Favoritism," Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference

2012

  • Speaker: "Drafting Expatriate Agreements," American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, 6th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • Speaker: "Retaliation in the Context of Discrimination", Practising Law institute, International Employment Law
  • Speaker: Retaliation Claims: Don't Get Mad, Don't Get Even, Don't Get Sued," Practising Law Institute, Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation
  • Speaker: "Foreign Companies Doing Business in the U.S.: Special Challenges," Practising Law Institute, International Employment Law Conference
  • Speaker: "Global Trade Secret Protection and Drafting Global Policies," American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment, International Labor & Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting
  • Speaker: "International Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets," American bar Association International Law Section, Spring Meeting
  • Speaker: "Negotiating and Drafting Expatriate Emplyment Agreements (Cross-border Litigation)," International Bar Association, The Paradigm of Employment Law Conference
  • Speaker: "Trade Secrets from the Employment Lawyers Point of View," American Law Institute and American Bar Association (Video Telecast)
  • Speaker: "Executives Gone Wild: Special Employment Law Issues," National Continuing Legal Education Conference

2011

  • Commentator: “Economic Dismissal Legislation in Other Countries,” New York University 64th Annual Conference on Labor
  • Co-Moderator: “Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts,” American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Labor & Employment Law, International Labor & Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting
  • Moderator: “Are You Protected? Privacy, Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets and Non-Competes in Web 2.0,” ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law
  • Lecturer: “Innovative Ways to Incentivize Employees,” International Bar Association Conference
  • Lecturer: “Drafting Non-Competition & Non-Solicitation Agreements: Supporting the Agreements & Avoiding the Pitfalls,” American Law Institute-American Bar Association Webcast Lecturer: “Non-Competition Clauses and Restrictive Covenants,” New York State Bar Association 2011 Annual Meeting
  • Lecturer: “International Restrictive Covenants in a Global Workplace,” 28th Annual National CLE Conference in Labor and Employment Law

2010

  • Lecturer: "Around the World in 90 Minutes: Highlights of Current Peculiarities and Pitfalls of Individual Transnational Employment Contracts," ABA Section of Labor & Employment 4th Annual Law Conference o Lecturer: "International Labor and Employment Law: A Bootcamp for U.S. Attorneys," American Conference Institute (ACI)
  • Lecturer: "How to Retain Talent And Survive in a Challenging Economy," Five O'Clock Club
  • Lecturer: "Keeping up with the Competition and Keeping the Taxman at Bay: Employment Contracts, Severance Agreements, and 409A," ABA Annual Meeting
  • Lecturer: "The Changing Landscape of Discrimination Law: New Developments in Privacy and Technology," Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation 2010 by the Practicing Law Institute
  • Lecturer: "Obama's Employment & Labor Rulings, Laws and Enforcements: An Update," Five O'Clock Club
  • Lecturer: "Enforcing Post Employment Restrictions Across Borders," ABA International Labor & Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting
  • Lecturer: "Sex Discrimination Behind the Camera: How to Deal With Harassment in the Industry," New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) in New York City

Publications (selected)

Ms. Lazar has had numerous articles and book chapters published, as well as several administrative law decisions while an attorney with the Honors Program of the Department of Justice.

 

  • Author: “Mandatory Arbitration: Searching for Fairness,” Employees in the Workplace column, New York Law Journal, March 6, 2015
  • Author: “Employment and Labor Law in 2014: Has the Workplace Improved?,” Employees in the Workplace column, New York Law Journal, December 11, 2014
  • Co-author with Katherine Blostein: Negotiating Executive Employment Agreements: Cutting a Path Through the Regulatory Thicket, Bloomberg BNA, Pensions and Benefits Daily, July 2, 2014
  • Author: “Fathers Have Protected Rights to Care for Their Children,” Employees in the Workplace column, New York Law Journal, June 26, 2014
  • Author: "New York's Post-Employment Restrictions Limit Mobility", Employees in the Workplace column, New York Law Journal, March 31, 2014

  • Author: "U.S. Employees Need a Federal Data Protection Law", Employees in the Workplace column, New York Law Journal, January 30, 2014
  • Co-author: "Pay and Promotion Equity on Wall Street: Does Litigation Help?," New York Law Journal, October 15, 2013

  • Author: "Limitations to Workplace Privacy: Electronic Investigations and MonitoringThe Computer & Internet Lawyer," January, 2012

  • Co-Author: “Avoiding Pitfalls of Waiving Privilege, Creating Discoverable Evidence and Other Technological Liabilities: An Attorney/ Client Checklist,” Article for National Employment Lawyers Association 2011 Annual Convention

  • Author: "Lessons from Conan," The Financial Manager, May/June 2010, at 12-14.
  • Co-Editor In-Chief: "Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey," Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
  • Co-Author: "Employees' Privacy Rights in the Digital Age," Article in New York Law Journal, April 2010
  • Co-Author: "Executive Employment Agreements," Executive Compensation Library Executive & Director Compensation Reference Guide by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
  • Co-Author: "Changing Economy Impacts Executive Pay," Pension & Benefits Daily by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
  • Author: "Negotiating and Drafting Expatriate Employment Agreements," International Labor & Employment Law, 3rd Ed., Vol. 1B by Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
  • Author: "Multiple Issues in Corporate Raiding of Employees," New York Law Journal

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 and 2014 Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2014
  • Best Lawyers: 2012 - 2014
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship in International Law
  • Alexander Fellow
  • Emmy Award

Press (Abbreviated List)

  • Quoted: Emma Jacobs, Lessons from the Litigants, Financial Times, March 31, 2010, at 14.
  • Quoted: Amy Engeler, Older And Out!, MORE, Nov. 2008, at 104, 105, 171.