Cody Yorke—Employment Lawyer New York, NY

Cody Yorke


CODY YORKE is a partner at Outten & Golden in New York, and a co-chair of the firm’s Executives and Professionals Practice Group and a member of the Financial Services Practice Group. She represents employees, partners, co-founders and consultants in the negotiation and drafting of employment, severance, independent contractor, international assignment and restrictive covenants agreements. She also counsels individuals and groups of individuals with respect to employment-related issues such as deferred compensation issues, lift-outs, restructurings and corporate transactions. Ms. Yorke has experience working with individuals in a wide variety of industries – including financial services, healthcare, law, technology, media & entertainment, consumer goods & services, and fashion & luxury retail. Ms. Yorke is Co-Chair of the International Employment and Immigration Law Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. She is a regular contributor to the Firm’s blog.

Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Ms. Yorke practiced employment law in Toronto, Canada, including serving as counsel in Galea v. Wal-Mart Canada Inc., a groundbreaking employment law case that set the high-water mark for moral and punitive damages in Canadian employment law. Ms. Yorke received her B.A. from the University of British Columbia, her M.A. from York University, and J. D. from Queen’s University, all in Canada.

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Bar Admissions & Professional Activities

  • Ms. Yorke is admitted to practice law only in New York and in Ontario, Canada*

  • Board Secretary, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)

  • Member, New York Women’s Bar Association

  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

  • Co-chair of the New York State Bar Association's International Section

  • Employee Vice-Chair, Outreach to International Lawyers Committee of the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section.

*Currently non-practicing status in Ontario

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Speaking Engagements



  • Panelist: "The Future of Work Post-Covid," 2022 International Labor and Employment Law Committee Midwinter Meeting
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Publications & Articles

Apprehension about inflation and a potential recession, changing priorities for C-suite executives, and increased government and public scrutiny are...

When it comes to the process of finding a new job, negotiation is one of the most tenuous areas for many employees. Many employees have anxiety around...

In a recently published feature, Outten & Golden's Wendi Lazar and Cody Yorke discuss the issues facing workers and their employers contemplating...

McDonald’s is seeking the return of the $42 million severance package that its former CEO received upon his departure, claiming it should be returned...

With the rapid advance of technologies that enable constant connectivity, the once-sharp line between home and work began to blur over the last decade...

As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads, so do workers' fears about their jobs, compensation, and health insurance coverage. For many employees, losing a...

Executive compensation trends in the United States are affected by a network of interrelated factors, including legal and regulatory requirements...

When negotiating an executive employment agreement, you have to consider not only the compensation but also the tax consequences and issues that may...

Co-authored by Wendi S. Lazar and Cody Yorke. Developments and Trends for Responsible Business Conduct in the Modern Workplace, 2020 Employment Rights...

Wayne N. Outten and Cody Yorke, Outten & Golden LLP

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Awards & Recognition

  • Queen's Law Course Prize in Evidence

  • Torkin Manes LLP Academic Excellence & Community Service Award

  • Gavel Award

  • Reuben Wells Leonard Prize in Equality Rights and the Charter

  • Sherrard Kuzz LLP Prize in Labour Law, Employment Law, and Administrative Law

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