MELISSA LARDO STEWART, a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, primarily litigates class wage and hour and discrimination cases. She has represented employees across many industries, including restaurant workers, retail workers, mortgage loan officers, service and installation technicians, call center workers, and financial services employees.  Ms. Stewart is active in her professional community, and she currently serves as a board member for the New York affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association.  Before joining the firm, Ms. Stewart clerked for the Honorable James Orenstein in the Eastern District of New York, and the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise in the District of New Jersey.  She graduated from Fordham Law School in 2009.

MELISSA LARDO STEWART is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, where she represents employees in class wage and hour and discrimination cases. She has represented employees across many industries, including restaurant workers, retail workers, mortgage loan officers, service and installation technicians, call center workers, and financial services employees.

Before she joined the firm, Ms. Stewart clerked for the Honorable James Orenstein in the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise in the District of New Jersey.  Following her clerkships, she was associated with Woodley & McGillivary in Washington, D.C., where she litigated wage and hour cases and represented labor unions in a range of labor-management relations matters.  She graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 2009.  

Ms. Stewart is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Member
  • Federal Bar Council, Employment Litigation Committee, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New York (“NELA/NY”), Board Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • New York City Bar Association, Member

Speaking Engagements

2017

  • Moderator: “Discovery Rules Amendments in Practice,” NELA/NY, Spring Conference on Representing Employees (New York, NY)
  • Speaker: “Proportionality in Discovery,” American Association for Justice 2017 Annual Convention (Boston, MA)
  • Moderator: “The Nuts and Bolts of a Wage & Hour Case from Intake to Resolution,” Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges and Opportunities, NELA Spring Seminar (Silver Spring, MD)

2016

  • Speaker: “Exempt Employees” and “Calculating Damages under State and Federal Law,” Fair Labor Standards Act Training for Mediators, Sponsored by the ADR Department of the Eastern District of New York, Co-Sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of New York Chapter (Central Islip, NY)
  • Moderator: “Who’s Exempt,” NELA/NY, Fall Conference on Representing Employees (New York, NY)
  • Panelist: “Overtime: To Pay or Not to Pay – That is the Question: Recent Developments in Wage and Hour Law,” Labor & Employment Relations Association, New Jersey Chapter (Woodbridge, NJ)
  • Panelist: “Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts,” Rutgers Labor & Employment Society (Newark, NJ)
  • Speaker:  “Views From the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Defense Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics,” American Conference Institute, Wage & Hour Conference (Miami, FL)

2015

  •  Speaker: “Using Technology In Litigating Wage & Hour Cases,” Protecting Pay, Representing Workers with Wage & Hour Claims, NELA Spring Seminar (Washington, DC)

Publications

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2017