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ANNE GOLDEN was a co-founder of Outten & Golden LLP in September 1998 along with Wayne Outten.  She was a partner from 1998 until her retirement in July 2015.  She represented employees in trials, appeals, mediations, arbitrations, and negotiations since 1985 in every aspect of employment law.  Ms. Golden co-chaired the firm’s Discrimination and Retaliation Practice Group.  She litigated groundbreaking cases in the employment field involving summary judgment, retaliation, and attorneys’ fees, and negotiated many agreements on behalf of executives and other employees.   Ms. Golden spoke and wrote extensively on topics including case selection, summary judgment, representing current employees, employer tactics, and insurance issues in employment law, as well as creative methods for resolving employment disputes when no law applies, and she was published in the New York Law Journal.

She was listed in “The Best Lawyers in New York” by New York Magazine and The Best Lawyers in America, and was named in SuperLawyers.  Ms. Golden sat on the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association from 2011 until 2014 and was an officer and Executive Board member of NELA/NY, for which she co-hosted a monthly seminar.  She was elected to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2012.   

Ms. Golden clerked in 1978-79 for the Hon. Edmund L. Palmieri, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  From 1979 to 1982 she was associated with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and from 1985 until her retirement, she exclusively represented and counseled individuals on employment issues.

Ms. Golden is a graduate of Antioch College (1967) and Rutgers Law School-Newark (1978), where she was Managing Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.

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Did We Imagine Desert Palace?

Anne Golden and Piper Hoffman, The Employee Advocate, Spring/Summer 2006

Non-Compete Agreements: Emerging Issues From The Perspective Of Employee’s Counsel

Co-authored by Wayne N. Outten, Anne Golden, and Nantiya Ruan, 2001.

Today more than ever, trained employees are valued by employers who want to do everything in their power to keep them from leaving and taking their skills and knowledge with them. Undoubtedly, this is due in part to our nation's unemployment rate reaching a thirty-year low. Add the current business environment of increased mobility, decreased loyalty, and the tremendous amount of capital resources spent in creating intellectual property, and companies are increasingly requiring key employees to sign harsh non-compete agreements to discourage employee defection or "corporate raiding."

The law still favors free mobility of employees. But along with an increased number of employers requiring employees to sign non-competition agreements comes an increased number of suits to enforce these restrictive covenants. Consequently, the body of law governing this area has been changing. This outline will give practical advice to employee advocates on ways to best protect their clients' interests when confronted with non-competition agreements and will examine the emerging trends in this narrow, but increasingly pertinent, area of employment law.

Overview of Workplace Claims in New York: Perspective of Employees’ Counsel

Co-authored by Wayne Outten, Anne Golden, Parisis Filippatos, Scott Moss & Nantiya Ruan, 662 PLI/Lit. 1179 (2001)