LAURENCE S. MOY has been practicing law almost exclusively in the area of representing individuals in employment matters since 1985. He chairs the firm's Securities and Financial Services Industry practice group, and enjoys representing clients and groups of clients in these highly specialized fields.
Mr. Moy has extensive experience in arbitration before FINRA, the NASD, the NYSE, and the AAA, as well as trials, appeals, and other litigation experience before federal and state courts concerning employment and general commercial litigation disputes. For the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,and 2011, he was selected by his peers as one of the New York Area's Best Lawyers, as featured in New York Magazine,* and as one of New York's Super Lawyers - Manhattan Edition.* The Asian American Business Development Center has also named Mr. Moy as one of the 2007 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business. In 2010, Mr. Moy was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.
Mr. Moy has been lead trial attorney on a number of the most successful litigation cases brought on behalf of individual clients of the firm. In perhaps the largest arbitration result obtained in an employment case, Mr. Moy led the trial team, together with Wayne Outten and Tammy Marzigliano, in a complex, international arbitration case, which concluded with a two-week trial/hearing. On behalf of their clients, the team won an arbitration award against a major financial institution exceeding $70 million.
After more than a year of proceedings, Mr. Moy and Wayne Outten led the trial team in a two-week trial in a vigorously contested arbitration case against financial services giant Deutsche Bank, winning $18.9 million in damages, interest, and expenses. This American Arbitration Association award represents one of the largest arbitration awards in an employment case.
Mr. Moy and Ossai Miazad also recently completed a FINRA arbitration proceeding (which included a five-day hearing) commenced by an investment banker against a well-known international bank. The arbitration panel directed expungement of language of a defamatory nature contained on the banker's Form U-5, and awarded over $900,000 in damages plus interest.
Mr. Moy and Juno Turner completed another FINRA arbitration (including a six-day hearing) against Barclays Capital Inc., in which the bank claimed that its bonus policy allowed the bank complete discretion in its decision-making and that Barclays was not responsible given that the registered person was employed at Lehman for most of the year in question. The arbitration panel disagreed, awarding O&G's client $715,000 plus interest, and assessing costs against Barclays.
In addition to litigation, Mr. Moy actively handles many transactional and negotiation matters. Mr. Moy has successfully mediated and otherwise negotiated many matters both within and outside of the employment context. These negotiations have included the review and preparation of employment contracts and compensation guarantees, as well as severance agreements and other exit arrangements for executives and other professionals.
Before joining O&G, Mr. Moy was a partner with the firm of Liddle & Robinson, L.L.P., a highly regarded trial and litigation firm. He is frequently asked to speak at continuing legal education conferences on subjects such as the arbitration of employment disputes and the rights of employees under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and other laws. Mr. Moy has also been selected for a number of projects, panels, and committees involved in educating arbitrators, mediators, administrators, major employers, and other lawyers concerning the arbitration and litigation of employment disputes.
In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Moy served on the FINRA Employment Arbitration Task Force. The Task Force -- comprised of the President of FINRA Dispute Resolution, other FINRA officers and staff, arbitrators, and counsel representatives for employer members and employee members -- considered ways in which the Code of Arbitration Procedure for Industry Disputes should be tailored to best deal with employee and brokerage firm disputes.
In 1999, Mr. Moy was appointed to the Judiciary Committee of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and served on that committee through 2002. The Judiciary Committee evaluates the qualifications of judicial candidates and candidates for other offices (such as the Office of the District Attorney for the five counties of NYC) connected with the administration of justice. He is also the author of numerous publications and a respected contributor to legal textbooks. In addition, Mr. Moy is the co-author (with Arthur "Babe" Cranfield, a former World Champion pool player) of two well-recognized books on the subject of pool and billiards, The Straight Pool Bible and Essential Pool, both published by The Lyons Press.
Mr. Moy is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S. 1982) and Cornell Law School (J.D. 1985). He is admitted to the bars of the State of New York, the United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.