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Ned H. Bassen

Ned H. Bassen

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

New York, NY, USA

Ned Bassen is Chair of the Employment & Unfair Competition department of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.  His work is recognized by such publications as Chambers USA, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Labour and Employment, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.  He is named Best Lawyers’ 2016 New York City Labor Law-Management “Lawyer of the Year.”  He also is included in Human Resource Executive’s The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys Top 100 and in Lawdragon’s The Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers.  Mr. Bassen has been awarded the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, Distinguished Writing Award In Law.  He has co-authored the U.S. chapter of Global Legal Insights-Employment and Labour Law 4th Edition (2015).

The most recent edition of Chambers USA states that “[h]e is noted for his handling of such matters as employment discrimination and trade secret cases.  Observers describe Bassen as ‘litigation savvy’ and note that he possesses ‘very strong negotiation skills’”.  Past editions have made the following comments:  “Sources say that he is ‘very smart, very tenacious, very loyal to his clients and very protective of them.’”  “Interviewees observe that he is an ‘eloquent and logical speaker – it’s almost impossible to disagree with his conclusions.’”   “Clients praise [Mr. Bassen’s] ‘encyclopedic knowledge’ of employment law and his ‘finely tuned instincts and well-balanced judgment.’  His skill in the courtroom does not go unnoted, with sources reporting: ‘He is able to distill facts to their essence and forcefully and effectively argue his client’s position.’”

Mr. Bassen has had an expansive practice for over 40 years.  It ranges from litigating on behalf of and counseling defense contractors, financial institutions, universities and other nonprofit institutions to individuals accused of wrongdoing in connection with employment, including, for example, representation of the principal targets in the well-publicized collapse of the Dewey & LeBoeuf law firm.

Mr. Bassen graduated from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1970 and Cornell Law School in 1973, where he was Note and Comment Editor of the Law Review.


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