Rob Whitman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department with extensive experience representing management in the full range of employment law matters. He has particular expertise in wage-hour litigation, employment arbitration, discrimination and non-compete matters, and preventive employment counseling.
Mr. Whitman is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor & Employment Law at NYU Law School. He has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top employment lawyers in Manhattan in polls conducted by New York Super Lawyers.
Mr. Whitman has authored articles on employment law issues for a number of publications, including Corporate Counsel, New York Employment Law & Practice, The New York Law Journal, The Corporate Board and Employment Law Strategist. He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV and NPR as a commentator on employment law issues and has been quoted frequently in the print media. Mr. Whitman lectures regularly and leads panel discussions before professional audiences on a variety of labor and employment topics. He also served as an Editor and Advisory Committee member for Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes (CPR, 2014).
Mr. Whitman serves as the Pro Bono Chair in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office and as a member of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee. In 2008, he received the Award for Pro Bono Leadership from Lawyers Alliance for New York in recognition of his pro bono representation of not-for-profit organizations throughout New York City.
After law school, Mr. Whitman was a Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as in-house employment counsel for the U.S. Senate.
J.D., University of Michigan, magna cum laude (1989)
Order of the Coif
Book Review Editor, Michigan Law Review
B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University (1986)