Wayne N. Outten is founding and managing partner of Outten & Golden LLP. His practice focuses exclusively on representing individuals in all areas of employment law. He co-chairs the firm’s Executives and Professionals and Whistleblower Retaliation Practice Groups.
Mr. Outten’s practice focuses on representing high-level employees and professionals in all aspects of their employment, including negotiation of employment, compensation, and severance agreements. He is the author of the “Representing the Executive” chapter in Executive Compensation (BNA Books). His practice includes representing employees in multinational employment contexts, including expatriate and seconded employees.
Mr. Outten’s notable cases include a recovery of $12 million in a gender discrimination/retaliation case against Morgan Stanley in federal court and (with partner Larry Moy) a $18.9 million arbitration award in a breach of contract case against Deutsche Bank and a $72.0 million arbitration award against another major international bank - one of the largest arbitration awards in an employment case.*
Mr. Outten was selected by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1987 and as one of New York’s Super Lawyers, where he has been listed as one of the Top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers every year since 2006. Best Lawyers designated him "Lawyer of the Year 2010" for Labor and Employment Law - New York City and "Lawyer of the Year 2012" for Litigation - Labor and Employment in New York City. He was selected for listing in Lawdragon every year since 2005 and was selected for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America in 2006 and for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America in 2007; Lawdragon designated him a "legend" (one of 50 in the U.S.) in 2015. Mr. Outten has been an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers since 1992.
Mr. Outten is a founding member and/or leader in numerous professional associations, including the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and its New York affiliate, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association (Chair, 2015-2016), and the New York State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section. Mr. Outten has also lectured extensively on employment law, especially on problem solving, on negotiation and mediation of employment disputes, on employment and severance agreements, and on retaliation and whistleblower claims. He is a widely published author whose work is frequently found in legal and popular publications.
(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)