Biography, News & Publications
Laurie Berke-Weiss focuses her practice on all aspects of employment law. Corporations, non-profits, local businesses, lawyers, physicians, executives, architects, and teachers number among her clients. Ms. Berke-Weiss has over 30 years’ experience in state and federal litigation, arbitration and mediation. She litigates claims of sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination, Family Medical Leave Act and pregnancy rights, and non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants in federal and state courts and before government agencies. Ms. Berke-Weiss also negotiates employment contracts and severance agreements, handles partnership issues, provides advice and counsel on workplace policies and procedures, and conducts workplace investigations.
Ms. Berke-Weiss frequently lectures and writes on employment discrimination, law practice management, and legal ethics issues. Look below to see a list of her speaking engagements, awards, and publications. Ms. Berke-Weiss can be reached by email at email@example.com.
FORDHAM LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1983
M.A., Industrial and Labor Relations
B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations
ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS
New York City Bar Association, Member, Fashion Law Committee
Cornell University President's Council of Cornell Women, Sustaining Member
New York Women's Bar Association Foundation, Director
Fordham Law School Alumni Association, Vice President
New York Women's Bar Association, Past President
Commenter, NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law Conference on Labor- Artificial Intelligence & Automation: Impact on Work and Workers, “Privacy and Discrimination Issues,” June 14, 2019.
Moderator, New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Inc., “The Immigration Crisis and the Impact on Women and Children,” November 29, 2018.
Panelist, Fordham Law Women’s Symposium, “Mandatory Arbitration and Workplace Sexual Harassment.” October 5, 2018.
Panelist, New York City Hospitality Alliance, "How the Hospitality Industry is Addressing Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Workplace." May 1, 2018.
Panelist, New York City Bar Fashion Law Committee, "#MeToo, Times Up, What Next?" March 1, 2018.
Moderator, New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Inc., “Women in the Workplace - What’s Holding Us Back?” November 30, 2017.
Panelist, Fordham Law Fashion Law Institute, "Dead to Rights: Ethical Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation, Postmortem Rights of Publicity, and the Ghost of Harvey Weinstein," October 26, 2017.
Honoree, Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, Cornell University, October 21, 2017.
Nominee, Clara de Hirsch Award, 92Y Extraordinary Women Awards, the Clara de Hirsch Award recognizes an extraordinary woman for her exceptional support of other women, September 2017.
Guest, Akerman WorkedUp Podcast, “Is This Paid Family Leave’s Moment?” August 10, 2017.
Panelist, ILRAA Women’s Council, “Sexual Harassment in The Workplace: Know Your Rights,” June 28, 2017.
Introduced EEOC Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic at NYU School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, 70th Annual Labor Conference, “Sharing the Gains of the U.S. Global Economy,” June 9, 2017.
Speaker, NYU School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, “Introduction to US Labor and Employment,” June 7, 2017.
Speaker, Fordham University School of Law Fashion Law Institute, Fashion Law Bootcamp, “Introduction to US Labor and Employment Law,” June 6, 2017.
NYU Employment Law Workshop for Federal Judges, Panelist, “Using the Restatement of Employment Law: Fiduciary Claims Against Employees,” March 9, 2017
Speaker, New York City Bar Association, on a panel on “Employee Dismissals: Avoiding Pitfalls,” November 11, 2015.
Speaker, Columbia Business School on “Mental, Physical and Legal Influences on Career Management,” August 6, 2015.
Speaker, panel at Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors, discussing the New York City Bar Task Force Report on New Lawyers in the Changing Profession, June 17, 2015.
Introduced Dr. David Weil, the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor, at NYU’s 68th Annual Conference on Labor, June 5, 2015.
Introduced Justice Sonia Sotomayor who was addressing the inaugural class of the New Lawyer Institute, an innovative City Bar program designed as a gateway to the profession for recent law graduates, May 7, 2015.
Speaker, Fordham University School of Law’s program “What to Do Now: The Small and Midsize Law Firm Job Search,” October 24, 2014.
Speaker, Practising Law Institute’s program “Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2014,” June 18, 2014.
Moderator, “Disparate Impact And Pattern Or Practice Litigation,” at the 67th Annual Conference on Labor: Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act After 50 Years, presented by the New York University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, June 5, 2014.
Conducted a seminar on “An Introduction to U.S. Employment Law” to visiting students from Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono, Israel, at the invitation of the New York University Law School Center for Labor and Employment Law, June 3, 2014.
Presenter, “Employment Law Training for Mediators,” SDNY Mediation Program, April 7, 2014.
Speaker, “Representing Individual Employees in Employment Disputes: Practice and Strategy,” New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law, January 10, 2014.
Moderator, “Employment Litigation/Claims Against Employees” at the annual workshop for federal judges held at New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law, March 19, 2014.
Speaker, “Women and Mentoring,” Cardozo School of Law, October 10, 2013.
Speaker, “What to Do Now: The Small and Midsize Law Firm Job Search,” Fordham University School of Law, September 25, 2013.
Guest lecturer, discussing mediation of employment disputes in Prof. Sam Estreicher’s NYU Law School class, Employment Law and Dispute Resolution, April 25, 2013.
Participant, “Trade Secrets/Noncompetition Clauses,” Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law, March 8, 2012.
Speaker, “Trade Secrets/Noncompetition Clauses,” Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges, New York University School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law, March 17, 2010.
Speaker, “Tips for Employees and Job Seekers,” Brotherhood Networking Group, New York, NY, March 19, 2009.
Speaker, “Restrictive Covenants and Non-Competes,” Lee Hecht Harrison, New York, NY, February 26, 2009.
Speaker, “Risk Management Employment Considerations in Lawyer Termination,” The Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, March 9, 2007.
Speaker, “Writing and Speaking as Marketing Tools,” Small Law Firm Luncheon, September 21, 2006.
Speaker, “Employment Law – Are You Prepared?,” The Johnson School Club of NY, Cornell University, May 16, 2006.
Speaker, “Tips from the Trenches,” New York City Bar Small Firm Luncheon, November 1, 2005.
Speaker, “Restrictive Covenants: What You Must Know,” Legal and Legislative Conference, Human Resources Association of New York, October 26, 2005.
Moderator, “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, June 15-16, 2005.
Commentator on Supreme Court Opinion, Smith v. City of Jackson, MSNBC, March 30, 2005.
Speaker, “Litigating Employment Cases: Views From the Bench,” Georgetown University Law Center, CLE, October 14, 2004.
Speaker, “New Developments in Ethical Considerations for the Business Attorney,” Practising Law Institute CLE, December 18, 2003, December 19, 2002, December 7, 2001.
Speaker, “Bridge the Gap for Newly Admitted Attorneys (II),” Practising Law Institute, August 22, 2001.
Moderator, “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in the New Economy: What Employers and Employees Need to Know,” New York County Lawyers’ Association, November 27, 2000.
Speaker, “What Every Attorney Must Know About Ethics,” Practising Law Institute, November 8, 2000.
Panelist, “Ethical Considerations for Transactional Attorneys,” New York County Lawyers’ Association CLE Program, October 31, 2000.
Panelist, “Employment Law Issues for the Small Business Owner,” The Ron Thomas Small Business Forum, WNYE-FM, Sept. 29, 2000.
Moderator, “What It’s (Really) Like to Practice Law in New York City as a Woman,” Program co-sponsored by New York Women’s Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, July 13, 2000, July 1999, and July 14, 1998.
Speaker, “Employment Law from a Secular and Jewish Perspective,” Women’s Havurah, The Brotherhood Synagogue, New York, November 1999.
Speaker, “Hot Legal Issues At Work: Sexual Harassment, E-Mail and The Family Medical Leave Act,” Princeton Women’s Network, Princeton Club, New York, April 29, 1999.
Speaker, “Recent Developments Under the Americans With Disabilities Act,” New York County Lawyers Association, Counseling Employers on Workplace Law Forum, June 9, 1998.
Speaker, “Defining ‘Disability’ Under the ADA Law,” The National Conference for Women Employment and Labor Law Counsel, Washington, D.C., May 4, 1998.
Speaker, “Getting Paid: Good Ideas That Work and Are Ethical,” Fordham University School of Law, sponsored by The Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, 1996, 1997, and 1998.
Speaker, “The Lawyer Employer: Pitfalls in Hiring and Firing,” Committee on Small Law Firm Management of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Small Firm Luncheon, October 20, 1997.
Speaker, “Strategies for Protecting Your Rights,” College Media Advisors and Columbia Scholastic Press Association, 19th Annual College Media Convention. March 21, 1997.
Speaker, “Marketing Your Practice,” Committee on Small Law Firm Management of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Small Firm Luncheon, December 3, 1996.
“Trade Secrets and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,” New York Law Journal, June 15, 2010.
Passengers Along for the Ride-Lawyer as Employer – Duty to Comply with Wage and Hour Laws., NYSBA-GPS Tracker | Vol. 3 No. 1. Spring 2013.
Trade Secrets and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, New York Law Journal, June 15, 2010.
New Rights for New York Nursing Mothers at Work, New York Women’s Bar Association Newsletter, March 2009.
Fraudulent Inducement , New York Law Journal, May 8, 2001.
Review of A Woman’s Guide to Law School by Linda Hirshman, New York Law Journal, December 7, 1999.
Pregnancy Discrimination, New York Law Journal, March 6, 1998.
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