Steven S. Landis practices in the area of labor relations, employment and education
 The firm's area of interest is on representing management and employees in
all areas of labor and employment law, including litigation, arbitration and
negotiation of employment, compensation and severance issues.

Mr. Landis has been an active leader in the field of labor and employment law.  
From July 2001 to June 2006, Mr. Landis served as the Chair of the Labor Relations
and Employment Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers' Association
(NYCLA), where he created and moderated programs on a leading topics in labor
and employment law, including:

  • Arbitration and Employment Disputes: The Drafting of Arbitration Dispute
    Clauses And Their Issues And Implications.
  • Celeste Mattina, Esq., the new NLRB Regional Director, discussed her role
    at the NLRB, as well as an overview of current and future issues and
    priorities within Region 2 and the NLRB.   
  • Patricia L. Gatling, Esq., Commissioner and Chair of the New York City
    Commission on Human Rights, and Randolph E. Wills, Esq., General
    Counsel to the Commission, discussed various discrimination issues and
  • Recent Developments in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family
    and Medical Leave Act  
  • Counsel for the New York State Court of Appeals case of Horn v. New York
    Times case.  The question presented was whether a physician can bring a
    breach of contract action against her former employer pursuant to the
    employment at-will doctrine enunciated in Weider v. Skala, 80 N.Y.2d 628,
    593 N.Y.S.2d 752 (1992).
  • Employment Agreements for the Corporate Practitioner  
  • Sarbanes-Oxley: The Employee Whistleblower Provisions: guest speakers
    were the Honorable Robert D. Kaplan, District Chief Administrative Law
    Judge of the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative
    Law Judges, which is the agency responsible for holding hearings and
    issuing decisions under the whistleblower provisions; and (2) Michael B.
    Mabee, Supervisory Investigator in the New York district office of OSHA,
    which is the federal agency charged under Sarbanes-Oxley to investigate
    whistleblower claims.
  • Discussion of Fraser v. Reynolds, 2004 WL 2126870 (N.Y.Sup.) by Justice
    Louis York of the New York County Supreme Court.  This was the first case
    to interpret New York City’s Local Law 1 (Code §8-107.1), which provides
    protection to victims of domestic violence and creates an exception to the at-
    will provisions of New York law.  
  • Philip Jacobson, the Wage & Hour District Director for the U.S. Department
    of Labor discussed the new federal overtime regulations that took effect on
    August 23, 2004. See 29 CFR Part 541.
  • New York’s Public Sector Labor Relations Law
  • Workers’ Compensation Law for Employment Attorneys
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Employment Agreement
  • The Use of Psychiatric Experts In Employment Litigation
  • Practical Ethics For Employment Attorneys
  • Jonathan Kay, Esq., the Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s
    New York Regional Office of the Employee Benefits Security
    Administration (EBSA)

As part of his practice, Mr. Landis has been requested to lecture on various issues,
including the following educational and continuing legal education programs:

  • Conducting Investigations of Employee Discrimination
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Employment Agreements
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Severance Agreements
  • Bridging the Gap: Employment Discrimination Law
  • Representing the Professional Client: Employment Law Issues
  • How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case: Discovery from the
    Plaintiff's Perspective
  • Bridging the Gap: Employment Discrimination Law
  • Personnel Law Update: Protecting Your Organization from the Expanding
    Scope of Workplace Harassment & Retaliation Claims
  • Family and Medical Leave Act: Update
  • Student Athletic Programs and the Law: Employment Issues for Coaches
    and School Districts
  • Eligibility Issues for Participation in Athletic Programs: An Overview

Mr. Landis also served as a guest lecturer on labor and employment law for a
graduate level Education Law class at Fordham University.

Mr. Landis’s bar leadership work continues as he serves as liaison to other
committee chairs and serve on NYCLA’s Communication and Pro Bono Committees.

Prior to starting his current firm, Mr. Landis was an associate and then a partner at
Shebitz Berman & Cohen, P.C.

Mr. Landis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and
Brooklyn Law School, where he was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law
Fellow.  Mr. Landis is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as
the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Landis worked in the New York State Legislature in
Albany as a legislative coordinator for New York State Assemblyman Mark Alan
Siegel, who was the Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Higher
Education and maintained an active interest in education issues.  Mr. Siegel later
served as the Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Corporations,
Authorities and Commissions, where Mr. Landis continued his work.  One of the
bills sponsored by Assemblyman Siegel, which Mr. Landis helped draft and pass, led
to New York being one of the first states to require children to wear bicycle helmets.

Steven S. Landis, P.C.
485 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY  10022
(212) 308-5035