Steven S. Landis practices in the area of labor relations, employment and education law. The firm's area of interest is in 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, employment and education law. From October 2007 to June 2012 he served as Chair of the Education Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers' Assocation (NYCLA). From July 2001 to June 2006, Mr. Landis served as the Chair of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Committee of 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 priorities.
- 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 legal issues, including for the American Bar Assocation, the New York State Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association (Southern District of New York Chapter), the New York County Lawyers' Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association (New York Chapter) and the Council on Education in Management. Topics have included 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
- Introduction to Labor & Employment Law
- Human Resources Compliance for Law Firms as the Landscape Changes: Understanding the Basics:Conducting Investigations of Employee Discrimination Claims
- Litigating Against New York City
Mr. Landis also served as a guest lecturer on labor and employment law for a graduate level Education Law class at Fordham University and Brooklyn College's School of Education.
Mr. Landis’s bar leadership work continues as he serves as liaison to other committee chairs and serves on NYCLA’s Communication and Pro Bono Committees. Mr. Landis served as a member of the Board of Directors of NYCLA from May 2009 to June 2012. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Federal Bar Association, Southern District of New York Chapter.
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 and successfully competed on the Moot Court Honor Society-Trial Advocacy Team. 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 Appeals.
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.