Cara Greene Esq.

Cara Greene Esq.

Partner
Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
(212) 245-1000
Fax:
(646) 509-2060
Email:

CARA E. GREENE is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, where she represents employees and partners in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including executive and professional contracts and compensation; lawyers as clients; discrimination class actions; whistleblowing; sexual harassment; and discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, and family responsibilities. She is Co-Chair of O&G's Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group and is active in the Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Practice GroupFinancial Services Practice Group and the Executives and Professionals Practice Group.

In addition to reviewing and negotiating employment contracts and compensation guarantees, as well as severance agreements and other exit arrangements, Ms. Greene has litigated both individual and class action cases on behalf of a variety of employees including low-wage hourly workers, highly compensated professionals, lawyers, and employees in the financial services industry.

She is Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section; is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section (Employment Rights and Ethics and Professional Responsibilities Committees); a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and its New York affiliate, NELA/NY, and a member of the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Greene is a frequent speaker at employment law programs and was formerly on the Board of Editors for the Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Reporter.

Before law school, Ms. Greene was an Ohio LSC Legislative Fellow, working with Ohio State Senator Rhine McLin and the Ohio Senate Minority Caucus.

Ms. Greene received her B.A. in political studies from Gordon College, where she was an A.J. Gordon Scholar. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Executive and Professional Contracts and Compensation
  • Disability Employment Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Employment Discrimination
  • Family Responsibilities Discrimination
  • Employment Class Actions
  • Employee Rights
  • Sexual Harassment

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • District of Columbia, 2018

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Fordham's Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Team
    • Honors: National J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law
  • Gordon College
    • B.A.
    • Honors: A.J. Gordon Scholar
    • Major: Political Studies

Published Works

  • Representing Clients Ethically in the Digital Age, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, April, 2015
  • Ethics Corner, ABA Labor and Employment Section Flash, featured columnist, ABA Labor and Employment Section Flash
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act: 2006 Supplement, ABA/BNA Books, 2006
  • The DOL’s New FLSA White Collar Exemption Regulations and Working with the DOL on FLSA Actions, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Vol 10, No. 2, 2006
  • At the Tipping Point: Mandatory Retirement and Law Firms, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, 2006
  • Jumping Ship (and Taking the Crew): Can Law Firm Partners Solicit Their Firm’s Employees?, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, 2007
  • Challenges To Law Firm Mandatory-Retirement Policies, Law Journal Newsletters' Accounting and Financial Planning for Law Firms, 2007
  • Whose Clients Are They? Contacting Putative Class Members, Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2007
  • Ethics Corner: Third Circuit Vindicates Plaintiff's Attorney, Ethics Corner , 2007
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act: 2008 Cumulative Supplement, ABA/BNA Books, 2008
  • Family Responsibilities Discrimination in Law Firms, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, 2008
  • The Family Medical Leave Act: 2009 Cumulative Supplement, ABA/BNA Books, 2009
  • The Dodd-Frank Act's Whistleblower Provisions: The Act's Best Hope For Exposing Financial Wrongdoing, Bloomberg BNA, Workplace Law Report, 2010
  • Whose Signature Is on the Check?, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, 2010
  • The Family Medical Leave Act: 2011 Cumulative Supplement, ABA/BNA Books, 2011
  • New Laws Expand Whistleblower Protections, Employment Law Strategist, 2011
  • Ethics Concerns When Computing in the Cloud and on the Earth, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, 2011
  • The Family Medical Leave Act: 2013 Cumulative Supplement, ABA/BNA Books, 2013
  • Restrictive Covenants and Partnership Agreements: Staying on the Right Side of the Ethics Rules While Protecting Firm Interests, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report, 2013
  • The Family Medical Leave Act: 2015 Cumulative Supplement, ABA/BNA Books, 2015
  • Supreme Court Shows The Way To A Jury In Pregnancy Discrimination Cases, New York Law Journal, 2015

Classes/Seminars

  • Panelist: "Balancing Workplace Safety with Employee Rights", ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Panelist: "Ethical Considerations Implicated By ESI", National Employment Lawyers Association, Spring Seminar: ESI & Technology For The Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyer
  • Panelist: "Managing Ethics Issues When Your Client is In the Wrong", American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting
  • Panelist: "#MeToo: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Legal Workplace", American University Washington College of Law
  • Panelist: "#MeToo: How to Navigate Sexual Harassment in the Workplace", New York State Bar Association
  • Panelist: "Equal Pay/Pay Equity Issues in Employment Law", Practising Law Institute, Employment Law Institute
  • Panelist: "Employer Best Practices for Conducting Sexual Harassment Training in the Workplace", New York City Bar Association, Sexual Harassment Summit: Perspectives and New Best Practices in the Wake of #MeToo
  • Panelist: "Non-Compete Enforcement in New York State", New York State Bar Association
  • Panelist: "Assessing #MeToo’s Impact on Employment Law", NYU Law
  • Panelist: "#MeToo and the Legal Profession", Cardozo Law School
  • Panelist: "Plenary IV: Ethically Dealing with Difficult Clients", New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Fall Labor & Employment Law Section Meeting
  • Panelist: "The Ethics of the Disruptive Client", ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, Midwinter Meeting
  • Panelist: "FMLA Games", ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Law Committee, Midwinter Meeting
  • Panelist: "Emergency Ethics", New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Labor and Employment Law Section Meeting
  • Panelist: "Equal Pay/Pay Equity Issues in Employment Law", Practicing Law Institute, Employment Law Institute
  • Conference Co-Chair: "Labor and Employment Law", American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, 10th Annual Conference
  • Speaker: "Ethics in Labor and Employment Arbitration", New York City Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • Speaker: "Social Media and Legal Ethics", 31st Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr. and Edwin R. Render Labor and Employment Law Institute
  • Panelist: "Update Ethic 20/20," American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting, Miami Beach, FL Speaker: "Do Lawyers Have an Ethical Duty to Understand Technology", American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment, National Symposium on Technology and Labor and Employment Law
  • Speaker: "The Business and Ethics of Hanging Out Your Shingle", American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethical, Practical and Technological Issues in Managing a Labor and Employment Law Practice, 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference - Annual CLE Conference
  • Lecturer: "Ethical Issues in Terminating a Client-Lawyer Relationship", Association of Towns Annual Meeting and Training
  • Panelist: Fighting the Discovery Battle Without Losing the Ethics War, Midwinter Meeting of the American Bar Association
  • Multiple Representation Issues in Traditional Labor Law, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Labor and Employment Law Section, August 10, 2008
  • Friend or Foe? Ethical Traps Involving In-house Counsel, Midwinter Meeting of the American Bar Association, April 5, 2008
  • Ethics Traps Involving In-house Counsel, Midwinter Meeting of the American Bar Assoc., Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Comm., March 28, 2008
  • Labor and Employment Law Section's Law School Outreach Program, American Bar Association, March 26, 2007
  • "Perceptions of Identities in the Workplace" Series "Gender Identity", Fordham University School of Law, February 22, 2007
  • Unions and Class or Collective Employment Litigation: Ethical Issues and Traps for the Unwary, Midwinter Meeting of the American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Comm., Manzanillo, January 18, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers, 2018
  • Super Lawyers Super Lawyer, 2013 - 2018
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012, New York Metro, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Member
  • American Bar Association Section on Labor and Employment Law, Member
  • New York City Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
  • Ethics Sub-Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Co-Chair
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (New York chapter)

Past Employment Positions

  • Ohio State Senator Rhine McLin
  • Ohio Senate Minority Caucus

Languages

  • English (Primary)