Melissa Lardo Stewart Esq.

Melissa Lardo Stewart Esq.

New York, New York
(212) 245-1000
(646) 509-2060

MELISSA LARDO STEWART is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, where she represents employees in class action wage and discrimination cases.  She has represented workers across many industries and job functions, including retail, sales, food service, hospitality, financial services, accounting, and telecommunications.  She has prosecuted wage theft claims on behalf of workers who were required to work off-the-clock, subjected to time-shaving, wrongly classified as exempt from overtime protections, and improperly treated as independent contractors.  Ms. Stewart also currently represents employees and applicants in class and collective action gender and age discrimination cases.

Before Ms. Stewart joined Outten & Golden LLP in November 2013, she clerked for the Honorable James Orenstein in the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise in the District of New Jersey, and represented workers and labor unions as an associate at Woodley & McGillivary in Washington, D.C.  She graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 2009.

Areas of Practice

  • Multi-Plaintiff Class and Collective Actions
  • Class Action Wage and Discrimination

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2010
  • District of Columbia


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2009
    • Honors: Selected for the AFL-CIO's Law Student Union Summer program, and Worked for the Communications Workers of America and Make the Road New York
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2006
    • Major: Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies

Published Works

  • Obama Administration Updates Overtime Rules, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2015
  • Technology Tools for Labor and Employment Lawyers, ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter, Volume 44 Number 1, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York Affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA/NY), Board Member
  • American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Member
  • Federal Bar Council, Employment Litigation Committee, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • New York City Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member


  • English (Primary)
  • Spanish