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


  • Panelist: "An Overview of Pay Equity Issues", New York City Bar Association, 5th Annual Employment Law Institute
  • Panelist: "A Road Map: Revising Arbitration Agreements in Light of Epic", New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section 2019 Annual Meeting
  • Panelist: "Switching to Offense in Employment Cases", New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting
  • Speaker: "Life After Epic Systems: How Employers, Employees, and Arbitrators Are Adapting to the World of Class Action Waivers", American Bar Association
  • Moderator: "Working Productively With the Other Side to Get What you Need", NELA Spring Seminar, ESI & Technology for the Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyer
  • Panelist: "Wage & Hour Collective and Class Actions: Asserting and Challenging Affirmative Defenses", Strafford Webinar Panel
  • Speaker: "Strategies After Decertification", NELA 2018 Annual Convention
  • Co-Presenter: "A View from the Plaintiff's Bar", FordHarrison and lus Laboris, Eighth Annual Year-End Labor & Employment Law Workshop
  • Moderator: "Discovery Rules Amendments in Practice", NELA/NY, Spring Conference on Representing Employees
  • Speaker: "Proportionality in Discovery", American Association for Justice, 2017 Annual Convention
  • Moderator: "The Nuts and Bolts of a Wage & Hour Case from Intake to Resolution", NELA Spring Seminar, Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Speaker: "Exempt Employees” and “Calculating Damages under State and Federal Law", ADR Department of the Eastern District of New York, Co-Sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of New York Chapter, Fair Labor Standards Act Training for Mediators
  • Moderator: "Who’s Exempt", NELA/NY, Fall Conference on Representing Employees
  • Panelist: "Overtime: To Pay or Not to Pay – That is the Question: Recent Developments in Wage and Hour Law", Labor & Employment Relations Association
  • Panelist: "Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts", Rutgers Labor & Employment Society
  • Speaker: "Views From the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Adapting Your Defense Strategies to New and Innovative Techniques and Tactics", American Conference Institute, Wage & Hour Conference
  • Speaker: "Using Technology In Litigating Wage & Hour Cases", NELA Spring Seminar, Protecting Pay, Representing Workers with Wage & Hour Claims

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017 - 2018

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