Rene S. Roupinian Esq.

Rene S. Roupinian Esq.

New York, New York
(646) 509-2060

RENÉ S. ROUPINIAN is a Partner of the firm and Co-Chair of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group.

Since 2002, Ms. Roupinian has devoted 100% of her practice to the litigation of WARN cases, representing tens of thousands of employees who were terminated without sufficient notice in violation of federal and state WARN laws. The firm’s WARN practice is national and its WARN cases have and continue to cover a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, transportation, retail, mining, mortgage and manufacturing. A majority of the cases Ms. Roupinian litigates are initiated as class actions and are frequently filed in bankruptcy court as adversary proceedings.

Ms. Roupinian has been quoted on WARN law rights and her cases have been cited in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, American Lawyer, Associated Press, USA Today, Forbes, Newsday, Times-Gazette, The Herald News, and others. In May 2008, Ms. Roupinian, her colleague Jack A. Raisner and their client, Joe Aguiar, were invited to submit testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee by Senator Kennedy (Chair) about the WARN Act, on the 20th anniversary of its enactment, and its possible reform. Mr. Aguiar testified before the Committee.

Ms. Roupinian received her BA in 1989 from the University of Michigan and her JD in 1994 from Michigan State University College of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Executive Board. She joined Outten & Golden LLP in August 2007 after representing employees in WARN Act cases at another New York firm. Prior to 2002, she was a partner in a Detroit law firm where she litigated ADA, FMLA, ADEA and race and gender discrimination cases on behalf of employees and class actions on behalf of homeowners, consumers and taxpayers. She has argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN)
  • Class Action

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2003
  • Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1994
  • University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1989

Published Works

  • A Practitioner's Overview of the Deficiencies of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act Twenty Years Following its Enactment, The New York Employee Advocate, Vol. 14, No. 5, June, 2008
  • Fair Warning For Workers, 2010
  • WARN Act Protects Laid off Employees of Companies in Bankruptcy , O&G Employment Law Blog, 2016


  • Speaker: "Jevic and its Impact on Settlements in Bankruptcy Court", 2017 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, in conjunction with the American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Speaker: "Jevic and Structured Dismissals", National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • Lecturer: "WARN Act", 53rd Annual Midwest Labor & Employment Law Seminar
  • Speaker: "WARN Act Employee Claims and Their Impact on Chapter 11 Cases", 36th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute
  • Speaker: "Seeking Your Recovery: Pre-Judgment Attachment and Bankruptcy", National Employment Lawyers Association New York Affiliate
  • Speaker: "The Financial Crisis: Impact on WARN Act Cases" (NY), New York County Lawyers Association
  • Speaker: "The Financial Crisis: Impact on WARN Act Cases" (PR), ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting
  • Speaker: "The Last Resort: What Labor & Employment Lawyers Need to Know About Bankruptcy", American Bar Association
  • Speaker: "Analyzing Employee Issues in Chapter 11", Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar
  • Speaker: "Attacking Mass Layoffs", National Employment Lawyers Association, National Convention
  • Speaker: "New Causes of Action: WARN Act and ERISA", National Employment Lawyers Association New York Affiliate
  • Speaker: "Layoff Law", Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Speaker: "Reductions in Force in Both a Union and Non-Union Setting", New York State Bar Association
  • Speaker: "WARN Act Specialist Offers Advice About Layoffs Amidst Tough Economic Times", Employment & Labor LAWCAST
  • Speaker: "Economy in Peril (Part 1): The Legal Landscape for Addressing Reductions in Force", American Bar Association
  • Lecturer: "Grasping the WARN Act through an interactive discussion addressing all the ins and outs", Tonkins Employment Law: Termination

Honors and Awards

  • New York Super Lawyer, 2014 - 2018
  • New York Metro Super Lawyer Top Women, 2015 - 2018
  • Law 360, Bankruptcy Practice Group of the Year

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York City Bar Association, Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Member
  • Armenian-American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Alliance for Justice (AFJ), Member
  • Michigan Bar Association, Member


  • English (Primary)