Wendi S Lazar Esq.

Wendi S Lazar Esq.

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

WENDI S. LAZAR is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York where she co-heads the firm’s Individual Practice and the Executives and Professionals Practice Group. Ms. Lazar practices in many areas of employment law with a focus on executive agreements, including retention, expatriate, non-competition, talent, severance, and compensation arrangements. She also represents teams of executives, founders and partners transitioning during a sale, merger and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Ms. Lazar’s practice is international in scope, and she advises clients and attorneys in the U.S. and abroad on employment, contract, and often related immigration issues. Ms. Lazar represents individuals, partners, and management teams at portfolio and public companies, financial institutions (including banks, hedge funds, private equity companies), and entertainment, advertising and media companies. She also represents law partners and associates, accounting professionals, doctors and medical practitioners in all transactional matters. Ms. Lazar was appointed as a commissioner by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women, where she heads the Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Bullying Committee.

Ms. Lazar is the Diversity Co-Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, and is an active member of NELA, ABA and NYSBA committees. She is former Employee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s International Labor and Employment Law Committee.

Ms. Lazar writes a quarterly column for the New York Law Journal entitled “Employees in the Workplace.” She regularly lectures on employment issues to bar associations and industry groups and has had numerous legal articles and book chapters published. She co-authored as Co-Editor In-Chief, "Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey," published in 2010 by the BNA and its supplements through 2013, which includes the chapter “Confidentiality, Trade Secrets, and Other Duties and Restrictive Covenants in a Global Economy.” In addition, she is also the author of the chapter “Negotiating and Drafting Expatriate Employment Agreements," in the 3rd Edition of Vol. 1B of International Labor & Employment Law, published in 2009 by the BNA.

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Ms. Lazar as an AV “Preeminent” rated attorney. She was named to Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the field of Employment Law – Individuals. Ms. Lazar was also recognized by Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Ms. Lazar has been selected as a 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyer. In 2014, Ms. Lazar was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Ms. Lazar was named a New York Law Journal: Top Women in the Law 2016. She is also a Board Member of Work Life Law, UC Hastings College of the Law. Before she began practicing law in 1993, Ms. Lazar was a film and television producer. Her ten years of experience in that field include many television and feature film credits as well as an Emmy Award. Ms. Lazar graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College and received her J.D. cum laude from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she received a Ford Foundation Fellowship in International Law and was an Alexander Fellow, participating as a federal judicial law clerk.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Executive Agreements
  • Retention
  • Expatriate
  • Non-Competition
  • Talent
  • Severance
  • Compensation Arrangements
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Transactions
  • Employee Rights

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Education

  • Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. cum laude
    • Honors: Recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship in International Law
    • Honors: Alexander Fellow, Participating as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk
  • Hunter College
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Published Works

  • Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Wendi S. Lazar and Deborah I. Volberg, 1997
  • WBASNY International Women's Rights Committee Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary in Montreal, Women's Bar News, 1998
  • H-1Bs - Out of Work and Out of Status? Still Unresolved, ILT Monthly, 2001
  • Representing Employees In The Brave New World Of 409A: New Rules On Deferred Compensation And Severence, 2005
  • Negotiating Out Of Restrictive Covenants
  • Counseling Multinational Employees: Their Rights And Remedies Under US Law, 2006
  • IRC §409A: New Rules on Deferred Compensation and Severence, New York Law Journal, 2006
  • §409A: Rules On Deferred Compensation, Severance Pay, New York Law Journal, 2007
  • Representing Executives and Employees after 409A: The Final Chapter on Deferred Compensation and Separation Pay, New York Law Journal, 2007
  • The Big Chill: Performers And Athletes Received A Cold Reception After 9/11—But Are Things Getting Warmer?, 2007
  • Expat Or Local? What German Employees Must Know When Coming To Work In The U.S. (Parts 1 & 2), German American Trade, Volume 18, Number 9, 2007
  • Representing Physicians With Non-Competition Pacts: Is The Law Changing?
  • Negotiating and Drafting Expatriate Employment Agreements, BNA Books , 2009
  • Changing Economy Impacts Executive Pay, (BNA), 2009
  • Breaking Up Is Hard To Do—the Plight Of The H-1B Employees And The Challenges For Those Who Represent Them
  • Multiple Issues In Corporate Raiding Of Employees: Outside Counsel, New York Law Journal, 2009
  • Multiple Issues in Corporate Raiding of Employees, New York Law Journal, 2009
  • Expatriate Employment Agreements, Outten & Golden LLP, 2009
  • United States, BNA Books, 2010
  • Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey, BNA Books, 2010
  • Employment Agreement And Cross Border Employment—Confidentiality, Trade Secret, And Other Restrictive Covenants In A Global Economy, BNA Books, 2010
  • Confidentiality, Trade Secrets and Other Duties and Restrictive Covenants in a Global Economy—A Comparative Overview of the Treatise, BNA Books, 2010
  • Employees' Privacy Rights in the Digital Age, New York Law Journal, 2010
  • Lessons from Conan, The Financial Manager, 2010
  • Avoiding Pitfalls of Waiving Privilege, Creating Discoverable Evidence and Other Technological Liabilities: An Attorney/ Client Checklist, Article for National Employment Lawyers Association 2011 Annual Convention, 2011
  • What's Private In The Private Workplace? Social Networking Sites, Background Checks And Employee Rights, Law Journal Newsletters, Employment Law Strategist, Volume 18, Number 12, 2011
  • Executive Employment Agreements, BNA Pension & Benefits Daily, 172 PBD, 2009
  • Employee Privacy Rights: Limitations To Monitoring, Surveillance And Other Technological Searches In The Private Workplace, PLI Institute, 2011
  • Executive Pay: Skydiving With A New Parachute, Bloomberg BNA, 2011
  • New PRC Social Insurance Law: Working in China Becomes More Costly to Foreign Employees and Employers, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2011
  • A Pink Slip Before Christmas Likely Means No Bonus in Your Stocking, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2011
  • Choice-of-Venue Clause Bites U.S. Expatriate Executive, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2012
  • Is a Clawback of a Cash Bonus for Regulated Employees a Restraint of Trade or Denial of Wages Under N.Y. Law?, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2013
  • Settling The Case And Wrapping Up Employment: Negotiating Strategies, Drafting Realities, 46th Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Conference, 2013
  • Pay And Promotion Equity Of Women On Wall Street: Does Litigation Help?, New York Law Journal, 2013
  • U.S. Employees Need A Federal Data Protection Law, New York Law Journal, 2014
  • New York's Post-Employment Restrictions Limit Mobility, New York Law Journal, 2014
  • Fathers Have Protected Rights To Care For Their Children, New York Law Journal, 2014
  • Negotiating Executive Employment Agreements: Cutting A Path Through The Regulatory Thicket, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc, 2014
  • Employment And Labor Law In 2014: Has The Workplace Improved?, New York Law Journal, 2014
  • Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey, Volume I, with 2015 Cumulative Supplement, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc, 2015
  • Mandatory Arbitration: Searching For Fairness, Workplace column on Mandatory Arbitration, 2015
  • NYSBA event recap: Outten & Golden Partner Wendi Lazar presents workshop on "sweat equity" in start-ups, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2015
  • "1984" In 2015: Protecting Employees' Social Media From Misuse, New York Law Journal, 2015
  • Undocumented Immigrant Workers: Enforcing Rights, New York Law Journal, 2015
  • Sexual Harassment In The Legal Profession: It’s Time To Make It Stop, New York Law Journal, 2016
  • Hollywood Is Taking the Lead Role in Spotlighting Equal Pay Issues for Women, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2016
  • Non-Compete Agreements: Bad for Employees, Bad for the Marketplace, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2016
  • Will New Legislation Cure The Gender Pay Gap?, New York Law Journal, 2016
  • ABA Adopts Ethics Rule to Prohibit Discrimination and Harassment... and It's About Time, New York Law Journal, 2016
  • An Office Romance Gone Wrong (Harvard Business Review Case Study And Commentary), Harvard Business Review, 2016
  • DOJ/FTC Publication Empowers Workers by Taking Aim at No-Poaching Agreements, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2016
  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw, Law360, 2016
  • Will Trump Companies’ Employment Lawsuits Be Barometer For Presidency?, New York Law Journal, 2017
  • The State of Equal Pay in the 21st Century, NYSBA Journal, 2017
  • The Gig Economy: A Threat To Basic Employment Rights, New York Law Journal, 2017
  • Zero Tolerance: Best Practices For Combating Sex-Based Harassment In The Legal Profession, Editor
  • Yet Another Double Standard: Women in Finance Given Harsher Discipline, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • Bullying in the Legal Profession, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2018
  • Wall Street Keeps #MeToo Under Wraps, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2018
  • The Very Real Threat of AI in the Workplace, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2018
  • AI Exposes Employees to Increased Security and Privacy Risks, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2018

Classes/Seminars

  • Keynote Speaker: "The Future of Work in the Second Machine Age", Georgetown University Law Center, The Changing Nature of Low-Wage Work: How Automation & the Gig Economy Impact the Future of Work
  • Moderator: "International Executive Compensation Hot Topics", Practising Law Institute, Cross-Border Employment Law 2018
  • Panelist: "Embracing Transformation in the Legal Industry", Thomson Reuters: The Early Careers Network and the Technology Practice Group
  • Moderator: "#Metoo, #QuellaVoltaChe, #YoTambien, #BalanceTonPorc: Examining Global Policies and Regulations in the Wake of the Sexual Harassment Scandal", American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, International Labor and Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting
  • Panelist: "ABA Forum: #MeToo, Time's Up—Sexual Harassment in the Workplace", American Bar Association, Office of the President and the Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Panelist: "Protecting Business Interests in International Team Moves – Pursuing Litigation, and Enforcing Orders and Awards Across Borders", Global Business Protections 2018 One Day International Restrictive Covenants and Confidential Information Conference
  • Moderator: "Will Women Survive at Law Firms? Taking up the challenges of a diminishing population amidst the #MeToo movement, diversity challenges, and work-life balance", New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Fall Meeting
  • Speaker: "TBA", New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Fall Meeting
  • Moderator: "The College of Labor & Employment Program: Setting the Bar: The Elimination of Unprofessional Conduct Toward Women and Minorities", ABA Labor & Employment Section, 12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Panelist: "The History and Modification of ABA Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) and Best Practices for Compliance", The Seton Hall University School of Law Legislative Journal and Circuit Review, Diversity and Inclusion: Shaping an Ethical Practice
  • Panelist: "Please Mind the Gap: A Cross-Border Comparison of New Laws and Initiatives to Equal Pay", ABA Section of International Labor & Employment Law Committee, Midyear Meeting
  • Panelist: "The Challenges of Globalizing Corporate Diversity Initiatives and Overcoming Cultural Impediments", ABA Section of Labor & Employment, Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Conference Co-chair, Moderator, and Panelist: "Employment issues in the gig economy in the US/UK", ELA, Fifth Transatlantic Conference: Programme
  • Speaker: "Understanding the Employment and Immigration Implications of Terminating Expatriates: At the Journey’s End", American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting
  • Speaker: "Bias, Prejudice & Harassment in the Legal Profession: A Proposal for a New Rule (E)", ABA, Labor & Employment Law Section, ABA Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • Speaker: "Federal Privacy Laws: International Employment Issues and the Impact on Your Practice", 2016 National CLE Conference
  • Speaker: "Pre-Emption Claims Under the UTSA", National CLE Conference - Labor & Employment
  • Moderator: " Learning to Lead: Facing Today's Challenges", 2015 Women of the Section of Litigation Conference: Leading, Litigating, Connecting, American Bar Association
  • Speaker: "Representing the Start-Up Venture Institute", New York State Bar Association
  • Speaker: "Running a Cross Border Restrictive Covenant Case", ELA Conference
  • Speaker: "Managing Expatriates in the U.S. and Overseas", Practising Law Institute, International Employment Law 2015
  • Panelist: "What Works for Women at Work: Navigating Workplaces Shaped by Subtle Bias", UCHastings Leadership Academy for Women, UC Hastings WorkLife Law
  • Panelist: "Private Equity CEO Compensation Structures", Hypatia Capital Group
  • Speaker: "Representing the “Sweat Equity” Worker in a Startup or Early-Stage Venture," “Sweat Equity” in Startups and Early-Stage Businesses, Legal, Tax and Employment Issues for Founders, Key Executives and Independent Contractors", NYSBA, Employment Law Issues for the Startup Venture
  • Speaker: "Restrictive Covenants and Unlawful Competition in Employment Law", IBA Annual Employment and Discrimination Law Conference: The dynamics of a globalised workforce: challenges and solutions in the modern labour landscape
  • Speaker: "Restrictive Covenants and Labor Mobility: A Case Study of Non-Competes, and Choice-of-Law Provisions, in the Legal Profession", American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, International Labor and Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting
  • Speaker: "Retaining & Promoting Women & Minorities in the Legal Profession: Getting It Right", 2015 NYSBA Annual Meeting, Plenary One
  • Speaker: "Noncompetes on the Cutting Edge", Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference
  • Moderator: "Doing Business in the Asia Pacific: Pitfalls and Advantages for Employers and Employees", ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Speaker: "What Works for Women", New York City Bar, Committee on Women in the Legal Profession & Committee on Career Advancement and Management, Women Lawyers 2014 Book Club Series
  • Speaker: "Challenges Facing Women Lawyers in a Global Practice", American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, International Labor & Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting
  • Speaker: "International Compensation Challenges", Practising Law Institute
  • Panelist: "Mediation Strategies in Executive Employment Disputes", New York Law Journal Labor & Employment Law
  • Speaker: "Effective Strategies for Drafting Executive Employment Contracts", NELA 2014 Annual Convention: Blazing the Trail, Courage, Challenge, Change
  • Panelist: "Mediation Advocacy Strategies in Executive Employment Disputes", Insights and Strategies on the Effective: Mediation of Employment Disputes, presented by JAMS and the New York Law Journal
  • Panelist: "Professional Responsibility and Gender Equity", Edith I. Spivack Symposium, presented by the Committee on Women in the Law, of the New York State Bar Association Program Annual Meeting
  • Speaker: "FMLA, ADA, PDA Update", Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference
  • Panelist: "The Changing Landscape of Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants", American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, and the Center for Professional Development, Webinar
  • Moderatior: "ABA Panel: Team Moves and Restrictive Covenants", ELA, Third Transatlantic Conference
  • Speaker: "Cross-Border Assignments & Employment Agreements", Practising Law Institute, International Employment Law 2013 Seminar/Webcast
  • Speaker: "Settling the Case and Wrapping Up Employment: Negotiating Strategies, Drafting Realities", Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • Panelist: "Where Have all the Women Gone?", International Bar Association, IBA Employment and Discrimination Law Conference
  • Panelist: "It's as Easy as a Day at the Beach: Basics of Restrictive Covenants and Duties", American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, International Labor & Employment Law Committee Midyear Meeting
  • Speaker: "Tips for Successful Negotiations", American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section, Webinar
  • Speaker: "What's Love Got to Do With It? Work Romances and Sexual Favoritism", Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference

Honors and Awards

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2013 - 2018
  • Best Lawyers, 2012 - 2019
  • Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2018
  • New York Law Journal: Top Women in the Law
  • AV-Preeminent Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers Top Women
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Law
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship in International Law
  • Alexander Fellow, Cardozo Law
  • Emmy Award, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession, Commissioner
  • International Bar Association, Member
  • Diversity Committee, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Labor & Employment Section, Co-Chair
  • NYSBA Labor & Employment Section, International Labor and Employment Committee, Executive Committee
  • International Women's Rights Committee of the Women's Bar of the State of New York, Former Chair
  • National Employment Lawyers Association's (NELA) Executives and Professionals Committee, Chair
  • International Labor and Employment Law Committee, American Bar Association (ABA), Labor and Employment Law Section, Former Co-Chair
  • International Human Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Former Member
  • UC Hastings College of the Law, Work Life Law, Board Member

Languages

  • English (Primary)