A. Jonathan TrafimowPartner
Jonathan Trafimow is a Partner of the firm where he Chairs its Employment Law Practice Group. Mr. Trafimow represents employers in all areas of workplace discrimination, retaliation, harassment and civil rights claims, and class actions. He also provides advice and counsel to employers on discrimination and retaliation policies and prevention, harassment training and prevention, wage and hour matters, handbooks, severance packages, employment agreements and other employment-related documents.
In addition, Mr. Trafimow is an experienced trial attorney and one of a limited number of attorneys with trial experience in the class action context. Mr. Trafimow co-tried Pisani v. Staten Island University Hospital, 06-CV-1016 (JFB), a defamation case, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He also previously co-tried a civil rights class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Dodge v. County Orange, 02 Civ. 769 (CM). Mr. Trafimow has been counsel of record in numerous reported and unreported decisions, including Moscatelli v. Owl’s Nest, Inc., et al., 554 F. Supp. 3d, 2021 WL 3577908 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 12, 2021); Penn v. N.Y. Methodist Hospital, 884 F3d. 416 (2d Cir. 2018) (writ of certiorari denied 139 S. Ct. 424 (Oct. 29, 2018)); Sethi v. Narod, 12 F. Supp. 3d 505 (E.D.N.Y. 2014); Thomas v. iStar Fin., Inc., 652 F.3d 141 (2d Cir. 2010) and 629 F.3d 276 (2d. Cir. 2010); Caban v. N. Y. Methodist Hosp., 119 A.D.3d 717 (2d Dep’t. 2014); Alizadeh v. Pei, 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4767 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Kings Co., Dec. 11, 2017); Sethi v. Morrissey,105 A.D.3d 833 (2d Dep’t 2013); Cobb and Rouse, et al. v. Pozzi, et al. 363 F.3d 89 (2d Cir. 2004); United States ex. rel. Romano v. New York Presbyterian Hosp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17002 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 4, 2008); 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 269 (S.D.N.Y. April 2, 2008); 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54038 (S.D.N.Y. July 15, 2008); Fleming v. Verizon New York, Inc. 2006 WL 2709766 (S.D.N.Y. Sept 22, 2006); Mayers v. New York Comm. Bancorp., Inc., et al., 2006 WL 2105810 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 31, 2005); Burniche v. General Electric Automation Services, Inc., 306 F. Supp. 2d 233 (N.D.N.Y. 2004); Moore v. City of New York, 219 F. Supp. 2d 335 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 10, 2002); Rodolico v. Unisys Corp., 96 F. Supp. 2d 84 (E.D.N.Y. May 1, 2000) and, as amicus curia, Evans v. Stephens, 407 F.3d. 1272 (11th Cir. 2005) (en banc). Unreported decisions include a favorable ruling before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Bedoya v. Hilti, Inc. (Dec. 13, 2005) and numerous district courts decisions.
Mr. Trafimow is also a member of the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity and Technology Practice Group. In the cybersecurity space, Mr. Trafimow focuses on the intersection of technology and human resources best practices in assisting clients with preparing written information security plans (WISPs). Companies can use WISPs to mitigate the risk of, and potentially limit legal exposure from, a data breach. Mr. Trafimow serves as part of a multidisciplinary team that can be called into action when a company is sued in connection with a data breach.
Mr. Trafimow is also an experienced pro bono mediator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a Fellow of the Coro Foundation Leadership New York Program for the 1999-2000 term. He frequently writes and lectures on employment law topics in venues throughout the United States, and has authored a book chapter, updated frequently, entitled “Discrimination”, published in the HR Guide to Employment Law: A Practical Compliance Reference (2009) and co-author of “The Sovereign Power of the State: A Proposed Theory of Accommodation,” 12 Cardozo L.Rev.951 (1991).
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Trafimow was a Partner at the law firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in Manhattan. He has also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York in employment and civil rights litigation and prior to that, worked as a Motions Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
New York University School of Law, J.D. 1989
University of Chicago, B.A. 1986
Mr. Trafimow is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Northern District of Illinois, and the states of New York and Illinois.
Mr. Trafimow is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.
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