It is difficult to imagine another employment lawyer with a comparable record both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Named one of New York’s most politically influential lawyers by City & State, Mr. Wigdor routinely tries cases to verdict, has won numerous verdicts in the millions of dollars and has received the New York Law Journal’s2020 Distinguished Leader Award. A tireless advocate for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of unlawful workplace misconduct, Mr. Wigdor is a Forbes Diversity & Inclusion Contributor and can often be seen standing up for his clients’ rights in television and radio interviews; he has even appeared in a Netflix documentary and testified before the UK Parliament. His “pursuit of decency, justice and high-dollar settlements in the #MeToo era has landed Mr. Wigdor on the list of Law360’s Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar,” according to a recent profile recognizing Mr. Wigdor as one of the 10 most influential plaintiffs’ lawyers in the U.S. Mr. Wigdor’s trial verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements exceed $1 Billion.
From Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Harvey Weinstein, Mr. Wigdor has been at the forefront of some of the most closely watched sexual harassment and sexual assault cases of the last decade. Named a Top 100 Hollywood Power Lawyer by The Hollywood Reporter and a Top Music Lawyer by Billboard, Mr. Wigdor’s employment trial verdicts and high-profile cases have resulted in several feature profiles about his career, including articles in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek and the London Independent. He has been referred to in these and other major news publications as one ofNew York’s most high-profile litigators. In a recent study, Mr. Wigdor was the only plaintiffs’ employment lawyer to be recognized as one of the most fearsome lawyers in the Country. A former U.S. Senator for New York said of Mr. Wigdor, “it’s much better to have him on our side than risk sitting across from him.”
Mr. Wigdor is known for taking on some of the most powerful people in the business and political worlds. Some of his notable clients include seven alleged victims of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein (including one woman who testified at Weinstein’s criminal rape trial in New York), the hotel maid in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case, the rape victim in the Delhi Uber case that led to numerous executive resignations, NBA All-Star Charles Oakley in an assault and battery lawsuit involving James Dolan and Madison Square Garden, former Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan in a sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation case in connection with the Grammy Awards, the former chief of staff to ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann in a pregnancy discrimination case, multiple clients in the seminal “shop and frisk” cases, five award-winning female journalists at NY1 in an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against Charter Communications, countless women in their gender discrimination and sexual harassment claims against their powerful employers, and over 20 employees at Fox News in their claims of sexual harassment, gender and race discrimination and retaliation against the network.
Mr. Wigdor’s successful handling of numerous high-profile cases has resulted in frequent television and radio appearances including Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Neil Cavuto as well as regular spots on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NPR, the BBC and NBC News. He is regularly quoted as a legal expert in newspapersand magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal,New York Magazine, London Times, Daily Telegraph, London Independent, USA Today, New York Post, New York DailyNews and many others. In 2020, Mr. Wigdor appeared as the victim’s lawyer in Room 2806: The Accusation, a Netflix original documentary series about the 2011 sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Mr. Wigdor’s extensive litigation experience is frequently distinguished in the media. Notably, in a profile on Mr. Wigdor’s career, The New York Times concluded that Mr. Wigdor is “one of New York City’s most aggressive employment lawyers.” A sitting U.S. District Judge commented in another profile in the London Independent that “Mr. Wigdor is a winner.” And Bloomberg Businessweek, in yet another profile of Mr. Wigdor, described him as among the “top tier of telegenic anti-discrimination lawyers.” Another well-known media outlet noted that “although U.S. lawyersare known to actively seek out victims to encourage them to sue for damages, Mr. Wigdor doesn’t need to chase clients.” In recognition of his work fighting sexual harassment and discrimination at the highest levels of the Media and Entertainment industry, The Hollywood Reporter named Mr. Wigdor to the Top 100 Hollywood Power Lawyers 2020 list, and Billboard recognized him as one of the Top Music Lawyers in 2020.
In 2021, Mr. Wigdor was named one of New York’s most politically influential lawyers as part of City & State’s Law Power 100 list. He was also one of only three plaintiffs’ employment attorneys selected to the list of Top 100 attorneys in the New York Metro area by Super Lawyers. The New York Law Journal has featured Mr. Wigdor and WigdorLLP’s clients in the top New York State verdicts six times, including the number one and two employment verdicts andthe number one disability discrimination verdict. Mr. Wigdor has also received a coveted Band 1 ranking in Chambers and Partners, one of the most prestigious legal directories in the world. Wigdor LLP is routinely recognized forextraordinary achievement in the categories of employee discrimination, wrongful termination, civil rights, whistle‐blower and wage and hour law. The Firm has won The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers Awards in the categories of Age Discrimination, Civil Rights, Employment Rights, Racial Discrimination, Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar.
Mr. Wigdor is also a lecturer, editor and author of articles on employment and criminal-related subjects. He is a Forbes Diversity & Inclusion Contributor and is regularly invited to appear and participate in leading legal forums regardingtopical employment issues. Mr. Wigdor has appeared multiple times as part of an employment mediation panel at JAMS (Judicial Arbitration & Mediation) continuing legal education events, and has also appeared as a speaker at the American Arbitration Association forum, the National Employment Lawyers Association, Columbia University, Cornell University,the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham Law Schools, as well as Oxford and Cambridge Universities. In 2019, Mr. Wigdor launched “Professionals in Residence” at Oxford University’s St Cross College, a week-long student engagement program in which Mr. Wigdor led a series of lectures, workshops and other educational events about the rapidly evolving U.S. legal and employment landscapes. Mr. Wigdor also frequently speaks and moderates other continuing legal education seminars for the American Conference Institute and Practicing Legal Institute. He is also quoted frequently in the New York Law Journal, presents lectures to various Bar Associations, and has published articlesin numerous journals.
The vast majority of cases handled by Mr. Wigdor result in confidential, out-of-court settlements before a complaint is ever filed. Nonetheless, Mr. Wigdor has a reputation for obtaining multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Some of Mr. Wigdor’s most notable public outcomes include:
Mr. Wigdor’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling of individuals and companies in connection with a wide array of employment issues, criminal matters and international issues. He has represented numerous clients who have beenvictimized by unlawful workplace misconduct, including discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, pregnancy,age, religion, disability and/or LGBTQ+ status.
Some of Mr. Wigdor’s most notable representations include:
In addition to representing clients, Mr. Wigdor is an arbitrator, serving on the American Arbitration Association Employment Panel. While arbitration proceedings in employment cases are typically stacked in favor of the employer, Mr. Wigdor uses his extensive experience litigating employment disputes on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants to bring fairness and impartiality to the arbitration table.
Mr. Wigdor regularly conducts oral arguments in appellate courts, including the Second Circuit, the New York Courtof Appeals, and the First Department, arguing some of the most closely watched legal issues in the employment field. Mr.Wigdor was a Federal Law Clerk to United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt and was appointed as an AssistantDistrict Attorney in Suffolk County, New York where he investigated, prosecuted and tried hundreds of criminalmatters ranging from robberies and burglaries to complex schemes to defraud. Prior to founding Wigdor LLP, Mr.Wigdor was a senior lawyer at one of the nation’s preeminent management-side labor and employment firms.
Mr. Wigdor is one of New York’s most highly awarded employment attorneys. He has received the following legal honors and accolades:
Mr. Wigdor received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, cum laude; a Master’sDegree from Oxford University in England; and his Juris Doctor from Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C., graduating in the top of his class. Mr. Wigdor was a senior staff member of the Catholic UniversityLaw Review and an editor of the Oxford International Review. While at Oxford, Mr. Wigdor received a coveted “Full‐Blue” and was a member of the Vincent’s Club.
Mr. Wigdor was named Alumnus of the Year in 2007 and 2014 by St Cross College, Oxford. Due to his continuedsupport of Oxford, St Cross College, a library has been named after Mr. Wigdor and his wife — the Douglas and Catherine Wigdor Library Garden Room. Mr. Wigdor is a member of the New York Eliot Society Membership Committee, and a volunteer for the Leading Together Campaign for Washington University. He has also endowed ascholarship for an Arts & Sciences student at Washington University, as well as a cycling studio in the student Recreational Center. Mr. Wigdor is a member of the Advisory Board for the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER), as well as the Board of Advisors for the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University. Mr. Wigdor also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University where he provides support and advice on strategic issues central to the school’s mission.
Mr. Wigdor is an active and philanthropic member of the Forest Hills community, where he served on the legal committeeof the Forest Hills Gardens Association, and is a proud sponsor of the New York Pops summer series at Forest Hills Stadium. Mr. Wigdor had the privilege of managing several basketball teams in the Forest Hills Little League, inaddition to coaching a basketball team at the Forest Hills YMCA and Forest Hills Community House. He is a formermember of the Governing Committee of the Oxonian Society, a non‐profit organization dedicated to bringing heads of state to address its members, and was also a member of both the Alexander Hamilton and Theodore Roosevelt Inns ofCourt, wherein he worked together with other selected lawyers and state and federal judges in the analysis of current legalissues. Mr. Wigdor traveled to Kenya with other lawyers from the Firm to educate Kenyan Wildlife Service Officers onevidence preservation and testifying in court. Mr. Wigdor is also an active member of the Westside Tennis Club atForest Hills and a member of the International Tennis Club of the U.S.A.
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