Lawrence Z. Lorber is a member of the Labor & Employment Department in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is an experienced employment law practitioner who counsels and represents employers in connection with all aspects of labor and employment law, including EEO issues, affirmative action, OFCCP and Department of Labor audits, wage and hour issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, employee discipline and the preparation of employee handbooks and human resource policies.
He also represents employers and executives with respect to employment contracts and severance arrangements. Mr. Lorber also advises clients with respect to Congressional and regulatory matters. Mr. Lorber has represented a wide variety of employers in all aspects of employment law, including trial and appellate litigation and employment restructuring.
He argued the landmark Bourselan v. Aramco case in the Fifth Circuit regarding the extraterritorial reach of Title VII, and filed briefs in several landmark Supreme Court employment law cases, including Johnson v. Santa Clara County; Watson v. Ft. Worth Bank; Atonio v. Wards Cove Packing; Gunther v. Washington County; NLRB v. Detroit Edison and Circuit City Stores v. Adams.
Mr. Lorber served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor and the Director of the OFCCP. In this capacity, he issued the first regulations under section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and enforced Executive Order 11246, requiring affirmative action for federal contractors.
In addition, Mr. Lorber served as Executive Assistant to the Solicitor of Labor with special responsibilities in the areas of labor legislation, wage and hour, equal employment and occupational safety and health. He was appointed by Congressional leadership as one of the five original Directors of the Office of Compliance charged with implementing the Congressional Accountability Act applying 11 labor and employment laws to the Congress and Congressional entities.
Mr. Lorber frequently testifies before Congress on a wide variety of proposed employment legislation, including various employment and benefit initiatives, and has written on employment and discrimination issues extensively.
For over a decade, Mr. Lorber has served as Chairperson of the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. He was chief counsel for the Business Roundtable in the negotiations leading to the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and to the Chamber of Commerce in the negotiations leading to the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
- J.D., University of Maryland School of Law (1970)
- B.A., Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (1967)
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