Robert S. Whitman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department with extensive experience representing management in the full range of employment law matters. He has particular experience in wage-hour litigation, employment arbitration, discrimination and non-compete matters, and preventive employment counseling.
Mr. Whitman is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor & Employment Law at NYU Law School and serves as an elected Director of the Cornell ILR School Alumni Association.
Mr. Whitman has authored articles on employment law issues for a number of publications, including Corporate Counsel, New York Employment Law & Practice, The New York Law Journal, The Corporate Board and Employment Law Strategist. He has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg TV and NPR as a commentator on employment law issues and has been quoted frequently in the print media.
Mr. Whitman lectures regularly and leads panel discussions before professional audiences on a variety of labor and employment topics. He also served as an Editor and Advisory Committee member for Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes. He was an Associate Editor of the 2009 and 2010 Cumulative Supplements of Employment Discrimination Law and a Contributor to Workplace Harassment Law.
Mr. Whitman serves as the Pro Bono Chair in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office and as a member of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee. In June 2008, he received the Award for Pro Bono Leadership from Lawyers Alliance for New York in recognition of his pro bono representation of not-for-profit organizations throughout New York City, and in 2011 received the John M. D’Amato Legal Advocacy Award from the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, a longtime pro bono client.
After law school, Mr. Whitman was a Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as in-house employment counsel for the U.S. Senate.
- J.D., University of Michigan, magna cum laude (1989)
- Book Review Editor, Michigan Law Review
- B.S., Cornell University (1986)
- Industrial and Labor Relations
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