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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

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1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
United States

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New York City, Silicon Valley and Paris

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Personal Background

Kevin B. Leblang, Chair of Kramer Levin's Employment Law Department, advises and represents management in employment litigation and advisory matters.

Mr. Leblang counsels employers on the full spectrum of employment law matters, ranging from the adoption and application of employee relations policies to the evaluation and minimization of litigation risks of employment decisions. He also conducts training sessions designed to avoid litigation and has successfully mediated dozens of disputes before JAMS, AAA and private mediators.

Mr. Leblang also represents management clients in litigation in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies and arbitrators. He litigates claims alleging all forms of discrimination, breach of contract and the myriad of tort claims — including defamation, wrongful discharge, and negligent hiring or supervision — arising out of the employment relationship. He also advises and represents employers in the rapidly growing field of employee noncompetition law.

Mr. Leblang has secured favorable rulings in dozens of cases brought by former employees in state and federal litigation, as well as in arbitration, including successfully defending employers against claims for compensation and deferred compensation, discrimination, harassment, tort claims and breach of contract.

Best Lawyers, Chambers USA and Legal 500 have repeatedly recognized Mr. Leblang in the area of employment law, lauding him as "excellent in client relations and communications" (Chambers USA 2016), “very pragmatic in high-profile litigation” (Chambers USA 2015). Human Resource Executive also ranked Mr. Leblang as one of the nation’s most powerful employment law attorneys nine years in a row, and Lawdragon named him to their Top 100 list for employment law.

Firm Background

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is a premier, full-service law firm with offices in New York, Silicon Valley and Paris. Our lawyers are leading practitioners in their respective fields. We represent public and private companies – ranging from Global 1000 to middle-market and emerging growth companies – across a broad range of industries, as well as funds, institutions and individuals.

Attorneys in our Employment Law group help employers develop employee relations policies and practices that minimize the risk of litigation while accommodating the organization’s needs. When a dispute arises, we seek the most expedient, cost-effective resolution, whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation. Our extensive trial experience enables us to advise clients throughout the dispute resolution process about alternative strategies to achieve success, control costs and position the matter for early resolution whenever possible.

Our internationally recognized Business Immigration group represents leading companies and other organizations operating in the United States in all phases of the hiring and transfer of foreign nationals – executives, managers, professionals, investors and performing artists – to the United States. We also represent individuals who, because of their extraordinary ability in their fields or because of their substantial investments in the United States, do not require corporate sponsorship to immigrate.

Firm Practice Areas

Accounting Liability; Advertising Litigation; Alternative Investment Management; Banking and Finance; Business Immigration; Capital Markets/Finance; Corporate; Corporate Governance/Board Committee Representations; Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy; Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection; Electronic Discovery; Employee Benefits; Employment Law; Environmental; EU Competition and Trade Law; Fashion and Consumer Brands; Individual Clients; Insurance and Reinsurance; Intellectual Property; Land Use; Leveraged Finance; Life Sciences; Litigation; Mergers and Acquisitions/Joint Ventures; Private Equity and Hedge Funds; Real Estate; Securities and Shareholder Litigation; Securitization; Tax' White Collar Defense and Investigations