Laurent S. Drogin

Partner

P 212.216.8016   F 212.216.8001
1350 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

 
P 212.216.8016   F 212.216.8001   ldrogin@tarterkrinsky.com

A founding partner of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, Laurent heads the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, and co-heads its Restrictive Covenant subgroup. Working with his clients to understand their short-term legal needs and long-term business goals, Laurent develops solutions that help achieve both. He is passionate about serving his clients’ business interests first and using the law to achieve their goals.  

Recognizing that awareness, prevention and compliance are keys to avoiding litigation, Laurent guides clients in litigation avoidance techniques and handles litigation and dispute resolution on a wide range of matters such as restrictive covenants, employment agreements and severance issues. He also counsels and litigates matters involving compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including harassment, discrimination, medical leave and investigations, audits and class/collective actions under federal and state wage and hour laws.

Laurent also represents employers in traditional labor law matters such as union organizing campaigns and elections, collective bargaining negotiations, discipline and discharge issues, grievance arbitrations, delinquent and unpaid benefit fund contribution matters, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and New York State Public Employment Relations Board.

His extensive labor law experience includes the representation of many real estate owners, managing agents and co-op boards in the New York metropolitan area, involving unions such as SEIU Local 32BJ, Local 713 I.B.O.T.U., UFCW Local 2013, Local 670 R.W.D.S.U. and Teamsters Local 282 and UFCW Local 888, among others.

A skilled litigator, Laurent has argued appeals, tried cases and conducted hearings, arbitrations and mediations in multiple courts, administrative agencies and dispute resolution venues such as the American Arbitration Association and JAMS.

Laurent can go toe-to-toe with any employment or labor law issue to reach the best outcome for his clients. Others are trying to think outside the box. With Laurent, there is no box. Laurent guides clients in:

Employment

  • Operations management: employee relations
  • Develop and implement protocols, best practices and employment strategies
  • Employment agreements
  • Employee manuals

Compliance and Counseling

  • Problem employees and developing situations
  • Responding to employee complaints
  • If, when and how to discipline and discharge
  • Navigate the maze of federal, state and local laws
  • Harassment and discrimination internal investigations
  • Training seminars
  • Severance and release agreements/RIFs
  • Sales, mergers, acquisitions and restructurings

Litigation

  • Federal and state courts
  • Administrative agencies, including the EEOC, NYSDHR and NYCCCHR
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Arbitration and mediation

Wage and Hour

  • Overview and assessment of existing practices
  • Preventative and corrective compliance counseling
  • Department of Labor investigations and audits
  • Prevailing wage matters
  • Federal and state class and collective actions litigation, involving
    • Minimum wage and overtime
    • Misclassification of employees and independent contractors
    • Exempt versus non-exempt employees
    • Individual liability
    • Wage notices/wage statements
    • Spread of hours; tipped employees; uniform allowances
    • Superintendent apartment/utilities

Union Issues

  • Organizing campaigns and elections
  • Special concerns in real estate purchases/sales
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Grievances/arbitrations
  • Picketing, use of rats and banners
  • Unpaid and delinquent fund contribution matters (ERISA)
  • Pension fund withdrawal liability
  • Unfair labor practices
    • National Labor Relations Board
    • NY Public Employment Relations Board

Non-Competes/Restrictive Covenants

  • Preparing enforceable covenants
  • Pre-hire risk assessment counseling
  • Pre-separation risk assessment counseling
  • Litigation enforcement and defense
  • Unfair competition/trade secrets
  • Theft and misuse of confidential information; crisis management

Representative Industries

Professional and Financial Services

  • Insurance brokerage
  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Banking; Financial planning
  • Placement/staffing

Real Estate

  • Owners; Managing agents
  • Construction contractors
  • Brokerages and agents

Retail/Wholesale

  • Luxury and specialty
  • Restaurants; Spa and fitness
  • Plumbing supply

Delivery/Trucking

  • Distribution; moving and storage
  • Fuel oil and carting

Packaged Goods – Food

  • Manufacturing; Packing
Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. 1990.
  • Notes and Comments Editor, Hofstra Law Review
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., Political Science 1986
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Awards and Honors
  • New York Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor, 2012-2017
Memberships
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

What's on my iPod:
An eclectic mix ranging from The Ramones to Sarah Maclachlan, with a tilt towards live recordings and acoustic covers

What I do when not practicing law:
Maintain a killer wine collection, keep sharp with strategy games (I make people cry when we play Monopoly); passionate about thoroughbred horse racing, enjoy cruises and salmon fishing in North Canada

Favorite sport team:
NY Yankees

Quote I live by:
"You gotta find what you like and let it kill you." - Charles Bukowski

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Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. 1990.
  • Notes and Comments Editor, Hofstra Law Review
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., Political Science 1986
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Awards and Honors
  • New York Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor, 2012-2017
Memberships
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section