Richard L. Steer

Partner

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Richard L. Steer is a Partner in Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and heads the firm’s Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) practice. He defends and counsels employers, insurance companies and their policy holders in employment discrimination, labor and housing discrimination litigation. With his depth of experience, he helps clients make informed and practical business decisions.

Rich has acted as trial counsel in a number of important employment discrimination cases for Fortune 500 companies and public sector jurisdictions. He was lead trial counsel in federal court in USA v. City of Yonkers, et al., defending New York’s statewide written exam for entry-level police officers in a pattern or practice discrimination case brought by the Attorney General of the United States.

Representative Matters:

  • Landmark case setting standard for summary judgment in New York City Human Rights Law cases
  • Lead counsel in negotiations with the New York Attorney General’s office to settle a multi-million dollar wage and hour case
  • Serving on trial team that obtained one of the first temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in federal court in New York under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
  • Numerous favorable determinations from the New York State Division of Human Rights and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in housing discrimination cases.
  • Representing building owners in public accommodation cases
  • Counseling employers on how to avoid liability regarding labor and employment issues
  • Monitoring counsel for an insurance carrier for an employment discrimination class action and in other litigation
  • Represented school districts and municipalities in cases involving wage freezes, tenure and seniority rights, and discipline

Since 1984, Rich has been an adjunct professor of Law at Pace University School of Law (now the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University) where he teaches employment law and employment discrimination law. Rich has been named in New York City Super Lawyers (2010-2016) and the Best Lawyers in America (2014-2017).

Community Involvement
  • Since 1984, Rich has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law (now the Elisabeth Haub School of Law of Pace University), where he teaches courses in employment discrimination law and employment law. He also has taught labor law at the school.
Education
  • New England School of Law, J.D. 1974, cum laude
  • Founder/Editor, New England Journal on Prison Law
  • Cornell University New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Certification in EEO Studies 1978
  • Alfred University, B.A. 1971
Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Awards and Honors
  • New York City Super Lawyers 2010 – 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2014 – 2017
Community Involvement
  • Since 1984, Rich has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law (now the Elisabeth Haub School of Law of Pace University), where he teaches courses in employment discrimination law and employment law. He also has taught labor law at the school.
Memberships
  • Board of Directors of the Defense Association of New York, Inc.
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Institute for Real Estate Management
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • New York Restaurant Association
Articles
  • Independent Contractor Crackdown: Be Prepared!
  • New Notice and Acknowledgment Requirement For Newly Hired Employees
  • The TKD Advisor: Employers Beware: Claims Increasing From “Concerted Activity”
  • The TKD Staffing Advisor – The Hidden Dangers of Wage and Hour Claims for Staffing Companies
  • The TKD Advisor: Does an Employee With a Complaint Have a “License to Misbehave”?
  • New Notice and Acknowledgement Requirement Pursuant to New York Labor Law and Guidelines For Temporary Help Firms
Speaking Engagements

Rich lectures at the American Conference Institute's National EPLI Conferences, and ACI's National Wage and Hour Conferences. He lectures extensively on employment discrimination and labor topics and engages in advice and training in areas such as misclassification of employees, joint employer status, cyber liability, employment policies and restrictive covenant agreements. He has presented employment law updates for the Practising Law Institute, Pace Continuing Legal Education and the New York Staffing Association.

 

What I do when not practicing law:
I was a professional ski instructor for 8 years and still ski whenever I can

Favorite sport team:
I am a long suffering Jets fan

I am a fanatic about:
Studio and Native American pottery

  • Nitehawk Cinema

    Entrepreneur Matthew Viragh approached David Pfeffer, Chair of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction Practice, for legal and business counsel relating to a new and unique cinema to be opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

  • apple seeds LLC

    apple seeds LLC is a growing organization that provides indoor playground facilities, classes, birthday parties and other activities. As an emerging and growing business, apple seeds needed a business-minded legal partner who understood the challenges of being a middle market business. They needed help building the company from the ground floor up, and providing a solid foundation for future growth.  

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Education
  • New England School of Law, J.D. 1974, cum laude
  • Founder/Editor, New England Journal on Prison Law
  • Cornell University New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Certification in EEO Studies 1978
  • Alfred University, B.A. 1971
Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Awards and Honors
  • New York City Super Lawyers 2010 – 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2014 – 2017
Memberships
  • Board of Directors of the Defense Association of New York, Inc.
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Institute for Real Estate Management
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • New York Restaurant Association
Articles
  • Independent Contractor Crackdown: Be Prepared!
  • New Notice and Acknowledgment Requirement For Newly Hired Employees
  • The TKD Advisor: Employers Beware: Claims Increasing From “Concerted Activity”
  • The TKD Staffing Advisor – The Hidden Dangers of Wage and Hour Claims for Staffing Companies
  • The TKD Advisor: Does an Employee With a Complaint Have a “License to Misbehave”?
  • New Notice and Acknowledgement Requirement Pursuant to New York Labor Law and Guidelines For Temporary Help Firms
Speaking Engagements

Rich lectures at the American Conference Institute's National EPLI Conferences, and ACI's National Wage and Hour Conferences. He lectures extensively on employment discrimination and labor topics and engages in advice and training in areas such as misclassification of employees, joint employer status, cyber liability, employment policies and restrictive covenant agreements. He has presented employment law updates for the Practising Law Institute, Pace Continuing Legal Education and the New York Staffing Association.