Practices

Credentials

    Education

      • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1973, Note and Comment Editor, Cornell Law Review
      • Cornell University, B.S., 1970, Civil Liberties Award

    Bar Admissions

      • New York

Perspectives

Bio

Ned H. Bassen is a Shareholder in Becker’s Business Litigation Practice. He has had an expansive labor and employment practice for over 45 years, ranging from litigating on behalf of and counseling defense contractors, financial institutions, universities and other nonprofit institutions to individuals accused of wrongdoing in connection with employment, including, for example, principal targets in the well-publicized Dewey & LeBoeuf bankruptcy. His defense in such matters has included, for example, bankruptcy, employment discrimination, unlawful competition, poaching, corporate raiding, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-competes and other restrictive covenants, false claims, employment defamation and arbitration in the U.S. and internationally.

Mr. Bassen has been recognized in numerous legal directories including Chambers USA, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Labour and Employment, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. He was chosen as one of two 2019 Top 100 Super Lawyers in the New York Metro area for Employment Litigation: Defense.

He has also been selected by Lawdragon for their Hall of Fame of The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys Top 100; 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers; and The Innovators The 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

The most recent edition of Chambers USA states that Mr. Bassen is “an excellent employment lawyer. He handles matters such as employment discrimination cases, noncompete disputes and trade secrets matters.” Past editions have described Mr. Bassen as “litigation savvy” and note that he possesses “very strong negotiation skills.” Sources say that he is “very smart, very tenacious, very loyal to his clients and very protective of them.” Interviewees observe that he is an “eloquent and logical speaker and it’s almost impossible to disagree with his conclusions.” Clients praise Mr. Bassen’s “encyclopedic knowledge” of employment law and his “finely tuned instincts and well-balanced judgment.” His skill in the courtroom does not go unnoted, with sources reporting: “He is able to distill facts to their essence and forcefully and effectively argue his clients’ position.”

In addition, as noted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a collective bargaining agreement that Mr. Bassen negotiated for the New School “could constitute a gold standard for collective-bargaining agreements between universities and new adjuncts” and “it was remarkable, given the protracted struggle between the two parties, … (This was a major war) that such an expansive agreement emerged.”

PROFESSIONAL / COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Committee on Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Labor Law Section, Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Member, New York County Lawyers’ Association, Labor Relations & Employment Law Committee
  • Member, Industrial Relations Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business
  • Member, Employment Disputes Committee of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Member, Labor And Employment Research Association

RECOGNITION

  • 2021 Unfair Competition Lawyer of the Year in New York, Corporate INTL
  • 2021 Employment Law Lawyer of the Year in New York, Corporate INTL
  • 2021 Labor Law-Management Lawyer of the Year in New York, Corporate INTL
  • 2021 Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • 2020 Global Legal Experts (GLE) Recommended Attorney, New York Employment Litigation
  • Avvo.com Top-Rated Lawyer 2020
  • America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020: New York Award
  • 2020 Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Labour & Employment
  • 2020 Client Choice Award, Labour & Employment, New York
  • 2020 Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • 2019 Super Lawyers, Top 100, New York Metro area
  • 2019 Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits
  • 2019 Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • 2017 Lawdragon/Human Resources Executive’s Hall of Fame, “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys Top 100”
  • 2017 Lawdragon, “The Innovators The 500 Leading Lawyers in America”
  • Lawdragon, “The Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyer”
  • Corporate LiveWire, 2017 Global Awards, Employment Lawyer of the Year
  • 2017 Acquisition International: 2016 Dispute Resolution Award, Employment Litigator of the Year, New York
  • Best Lawyers’ 2016 Labor Law, Management “Lawyer of the Year” in New York City
  • Super Lawyers, New York Metro, The Top 100
  • Human Resource Executive’s, “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys Top 100”
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment
  • The Best Lawyers In America – Labor And Employment Law
  • Lawdragon, “The Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers”
  • U.S. News Best Law Firms, National Ranking Tier 1: Labor Law Management
  • Euromoney’s Guide To The World’s Leading Labour And Employment Lawyers
  • Whos Who Legal Management Labour & Employment
  • Who’s Who in American Law Management and Employment Lawyers
  • The Leading Employment Lawyers in the United States
  • The Best Of The U.S.’s List Of The Best Service Professionals In The United States
  • The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel, “Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment”
  • Fellow, The College of Labor And Employment Lawyers, “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys Top 100”
  • Board of Advisors, The Center for Labor and Employment Law, St. John’s University School of Law
  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement, Distinguished Writing Award In Law
  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel
  • Legal Services NYC’s Brooklyn Programs, Outstanding Pro Bono Assistance

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Representation of John Varvatos Enterprises, Inc. in employment discrimination/equal pay class/collective action in USDC, Southern District of New York (jury trial scheduled for 2/24/20).
  • Representation of New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) in pregnancy and gender discrimination lawsuit in New York Supreme Court, Kings County.
  • Representation of HL Group and MDC Partners in pregnancy, disability and FMLA lawsuit in USDC, Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of UBS in FINRA wrongful termination/bonus arbitration.
  • Representation of MUFG Securities Americas in employment claim.
  • Advice to PricewaterhouseCoopers London on U.S. employment matters.
  • Representation of Bluestar Alliance LLC in employment aspects of acquisition of Hurley from Nike.
  • Representation of GFG Alliance on employment aspects of acquisition of Bayou Steel in bankruptcy.
  • Advice to SNF Holding Company (Chemtall) on employment aspects of corporate restructuring.
  • Representation of DeSales Media Group in FLSA and employment discrimination lawsuit in USDC, Eastern District of New York.
  • Representation of Kabbalah Centre International in employment matters.
  • Representation of Schaffer Schonholz & Drossman in a non-appellate case in New York Appellate Division, First Department, in a dispute with a former employee/doctor over insurance proceeds, establishing the law in New York.
  • Representation of Flushing Bank in employment matters.
  • Representation of Nikon Instruments in labor and employment matters.
  • Representation of UBS in FINRA raiding arbitration.
  • Representation of L3 Vertex Aerospace in whistleblower/discrimination lawsuit in USDC, Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of Fircroft, Inc. overtime collective action in USDC, Southern District of Texas.
  • Representation of Fircroft International, Inc. and Fircroft Russia in breach of contract lawsuit in Texas State Court.
  • Representation and advice to Fircroft Group in overtime collective action lawsuits in Texas and California.
  • Representation of Teledyne e2v in whistleblower/discrimination lawsuit in California State Court.
  • Representation of Teledyne e2v in whistleblower/discrimination arbitration in California.
  • Representation of WestLB in sexual harassment lawsuit in New York State Court, New York County, with summary judgment obtained and unanimous affirmance by the Appellate Division, First Department on appeal.
  • Representation of Vassar College in discrimination lawsuit in U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York by former student expelled for nonconsensual sex with another student, with summary judgment obtained.
  • Representation of Ratner Companies (Hair Cuttery, etc.) in unfair competition lawsuit in Virginia State Court with injunction obtained.
  • Representation of Dutch hedge fund Palladyne in employment defamation lawsuit in U.S.D.C. for the District of Connecticut with motion to dismiss granted.
  • Representation of Lufthansa in U.S.D.C., District of Massachusetts in a national origin, age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit by a serial plaintiff with summary judgment obtained and affirmance by the First Circuit on appeal.
  • Representation of Lehman SIPA Trustee in breach of employment contract lawsuit in U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York with summary judgment obtained and affirmance by the Second Circuit on appeal.
  • Representation of Legal Services NYC in race and age discrimination lawsuit in New York State Court, Bronx County, with summary judgment obtained notwithstanding two prior adverse arbitration decisions.
  • Representation of WBAI Board member in race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit in U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York, with summary judgment obtained.
  • Representation of United Bank in employment discrimination, breach of contract, ERISA and defamation action in New York State Court, which included obtaining dismissal of claims on the grounds of forum non conveniens.
  • Representation of PG Energy in collective bargaining negotiations and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, which included obtaining dismissal of the latter.
  • Representation of Lockheed Martin Fairchild Systems in representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board with withdrawal of the petition obtained.
  • Representation of e2v inc. in whistleblower/discrimination lawsuit in California State Court.
  • Representation of NPW-USA in Colorado State Court in unfair competition and fraud lawsuit against former corporate officers.
  • Representation of U.S. CEO of Biotronik in unfair competition lawsuit in Western District of Texas.
  • Representation of Dutch hedge fund Palladyne in employment RICO lawsuit in U.S.D.C. for the District of Connecticut.
  • Representation of Rabobank in sex discrimination lawsuit in U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of Colgate University in denial of tenure sex discrimination lawsuit in U.S.D.C., Northern District of New York.
  • Representation and advice to MF Global SIPA Trustee in termination of workforce.
  • Representation of the Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Dewey LeBoeuf LLP in bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation.
  • Representation of Muscular Dystrophy Association in enjoining anonymous Craigslist poster in New York State Supreme Court.
  • Representation of ALSTOM Power in whistleblower case in U.S.D.C., Southern District of Texas.
  • Representation of Geller & Company in employee misappropriation of information and labor matters.
  • Representation of and advice to John Varvatos Enterprises in employment matters.
  • Representation of and advice to Fircroft in employment matters.
  • Representation of and advice to National Council of Jewish Women in employment and labor matters.
  • Representation of and advice to Ross School in employment matters.
  • Representation of and advice to Muscular Dystrophy Association in employment matters.
  • Representation of JPMorgan Chase in a corporate-raiding NYSE arbitration.
  • Representation of Barclays Capital in FLSA overtime cases.
  • Representation of Newspapers First in a disability discrimination/wrongful termination lawsuit in California State Court with summary judgment obtained.
  • Representation of TheStreet.com regarding SOX OSHA complaint.
  • Representation of Sumitomo Bank in several matters before various fair employment practice agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in federal district courts in New York and Atlanta, which includes obtaining withdrawal with prejudice and summary judgment with costs.
  • Representation of Lockheed Martin in an age discrimination and False Claims Act lawsuit in U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York with summary judgment obtained.
  • Representation of New School University in representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and an organizing campaign by the United Auto Workers.
  • Representation of California Bank and Trust regarding OFCCP compliance review and class action complaint.
  • Representation of Manufacturers Bank in OFCCP compliance review.
  • Representation of ALSTOM Signaling in a disability discrimination lawsuit in U.S.D.C., Western District of New York with summary judgment obtained.
  • Representation of ALSTOM USA in breach of contract actions in Michigan State Court.
  • Representation of Sumitomo Bank of California in an employment discrimination action in California State Court.
  • Representation of AT&T and YAR Communications in a breach of privacy action in New York State Court.
  • Representation of Nautica Enterprises in collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations.
  • Representation of L3 Communications Corporation in contract litigation in U.S.D.C., District of Delaware and ICC arbitration in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Representation of L3 Communications Corporation in unfair competition lawsuit in U.S.D.C., Middle District of Florida.
  • Representation of WestLB in overtime collective action lawsuit in U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of L3 Communications Corporation in unfair competition lawsuit in New York State Court, Broome County.
  • Representation of WestLB AG in retention bonus litigation.
  • Representation of Toys’R’Us regarding discrimination claims.
  • Representation of The Estee Lauder Companies in executive contract litigation.
  • Representation of AMC Corporation in an unfair competition lawsuit in New York State Court, New York County.
  • Representation of AMC Corporation in an employment discrimination lawsuit in New York State Court, Queens County.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Speaker, PLI Employment Law Institute, “Emerging Gender and Transgender Issues in the Workplace,” 2016
  • Presentation: New Development in Employment Law, JAMS mediators/arbitrators, 2013
  • Speaker, PLI, Employment Law and Litigation 2012, “Disabilities Discrimination Today,” June 21, 2012
  • Speaker, City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education, “Mandatory Retirement Policies at Law Firms: What Lies Ahead,” November 23, 2010