Douglas H. Wigdor - WIGDOR LLP

Douglas H. Wigdor

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

It is hard to imagine another employment lawyer with a comparable record both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Mr. Douglas Wigdor routinely tries cases to verdict – having won numerous verdicts in the millions of dollars and regularly appearing in the New York Law Journal’s “Top Verdicts”. Because of his employment trial verdicts and high profile cases, Mr. Wigdor has been referred to in major news publications as “one of New York’s most high profile litigators;” “a top New York Lawyer;” “a high profile American lawyer;” and “a prominent lawyer.” Two peer review studies, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, have recognized Mr. Wigdor as one of the best Employment Trial Lawyers in America. Mr. Wigdor is also an arbitrator himself, serving on the American Arbitration Association Employment Panel.

Mr. Wigdor’s handling of numerous high profile cases has resulted in frequent media appearances. He is regularly quoted as a legal expert in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal, London Times, Daily Telegraph, London Independent, USA Today, New York Post, and Daily News. One well known media outlet noted that “although U.S. lawyers are known to actively seek out victims to encourage them to sue for damages, Mr. Wigdor doesn’t need to chase clients”. Mr. Wigdor coined the phrase “Recessionary Discrimination” to characterize the growing trend by companies of using mass lay-offs to cover-up the discriminatory treatment and/or impact on groups of women, people of color and those over the age of 40.

Mr. Wigdor is also a lecturer, editor and author of articles on employment and criminal related subjects. Mr. Wigdor has appeared multiple times as part of an employment mediation panel at JAMS (Judicial Arbitration & Mediation) continuing legal education events and has also appeared as a speaker at the American Arbitration Association forum. Mr. Wigdor frequently speaks and moderates other continuing legal education seminars for American Conference Institute and Practicing Legal Institute. He is also quoted frequently in the New York Law Journal, presents lectures to various Bar Associations and has published articles in numerous journals. At the request of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Task Force, Mr. Wigdor testified on the Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction.

The New York Law Journal has featured Mr. Wigdor and Wigdor LLP’s clients in the top New York State verdicts six times, including the number one and two employment verdicts and the number one disability discrimination verdict. Wigdor LLP has also been honored by the Litigator Awards, the highest awards in trial law. Wigdor LLP has been recognized for extraordinary achievement in the categories of employee discrimination, wrongful termination, civil rights, whistle-blower and wage and hour.  

Experience and Types of Cases:

Mr. Wigdor’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling of individuals and companies in connection with a wide array of employment issues, criminal matters and international issues. He has represented numerous clients who have been victimized by discrimination or harassment based on pregnancy, race, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability, including, but certainly not limited to:  

  • Television personalities, news anchors, and other media employees and executives in discrimination, harassment and contract claims against their employers and others individually responsible;
  • Employees of the New York Times in a class action lawsuit alleging age, race and gender discrimination;
  • A nationwide class action against Sephora on behalf of over seven hundred and thirty Asian customers who were the victims of racial profiling and discrimination;
  • A former senior VP at renowned T.V. channel Al Jazeera America, in a lawsuit alleging retaliation and discrimination against her former employer;
  • The courageous victim of a heinous sex crime at the hands of an Uber cab driver in India;
  • Thousands of victims of employment discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing or retaliation against virtually every bank and thousands of other hedge funds and financial institutions;
  • Former Executive Director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) in a retaliation action against the police watchdog;

Mr. Wigdor regularly conducts oral arguments in appellate courts, including second circuit, New York Court of Appeals, and First Department, arguing some of the most closely watched legal issues in the employment field.

Mr. Wigdor was a Federal Law Clerk to United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt and was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, New York where he investigated, prosecuted and tried hundreds of criminal matters ranging from robberies and burglaries to complex schemes to defraud. Because of the breadth of his criminal litigation experience, Mr. Wigdor was appointed under the Federal Criminal Justice Act to serve a three-year term, in the Eastern District of New York, as a criminal defense lawyer in selected criminal cases. Prior to founding Wigdor LLP, Mr. Wigdor was a senior lawyer at one of the nation’s preeminent   management side labor and employment firms. 

Two peer review studies, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, have recognized Mr. Wigdor as one of the best Employment Trial Lawyers in America. He has been named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the USA by the National Trial Lawyers and the American Society of Legal Advocates. The American Academy of Trial Attorneys, a national organization of premier attorneys, has recognized Mr. Wigdor as one of the Premier 100 trial attorneys for New York. Mr. Wigdor was selected as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for Super Lawyers in the employment litigation / labor and employment field after receiving one of the highest point totals in the Super Lawyers rankings. As a Blue Ribbon Panelist, he rates other candidates and provides recommendations regarding the candidacy of other lawyers to the prestigious Super Lawyers rankings. Mr. Wigdor has also received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, indicating that his peers rank him as one of the preeminent lawyers in the labor and employment field. Avvo, a well-respected lawyer-rating agency, rates Mr. Wigdor at 10.0, its highest rating (“Superb”). Mr. Wigdor is a member of the Law360 Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board; a news source read by thousands of corporate counsel and firm decision makers every day. Members of this board serve as a resource for Law360 to get feedback on the publication’s coverage in addition to insight from experts in the field.

Mr. Wigdor received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, cum laude, where he was a member of the Varsity Tennis Team; a Master’s Degree from Oxford University in England; and his Juris Doctor from Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C., graduating in the top of his class. Mr.Wigdor was a senior staff member on the Catholic University Law Review and an editor of the Oxford International Review. While at Oxford, he received a coveted “full-Blue” and was a member of the Vincent’s Club.

Additional Information

Outstanding Achievements
  • Douglas Wigdor was honored with the St. Cross College 50th Anniversary Medal, Oxford, St. Cross College. The award was presented to a select few alumni and Fellows in recognition of dedicated support and academic or professional excellence., 2015
  • Alumnus of the Year, Oxford, St. Cross College., 2007,2014
  • Top Verdict, New York Law Journal. In connection with its approximate $24 million verdict, WIGDOR LLP was the number one employment verdict and the number seven overall verdict for 2011.
Other Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court, 2003

Her Majesty's Courts of England & Wales, 2001

Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2000

Washington University in St. LouisAB 1990The Catholic University of AmericaJ.D. 1993University of OxfordMAS 1995
New York Bar AssociationAssociation of the Bar of the City of New YorkFederal Bar CounselSuffolk County Bar AssociationNational Employment Lawyers Association

Case History

Jeffrey Speed v. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation et al — Wigdor LLP successfully represented the former Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags in claims of breach of contract and fraud. Douglas H. Wigdor was lead counsel for the former CFO and successfully litigated the case before former Second Circuit Judge George C. Pratt, who awarded our client $23.72 million in damages (plus attorneys’ fees and interest).
Anthony Baffo v. New York Institute of Technology et al — Wigdor LLP secured an award of $1,350,000 in compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of their client, a victim of disability discrimination who was terminated after he disclosed he was HIV positive.
Georgina Morgenstern v. County of Nassau, et al — Wigdor LLP successfully represented a former employee of Nassau County in her Due Process claim against the County and other individuals. After a two week jury trial in the Eastern District of New York, the jury returned a verdict on Ms. Morgenstern’s compensatory and punitive damages in the sum of $1.8 million. After the verdict, the Court awarded $427,000 in back-pay, $1,059,000 in attorneys’ fees and $64,500 in costs for a total of approximately $3.35 million.
Nafissatou Diallo v. Dominique Strauss-Kahn — Wigdor LLP represented the victim who was sexually assaulted in the Sofitel Hotel by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund.
Patrick Brady v. Walmart — After an eight day trial in the Eastern District of New York, a federal jury returned a verdict of $7.5 million against Walmart and an individual manager for discriminating against a disabled man with cerebal palsy. This jury verdict is one of the largest ever rendered under the ADA and has received worldwide media attention.
Kimberly Osorio v. Source Enterprises, Inc. — After a two week trial, a jury in Manhattan Federal Court returned a multi-million dollar verdict on behalf of Kim Osorio. The jury found that Ms. Osorio was retaliated against when she filed a complaint of discrimination and was defamed when the co-owner of the Source, Raymond Scott (aka “Benzino”), claimed that she attempted to extort the Source. Individual defendant and co-owner David Mays was also found liable.
Charlotte Hanna v. Goldman Sachs & Co. et al — Wigdor LLP represented a former Vice President of Goldman Sachs in a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York. As alleged in the Complaint, the former executive was “mommy-tracked” after returning from her first pregnancy leave and then terminated while she was on maternity leave for her second child.
Kelly Voelker v. Deutsche Bank AGWigdor LLP represented Kelley Voelker, a former Vice President at Deutsche Bank, who was fired after filing a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. Ms. Voelker’s lawsuit, which received press attention and notoriety when it was first filed in federal court details her efforts to break through the Bank’s glass ceiling, overcome “mommy-tracking,” and obtain a long-overdue promotion. After being told that nobody in her group would be affected by the layoffs at the Bank, Ms. Voelker was informed, after she complained just weeks prior about further retaliation, that she was the only employee among the approximately 500 employees to be affected as part of this supposedly wide-ranging reduction in force.
Brown v. Macy's Inc. et alWigdor LLP reached a settlement in principle on behalf of our clients in a case against Macy's alleging racial profiling of customers. 
Ernestine Grant and Marjorie Walker v. The New York Times Company et al — Wigdor LLP represents Plaintiffs and Class Representatives Marjorie Walker and Ernestine Grant in a class action against The New York Times Company, its President and CEO Mark Thompson, and Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Meredith Levien for fostering “an environment rife with discrimination based on age, race, and gender.” The lawsuit, filed on April 28, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that the two Plaintiffs, both of whom are Black female employees in their 60s who work in the Times’s Advertising division, suffered various forms of discriminatory conduct by Times management, including being “denied the opportunities to earn as much as [their] younger white peers because of [their] age, race and/or gender.” As a class action, the lawsuit seeks to secure relief for similarly situated older, minority and/or female current and former employees of the Times’s Advertising division to redress Defendants’ unlawful employment practices and discriminatory barriers to advancement.
Joseph T. Cook v. Perry Ellis International, Inc. et al

Wigdor LLP formerly represented Joseph T. Cook, a gay senior executive at fashion company Perry Ellis in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the Company. The Complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York, on October 21, 2015 alleges that Oscar Feldenkreis, the Company President and Chief Operating Officer subjected Mr. Cook to highly offensive homophobic, racial and ethnic slurs. The Complaint further asserts that when Mr. Cook gained the courage to complain about the Company’s discriminatory practices, Mr. Feldenkreis and the Company retaliated against him by orchestrating a campaign designed to isolate and exclude Mr. Cook and diminish his role in the Company.

Jane Doe v. Uber Technologies, Inc. — Wigdor LLP represented the woman who was allegedly raped by an Uber driver in Delhi, India. The firm filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California on January 29, 2015.
Nielsen v. The Clarkes' Group, L.L.C. et alWigdor LLP formerly represented a former bartender at P.J. Clarke’s in a class action alleging that the restaurant engaged in unlawful wage payment practices and misrepresented employee income to the Internal Revenue Service.
Danielle Pecile and Christina Culicea v. Titan Capital Group, LLC et alWigdor LLP currently represents Danielle Pecile and Cristina Culicea in their sexual harassment and retaliation claims against their former employer Titan Capital Group and Epstein Becker & Green – their former counsel. The complaint details the harassing conduct of Marc and Russell Abrams which include Ms. Pecile and Ms. Culicea being subjected to nude photographs of Sandra Abrams – the wife of Russell Abrams as well as explicit threats made by Marc Abrams.
Hyejin Lee, Ruiqi Ye and Yolin Han v. Sephora USA, Inc. et al — Wigdor LLP currently represents the Plaintiffs in a federal racial profiling class action law suit against beauty mogul Sephora. The Complaint alleges that the company discriminated against individuals perceived to be of Chinese/Asian descent, based on their surnames and/or domain addresses, and proceeded to block and/or deactivate their accounts during an online reward member sale. As alleged, Sephora engaged in this discriminatory conduct based on the stereotype that Chinese/Asian customers make bulk purchases for resale.
Gary DeDilectis v. Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. et alWigdor LLP represented a former Director at Deutsche Bank in a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower lawsuit that alleged he was terminated in retaliation for complaining to senior management about tax overcharges to clients and systemic problems with the Bank’s trading systems and reconciliation processes, which put the Bank at critical risk of liability for client losses and legal violations.

Client Comments

"Douglas Wigdor is experienced. He has excellent advice and follow through. He is available and has clear communication. He is a great lawyer."

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Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals
Labor Law - Management

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