Kevin B. Leblang - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kevin B. Leblang

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Kevin B. Leblang, Chair of the 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. Among his most recent representations, Mr. Leblang defended a global banking and financial services company against an action by a former senior executive seeking $34 million in allegedly unpaid compensation based on claims of breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, and violations of New York labor laws, obtaining summary judgment on all of the claims from the district court and a unanimous affirmance on appeal to the Second Circuit. He successfully represented the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a former NBA player, and obtained summary judgments in favor of several large financial institutions facing sexual harassment, gender discrimination, race discrimination, and wage and hour claims in federal courts in New York.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
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U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
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U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
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U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
Experience

Successfully represented a multinational banking and financial services company in an action by a former senior executive seeking $34 million in allegedly unpaid compensation based on claims of breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, and violations of New York labor laws, obtaining summary judgment from the district court and a unanimous affirmance on appeal to the Second Circuit.

Successfully represented the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a former NBA player.

Obtained summary judgment in favor of a client of all gender discrimination and harassment claims brought by a highly compensated employee seeking extensive damages in New York federal court.

Obtained summary judgments in favor of several large financial institutions facing sexual harassment, gender discrimination, race discrimination, and wage and hour claims in federal courts in New York.

Secured the Second Circuit’s affirmance of a district court’s denial of a motion to vacate an arbitration award where a unanimous FINRA panel dismissed discrimination claims at the conclusion of a claimant’s case in chief.

Obtained dismissal in arbitration of a multimillion-dollar compensation claim based on allegations of breach of implied contract and fraudulent inducement.

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor RelationsBS 1981Fordham University School of LawJ.D. 1984
American Bar AssociationNew York County Lawyers AssociationNew York State Bar Association

Client Comments

"Kevin Leblang is outstanding. He is smart, responsive, an excellent litigator, and gives practical advice. He is my go-to employment attorney."

"Kevin LeBlang is an excellent attorney. He is skillful, practical, and an extremely effective litigator."

Office Location

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


Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment