James R. Grasso

James R. Grasso

Phillips Lytle LLP

Recognized since 2009

Buffalo, New York

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Labor Law - Management
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Mr. Grasso represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He defends employers against workplace-related lawsuits, including those involving employment discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, whistleblower claims and wrongful termination. His experience includes conducting workplace investigations and counseling employers on workplace compliance issues, employee discipline, workplace policies and practices, employee confidentiality and non-compete agreements, wage and hour issues, leave issues and reasonable accommodation of disabled employees. Mr. Grasso also defends management against union organizing campaigns and unfair labor practice charges, and represents management in collective bargaining negotiations and labor arbitrations. He regularly appears on behalf of employers in federal and state courts and arbitration proceedings, and before the EEOC, NLRB, USDOL, OSHA, New York State Division of Human Rights and New York City Commission on Human Rights. His practice also extends to defending companies against website accessibility lawsuits.


  • One Canalside
    125 Main Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203-2887

Phillips Lytle LLP
Headquarters: Buffalo, New York

54 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

11 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Labor Law - Management

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Labor Law - Management, Buffalo (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Special Focus

  • Management

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