Susan Ritz has practiced employment law since 1985. She is a partner in the law firm of Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP. Ms. Ritz handles all forms of employment-related matters, including advising employees and partners regarding their rights, duties and entitlement to benefits; handling contract, severance agreement and partnership dispute negotiations; and representing employees and partners in negotiations, mediations, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and lawsuits encompassing a full panoply of employment-related issues, with special emphasis on claims of unlawful harassment, retaliation and employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, marital status and sexual orientation .
Ms. Ritz provides neutral mediation services, and conducts impartial internal investigations on behalf of employers into alleged discriminatory conduct. She also advises non-profits and employers on employment-related issues and represents employers in severance negotiations. She offers harassment and discrimination prevention training to management and employees, as well.
Ms. Ritz is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell. She is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She has published articles in the New York Law Journal and has lectured widely, including for the National Employment Lawyers Association/NY, American Law Institute|American Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education, and at CUNY School of Law. Ms. Ritz has appeared as a guest speaker on television and radio. She serves as a pro bono mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and a pro bono arbitrator in the Civil Court of the City of New York.
Before beginning her law practice, Ms. Ritz served as the law clerk to then Supreme Court Justice Kristin Booth Glen. Ms. Ritz graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif. She graduated from Brown University with an Honors B.A. in Ethics and Political Philosophy. Ms. Ritz is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of the state of New York, the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.