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 has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 1995 to the present and the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers from 2018 to the present. She has consistently been voted a Super Lawyer by her colleagues from 2006 to the present and is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell. She was selected by the New York Law Journal and New York Magazine as a 2019 Woman Leader in the Law, and is a member of the Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers. Ms. Ritz is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She has published articles and lectured widely, including for the National Employment Lawyers Association/NY, ALI CLE, American Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, Cornell ILR, and at CUNY School of Law. She also Co-Chairs Practising Law Institute’s annual Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation Program. She serves as a pro bono mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Before beginning her law practice, Ms. Ritz was the law clerk to 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. She 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.