WAYNE N. OUTTEN is the founding and managing partner of Outten & Golden LLP. His practice focuses exclusively on representing individuals in all areas of employment law. He co-chairs the firm’s Executives and Professionals Practice Group.
Mr. Outten has lectured extensively on employment law, especially on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration of employment disputes, on employment and severance agreements, and on retaliation and whistleblower claims. He is a widely published author whose work is frequently found in legal and popular publications.
Mr. Outten has been selected by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for more than 25 years and as one of New York’s Super Lawyers for many years, where he is listed as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New York. He was selected for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America from 2005 to 2014 and for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America in 2006 and was named a Lawdragon "legend." Best Lawyers designated him "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor and Employment Law - New York in 2010 and 2012.
Mr. Outten has held many leadership positions in the ABA's Section of Labor & Employmente Law, including servicing as Chair (205-2016), He was a founding member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and served on its Board for more than 11 years. He founded the New York affiliate of NELA and was its president for more than 15 years. He is a co-founder and president of Workplace Fairness, a charitable/educational organization. He was a founding member of the Board of Governors of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers (1995).
Mr. Outten received his B.S. from Drexel University in 1970 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1974, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1979. He was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Gus J. Solomon, District of Oregon (1974-76) and was an instructor at the NYU School of Law (1976-1978). He was an associate and then a partner at Lankenau Kovner & Outten, LLP (1979-1998).
He is a member of the bars of New York, the United States Supreme Court, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.