Attorneys

Abram

Michael E. Abram

Partner
mabram@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0208
Fax:646-473-8208
Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia - 1971, New York - 1974

Michael E. Abram joined the firm in 1973, and became a partner in 1978.

Mr. Abram focuses on representation of unions, primarily in the airline industry. His practice includes litigation before federal and state courts (including the United States Supreme Court) and representation of unions before arbitration boards and federal government agencies. Mr. Abram also has extensive experience in collective bargaining, union organizing, strategic planning, union governance, and counseling for union officials and governing bodies.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon, Mr. Abram served as an attorney with the appellate court branch of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington.

Mr. Abram served three years as co-chair of the Railway and Airline Labor Law Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Abram was named as a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro 2006-2014 Annual Lists of Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Abram has also authored articles on protecting union interests in employer bankruptcies and on collective bargaining among graduate students, and was a senior editor of the ABA treatise The Railway Labor Act.

Mr. Abram is a 1966 graduate magna cum laude from Harvard College, and received his law degree in 1971 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review.

Adler

Michael S. Adler

Partner
madler@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0251
Fax:646-473-8251
Bar Admissions:
New York - 2003, New Jersey - 2002

Michael S. Adler joined the firm in 2009 and became a partner in January 2015.

Mr. Adler focuses his practice in all areas of employee benefits litigation.   He assists clients in drafting, implementing and monitoring all phases of their collection policies.  Mr. Adler is counsel of record in over 200 cases, primarily handling ERISA collections (in federal court as well as arbitration proceedings), including complex, multi-party alter-ego and single employer litigations.  He also litigates withdrawal liability claims, including claims against controlled group members.  Mr. Adler has secured multi-million dollar judgments and settlements on behalf of benefit plan clients.  He has also defended ERISA benefit claim cases for ERISA plans.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. Adler engaged in a similar practice of labor and employee benefits law in New York and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Adler earned his undergraduate degree from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1999, and is a 2002 graduate of the George Washington University Law School.  Mr. Adler is a published author, co-writing six children’s’ books, and while in college, providing historical baseball content for the sportsline.com website.

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Hiram M. Arnaud

Associate
Harnaud@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0205
Fax:646-473-8205
Bar Admissions:
New York- 2014

Hiram M. Arnaud joined the firm in 2015.

He practices primarily in the areas of labor and employment law where he represents unions in litigation and arbitration proceedings and internal governance issues and individual employees in wage and hour litigation, among other matters.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. Arnaud was a litigation associate at a large firm in New York. From 2016 to 2017, he left the firm to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He returned to the firm in May 2017.

Mr. Arnaud graduated from Cornell Law School in 2013, where he was the Managing Editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. During law school, Mr. Arnaud participated in the Cornell Law School Labor Law Clinic. As a student, Mr. Arnaud’s Note on various legal issues affecting Puerto Ricans was selected for publication by the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Mr. Arnaud graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University in 2010 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Arnaud is fluent in Spanish.

 

Ceccotti

Babette A. Ceccotti

Partner (Retired)
bceccotti@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0227
Fax:646-473-8227
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1983

Babette Ceccotti joined the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1990. She retired from the firm in 2014.

Ms. Ceccotti divided her time between the firm’s bankruptcy practice and its employee benefits practice. In her bankruptcy practice, Ms. Ceccotti specialized in the representation of labor organizations and employee benefit plans in employer bankruptcy cases.

She was appointed to the 1995-1997 National Bankruptcy Review Commission by President Clinton. She was also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (2012-2014). She is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. Ms. Ceccotti has been a frequent speaker and contributor to programs on labor, benefits and employee interests in employer bankruptcy cases, including programs sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the NYC Labor and Employment Relations Association, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the Turnaround Management Association’s Network of Women.

She is the author of several articles on labor and benefits issues in bankruptcy, including, “Lost in Transformation: The Disappearance of Labor Policies in Applying Section 1113 of the Bankruptcy Code,” 15 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 415 (Winter, 2007). She has been a contributing editor of the Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law, published by the National Lawyers Guild and a contributing author of the Employee Benefits Law Treatise and Supplements published by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Books.

Ms. Ceccotti graduated from New York Law School in 1983. She graduated cum laude from Clark University in 1977.

Ciantra

Thomas N. Ciantra

Partner
tciantra@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0228
Fax:646-473-8228
Bar Admissions:
Michigan - 1987, New York - 1990

 

Thomas N. Ciantra joined the firm in 1989, and became a partner in 1999.

His practice focuses on labor and employment law, with a concentration in the representation of labor interests in employer bankruptcy proceedings. He represents national and local unions in the public and private sectors in litigation, arbitration, collective bargaining, union organizing, and union governance.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon, Mr. Ciantra served as a law clerk to the Hon. Philip Pratt, late Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Mr. Ciantra co-authored (with partner Richard Seltzer) an article on labor injunctions in employer bankruptcies published in American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review.

Mr. Ciantra graduated from Amherst College in 1983, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and he earned a masters degree in American social and labor history at Yale University in 1984. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1987, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review.

Davis

Susan Davis

Partner
sdavis@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0207
Fax:646-473-8207
Bar Admissions:
Admitted only in: ,New York - 1982, New Jersey - 1982, ,Not admitted in California

Susan Davis joined the firm in 1982 and became a partner in 1992.

Ms. Davis specializes in the representation of national, regional and local labor unions in all aspects of collective bargaining, litigation, mergers and affiliations, organizing, strategic planning and internal union governance. She currently serves as general or chief outside counsel to unions in the entertainment, health care and public sector arena, and has represented unions in a wide variety of industries including sports, transportation and communications.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Ms. Davis was a clerk for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Davis is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a member and former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee on Practice and Procedure under the National Labor Relations Act, and a member of the Council of the American Arbitration Association. She serves on the AFL-CIO Lawyers Advisory Panel and is an Advisory Board Member of the Cornell University ILR School. Ms. Davis has been named as both a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law and one of the Top Women Attorneys in the Metropolitan New York area. Ms. Davis was a 2013 Peggy Browning Fund Honoree.

Ms. Davis has written for and lectured extensively at bar association, attorney and union meetings on a wide variety of issues facing unions and their members.

Ms. Davis graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976. She received a law degree with high honors from Rutgers University in 1981, winning the West Publishing Company’s annual jurisprudence award and leading the Rutgers moot court team to the American Bar Association’s national moot court finals.

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Peter D. DeChiara

Partner
pdechiara@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0216
Fax:646-473-8216
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1989

Peter D. DeChiara joined the firm in 1989, and became a partner in 1999.

Mr. DeChiara works primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, and has litigated extensively on behalf of unions, employee benefit funds, and individual employees.

Mr. DeChiara, who edits the firm’s bankruptcy labor law blog, also has extensive experience representing unions and funds in employer bankruptcy cases.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. DeChiara was a clerk for Judge Lawrence Pierce of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. DeChiara has taught labor law at New York Law School and the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and legal writing at University of Chicago Law School. He has published articles on labor law subjects in the Harvard Journal on Legislation, American University Law Review and the Rutgers Law Record. Mr. DeChiara was named as a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro 2014 Annual Lists of Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. DeChiara graduated from Columbia Law School in 1988, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1984, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Ellison

Joshua Ellison

Partner
jellison@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0229
Fax:646-473-8229
Bar Admissions:
New York - 2005

Joshua J. Ellison joined the firm in 2009 and became a partner in January 2016.

Mr. Ellison practices primarily in the areas of labor law, litigation, and bankruptcy.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. Ellison was a clerk for the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and was a litigation associate at a large firm in New York.

He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004, where he was a Note Editor of the Michigan Law Review, a member of the Order of the Coif, and a recipient of the Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award. While attending law school, Mr. Ellison interned at the Office of the Solicitor of the United States Department of Labor.

Mr. Ellison is a contributor to Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law, published by the National Lawyers Guild and a member of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Section Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA.    Mr. Ellison was named as a Rising Star for Employment and Labor Law and Bankruptcy Law on the New York Metro 2015 Annual List of Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Ellison graduated with honors from Oberlin College in 1998.

Gomez

Lisa M. Gomez

Partner
lgomez@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0235
Fax:646-473-8235
Bar Admissions:
New Jersey - 1994, New York - 1995

Lisa M. Gomez joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2002.

Ms. Gomez practices primarily in the area of employee benefits law. She represents and advises a federal employee health benefit plan, various multiemployer pension and welfare plans, single employer plans, and jointly administered training program trust funds, as well as plans sponsored by unions for their internal staff. She provides advice on compliance with a variety of laws, including ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, FEHBA, HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act. She also advises plans on plan design and administration, benefit claims and fiduciary issues, delinquency collection, participant communications, service provider agreements and qualified domestic relations orders and represents them in various types of litigation.

She is a member of the International Foundation for Employee Benefit Plans and of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section Committee on Employee Benefits, for which she serves as a member of the Programming
Committee.  She previously served as the Union/Employee Co-Chair of the Committee from 2011-2014, and has served as a co-chair of its Subcommittees on Jointly Administered Plans and Civil Procedure.

In 2015, Ms. Gomez was appointed to the Senior Board of Editors for the American Bar Association/BNA Employee Benefits Law treatise.  She previously served as a chapter editor and rewrite editor of the Employee Benefits Law treatise.  She frequently lectures on topics related to employee benefit plans.

Ms. Gomez was inducted as a fellow of The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Inc. in 2014 based upon her 20 years of experience and significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field.

She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Peggy Browning Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting law students in pursuing employment and educational opportunities in the area of workers’ rights.

Ms. Gomez graduated from Fordham University Law School in 1994, where she was an editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and from Hofstra University in 1991.

 

Richard C. Harmon

Senior Attorney
rharmon@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0261
Fax:646-473-8261
Bar Admissions:
Ohio - 1981, Pennsylvania - 1983, Connecticut - 1999, New York - 1999

Richard C. Harmon joined the firm in 2008.

Mr. Harmon practices in the areas of employee benefits, compensation, and taxation.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. Harmon was the head of benefits and labor practice for a large law firm, and also worked as a benefits and compensation associate.

Mr. Harmon has conducted presentations on numerous issues concerning employee benefits for professional groups and bar associations.

He graduated from the Drake University Law School in 1981 and received a Masters of Law in Taxation from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 1983. Mr. Harmon earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979.

Henry

Marcelle J. Henry

Partner
mhenry@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0241
Fax:646-473-8241
Bar Admissions:
New York - 2001, Indiana - 2002

Marcelle J. Henry joined Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP in 2008, and became a partner in January 2015.  She specializes in ERISA and all areas of employee benefits.  She represents multiemployer pension and welfare plans on compliance matters.  She advises clients with respect to plan and benefit administration (including plan failures and options for corrections), Affordable Care Act compliance, Pension Protection Act compliance (including rehabilitation and funding improvement plans), HIPAA administrative simplification requirements (i.e., privacy and security matters), COBRA, benefit claims and appeals, and disclosure requirements.  She prepares multiemployer pension plan restatements for submission to the Internal Revenue Service for purposes of the plans’ continued tax qualification.

Ms. Henry is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section Committee on Employee Benefits, for which, since 2013, she serves as the liaison of the Employee Benefits Committee to the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee.  In 2015, she was appointed as the Union Co-chair of the ABA’s LEL Section Committee on Employee Benefits’ Subcommittee on Regulation of Employee Health Care Benefit Plans.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Ms. Henry worked as an associate in the Employee Benefits Group at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana.  In that capacity, she worked primarily on single employer pension plan and welfare plan issues, and specialized in HIPAA privacy compliance.  She also worked as in-house counsel for a national retirement consulting and administration firm in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ms. Henry is a magna cum laude graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, where she served as Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review.  She holds a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University School of Law.  She received a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, from Hofstra University.

Ms. Henry is admitted to the bar of the States of New York and Indiana.

Hock

David R. Hock

Partner
dhock@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0220
Fax:646-473-8220
Bar Admissions:
Virginia - 1999, New York - 2003, New Jersey - 2003

David R. Hock joined the firm in 2003 and became a partner in July 2012.

Mr. Hock works primarily in the areas of litigation, employee benefits, and bankruptcy.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon, Mr. Hock was in-house counsel to a national multi-employer pension fund based in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mr. Hock graduated cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1999, and received his undergraduate from Cornell University in 1996.

Evan Hudson-Plush

Evan Hudson-Plush

Partner
ehudson-plush@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0254
Fax:646-473-8254
Bar Admissions:
New York - 2008, New Jersey - 2010

Evan Hudson-Plush joined the firm in 2008 and became a partner in January 2015.

Mr. Hudson-Plush represents unions and employees in all aspects of labor and employment law, including in litigation in federal and state courts, before the NLRB, and in arbitration hearings.  He provides unions with legal and strategic advice on organizing drives, corporate campaigns, and internal union affairs, and currently specializes in the representation of unions in the entertainment industry.

Mr. Hudson-Plush also leads the Firm’s wage and hour practice, where he represents employees in individual and class action lawsuits seeking to recover unpaid minimum and overtime wages.  He similarly represents employees in negotiations and litigation with employers concerning employment contracts, severance packages and a wide variety of other employment matters.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. Hudson-Plush was a law clerk for Magistrate Judge Frank Maas of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Hudson-Plush graduated first in his class and summa cum laude from Cardozo School of Law in 2007, where he served as Executive Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. He is a senior editor for The Railway Labor Act treatise and in 2007 received the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor & Employment Law. Mr. Hudson-Plush was named as a Rising Star for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro 2014, 2015, and 2016 Annual List of Super Lawyers magazine.

He received a bachelor’s degree with High Distinction from the University of Michigan in 2001.

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Wendy M. LaManque

Associate
Wlamanque@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0211
Fax:646-473-8211
Bar Admissions:
New Jersey 2013, New York 2014

Wendy M. LaManque joined the firm in 2013.

She practices primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, representing unions in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and with respect to internal governance issues.

Ms. LaManque graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2013, where she co-founded the Labor and Employment Law Association.  While attending law school, she interned at the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, Region 29 of the National Labor Relations Board, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now SAG-AFTRA), and Actors’ Equity Association.  In 2012, she was awarded a Peggy Browning Fellowship, through which she interned at the Communications Workers of America, District 1 legal department.

Ms. LaManque received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 2010.

Leeds

Zachary N. Leeds

Partner
zleeds@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0243
Fax:646-473-8243
Bar Admissions:
New York - 2005, California - 2008, New Jersey - 2011

Zachary N. Leeds joined the firm in 2004 and became a partner in January 2016.

Mr. Leeds represents union-affiliated employee benefit plans in compliance and administrative matters and in litigation, including collection actions, benefit claims, and withdrawal liability.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Leeds worked as a summer law clerk at a union-side firm in New York and as a law clerk at SEIU Local 509 in Massachusetts. He has also practiced law in California, where he focused on union-side labor law and wage and hour litigation.

Mr. Leeds graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2004, where he was book review editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000.

Levine

Bruce S. Levine

Of Counsel
blevine@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0230
Fax:646-473-8230
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1987

Bruce S. Levine joined the firm in 2001, became a partner in 2002, and became of counsel in 2013.

Mr. Levine specializes in labor and employment law, representing unions in collective bargaining, grievance administration, and litigation before the NLRB and federal and bankruptcy courts.

He has more than 20 years of private practice experience principally representing unions and union-affiliated employee benefit plans. He has developed a special expertise in alter ego and related litigation on behalf of both unions and benefit trust funds.

Mr. Levine began his career with the Solicitor’s Office of the United States Department of Labor, where he litigated wage and hour, prevailing wage, equal employment and workplace safety cases, among others.

Mr. Levine has taught labor law and collective bargaining classes for Cornell University Extension and the Dowling College of Labor Studies, and is a regular speaker at bar association and other professional events. He is also the co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Labor Relations Law.

Mr. Levine is a 1981 graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a 1986 cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Mackson

Tzvi Mackson

Associate
tmackson@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0218
Fax:646-473-8216
Bar Admissions:
New York - 2008

Tzvi Mackson joined the firm in 2010.

Mr. Mackson represents union-affiliated employee benefit plans in compliance and administrative matters and in litigation, including collection actions, benefit claim cases, and withdrawal liability suits.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. Mackson practiced employee benefits law at a large firm in New York.

Before attending law school, Mr. Mackson served as a shop steward in local unions affiliated with AFSCME and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Mr. Mackson graduated magna cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2007, where he was a Notes Editor of the Cardozo Law Review, a Public Service Scholar and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, a member of the Order of the Coif, and a recipient of the ABA/BNA Award of Excellence in the Study of Labor & Employment Law.

While attending law school, Mr. Mackson served as an intern at the Judges Division of the National Labor Relations Board and worked as a summer clerk in the General Counsel’s office of District Council 37, AFSCME. Mr. Mackson is the author of an article published in the Cardozo Law Review on secondary picketing under the National Labor Relations Act.

Mr. Mackson was a contributing author to the Fall 2013 Cumulative Supplement of the treatise Employee Benefits Law, Third Edition. He was named as a Rising Star for Employee Benefits on the 2014-2015 Annual Lists of Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Mackson earned an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in 1989 and an MBA from Baruch College of the City University of New York in 1995.

Moldof

Stephen B. Moldof

Partner
smoldof@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0210
Fax:646-473-8210
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1970

Stephen B. Moldof joined the firm in 1972 and became a partner in 1978.

His work has focused primarily on representation of labor unions in litigation before trial and appellate courts throughout the country (including the United States Supreme Court). He has extensive experience in proceedings before government agencies, in arbitrations, and in collective bargaining negotiations, as well as in counseling unions regarding organizing and union governance.

Mr. Moldof also has significant experience in international matters, including a presentation of expert testimony in proceedings in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Moldof is a member of the Executive Board of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law, and a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. He has served as co-chair of the Section’s Committees on International Labor Law and Railway and Airline Labor Law. He is also a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Mr. Moldof was named as a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro 2007-2014 Annual Lists of Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Moldof is a senior editor of the ABA/BNA treatises International Labor and Employment Laws and The Railway Labor Act. His published works also include articles in The Labor Lawyer; Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business; Workplace Privacy (Proceedings of the NYU 58th Annual Conf. on Labor); “ALI-ABA Airline and Railroad Labor Law” publications; Special Problems with Affirmative Action Plans, and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Mr. Moldof graduated from Harvard Law School in 1969, where he served as Case Notes Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1966.

Rachelson

Jani K. Rachelson

Partner
jrachelson@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0221
Fax:646-473-8221
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1979

Jani K. Rachelson joined the firm in 1978, and became a partner in 1985.

Ms. Rachelson’s practice focuses on employee benefits law. She represents both multiemployer employee benefit plans as well as plans sponsored by unions for their internal staff. She provides compliance advice to plan clients with respect to a wide variety of laws, including both ERISA and the tax code. She also advises them on plan design and administration; withdrawal liability; delinquency collection; benefit claims and fiduciary issues.

Ms. Rachelson has been the lead attorney in several important federal district court and appellate court cases involving fiduciary breach and benefit claims. She also counsels unions in connection with benefit issues and has represented individuals in benefit claims.

Ms. Rachelson is a former member of the Bloomberg BNA Benefits Practice Resource Center (Pension & Benefits) Advisory Board and previously served as the union co-chair of the Senior Board of Editors for the American Bar Association/BNA Employee Benefits Law treatise, and as a member of the treatise’s Senior Board of Editors, had principal editorial responsibility for the chapter titled Issues Unique to Jointly Administered Plans. Ms. Rachelson is also a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. She is a frequent lecturer on a wide variety of topics related to employee benefit plans.

She was inducted as a charter fellow of The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Inc., and served a term on the College’s Board of Governors. Ms. Rachelson was named as a Super Lawyer for Employee Benefits Law on the New York Metro 2006-2014 Annual Lists of Super Lawyers magazine.

Ms. Rachelson is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University (1975) and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (1978).

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Robert S. Savelson

Partner
rsavelson@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0201
Fax:646-473-8201
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1964, District of Columbia - 1975

Robert S. Savelson joined the firm in 1964 and became a partner in 1970.

His practice extends over a wide range of areas within the labor field, including union governance, union strategic planning, collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration, union self-help, comprehensive and corporate campaigns, and alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Savelson graduated from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1960, and has served on its Advisory Council for several years. He graduated from the Columbia University School of Law in 1964.

He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Mr. Savelson was named as a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro 2006-2010 and 2012-2014 Annual Lists of Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Savelson has appeared as a guest lecturer at the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Columbia Law School, NYU Law School and the Harvard University Trade Union Program.

Secular

Keith E. Secular

Partner
ksecular@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0292
Fax:646-473-8292
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1976, District of Columbia - 1994

Keith E. Secular joined the firm in 1976, and became a partner in 1982.

His experience includes the representation of both local and national unions in the private and public sectors in litigation before courts and administrative agencies, in arbitration, and in collective bargaining.

Mr. Secular currently serves as counsel to a national union representing employees of the United States Postal Service, with responsibilities ranging from litigation, arbitration, collective bargaining, and contract administration, to union governance and counseling of union officials and governing bodies.

Mr. Secular has argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court and has served as lead counsel in five nation-wide collective bargaining impasse arbitrations.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon, Mr. Secular served on the faculty of the University of Miami Law School, where he taught courses on Evidence and Labor Law. He has also served as law clerk to Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Secular graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 1971 and received his law degree in 1974 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was named to the Order of the Coif.

Seltzer

Richard M. Seltzer

Partner
rseltzer@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0219
Fax:646-473-8219
Bar Admissions:
Admitted only in: , New York - 1976 ,,Not admitted in California

Richard M. Seltzer joined the firm in 1981, and became a partner in 1987.

Mr. Seltzer specializes in the representation of unions in employer bankruptcy proceedings. He also represents unions in a wide variety of other labor law, employee benefit, and internal union matters.

Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon, he served for six years as an assistant district attorney, in appeals and trial bureaus of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Seltzer is the author of an article on labor law in the bankruptcy context published in The Air and Space Lawyer. He also co-authored (with partner Thomas Ciantra) an article on labor injunctions in employer bankruptcies published in American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. He is a frequent lecturer on labor and bankruptcy topics before such groups as the American Bankruptcy Institute and American Bar Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Mr. Seltzer received a B.A. magna cum laude and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1975, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Simon

Bruce H. Simon

Partner
bsimon@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0231
Fax:646-473-8231
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1961

Bruce H. Simon, the firm’s senior partner, joined the firm in 1960 after his graduation from Harvard Law School and has been actively representing unions ever since.

Mr. Simon has worked on behalf of unions in the auto, steel, postal delivery, and music industries, among others. A leader in the field of representing unions in employer bankruptcy proceedings, Mr. Simon has served as lead counsel in litigation to protect labor contracts and employee pensions, negotiated restructuring agreements and reorganizations plans, and drafted legislation to protect the interests of employees and retirees of bankrupt employers.

Mr. Simon served for six years as a member of the New York City Board of Collective Bargaining, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.

Mr. Simon has lectured at the NYU Annual Conference on Labor, the Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council. He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has also served as the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Cornell Law School. Mr. Simon was named as a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro 2006-2014 Annual Lists of Super Lawyers magazine.

Swearengen

Kate M. Swearengen

Associate
kswearengen@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0272
Fax:646-473-8272
Bar Admissions:
New York - 2012, New Jersey - 2011

Kate M. Swearengen joined the firm in 2011.

Ms. Swearengen practices primarily in the areas of labor and employment law.  She has litigated on behalf of union clients in the nursing, security and entertainment industries and in federal and municipal employment, and has represented individual clients in litigation and administrative proceedings under the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, the ADEA and Title VII.  She has also represented a union-affiliated employee benefit plan in actions to collect delinquent contributions and in claims for withdrawal liability.  In addition, she represents employees in individual and class action lawsuits seeking to recover unpaid minimum and overtime wages.

She is a chapter editor of How to Take a Case Before the NLRB, published by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, and is a member of the Section’s Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA.

Ms. Swearengen graduated from Columbia Law School in 2011.  While attending law school, she interned at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, Region 2 of the National Labor Relations Board, a union-side law firm in New York and in the legal department of the Communications Workers of America, District 1.  In 2010, she was awarded a Peggy Browning Fellowship.

Ms. Swearengen graduated with honors from Princeton University in 2004.

Vitale

Joseph J. Vitale

Partner
jvitale@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0238
Fax:646-473-8238
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1990, District of Columbia - 1991, New Jersey - 1994

Joseph J. Vitale joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1999.

Mr. Vitale has represented public and private sector labor unions in all aspects of litigation before federal, state and bankruptcy courts, arbitration boards, and federal government agencies, as well as in collective bargaining, union organizing campaigns, strategic planning, and union governance matters.

He also represents union-affiliated employee benefit plans in a wide variety of litigation.

Mr. Vitale graduated from Haverford College in 1985, working college summers at Greyhound Lines as a member of Local 1202, Amalgamated Transit Union. He graduated cum laude from Fordham Law School in 1989, where he served as a Commentary Editor of the Law Review.

Winston

Michael L. Winston

Partner
mwinston@cwsny.com
Tel:212-356-0223
Fax:646-473-8223
Bar Admissions:
New York - 1986

Michael L. Winston joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1995.

He represents private and public sector labor unions in a wide range of matters, including litigation, collective bargaining, organizing campaigns, strategic planning, and union governance.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Winston was an education director with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.

He is a member of the Railway and Airline Labor Law Committee of the American Bar Association and is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of
the treatise The Railway Labor Act.

Mr. Winston graduated with honors from Grinnell College in 1976, and received his law degree with high honors from Rutgers University Law School in 1985.