Nicholas Reiter focuses his practice on labor and employment matters and commercial litigation. He regularly advises and litigates on behalf of clients in the restaurant, hospitality, construction, healthcare, education, and financial services sectors.
His areas of concentration include:
- Representing employers in employment litigation matters in state and federal courts such as claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, constructive discharge, and wage and hour violations
- Advising and counseling employers regarding their workplace practices and procedures, including employee handbooks, termination and hiring decisions, and disability accommodations
- Conducting company-wide audits of employee classifications to ensure compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws
- Evaluating non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants
- Representing employers in connection with audits and investigations initiated by governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the New York State Department of Labor
- Negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers in other labor union disputes
- Litigating commercial actions such as breach of contract claims, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition matters
- Representing independent schools and other educational institutions in arbitrations, mediations, and lawsuits involving employees, students, and students’ families
- Attained summary judgment dismissal of national origin discrimination claims and retaliatory failure to re-hire claim against large hospital employer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Successfully defended employer against breach of employment contract claim during four-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Defeated labor union’s bid for recognition as collective bargaining representative after advising and coordinating employer’s five-month anti-union campaign
- Attained summary judgment dismissal of age discrimination and retaliation claims for general contractor firm in Dunaway v. MPCC Corp., 7:12-CV-7609 (S.D.N.Y. 2015). Successfully argued appeal of dismissal order before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Case No. 15-2587 (2d Cir. Sep. 27, 2016).
- Attained summary judgment dismissal of an employee’s promissory estoppel and defamation claims against large hospital employer
- Defeated employee’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit seeking reinstatement of claims for alleged race discrimination, retaliation and constitutional rights violations
- Successfully argued appeal before New York State Appellate Division on behalf of pro bono client in a case involving child custody issues and allegations of neglect
Prior to joining Venable, Mr. Reiter was a law clerk for United States District Judge David N. Hurd of the Northern District of New York.
While attending law school, Mr. Reiter was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Policy.
Named a "Rising Star" in New York Super Lawyers
, Employment & Labor, 2014 - 2016