Levy Employment Law, LLC is dedicated to assisting employers through the challenges of managing their employees in a fair and consistent manner that complies with the law.
Small employers can look to us as their multi-faceted external employment law counsel and employee relations function. Mid-sized and large companies leverage Levy Employment Law, LLC to conduct independent workplace investigations, develop and deliver workplace training, or to augment their in-house HR and legal functions for specialized projects including employee handbook development and resolution of complex human resources issues. Employers of all sizes retain us to represent them on employment matters before federal, state and local administrative agencies. In addition to these services for businesses, the firm counsels and represents individual employees with respect to their hire and departure from employment situations.
Tracey I. Levy, Esq.
Tracey I. Levy is the Founding Member of Levy Employment Law, LLC, and annually has been recognized by Super Lawyers for the New York Metro area since 2016. Offering clients the benefit of her nearly 25 years of legal and employee relations experience, Tracey guides managers and in-house counsel through the full employee life-cycle, providing practical advice on workplace-related issues. Tracey focuses her practice in four key aspects of employment law:
- Design – where many see tedious legalese, Tracey sees an opportunity. Since the firm’s founding, Tracey has been publishing her quarterly newsletter, Takeaways, to inform employers of concrete actions they need to take in response to developments in the law. Tracey regularly works with organizations on developing and updating their employment policies and crafting agreements that provide appropriate notice to staff but in a user-friendly tone.
- Train – Tracey develops and delivers training for managers, HR professionals and individual employees on harassment prevention and other appropriate workplace conduct, employment law compliance and HR best practices. Since 2015, Tracey has served as an Educator-Professional Programs with Cornell University ILR School’s Scheinman Institute in Manhattan. Through the Cornell program, Tracey trains HR professionals and managers in a broad range of industries on subjects including equal employment opportunity laws, harassment prevention, employee relations and conducting effective workplace investigations.
- Troubleshoot – Tracey is regularly called upon to serve as an independent, outside investigator and fact-finder, conducting workplace investigations in response to internal employee complaints. Tracey also advises employers and individuals on performance management, worker classification, medical/religious accommodation, hiring, promotion, termination, reductions-in-force (RIFs) and other workplace issues.
- Defend – Tracey defends businesses against discrimination, wage and hour and unemployment claims before government agencies.
Tracey’s clients range from small consulting firms to Fortune 500 companies, as well as individuals, from a diverse range of industries, with a particular focus in the financial services, not-for-profit and media industries.
Prior to launching her firm, Tracey was an Employee Relations Specialist with UBS AG where she served as the Americas HR policy lead, directing workplace investigations and counseling managers to resolve workplace issues. Tracey also worked many years as an employment attorney with Proskauer Rose LLP where she advised and litigated on behalf of a broad range of clients to resolve their employment law issues. Tracey holds an advanced law degree from Yale Law School’s LLM program, a JD from Albany Law School and a BA from Union College. Tracey is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the Westchester Business Council and co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the Westchester Human Resource Management Association, as well as a member of local, state and federal bar associations. Tracey periodically speaks to local business and trade organizations on employment law developments.
Simone A. Handfield, Esq.
Simone A. Handfield, Esq. is Senior Counsel with Levy Employment Law, LLC and bring over 20 years of experience as an employment attorney and human resources consultant. Simone regularly advises clients in Westchester County, New York City and throughout New York State on a variety of employment matters, focusing primarily on workplace investigations and anti-harassment training and counseling.
Simone also utilizes her employment law experience to review employee handbooks, counsel on day-to-day workplace issues, negotiate offer and separation letter agreements, conduct FLSA audits, and review and advise on enforceability of restrictive covenants. She counsels employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, firing, background checks, discipline, harassment and discrimination issues, FMLA, leaves of absence, performance management, and outsourcings and acquisitions.
Simone began her career as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law, and subsequently worked in private practice in the Labor and Employment Law departments of Seyfarth Shaw and then Proskauer Rose LLP, representing employers in all types of employment litigation, appearing in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration. In 2003, Simone joined the Employment Legal Group at Deutsche Bank in New York, where she provided day to day counseling on all aspects of employment law, advised on workplace investigations of discrimination and harassment, conducted Bank-wide reviews of exempt and nonexempt positions for FLSA compliance, and managed outside counsel in employment litigation at all levels. Following Deutsche Bank, Simone returned to private practice at Lyons McGovern, LLP in White Plains, where she continued to focus on representing employers in employment litigation, negotiating offer and severance letters, providing workplace advice on day-today issues, and managing workplace investigations.
Simone earned her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law, and her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Westchester Human Resource Management Association.
Alexandra D. Lapes, Esq.
Alexandra D. Lapes, Esq. is an Associate with Levy Employment Law, LLC, where her practice focuses on independent workplace investigations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation concerns; training on equal employment opportunity issues; and advising on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws.
Alex is a graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where she was recognized with The Jackson Lewis Labor and Employment Law Award. In addition to her legal training, Alex brings several years of practical experience as a supervisor and manager in the hospitality industry. Alex received her undergraduate degree in Hotel and Tourism Management from New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. Alex is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Westchester Human Resource Management Association.
Gayle F. Wasserman, Esq.
Gayle F. Wasserman, Esq. is a management-side employment attorney and human resources consultant with over 17 years of experience, who works Of Counsel to Levy Employment Law, LLC, in addition to her private practice, based in Westchester County. Gayle regularly counsels clients in New York City and throughout the tri-state area on a variety of employment and workplace matters, focusing on investigations, trainings, and outsourced HR advice. Gayle also works with Tracey as an Educator-Professional Programs with the Scheinman Institute at Cornell University, where she trains in the equal employment opportunity, harassment prevention, employee relations and workplace investigations series of classes.
Gayle began her career as an associate in New York in the Labor and Employment Department of Proskauer Rose LLP, and subsequently practiced employment law with Kauff McClain & McGuire LLP. During that time, Gayle defended clients in numerous employment-related cases in state and federal courts and before federal and state agencies, and represented and counseled employers in all facets of employment law. Gayle established Wasserman Law in 2004, a private practice, where she provides businesses with a variety of employment law and human resources counseling services.
Gayle earned her law degree from New York University School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree with honors in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan. Gayle also served as an adjunct professor at Hunter College in N.Y., where she taught undergraduate Business Law. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and Society of Human Resource Management.
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