As former senior counsel in the Labor and Employment Law Division of the New York City Law Department, Zev is well-versed in representing the interest of employers in a range of labor and employment matters. He is experienced in all phases of claims – including jury trials – involving race, gender, age and national origin discrimination, disability and medical leave issues, sexual harassment and retaliation and whistle-blower protection arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), constitutional claims under the First Amendment, Sections 1981 and 1983 of the United States Code, as well as such claims under the New York State and New York City Human Rights Law.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox, Zev served as Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, where he was most recently senior counsel in the Department’s Labor and Employment Law Division and previously served as assistant corporation counsel in the Department’s Tort Division. In those roles, he represented the city, its agencies and employees in a variety of matters, including labor and employment law issues, Section 1983 claims, false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force, negligent supervision, premises liability, general negligence, automobile cases and special duty cases. He served as lead trial counsel in several federal jury trials involving employment law issues and has secured more than 20 defense wins as lead trial counsel in jury trials. During his tenure there, he also taught CLE courses on “Depositions: A Trial Perspective” and “New York Evidence for New Trial Lawyers” and earned an award in 2011 for handling a police misconduct trial and was honored with the 2010 Division Chief Award for securing seven jury trial successes in a row.
Prior to his practice of law, Zev was a speechwriter in the Office of the Ambassador to the United States for the Embassy of Israel, where he crafted speeches and talking points for the ambassador and other Israeli government officials.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Previously accredited before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Zev has done pro bono work for the Veterans Assistant Project at the City Bar Justice Center. He assisted veterans of all branches of the military in appealing denial of service-connected benefits, applying for new benefits and gathering evidence in support of their claims.
Zev also works pro bono for various nonprofit organizations, including the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), where he represents and advises abused women in mediation and arbitration proceedings involving divorce, custody, child and spousal support issues.