Employment & Labor Law
Intellectual Property, Fashion and Entertainment
- St. Johns University, J.D.
- Mount Holyoke College, B.A., cum laude
- New York
- U.S. Dist. Ct., EDNY
- U.S. Dist. Ct., SDNY
- U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 2nd Cir.
- U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 3rd Cir.
Diversity Event and Sponsorship | Phillips Nizer is proud to sponsor "Smooth Moves: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color" -- the most important diversity and inclusion event of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) on May 23, 2019. | Details05/23/2019
This year's "Smooth Moves: Career Strategies for Attorneys of Color" CLE panel discussion will address: 'The Color of Neutrality: Increasing Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution'. Lauren Wachtler, Co-Chair of our Litigation Department, and Board Member of the NYSBA Foundation and a Former Chair of the NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, will present a scholarship to a 1-L student to intern for the summer with a Commercial Division judge.
The Section will confer The Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award jointly on The Hon. Preet Bharara and The Hon. Joon Kim. | Details and Registration
Speaking Engagement - Lauren Wachtler co-moderates, "Working with Men to Advance Women in the Profession," during the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (May 3 - 5, 2019) | Details05/03/2019
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting 2019
"Working with Men to Advance Women in the Profession"
10:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
(1.5 CLE credits in Diverity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Bias)
Upcoming Special Event - Phillips Nizer hosts American retailer Paul Stuart on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 for a lunch presentation and trunk show. RSVPs required for the lunch and/or to schedule a personal fitting. | Details and Registration04/05/2019
Phillips Nizer is pleased to host Paul Stuart, Inc., the American fashion brand, on Tuesday, April 16th at the firm's New York City office for a lunch presentation and trunk show.
Lunch Presentation: 12:30 PM
Trunk Show: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM*
RSVPs required for the lunch and/or to schedule a *personal fitting by April 15th to: email@example.com
Paul Stuart offers fashions for men and women, and they will be showcasing customLAB, the latest innovation in made to measure suiting for men, and their Spring 2019 women's collection.
CLE Program - Lauren Wachtler, Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice, serves as Program Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) CLE, "Taking the Lead 2019: Winning Strategies and Techniques for Commercial Cases," on March 12th. | Details here03/12/2019
This program will showcase methods of creating compelling opening and closing statements and direct and cross-examinations of witnesses through a re-enactment of an actual commercial trial.
Speaking Engagement - Lauren Wachtler, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, moderates "Mentorship & Sponsorship" roundtable at the Women in Law & Leadership Summit - NYC on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.11/14/2018
The full-day Women in Law & Leadership Summit will explore career obstacles, risks and rewards on the path to fulfilling and productive careers for women lawyers. The conference will provide networking and learning opportunities on topics including mentorship, gender equity and career management.
Roundtables are informal interactive discussions over a two-hour period, which will provide excellent opportunities to exchange professional insights with peer-level experts.
Law Firms/Vendors register here.
In-House Counsel register here.
Speaking Engagement - Continuing Legal Education (CLE) - Litigation Department Co-Chair Lauren Wachtler, will be a panelist at the NYS Bar Assn. full-day program "Mediation Choices for Effective Representation and Advocacy" on Mon., October 29, 2018.10/29/2018
Ms. Wachtler's panel, "Preparing for Mediation and Selecting the Mediator" will be the lead session of the day. | Full details and registration
Lauren Wachtler, Prominent Litigator, Joins New York Law Firm Phillips Nizer; Will Co-Chair Litigation Department10/22/2018
Phillips Nizer LLP has added Lauren J. Wachtler, a prominent commercial litigator and former Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, as partner. She joins from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.
Super Lawyers® (2018)09/13/2018
Seventeen Phillips Nizer attorneys were announced on September 13, 2018 as selected for inclusion on the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Attorneys represented a cross-section of several practice areas and industry teams.
U.S. News - BestLawyers® (2019)08/15/2018
Best Lawyers® recognized Alan Behr, Helene M. Freeman, Michael W. Galligan, Donald P. Perry, Evan J. Spelfogel, Lauren J. Wachtler, Martin B. Wasser and Elliot J. Wiener.
Speaking Engagement - New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) | Trial Practice Webinar Series: "Openings and Closings" (May 16, 2018) featuring Lauren J. Wachtler05/16/2018
On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the New York State Bar Association's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section will conduct "Openings and Closings," a program within their webinar series.
Speaking Engagement - The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), of which Litigation Department co-chair Lauren Wachtler is a former Section chair, hosts the 12th Annual Smooth Moves: Career Strategies For Attorneys of Color event from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Lincoln Center's Stanley Kaplan Penthouse.04/10/2018
The event will feature the program,* "Strengthening the Rule of Law By Fighting Discrimination." At the conclusion, The Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award will be presented to The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States.
For full details regarding the event, see here. | Registration required. This NYSBA event is complimentary. Space is limited.
*1.5 MCLE Credits: 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias Credits
Speaking Engagement - Lauren Wachtler, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department will be the Special Speaker at the Veritas Advisory Group's 3rd Annual Women's Legal Forum on April 5, 2018.04/05/2018
The full day Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event will be held in Dallas, Texas, and will feature leading women in the legal industry. Lauren's presentation, "If Not Now, When?: Achieving Gender Equality In the courtroom and ADR” -- How a Task Force Championed and Changed the Role of Women in the Legal Profession" will be begin at 1:00 p.m. | View the Forum's agenda here.
Media - Partners Marc Landis and Lauren Wachtler quoted by the New York Law Journal in the article, "What’s Working to Increase Diversity Among Associates, Partners? Midsize Firms Share Their Secrets"02/21/2018
Lauren, who joined the firm in January 2018, is a co-author of the report, “If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR,” adopted by the New York State Bar Associaiton’s House of Delegates in November 2017.
"Wachtler’s reputation in the women’s rights arena is helping the firm hire female associates who want to learn from her, Landis said. “She’s the new exciting thing that we talk to prospective associates about,” he [Landis] said...In addition to hiring Wachtler, the firm elevated two female attorneys to partner and named a female co-chair for its real estate practice. It also added Asian-American and African-American partners. And of five associates who joined in 2017, four are female, one is African-American and one is Asian-American...In assembling a diverse workforce, Landis said it’s important to take a broad view. So look to hire and promote younger partners, lesbian and gay partners, and partners with different political views..."
"I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. We happily bring in talented men and people who are not of color as well,” he said. ”I want to emphasize that while we have promoted many people into leadership roles and leadership opportunities, we haven’t discarded our senior people.”