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Meredith L. Kaufman

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Meredith Kaufman is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Practice Group in New York. She has represented employers in all types of employment litigation throughout her career. She also advises employers in the financial services, retail, technology, and other industries on a wide range of employment issues.

Practice Focus

Meredith’s practice focuses on employment law disputes in US federal and state courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitrations and mediations. She has extensive experience handling complex employment litigation involving non-competes and other restrictive covenants, whistleblower retaliation claims under Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Dodd-Frank, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law, and wage and hour matters under the FLSA and New York Labor Law.

Meredith also advises clients on employment law compliance and related strategic issues. She drafts employment-related policies, handbooks and agreements, and conducts training for employers and their workforces on avoiding harassment and discrimination claims, investigating employee complaints, employee discharge and discipline, and whistleblowers and retaliation.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Obtained dismissal of SOX whistleblower retaliation claim for a Fortune 50 financial services institution
  • Successfully enforced non-solicitation agreement against former executive of a global professional services firm
  • Represented consulting firm in high-profile sexual harassment and retaliation litigation
  • Obtained preliminary injunction prohibiting financial software company's former employee from working for a competitor in breach of non-competition agreement
  • Defeated former employee's unpaid bonus claim in breach of contract arbitration
  • Obtained summary judgment in an FLSA misclassification case
  • Successfully defended national retailer in age discrimination and retaliation arbitration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Labor and Employment Law
  • New York State Bar Association


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit~United States (2013)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York~United States (2012)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York~United States (2012)
  • New York~United States (2009)


  • Columbia Law School (J.D.) (2008)
  • Duke University (B.A.) (2005)


  • English
Gendery Pay and Pay Equity Insight


Author, Don’t Settle For Status Quo: Advancing Your Organization’s D&I Program, Ethisphere Magazine, Q1 2018


Speaker, Restrictive Covenants: Picking Your Battles in Recruitment, Retention and Beyond, TechGC Private Lunch + CLE, 15 February 2019

Speaker, Correlating Compliance Training Outcomes, Navex Ethics and Compliance Virtual Conference, 8 November 2018

Speaker, Don’t Flirt with Danger: Sexual Harassment and Office Romances, 2018 TechGC National Summit, 25 October 2018

Speaker, Mind the Gender Pay Gap, New York Compensation Association, 13 September 2018