Lewis, Robert P.

Robert P. Lewis

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Rob is a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation Practice Group, residing in New York, where he has practiced for decades. Rob represents foreign, domestic and multinational employers and management, including those in financial, luxury retail goods and services, and healthcare industries, in connection with the entire panoply of employment issues arising under U.S. and foreign law. Rob regularly defends employers in litigation, arbitration and other modes of alternative dispute resolution. Rob is a member and former co-chair of the New York State Bar Association's Subcommittee on International Employment and Labor Law and the American Bar Association's International Law Section. Rob has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers annually since 2006 for Labor and Employment Law, in Who’s Who in American Law, 2011-2019; and as a recommended lawyer for Litigation and for Workforce & Employment Counseling in Legal 500.

Rob is the former co-chair of Baker McKenzie's New York office's Pro Bono Committee and has led  ground breaking global pro bono projects relating to global poverty, international human rights and anti-terrorism legal initiatives. Rob received the 2014 Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service from the New York City Bar Association's City Bar Justice Center.

Practice Focus

Rob is a trusted advisor to foreign, domestic and multinational employers for cross-border and domestic issues and matters regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour requirements, gender pay equity, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, structuring and implementing domestic and international workforce reductions including the federal and state WARN Acts, employee data privacy and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. Rob also counsels employers regarding issues arising from domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as developing best employment practices and codes of conduct on a global basis, and conducting investigations of employee misconduct. Rob regularly defends employers against claims involving federal, state and local employment discrimination laws, wrongful discharge, individual employment contracts, employee disloyalty and restrictive covenants, compensation and commission disputes, and work-related tort claims.  Rob has also written and lectured extensively on international employment law issues.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Defended Brazilian investment firm and its U.S.-based broker dealer against claims of breach of contract and fraud asserted by a New York-based Brazilian employee; and subsequently obtained permanent injunction prohibiting employee from prosecuting subsequent FINRA arbitration asserting identical claims two years later. 

  • Defended a European state-owned airline against claims of age and national origin discrimination by a high-level executive and, subsequently, claims of religion and national origin discrimination and retaliation asserted by US-based in-house general counsel who was involved in handling executive's discrimination claims.

  • Defended a Thai bank against a New York-based executive's claims of age and national origin discrimination and retaliation.

  • Defended a German real estate investment bank against New York-based executive's claims for breach of contract and fraud arising out of dispute over alleged performance-based bonus formula, as well as constructive discharge, in arbitration before the International Centre For Dispute Resolution.

  • Defended German-based high end fashion designer and manufacturer against claims of sexual harassment by member of Managing Board of German parent  asserted by two New York-based female employees.

  • Defended German real estate investment bank against New York-based executive’s multi-million dollar claims for breach of contract and fraud arising out of dispute over performance-based bonus formula, as well as constructive discharge, in arbitration before the International Centre For Dispute Resolution. 

  • Defended Chinese-based crypto-currency fund against breach of contract and fraud claims alleged by former Chief Financial Officer following his falsification of transaction data.

  • Defended Hong Kong-based financial technology company specializing in cross-border financial transactions against breach of contract, fraud and California whistleblower claims alleged by terminated Chief Compliance Officer.

  • Defended U.K-based media company against whistleblower claims asserted by former employee under New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act arising from termination following employee’s report of accounting irregularities.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New York State Bar Association - Committee on International Employment Law
  • American Bar Association - International Law Section

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York~United States (1985)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York~United States (1985)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit~United States (1985)
  • New York~United States (1984)
  • District of Columbia~United States (1980)

Education

  • George Washington University (J.D. Honors) (1980)
  • University of Connecticut (B.A. cum laude) (1977)

Languages

  • English