A founding partner of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, Laurent heads the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, and co-heads its Restrictive Covenant subgroup. Working with his clients to understand their short-term legal needs and long-term business goals, Laurent develops solutions that help achieve both.
Recognizing that awareness, prevention and compliance are keys to avoiding litigation, Laurent guides clients in litigation avoidance techniques and handles litigation and dispute resolution on a wide range of matters such as restrictive covenants, employment agreements and severance issues . He also counsels and litigates matters involving compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including harassment, discrimination, medical leave and investigations, audits and class/collective actions under federal and state wage and hour laws.
Laurent also represents employers in traditional labor law matters such as union organizing campaigns and elections, collective bargaining negotiations, discipline and discharge issues, grievance arbitrations, delinquent and unpaid benefit fund contribution matters, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and New York State Public Employment Relations Board.
His extensive labor law experience includes the representation of many real estate owners, managing agents and co-op boards in the New York metropolitan area, involving unions such as SEIU Local 32BJ, Local 713 I.B.O.T.U., UFCW Local 2013, Local 670 R.W.D.S.U. and Teamsters Locals 282 and 888, among others.
A skilled litigator, Laurent has argued appeals, tried cases and conducted hearings, arbitrations and mediations in multiple courts, administrative agencies and dispute resolution venues such as the American Arbitration Association and JAMS.