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Richard H. Block

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Richard is nationally recognized within the field of labor and employment law. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, entertainment companies, cultural and nonprofit institutions, real estate firms, and health care organizations.

He regularly represents management in conducting human resource investigations, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and contract litigations and both companies and executives in the negotiation of employment, equity, and severance agreements. Richard advises, represents, and trains clients with respect to the full gamut of employment and labor issues, including sexual harassment prevention, personnel policies, employee discipline, layoffs, equity and compensation arrangements, independent contractor issues, disability and leave matters, employee handbooks, and a broad range of collective bargaining matters.

Richard is a frequent lecturer who has spoken before American Express Tax and Business Services, Inc., the Institute of Management and Administration, the Investment and Financial Services Association, the University of Pennsylvania, New York University’s Annual Conference on Labor, and the New York City Bar, among others.

Education

  • Hofstra University (JD)
  • Princeton University (BA)

Experience

  • Successfully represented Dial-A-Mattress in a full panel hearing at the National Labor Relations Board headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Successfully won an arbitration, defeated unfair labor practice charge before the NLRB, and won the dismissal of an Article 78 proceeding in N.Y. Supreme Court following the termination of a resident superintendent for a property management company.
  • Served as lead negotiator and outside counsel for one of the largest retail water and wastewater utility systems in New England in their collective bargaining agreements with Local 6 Offices, Professional Employees International Union (AFO-CIO), and Local Lodge 100, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
  • Negotiated concessions in collective bargaining for BMG Entertainment in bankruptcy.
  • Counseled the 911 Memorial Museum in employment and human resource related issues.
  • Won an age retaliation jury trial for Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District.
  • Advised the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society regarding various employment issues.
  • Served as lead negotiator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collective bargaining issues and advised the museum concerning diverse employment matters.
  • Served as lead negotiator for the Moinian Group in collective bargaining regarding the sale of commercial buildings.
  • Served as lead negotiator in collective bargaining issues for food purveyor H.B. Day.
  • Won a complete dismissal of three charges filed at the NLRB by employees of a home security company who were suspended for creating a workplace disruption in the middle of the employer’s office. The dismissal was appealed and then affirmed.
  • Won a dismissal of a charge filed at the NLRB by an employee of a telecommunications service provider who was terminated in a restructuring.

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Labor Law - Management (2016 – 2019); Litigation – Labor & Employment (2005 – 2019)
  • The Best in the U.S. (2008)
  • Included on the New York Super Lawyers: Employment & Labor List (2007 – 2009, 2012 – 2018)
  • Chambers USA: New York – Labor & Employment (2015; 2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Involvement

  • President, The Princeton Club of New York City
  • Past member, Princeton University Alumni Advisory Council for Human Resources
  • Past Member, the New York Board of the Simon Wiesenthal Tolerance Center
  • Past Member, Community Access for the Mentally Ill Homeless
  • Member, Board of Governors of the Princeton Club of New York
  • Member, Partridge-Invitation Scholarship Foundation
  • Member, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Member, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association

Recent Insights

News & Press

Viewpoints

My colleagues Richard Block and David Katz just published a new alert, describing the new NLRB rule requiring private sector employers to post notices explaining employees’ unionization rights, regardless if their workplaces are unionized or union free.

News & Press

New York Employment, Labor & Benefits Member Dick Block provides commentary in this article discussing Broadway’s efforts ahead of New York City and state sexual harassment and discrimination legislation requiring training and updated policies goes into effect.
Fourteen Mintz attorneys have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2017 and thirteen have been named New York Rising Stars. New York Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers with the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievements.  
Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Sixteen Mintz attorneys have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2016 and twelve have been named New York Rising Stars. The list will be published in a special advertising supplement in The New York Times Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition.
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas. 
Thirteen attorneys from Mintz have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2014 and eleven have been named New York Rising Stars. The list will be published in a special advertising supplement in The New York Times Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition.

Events

Speaker
Jan
28
2016

Second Annual Employment Law Summit

The Princeton Club 14 West 43rd Street, New York, New York