Richard H. Block

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

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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.

Representative Matters

  • Counseled various industries regarding NLRB Elections and organizing drives by the Teamsters, UAW, Hotel Workers, District 1199 Hospital Workers, Chemical Workers, IBEW and Retail Workers in addition to many other unions
  • Served as lead negotiator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collective bargaining issues and advised the museum concerning diverse employment matters
  • Negotiated for the Wildlife Conservation Society in collective bargaining issues and various labor related matters
  • Counseled the 911 Memorial Museum in employment and human resource related issues
  • Served as lead negotiator for the Moinian Group in collective bargaining regarding the sale of commercial buildings
  • Successfully represented Dial-A-Mattress in a full panel National Labor Relations Board hearing
  • Advised the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society regarding various employment issues
  • Negotiated concessions in collective bargaining for BMG Entertainment in bankruptcy
  • Won an age retaliation jury trial for Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company in US District Court for the Southern District
  • Served as lead negotiator for food purveyor H.B. Day
  • Counseled commercial real estate owners in multiple NLRB Elections
  • Successfully advised a cultural institution in winning an NLRB election

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Labor Law - Management (2016 – 2018);  Litigation – Labor & Employment (2005 – 2018)
  • The Best in the U.S. (2008)
  • Included on the New York Super Lawyers: Employment & Labor List (2007 – 2009, 2012 – 2017)
  • Chambers USA: New York – Labor & Employment (2015; 2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional & Community Involvement

  • 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

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