Ariel Y. Graff
Mr. Graff specializes in employment law, with a focus on workplace harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract, whistleblowing, and wage and hour violations. He has successfully represented employees, executives and companies in all aspects of litigation, including federal and state court trials and appeals. Mr. Graff also devotes a significant portion of his practice to counseling and representing individual and corporate clients in drafting employment contracts, severance agreements, and workplace policies, as well as negotiating out-of-court settlements of employment-related claims.
UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2006)
Brandeis University (B.A., Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, cum laude, 2003)
Honors and Distinctions
- UCLA Law Review, Managing Editor
- Brandeis Presidential Scholar
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
- Represented former executive of international bank in relation to claims for breach of contract involving millions of dollars in damages.
- Represented advertising sales employee in federal civil suit involving million-dollar breach of contract and overtime damages.
- Successful defense of E-commerce Company in federal class action lawsuit alleging millions of dollars in damages.
- Jury verdict for employee in construction industry on claims for discrimination and wrongful termination on basis of religion.
- Jury verdict for employee on claims for assault and battery by co-worker in workplace.
- Secured dismissal of lawsuit alleging breach of contract claims against operator of online marketplace.
- Represented former executive in litigation and successful resolution of whistleblower claims for misuse of public funds by educational corporation.
- Litigation and $700,000 settlement for unpaid wages on behalf of 11 food service workers.
- Multi-million dollar jury verdict for employee in hospitality industry on claims for retaliation in violation of federal, state and local law.