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Barbara M. Roth

New York

Barbara M. Roth

As the global head of the firm's internationally recognized Employment practice, Barbara Roth keeps a watchful eye on developments across the world that affect management's interests in the workplace.

Barbara uses her decades of experience working with multinational companies to craft creative solutions to employment-related problems, while never losing sight of the client's economic and business goals, the need to minimize risk, and avoidance of costly litigation. Barbara also represents U.S.-based clients in many industries on every aspect of the employment relationship, including litigation of discrimination and retaliation claims (including class actions), statutory employment allegations (including Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), FMLA, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), and others), wage-and-hour issues, restrictive covenant disputes, team-poaching lawsuits, and whistleblower claims, among others.

While litigation is rarely desirable, when it cannot be avoided Barbara focuses on early case assessment and setting of strategy, which often provides the client with predictability of outcome and expense as well as outstanding results.

With an enviable record of success, Barbara has expansive experience representing financial institutions and broker-dealers in federal and state courts and in arbitrations on topics ranging from hiring to firing to compensation and everything in between.

Representative Experience

Injunction obtained on behalf of client after competitor "poached" team of specialists, who had stolen company's proprietary materials as they quit.

Race discrimination class action that concluded with defendant obtaining judgment against plaintiffs and payment of legal fees to defendant.

Successful discharge of high-ranking officer who had a contract with ambiguous payout terms.

Successful resolution of disability allegations based on employer's evidence of decision before claims was asserted.

Successful defense (at district court and circuit court) of ERISA claim that prevented windfall under plan.

Successful defense of claim of disability discrimination; injunction obtained under Singapore law.

Successful opposition of disability charge by employee who voluntarily took disability leave.

Under threat of injunction, negotiated resolution of employee's theft of computer data.

Provided employee handbooks to multinational company that provided consistent policies to the extent possible.

Successfully defended gender-discrimination case brought by discharged employee.

Successfully advised university on two high-profile discharges, avoiding litigation.

Advised private bank on discharge of team that stole prior employer's information; avoided litigation.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 1997
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1978
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1973


  • Former Chair, Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace, New York State Bar Association
  • Former Member, Committee on Women in the Courts, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Former Member, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Board of Directors, Girl Scout Council of Greater New York
  • Member, Executive Committee, Girl Scout Council of Greater New York
  • Member, Management Attorneys Conference

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Illinois
  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Employment Litigation: Defense

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