Elise M. Bloom is co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Department, named by The American Lawyer as one of the top 3 U.S. practices and recipient of the Chambers USA 2012 Award for Excellence, and co-head of the Class/Collective Actions Group. Widely recognized as one of the leading employment lawyers in the U.S., she regularly represents employers against individual and class actions brought under the federal and state anti-discrimination laws as well as against collective and class actions involving allegations of wage and hour violations under federal and state law.
Possessing extensive pre-trial and jury trial experience, Elise represents and advises clients on a range of general employment issues, and has tried cases in federal and state courts involving allegations of sex, religion, race, age and disability discrimination, state law contract and tort claims as well as claims arising under the FLSA, FMLA and ERISA. She also has argued several appeals before federal circuit and state appellate courts and regularly represents clients in employment arbitrations. In addition to her litigation practice, she also conducts training programs for her clients on the full spectrum of employment issues as well as on diversity issues.
Elise served as a Senior Editor of the CCH Journal of Employment Discrimination, a periodical devoted to the full range of employment discrimination issues. In 2010, she co-authored a chapter titled “Hiring Creativity – An Introduction to Employment Law Issues in Fashion” in the textbook Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys. Elise co-authored “Managing Employment Risks: New Rulings in Sexual Harassment,” published in the Western New England Law Review, and she authored a chapter titled “Harassment and Sexual Favoritism in the ‘Gay Nineties’” in Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Proceedings of New York University 51st Annual Conference on Labor. In 2003, she co-authored “Competing Interests in the Post 9-11 Workplace: The New Line Between Privacy and Safety,” which appeared in the William Mitchell Law Review, and in 2007, she authored “Ownership of Email is Not Clear,” which appeared in the National Law Journal, and co-authored “Disclosures Amid Group Terminations Crucial to Validity of Releases, ” which appeared in the New York Law Journal. A frequent lecturer on employment law issues and issues involving generational diversity, Elise co-chaired the Practising Law Institute program on “How to Handle Your First Discrimination Case” for three years. In February 2008, she was a panelist in PLI’s “Beyond Diversity 101” program.