Elise M. Bloom is co-chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Law Department. During her tenure, the department was named one of the top three U.S. labor and employment practices by The American Lawyer, ranked by Chambers Global 2014 as Band 1 in the U.S. and by Chambers USA 2014 as Band 1 Nationwide, and recipient of the Chambers USA 2012 Award for Excellence. She is also co-head of the Class & Collective Actions Group and a former member of Proskauer’s Executive Committee.
Elise is recognized as one of the leading employment lawyers and was named "Best in Labor & Employment" at Euromoney’s 2016 and 2014 Americas Women in Business Law Awards. Most recently, Elise was named one of New York Law Journal's 2016 Top Women in Law which recognizes those making strides to push the legal profession forward for women. She is also widely considered to be one of the most creative and effective Wage & Hour Collective Action defense lawyers in the U.S., as demonstrated by the fact that she was recently named as one of the top five Class Action "Most Valuable" lawyers by Employment Law360. Elise defends employers against individual and class actions brought under federal and state anti-discrimination laws as well as against collective and class action claims alleging wage and hour violations under federal and state law.
Possessing extensive pre-trial and jury trial experience, Elise is routinely called upon to handle litigation involving a wide range of general employment issues, even when not involved in the pre-trial preparation. In addition to her focus on wage-hour and anti-discrimination cases, her trial experience extends to state law contract and tort claims as well as claims arising under the FMLA and ERISA.
Elise also represents and advises clients on a range of general employment issues and 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.
A noted author and speaker on employment-related topics, Elise is a Two-time recipient of The Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing as co-author of the articles “Can An Employee Steal Social Media Influence?” and “Workplace Peace and Speech”, published in Corporate Counsel Magazine in 2013 and 2009. She also has served as 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.