Joseph C. O'Keefe is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department. He worked for five years in the firm's New York office and now practices in the Newark office.
For more than 20 years, Joe has litigated employment disputes of all types, on behalf of employers, before federal and state courts, arbitral tribunals (e.g. FINRA and AAA), and state and federal administrative agencies. Joe has litigated employment-related lawsuits alleging discrimination and sexual harassment, whistle blowing, non-competition/trade secret matters, compensation disputes, breach of contract, defamation, fraud and other business related torts. Joe’s practice includes representing clients nationwide in complex class and collective litigation, including state and federal wage and hour and discrimination claims. He has tried numerous cases before arbitrators, judges and juries. Joe's experience includes appellate work in both federal and state courts.
Employers regularly call on Joe for advice in a wide range of employment related issues. He regularly counsels clients concerning management of personnel problems, reductions in force, investigation of employee complaints, state and federal leave laws, employment policies and contracts. Joe has conducted internal investigations, on behalf of employers, into allegations of discrimination and harassment.
While Joe’s practice focuses on the financial services industry, he has represented employers in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, technology, communications, and media. Joe frequently speaks at seminars concerning legal developments in the labor and employment law field.