Lawrence Peikes

Partner

Lawrence Peikes
Partner
offices Stamford
New York
phone 203-363-7609
fax203-363-7676
emaillpeikes@wiggin.com
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Biography

Larry represents the interests of management in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship and is particularly experienced in litigation defense. He has advocated for employers in a wide range of employment cases—before arbitrators, mediators, and government agencies as well as in state and federal courts. In a field where most attorneys rarely appear before a judge, let alone a jury, Larry has successfully tried cases on both the federal and state levels. Despite his extensive courtroom experience, Larry is first and foremost dedicated to finding the best, most pragmatic business solutions to personnel relations challenges, with an eye toward avoiding litigation.

Larry's practice encompasses the full range of employment law issues, including workplace discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, wrongful discharge, wage-and-hour compliance, non-competition agreements, trade secret protection, and contract negotiations. Larry represents employers in administrative proceedings before such agencies as the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities; the New York State Division of Human Rights and its New York City counterpart; the National Labor Relations Board; the U. S., Connecticut, and New York Departments of Labor; and other administrative bodies charged to enforce federal and state labor laws.

When litigation proves unavoidable, Larry and his team of seasoned employment lawyers have an enviable record of success, disposing of lawsuits on motions, at trial, and by way of advantageous settlements. What sets Larry apart is his knack for swaying jurors, as exemplified by a string of defense verdicts in jury trials including most recently

  • Defending a wire-and-cable manufacturer in federal court against claims of retaliatory discharge and disability discrimination, with the favorable verdict being upheld by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Prevailing before a federal court jury in New York City in an off-the-clock wage-and-hour case for a telecom client, where the jury returned a defense verdict following less than 20 minutes of deliberation.
  • Vindicating a hospital client in a highly charged whistleblower suit in Connecticut state court.
  • Procuring a defense verdict from a Connecticut state court jury in a contentious gender discrimination case.

Apart from litigation, Larry's practice entails day-to-day counseling of employers large and small, with respect to all aspects of the employment relationship, including employee terminations and discipline, performance management, collective bargaining, employment contracts, workplace discrimination issues, investigation and resolution of sexual harassment complaints and other charges of wrongdoing, compliance with federal and state wage payment laws, enforcement of restrictive covenants, union avoidance, policy development and implementation, human resources best practices, and alternative dispute resolution. The ultimate goal is to maintain compliance with the myriad rules and regulations governing the employment relationship, avoid unnecessary litigation, conserve time and company resources, and develop strategies that minimize legal risk while promoting the client's overriding business interests.

Larry frequently lectures and writes on employment law issues ranging from sexual harassment and developments under federal and state civil rights legislation to wage-and-hour laws to restrictive covenants. Among other academic initiatives, Larry is a senior editor of Bloomberg/BNA's treatise Fair Labor Standards Act, a contributor to that publisher's treatise The Family and Medical Leave Act, and co-editor of the Employment Law volume of the Connecticut Practice Series.

In addition, Larry is a founding member of the Wage & Hour Defense Institute of the Litigation Counsel of America, a nationwide network of experienced and carefully screened wage-and-hour defense attorneys dedicated to advocating the interests of management on pay issues. Larry is also an active member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Committee and is the incoming management-side Chair of its Federal Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee.

Chambers USA has ranked Larry in the Labor & Employment category since 2012 and notes that he continues to be recognized for his handling of employment litigation in representing management in wage-and-hour, restrictive covenant, and discrimination cases.

Larry received his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University's National Law Center and a B.A. from the University of Maryland.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Labor & Employment and Federal Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Society of Human Resources Management, Southern Connecticut Chapter
  • WESFACCA

Advisories

05.10.2018Connecticut Bans Employers From Inquiring About Applicants' Pay History
01.18.2018DOL Adopts Less Stringent Internship Test Under FLSA
08.29.2017Federal Law Does Not Preempt Employee Protections under Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Law
08.21.2017Connecticut Expands Protections for Pregnant Employees and Job Applicants
05.25.2017Second Circuit Addresses Two Hot-Button Employment Law Issues
05.12.2017New York City's Freelance Law Goes Into Effect
03.31.2017Connecticut Supreme Court Confirms That Independent Contractors Are Not "Misclassified" Employees Simply Because They Only Work For One Company
12.20.2016Employment Law 2016 - Year In Review
11.23.2016Federal Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Putting New Overtime Regulations On Hold
07.14.2016Legislative Update: New Laws Affecting Connecticut Employers
04.18.2016Start Spreading the News: Paid Family Leave and $15 Minimum Wage Coming to New York
02.05.2016Important Regulatory Changes on the Horizon
01.29.2016U.S. Department of Labor Expansively Defines FLSA Joint Employment in New Guidance
01.04.2016IRS Extends the Due Dates for 2015 Information Reporting Under Sections 6055 and 6056 In IRS Notice 2016-4
12.28.2015Employment Law 2015 - Year In Review
01.16.2013Projecting the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Connecticut Employers

Published Works

10.19.2015Take a Fresh Look at the FLSANew York Law Journal
01.31.2011White-Collar Workers Challenge Overtime ExemptionsConnecticut Law Tribune, Vol. 37, No. 5
09.23.2010Sound Overtime Policies Enable Employer to Overcome Claim for Unrecorded TimeWage and Hour Defense Institute Blog
09.15.2010The Curious Case Of Pharma Sales Reps And The FLSA Law360
01.25.2010Wage-Related Claims Seek Class-Wide ReliefConnecticut Law Tribune, January 25, 2010, Vol. 36, No. 4
11.25.2009Rarely Required Duty May Be an Essential Job Function Under the ADACouncil on Education in Management HR Spotlight.com
09.29.2009Deductions from Salary to Recover Bonus Overpayment Renders Employees NonexemptCouncil on Education in Management HR Spotlight.com
07.23.2009Supervisor's Remark About Propensity of Men to Harass is Evidence of DiscriminationCouncil on Education in Management HR Spotlight.com, July 9, 2009
07.17.2009Recent Developments in ADA LawConnecticut Lawyer, May/June 2009
07.02.2009Court Upholds Termination of Employee Based on Information Discovered During FMLA LeaveCouncil on Education in Management's HR Spotlight.com, May 13, 2009
12.01.2006Disparate Impact Analysis Under the ADEA and Title VII Testing ClaimsPublished in the CBA Labor & Employment Law Quarterly, Fall 2006, Vol. 12, No. 3. Reprinted with permission from the Connecticut Bar Association
08.01.2006Second Circuit Finds Employee Working Abroad Has No Remedy Under Section 1981 For Discriminatory Conduct Occurring Outside the United StatesSHRM Online, August 2006
12.27.2005Alaska Supreme Court Rules Denial of Equal Benefits to Gay and Lesbian State Employees' Domestic Partners Violates State ConstitutionSHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management , Court Report - Alaska Civil Liberties Union. v. State of Alaska, No. S-10459, 2005 WL 2812481 (Alaska Oct. 28, 2005).
12.27.2005Fourth Circuit Recognizes That Sex Discrimination Claimants Need Not Always Prove Replacement By Someone Of Opposite Gender In Order To Establish A Prima Facie Case Under Title VIISHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management , Court Report - Miles v. Dell, Inc., No. 04-2500, 2005 WL 3111917 (4th Cir. Nov. 22, 2005).
12.27.2005Tenth Circuit Holds Five Year Age Difference Sufficient to Satisfy Prima Facie Proof Requirement in ADEA Cases.SHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management , Court Report - Whittington v. Nordam Group, Inc., 429 F.3d 986 (10th Cir. 2005).
11.16.2005FLSA Class Actions: Six strategies for limiting your exposure to class action lawsuitsHuman Resources 2006, Winter Edition, Thompson Publishing Group
03.15.2005Hospital's RNs held not supervisors under NLRASHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report - Hospital General Menonita v. National Labor Relations Board, 1st Cir., No. 03-2734, December 23, 2004.
03.15.2005Pain and dizziness did not amount to disabilitySHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management , Court Report - Guzmann-Rosario v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 1st Cir., No. 04-1046, Feb. 3, 2005
03.15.2005Lateral transfer was not an adverse action under Title VIISHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report - O'Neal v. City of Chicago, 7th Cir., No. 4-1402, Dec 20, 2004.
05.03.2004Biased information taints neutral decisionSHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report - Cariglia v. Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, 1st Cir., No. 02-2199, April 5, 2004.
04.16.2004Continued at-will employment is sufficient quid pro quo for noncompetition agreementSHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report - Lake Land Employment Group of Akron, Ohio v. Columber, 101 Ohio St.3d 242, 804 N.E.2d 27 (March 10, 2004)
03.12.2004Working not substantially limited by alcholismSHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report -Sullivan v. The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., 1st Cir., No. 03-1606, Feb. 27, 2004.
03.03.2004Connecticut rules out 'compelled self-publication' defamation claimsSHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report - Cweklinsky v. Mobil Chemical Co., Conn., SC 16846, Jan. 6, 2004.
02.02.2004Employer pays for reneging on promiseSHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report - Stewart v. Cendant Mobility Services Corp., Conn., No. SC 16913, Dec. 23, 2003.
02.02.2004Unauthorized leave time counts as service for FMLA eligibilitySHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report - Babcock v. BellSouth Advertising, 4th Cir., No. 02-1791m, Oct. 28, 2003.
11.17.2003Company president personally liable for refusal to pay severance SHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report - Chisholm, Jr. v. Ultima Nashua Industrial Corp., No. 2002-456 (N.H. Oct. 14, 2003).
08.26.2003Do You Know Who Your 'Supervisors' Are?Connecticut Law Tribune, August 18, 2003
08.04.2003Obese People Are Taking Their Bias Claims To CourtThe New York Times, August 4, 2003
07.30.2003Co-employee had 'supervisor' status in creating hostile work environment; Court ReportSHRM's HR Magazine, July 1, 2003
06.03.2003No wrongful discharge claim for at-will employee fired for seeking legal counsel SHRM Online - Society for Human Resource Management, Court Report - Porterfield v. Mascari, II, Inc., Md. Ct. App., No. 14, May 8, 2003
04.21.2003420-pounder sues McDonald'sNew Haven Register, April 17, 2003, by Michelle Tuccitto
04.07.2003New Rule on Overtime OverdueStamford Advocate, April 4, 2003
10.15.2002Medical Screening Of Employees: When Is It Legal?The Corporate Counsellor, Volume 17, Number 4, September 2002.

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11.09.2017Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report
09.22.2017Six Wiggin and Dana Partners Recognized as New York Best Lawyers 2018
08.15.2017Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
07.27.2017Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report
07.21.2017Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report
06.05.2017Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
12.08.2016Wiggin and Dana Successfully Defends Quinnipiac University Against Student-Athletes' Wage Claims
08.15.2016Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
07.15.2016Labor, Employment and Benefits Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article Discussing Fox News Sexual Harassment Retaliation Lawsuit
05.31.2016Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
08.17.2015Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 31 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.21.2015Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
02.03.2015Wiggin and Dana Advises DMG Media in Acquisition of Elite Daily
08.19.2014Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 33 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
05.27.2014Chambers USA Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers
08.15.2013Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 35 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.14.2013Wiggin and Dana Lawyers Write For Wage & Hour Defense Institute Blog
06.07.2013Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers in Connecticut and Nationwide Categories
02.20.2013Wiggin and Dana Partner Named 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star
12.12.2012Wiggin and Dana Lawyers Write For Wage & Hour Defense Institute Blog
07.19.2012Wiggin and Dana Lawyers Write for Wage & Hour Defense Institute Blog
06.19.2012Chambers USA Ranks Wiggin and Dana Practices and Lawyers in Connecticut, New York and Nationwide Categories
01.30.2006Labor and Employment Partner Larry Peikes Quoted in Article Regarding Supreme Court Mulling Over Definition of 'Small Business'
06.13.2003Employment Law Practitioner Larry Peikes Quoted in Business Insurance re Mack vs. Otis Elevator Co.
08.29.2002Larry Peikes, Labor & Employment partner at Wiggin & Dana, quoted in Christian Science Monitor - August 26, 2002

offices Stamford
New York
phone 203-363-7609
fax203-363-7676
emaillpeikes@wiggin.com
view LinkedIn profile

PRACTICE GROUPS

EDUCATION

  • George Washington University, National Law Center, J.D., 1987, Graduated with honors
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1984

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • California (Inactive)
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (District of Massachusetts)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of California)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of New York)
  • US District Court (Northern District of California)
  • US District Court (Northern District of New York)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)
  • US District Court (Western District of New York)


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