Lawrence Peikes

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 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.

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

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Labor & Employment and Federal Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee
  • Wage Hour Defense Institute
  • WESFACCA