Howard Davis

Practice Area: Employment

Howard Davis is a Partner with Meister Seelig & Fein LLP’s Employment Group who focuses on employment related litigation for institutional and other clients regarding employment practices and policies, wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination laws, as well as industry-specific practices and requirements.

He has litigated many high profile wage and hour class action and collective lawsuits under both federal and state law and has regularly represented clients with regard to claims of discrimination, misclassification, federal and state statutory violations and breach of employment agreement, including the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Mr. Davis also reviews, negotiates and litigates severance packages, separation agreements, and restrictive covenants including covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements and non-disclosure agreements. He frequently appears before governmental administrative agencies and has represented clients large and small in a diverse number of industries including healthcare, entertainment, hospitality, restaurant, and construction.


Fordham University School of Law. J.D. (Environmental Law Review/Moot Court Competition Team)

Brandeis University. B.A. (Honors)


State of New York

Southern District of New York

Eastern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Representative Matters
  • Defended multi-state publicly traded hospitality parent and subsidiaries in wage and hour misclassification case in federal court.
  • Representation of fast growing, industry leading Home Health Care Company in numerous matters, including in connection with class-wide overtime claims, enforcement of non-compete provisions, allegations of discrimination, and development of practices and procedures in place at its locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida.
  • Assisted in the development of a commissioned salesperson employee model resolving class actions plaguing an industry where the standard was to classify workers as independent contractors, lectured at industry conference on the subject.
  • Defended publicly traded multi-state employer against claims of retaliation and pursued counterclaims against employee on basis of breach of faithless servant doctrine.
  • Negotiated favorable terms of separation for advertising executive relating to claims of retaliation for firing following statements made by the executive on social media in support of gender pay equality.
  • Negotiated full payment of disputed commissions to real estate broker without the need for formal litigation.

New York Metro Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014 – 2017