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Outten & Golden LLP

Years In Practice

Phone Number (212) 390-8046

WAYNE N. OUTTEN is Chair and Founding partner of Outten & Golden LLP. He was the Managing Partner from the founding of the firm in 1998 until the end of 2018. His practice focuses exclusively on representing individuals in all areas of employment law. He co-chairs the firm’s Executives and Professionals and Whistleblower Retaliation Practice Groups.

Mr. Outten’s practice focuses on representing high-level employees and professionals in all aspects of their employment, including negotiation of employment, compensation, and severance agreements. He is the author of the “Representing the Executive” chapter in Executive Compensation (BNA Books). His practice includes representing employees in multinational employment contexts, including expatriate and seconded employees.

Mr. Outten’s notable cases include: a recovery of more than $12 million in a gender discrimination/retaliation case against Morgan Stanley in federal court; an $18.9 million arbitration award in a breach of contract case against Deutsche Bank (with partner Larry Moy);  and a $71.5 million arbitration award under a profit participation plan against another international bank – perhaps the largest arbitration award in an employment case (with partners Larry Moy and Tammy Marzigliano).

Mr. Outten was selected by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1987 and as one of New York’s Super Lawyers, where he is listed as one of the Top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers every year since 2006. Best Lawyers designated him "Lawyer of the Year 2010" for Labor and Employment Law - New York City and "Lawyer of the Year 2012" for Litigation - Labor and Employment in New York City. He was selected for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America every year from 2005 through 2013, and for the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America in 2006.  Mr. Outten has been an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers since 1992.

Mr. Outten was a Co-Founder in 1993 of Workplace Fairness, a charitable/educational organization, and is its current President. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Lawyers International Network for Employees and Executives (LINEE).

He was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Gus J. Solomon, District of Oregon (1974-76) and was an instructor at the NYU School of Law (1976-1978). He was an associate and then a partner at Lankenau Kovner & Outten, LLP (1979-1998).

Mr. Outten received his B.S. from Drexel University in 1970 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1974, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.

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What legal services does this lawyer offer?
Lawyer of the Year recognition for Wayne N. Outten
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Litigation - Labor and Employment, New York City (2012)
Labor and Employment Law, New York City (2010)
  • Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year," Labor and Employment Law - New York (2010)
  • Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year," Labor and Employment Law - New York (2012)
  • Intercontinental Finance Magazine ICFM 500 Leading Lawyers (2014 - 2015)
  • Lawdragon Legend 2015 (one of 50 the the U.S.)
  • Social Justice Leadership Award, The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island (2014)
  • Award as Founding Leader (30th Anniversary), National Employment Lawyers Association (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America (recognized every year since 1987)
  • Top 100 New York Super Lawyers (2006 - 2014)
  • 2011 Honoree, at Fifth Anniversary Celebration of A Better Balance
  • Award for Pro Bono Assistance, Legal Services NYC (2010)
  • Distinguished Community Leader Award, CUNY School of Law (2010)
  • The ALMO (Alumni of the Month), New York University School of Law (August 2009)
  • Samual M. Kaynard Award by Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal (2010)
  • CUNY School of Law, Public Interest Law Student Association Award (2010)
  • Partner in Justice Award, MFY Legal Services, Inc. 2010
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America 2006
  • Award for Dedicated Service, National Employment Lawyers Association/New York Affiliate, 2001
  • Super Lawyers: 2006-2018
  • Legal 500 United States Recommended Labor and Employment Lawyer, 2019
  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers (inducted 1996)
  • The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (2011)
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2005-2018
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers 2018
  • Distinguished Alumnus, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University 2008
New York University, J.D.
Graduated 1974
Drexel University, B.S.
Graduated 1970
Contact Details and Office Locations
685 Third Avenue, 25th Floor
New York, New York 10017
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