Top Ten FLSA Litigation Issues: 2015 Edition 

Price: $224 OnDemand

Louis Pechman
Founding Member, Pechman Law Group PLLC
Hon. Ramon E. Reyes, Jr.
Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Richard J. (Rex) Burch
Partner, Bruckner Burch PLLC
E. Michael Rossman
Partner, Jones Day


Wage and hour litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act has risen over 400% since 2000.  A wave of new cases is expected as the Obama Administration is backing a higher salary threshold for exemption and cracking down on independent contractor misclassification.

This program will help practitioners understand what issues they are likely to face as well as provide practical advice for managing these issues.

Educational Objectives:
• Learn about how courts are addressing collective and class action issues
• Understand the impact of government initiatives on FLSA exemption and independent contractor issues
• Find out what cases currently are on the radar for plaintiff attorneys
• Discover practical tips on settlement of FLSA cases, including court approval issues, confidentiality considerations, and attorney’s fees applications

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Attorneys who practice in the area of labor and employment law and want to be up to date on emerging FLSA issues currently pending in the courts.



Mr. Louis Pechman practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including employment discrimination, sex harassment litigation, union-management relations, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, independent contractor issues, and overtime and pay disputes.  As a practitioner for over thirty years in the labor and employment field, Mr. Pechman offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on improving the employment relationship and, where appropriate, terminating that relationship.  Mr. Pechman has worked as a labor and employment attorney at three Manhattan firms, as in-house labor counsel with the New York Daily News, and as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board.

A frequent contributor to the New York Law Journal and other business and legal publications, Mr. Pechman often gives presentations on employment law topics.  He was previously the Chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Labor Relations and Employment Law, and since 1996, he has developed and moderated NYCLA’s annual program on, “How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case,” as well as moderating the NYCLA program on, “How to Handle a Wage and Hour Case,” initiated in October 2010.  Mr. Pechman is one of the most experienced practitioners in New York in the fast emerging area of wage and hour law.  Over the past decade, he has litigated over 100 federal and state court cases involving claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law.  Mr. Pechman is also the founder of waiterpay.com, a site that focuses on the complex wage and hour issues in the New York restaurant industry.

Mr. Pechman is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York.  He earned his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and his B.S. from Cornell University.


Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr., entered service as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York in February 2006.  At the time of his appointment, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, serving as a Deputy Chief of Civil Appeals.  Judge Reyes was reappointed to a second eight-year term as a Magistrate Judge in December 2013.

Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Judge Reyes was an associate in the New York office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, a law clerk to the late-Honorable David G. Trager, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, and a legislative attorney for the New York City Council. From 2000-2003, he served as a member of the United States Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York.

Judge Reyes has published several law review articles on intellectual property, and international law and litigation issues, and is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School.  He is a presidential appointee to the American Bar Association’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, a member of the Latino Judges Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Council.  Judge Reyes also currently serves as Secretary of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.

Judge Reyes received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, his L.L.M. from New York University School of Law, and his B.S. from Cornell University.


Mr. Richard (Rex) Burch started his career defending some of America’s largest companies in employment lawsuits.  Over time, Mr. Burch found representing working people easier on his conscience.  Over the past 10 years, Mr. Burch has recovered tens of millions of dollars for workers all across America.  Because of his special expertise in wage and hour law, Mr. Burch is a frequent speaker at legal seminars and workshops.

Mr. Burch is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Labor & Employment Law.  The Texas Lawyer magazine ranks him as a “Super Lawyer” and H Texas magazine has listed him as one of Houston’s “Top Lawyers for the People.”  Mr. Burch’s firm, Bruckner Burch PLLC, is A-V rated by Martindale-Hubble.

Mr. Burch is admitted to practice in Texas.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.S. from the University of North Texas. 


Mr. Michael Rossman focuses on representing management clients in employment-related litigation with an emphasis on wage/hour, discrimination, and labor actions.  Mr. Rossman has extensive experience in class, collective, and multiparty actions in federal and state courts.  In addition, Mr. Rossman represents and counsels management on issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the WARN Act, and other federal and state labor and employment laws.

Mr. Rossman’s representation of clients includes: Borden Chemical, Delphi General Electric, General Motors, McDonald’s, National City Bank, Ohio Casualty Insurance, ProMedica Healthy System, Standard Insurance, and Verizon.  He has written on a variety of topics, including wage and hour issues, labor issues, management techniques, and litigation avoidance.  He is a member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations and is a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law.

Mr. Rossman is admitted to practice in Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.