New York

Labor & Employment Law


Daniel Bright

New York Employment Lawyer Daniel Bright

Meet Daniel Bright

Daniel Bright practices mainly in the areas of labor, employment and election law, representing labor unions, individual employees and Democratic Party candidates for public office.

Labor Law

Dan represents labor unions and union members in disciplinary proceedings, improper practice proceedings, contract grievances, civil service law proceedings, arbitration, state and federal court litigation, and collective bargaining.

He has achieved a number of significant victories in the area of prevailing wage law on behalf of labor unions, including a court ruling that resulted in a 25% wage increase for elevator mechanics and repairmen working on public works projects in New York City; a court ruling that required the New York City Department of Transportation to pay more than $3 million in interest to its street paving foremen, in addition to the 46% wage increase and $24 million in back pay they won at an administrative trial; and a determination that aligned the wages paid to the Staten Island Ferry’s marine engineers and chief marine engineers with the wages received by engineers employed on Maersk Line Ltd.’s U.S.-flagged, oceangoing cargo ships, with the base pay of the Staten Island Ferry’s chief marine engineers jumping from $64,000 per year to $170,000 per year (an increase of 265%) and an average back pay award to the Ferry’s chief marine engineers of more than $1 million each.

Employment Law

Dan represents employees in sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, race discrimination, and age discrimination cases; minimum wage and overtime cases; employment contract disputes; and disputes involving non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, and he regularly helps employees negotiate employment contracts and severance agreements.

Election Law

Dan was the Obama presidential campaign’s New York State election lawyer in 2008; was New York co-counsel to Dick Gephardt’s 2004 campaign for President; and has represented or advised present and former members of Congress, the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Council, including, most recently, Congressman Jamaal Bowman and City Council Member Shahana Hanif. In 2020, he won the case of Ferreyra v. Arroyo in the New York State Court of Appeals, knocking a twenty-six year incumbent Member of the New York State Assembly off the ballot on the basis of petition fraud, leaving his client as the only candidate on the ballot in that year’s Democratic Party primary election.

Dan is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and McGill University. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits.

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