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Cindy Schmitt Minniti

Cindy Schmitt Minniti



  • St. John's University School of Law, 1999, J.D., cum laude, Notes and Comments Editor of St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary; Academic Achievement Award – Merit Scholarship
  • Pennsylvania State University, 1996, B.A., English, Spanish and Political Science Minors

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York

Cindy is the Office Managing Partner of the New York office. In her practice, she represents management exclusively in labor and employment law, including litigation, counseling, arbitration and mediation with regard to employment discrimination, harassment, labor relations, and wage-hour compliance. 

Cindy has extensive experience litigating employment disputes of all types, including defending employers against claims alleging race, age, disability, and sex discrimination; retaliation; sexual harassment; wrongful discharge; violations of wage and hour laws; and breach of contract. She has represented employers in single and multiple plaintiff, collective action, class action and cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, and in various arbitration forums.

She has served as lead counsel in several federal and state trials involving allegations of discrimination, retaliation, constitutional violations, as well as state law, contract and tort claims. Adept at counseling clients at every turn of the litigation process, Cindy employs a creative mix of litigation and business skills to determine which cases should be litigated in court, which should be resolved in some alternative forum and which can and should be settled.

Cindy's clients regularly call on her to conduct and advise on internal investigations, and to provide advice on compliance with various laws affecting the workplace including the FMLA, ADEA, Title VII, ADA, FLSA and state wage and hour laws. She has also counseled numerous companies in the planning and execution of reductions-in-force, mergers, and other organizational changes affecting employees.

Cindy also advises clients on all aspects of employment related issues in corporate transactions.

In addition, Cindy supports her clients with strategies, counseling and training to help them avoid government investigations and provides practical advice on all employment-related issues in today's business world, including employee discharge and discipline, reductions-in-force, employment policies and procedures, and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws. Cindy regularly conducts training programs on the full spectrum of employment issues as well as on diversity issues.

Employment History

  • 2003 - Reed Smith
    • Office Managing Partner, New York Office
    • Former Deputy Office Managing Partner, New York Office
  • 1999 - New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Assistant Corporation Counsel

Honors & Awards

  • Cindy was selected to the 2017 Client Choice Awards list as the exclusive winner of the "Employment & Benefits Category" for New York. The list is issued by Lexology. A description of the selection methodology can be found at lexology.com.
  • Cindy was selected to the 2013-2017 “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Up and Comers” list. The list is issued by Human Resources Executive magazine and Lawdragon.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at lawdragon.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Cindy was selected to the 2013-2015 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Professional Affiliations

  • Arbitrator, Civil Court – New York County
  • Certified Mediator for the EEOC

Notable Quotes

  • 20 December 2016 "The Top Employment Regulations of 2016" Law360
  • 21 October 2016 "Turning off the Tech: Reed Smith Disconnects to Brainstorm on Tech Solutions" Legaltech News
  • 22 October 2015 “The Push for Paid Paternity Leave” HR Executive Online
  • 2 January 2015 "New York Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2015" Law360
  • 11 December 2014"3 Tips for Happy and Less Legally Risky Holidays" Corporate Counsel
  • 27 June 2014 "5 Ways Medical Pot Complicates Employment Law" New York Business Journal
  • 20 June 2014 "NY Pot Law Will See Courts Ask, 'Were You High On The Job?'" Law360
  • 14 March 2014 "Obama Signs Memo Telling DOL to Update, Streamline White-Collar Overtime Exemption" Bloomberg BNA
  • 14 March 2014 "White House Aims to Give More Workers Overtime Pay" Corporate Counsel