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Mark’s practice is focused on helping companies in New York and around the world manage their workplace needs. To that end, Mark counsels clients on a variety of day-to-day and also big-picture workplace issues. These issues include policy and handbook development; risk assessment and litigation avoidance; compliance with and overseeing anti-discrimination/harassment and other equal employment opportunity laws; wage and hour compliance; conducting internal investigations of sexual harassment and other allegations; hiring, discipline, discharge, reduction-in-force, and restructuring decisions; providing workplace training to managers and human resource professionals; enforcement of non-competes and other restrictive covenants; drafting employment, independent contractor, separation, confidentiality, and other workplace-related agreements; government audits and investigations; and a wide variety of other employment issues. Mark was also one of the leaders of a team of Reed Smith employment lawyers that, even before COVID-19 became national news, began looking into the workplace-related implications of the virus. Mark has therefore guided countless clients through COVID-19-related workplace issues over the past several months.


  • Fordham University School of Law, 2010, J.D., cum laude
  • Binghamton University, State University of New York, 2007, B.A., summa cum laude

  • New Jersey
  • New York

  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit

  • New York State Bar Association- Labor and Employment section (Wage Hour and New Lawyers Committees)
  • Member, ALM Media/ Mental Health Advisory Board


  • Named a 2021 role model by InsideOut LeaderBoard. The role model list is issued by InsideOut LeaderBoard. A description of the selection methodology can be found at
  • Selected as an ALM Northeast Trailblazer by the American Lawyer. The Northeast Trailblazers list is issued by The American Lawyer. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Selected for inclusion in the New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Employment & Labor: Employer, 2015-2022. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Named 2020 New York Trailblazer by the New York Law Journal. The NY Trailblazers list is issued by the New York Law Journal. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Notable Quotes

  • 9 July 2021 “4 Employer Takeaways From NY's New Airborne Virus Law” Law360
  • 9 July 2021 “The trucking industry is doubling down on booting marijuana smokers, and it's getting a little ridiculous”
  • 8 July 2021 “Biden's Call For Worksite COVID Shots Faces Uphill Climb” Law360
  • 23 March 2021 “Can Employers Mandate a Vaccine Authorized for Emergency Use?”
  • 15 March 2021 “American Rescue Plan Act Doesn’t Require Leave”
  • 12 March 2021 “Jabs for jobs? What to know when putting together your firm’s vaccination policy” The Drum 
  • 1 February 2021 “DOL Withdraws Three Opinion Letters on Wage and Hour Rules"
  • 25 January 2021 “More Opinion Letters Issued in Final Days of Trump Administration”
  • 3 January 2021 “Wage And Hour Cases To Watch in 2021” Law360
  • 15 December 2020 “Will the Senate Save FFCRA?”
  • 30 October 2020 “Bar Mental Health Questions Deter Treatment, Advocates Say” Bloomberg Law 
  • 22 October 2020 “‘Love Contracts’ Go Mainstream as Employers Track Office Romance” Bloomberg Law
  • 31 August 2020 “Temperature Screenings: Review State Laws” 
  • 20 July 2020 “State Quarantine Mandates Complicate Business Travel”
  • 18 July 2020 “COVID-19 Deals a Dual Threat to Older Workers”
  • 29 February 2020 “Law students say they don't get mental health treatment for fear it will keep them from becoming lawyers. Some states are trying to change that” 
  • 9 July 2019 “New York anti-discrimination law heightens risks for employers” Business Insurance
  • 16 October 2016 “FLSA Violations You Must Avoid,”
  • 17 March 2016 “NYC grocery store law seen as part of anti-employer trend,”
  • 8 July 2015 "Explaining the Unpaid Internship Enigma,” Human Resource Executive Online
  • 9 June 2015 "Labor Dept. Issues Updated FMLA Forms," Corporate Counsel
  • 20 October 2014 "The Complete Guide to Human Resources and the Law" (2015 ed.), Dana Shilling,  (sec. 1, p. 35)
  • 15 April 2015 "Employee Classification of Company Bloggers," Corporate Counsel 
  • 22 August 2014 "Proposal For Helping Criminals Rejoin Society Could Trip up NYC Employers," New York Business Journal 
  • 20 August 2014 “'Ban the Box' Bill Worries Businesses,” Crain’s New York Business 
  • 7 February 2014 "Labor Protections For Young Models Make Runway Debut,” Law360