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Mark S. Goldstein

Mark S. Goldstein



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

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • 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

Mark is a senior associate in the New York office of Reed Smith and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment.

Mark’s practice is focused on defending employers in a wide range of employment litigation matters. He has experience in both federal and state court, as well as before a multitude of government agencies, and has defended both single-plaintiff and class action claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, leaves of absence, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other torts and contract disputes arising out of the employment relationship. Mark has also represented clients in litigation involving covenants not to compete. Mark works with clients at every step of the litigation process to determine which cases should be litigated, which should be resolved in an alternative forum, and which can and should be settled.

Mark also counsels clients on a variety of workplace issues, including policy development and compliance, risk assessment and litigation avoidance, wage and hour compliance, conducting and overseeing internal investigations, hiring, discipline, and discharge decisions, enforcement of covenants not to compete and other restrictive covenants, drafting employment and separation agreements, government audits and investigations, and a wide variety of other employment issues. In addition, Mark has provided workplace training to managers and Human Resources professionals and has drafted employee handbooks and individual workplace policies to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local law.

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

During law school, Mark served as a legislative aide to New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Bing.

Employment History

  • 2013 - Reed Smith
  • 2010 - Vedder Price P.C.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers: New York Metro area "Rising Star," Employment & Labor (2015-2016)

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association- Labor and Employment section (Wage Hour and New Lawyers Committees)

Notable Quotes

  • “FLSA Violations You Must Avoid,” Tsheets.com, 17 October 2016
  • “NYC grocery store law seen as part of anti-employer trend,” LegalNewsline.com, 17 March 2016
  • "Explaining the Unpaid Internship Enigma,” Human Resource Executive Online, 8 July 2015
  • "Labor Dept. Issues Updated FMLA Forms," Corporate Counsel, 9 June 2015
  • "The Complete Guide to Human Resources and the Law" (2015 ed.), Dana Shilling, 20 October 2014 (sec. 1, p. 35)
  • "Employee Classification of Company Bloggers," Corporate Counsel, 15 April 2015
  • "Proposal For Helping Criminals Rejoin Society Could Trip up NYC Employers," New York Business Journal, 22 August 2014
  • “'Ban the Box' Bill Worries Businesses,” Crain’s New York Business, 20 August 2014
  • "Labor Protections For Young Models Make Runway Debut,” Law360, 7 February 2014