Member Firm Profile

Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP

Firm Profile

Address:

Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP
747 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10017

Phone: (212) 758-7600
Fax: (212) 758-7609

Firm Size:

8 Lawyers

Primary Contact:

Ernest J. Collazo, Esq.
ejcollazo@cfk-law.com

Attorneys Admitted to Practice In:

Connecticut
District of Columbia
Massachusetts
New Jersey
New York

Firm Description

General.
Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP is a law firm devoted exclusively to providing expert, cost-effective representation and strategic advice to management on the full range of complex labor and employment law matters. Our philosophy is to provide clients with an approach to labor and employment law issues that is both informed and creative, well-reasoned and practical. We do not simply convey legal precedent: we provide clients with our strategic thinking and guidance in a way that fully takes into account the company's broader business concerns. We value the long-term relationships that we have with our clients, and the confidence that they demonstrate by integrating us fully into their decision-making processes.

Expert.
The attorneys at Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP have substantial expertise in litigating, negotiating and advising about labor and employment law issues on behalf of management. Led by partners who previously practiced with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, we are able to provide clients with the expertise that derives from years of experience in a practice solely focused on this ever-changing area of the law. This expertise was recognized by The American Lawyer, which listed us in its national survey of 400 corporate counsel who were asked to identify the firms that best provide service, quality and value to clients.

Practical.
We take care to develop an in-depth understanding of each client's business practices, organizational structure, industry, and competitors so that our discussion of legal issues is informed by the practical analysis of how our advice fits in with the client's overall business needs and objectives. In the labor relations context, in particular, practical advice shaped by legal understanding is more critical to a client's success than a narrow focus on the law alone.

Cost-Effective.
In a legal environment in which costs to clients are consistently escalating, our lower overhead and substantial investment in technology permit us to provide corporations with billing rates that are 25-40% less than those charged by large law firms, while offering the same high quality work product, along with personalized client service.

 

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Firm Representatives

Mr. Collazo has been practicing labor and employment law for over 40 years. In 1974 he began his career at the NLRB's NY Regional Office following his graduation from Columbia Law School. After two years, he accepted an associate position at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and less than five years later, he was elected to the partnership. Ten years after his partnership election, Mr. Collazo left to co-found the original predecessor firm to Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP, a boutique firm practicing exclusively management-side labor and employment law and litigation. In November 2016, the Firm celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Defamation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights

A graduate of Harvard University and NYU School of Law, Mr. Keil has practiced at the firm now called Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP for his entire career. Although he advises and represents employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, particular areas of concentration include disparate impact analysis, workplace accommodations, medical leave, reductions in force, complex termination decisions, diversity & inclusion training, and preparing managers for difficult meetings with employees. Mr. Keil is active in the Federal Bar Council and the New York City Bar Association, as well as community organizations.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights