Recognized by legal industry observers for his labor and employment work, Leni D. Battaglia defends clients in a variety of employment litigation and in arbitration. His work involves US federal and state wage and hour, antidiscrimination and antiretaliation, labor, contract, tax, and employment-related tort law. In addition, Leni develops proactive litigation-avoidance strategies across business units for clients in various industries.
Leni represents employers in individual, class, and collective action litigation, and in administrative agency actions concerning US federal, state, and city labor and employment laws. He was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the New York Metro Bar in the area of Employment Litigation Defense every year since 2013.
He counsels on gig-economy and on demand workforces, arbitration agreements and class waivers, compensation policies, independent contractor and joint employer issues, employment contracts and new-hire documentation, leave and disability policies, employee handbooks, separation agreements, and union-management relations. He regularly performs internal audits and manages external audits, and trains management and HR personnel.
Before joining the firm, Leni practiced labor and employment and immigration law at a nationally recognized firm.
While in law school, Leni served as a student lawyer with the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, which represents indigent clients fleeing persecution abroad in complex litigation. As an undergraduate, he conducted social science research in Brazil as a recipient of the prestigious Congressional David L. Boren Scholarship.
Leni is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese.
Old Dominion University, 2001, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
University of Connecticut School of Law, 2005, J.D., With Honors
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Recognized, Rising Star (New York Metro Area), Super Lawyers (2013–2017)
New York Empire State Counsel Honoree for pro bono service (2007–2010, 2013–2014)
2013 Award for Pro Bono Service, New York City Family Court
2006 Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, Legal Aid Society of NY