A regular panelist speaker and routinely published on employment issues, Leni D. Battaglia defends clients in a variety of employment litigation in courts, arbitral tribunals, and agencies around the United States. Leni also develops proactive litigation-avoidance strategies for clients in various industries, including financial services, technology, media, entertainment, retail, hospitality, ecommerce, and transportation. Recently, Leni has focused on issues relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and workplace reopening and safety, as well as racial justice in the workplace. Additionally, he currently serves as co-leader of the firm's fashion and luxury brands initiative.
In addition to unpaid overtime, minimum wage, and other wage and hour class and collective matters, Leni litigates sexual harassment, defamation, age, race, sex, national origin, and disability discrimination, and whistleblower claims. He also represents clients in contract, denial of employee benefits, noncompete, and trade secret matters.
In the realm of preventative practice, Leni counsels on gig-economy and on-demand workforces, sexual harassment prevention and #MeToo issues, arbitration agreements and class action waivers, compensation plans, independent contractor and exemption classification, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, and employment policies. He regularly conducts internal wage and hour audits and navigates employers through investigations brought by federal and state agencies. Leni also trains employees and managers on how to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and regularly authors articles and conducts seminars on developments in New York employment law and class and collective action litigation. Leni frequently comments in the news media, writes articles, and trains employers on these subjects.
Leni enjoys an active pro bono practice and is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Award for Pro Bono Service from the New York City Family Court (2013) and the Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service from the Legal Aid Society of New York (2006), and has repeatedly received the Empire State Counsel Honor (NY) in 2007–2010 and 2013–2014.
Before joining the firm, Leni conducted social science research in Brazil as a recipient of the Congressional David L. Boren Scholarship. He is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese.
University of Connecticut School of Law, 2005, J.D., with Honors
Old Dominion University, 2001, B.A., magna cum laude
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, 2019)
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