Ian Clarke-Fisher handles employment litigation matters and counsels clients on various employment issues, including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, contracts, layoffs, and employee compensation. In addition to his employment practice, Ian also focuses on commercial litigation and early dispute resolution. He works with businesses on every aspect of a dispute; from litigation prevention strategies, workplace policy revisions, and best practices, to responding to administrative charges and court complaints, handling discovery, preparing for trial, and taking matters on appeal. Ian is a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group.
Ian regularly represents businesses in complex litigation, such as collective and class actions, and administrative proceedings, including claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division on Human Rights. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies, with national or global operations, to local employers.
He has extensive experience handling employment-related claims, including allegations of retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and discrimination based on race, sex, and religion. He has achieved positive results for clients, including obtaining numerous dismissals on behalf of employers in actions based on allegations of wrongful termination and discrimination before state agencies and in the courts, together with appeals before the Second Circuit and New York Appellate Division.
Ian’s practice also focuses on wage and hour claims, including those brought before departments of labor and in federal and state courts. He has handled Department of Labor investigations and federal collective actions, such as actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Ian also regularly counsels employers in all areas of employment law, including personnel policies and handbooks, wage and hour issues, employee discipline and discharge issues, disability and reasonable accommodation, reductions in force, unemployment, severance and separation agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and other employment agreements. In this regard, he regularly volunteers his legal services to non-profit organizations.
Trade Secrets and Non-Competition
Ian is particularly experienced in trade secret and non-compete claims, from handling pre-suit investigations to obtaining injunctions on behalf of employers, handling claims of breach of contract, unfair competition, trade secrets, and tortious interference. He has successfully handled cases for employers and employees, including obtaining six-figure settlements, dismissals, restraining orders, injunctions, and numerous pre-suit settlements.