James M. Lemonedes is a Member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Employment and Labor Practice Group. As former Senior Counsel and Trial Specialist for the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Office, Mr. Lemonedes possesses a wealth of experience handling federal and state court litigation involving employment discrimination, civil rights claims, wage and hour matters and policy issues. He has served as lead counsel in more than 65 federal and state trials that have gone to verdict and has appeared in numerous administrative proceedings.
Mr. Lemonedes frequently handles class action and collective action lawsuits as well as single and multi-plaintiff claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), as well as such claims under the New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws and the New York Labor Law. He is also experienced in handling constitutional claims under Sections 1981 and 1983 of the United States Code.
Mr. Lemonedes is a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward M. Conan of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. While in law school, he served as survey editor of the Syracuse Law Review.