Meredith Cavallaro has been with Paduano & Weintraub since October 2000. Her practice is dedicated exclusively to litigation, with a focus on employment litigation. She has been lead counsel defending corporations (and their directors and officers) in state and federal actions brought by former employees involving various causes of action, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, breach of contract, wage and hour violations and tort claims. She regularly defends employers in discrimination cases involving claims for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, racial and national origin discrimination, age discrimination, disability discrimination and pregnancy discrimination. She also regularly defends employers regarding non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, unfair competition, wrongful termination, breach of fiduciary duty and corporate trade secrets cases. She frequently appears before both state and federal courts, the EEOC, the New York Division of Human Rights, the NLRB, FINRA and the AAA.
Meredith regularly counsels employers on complying with federal, state and local employment laws, rules and regulations. She helps employers devise strategies to avoid litigation and provides employee and management training on a variety of topics, including hiring, firing, harassment and discrimination. She conducts investigations of allegations of discrimination and harassment, and assists employers in conducting their own investigations.
Meredith also has extensive experience litigating commercial disputes, including securities-related matters and complex shareholder disputes and defending law-firms in legal malpractice actions. She has defended large public and private corporations in securities-related matters before state and federal courts and FINRA arbitration panels. She also has defended registered individuals in FINRA regulatory inquiries.
Meredith has been a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance since 2014. She currently sits on multiple committees and was elected as the co-chair of the Employment Practices Liability (Fiduciary) Committee, which is part of the Management & Professional Liability Community.
Meredith speaks Spanish fluently.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:
- Speaker/Panelist, Selected for the 2016 Southwest Employment Practices Liability CLM Conference, “Emerging Trends in Employment Litigation: Spotlight on Medical Cannabis in the Workplace, Website and Technology Access Claims and Joint Employer Liability”
- Speaker/Panelist, Selected for the 2017 CLM National Conference in Nashville, “2016 Employment Law Update – From Retaliation to Cutting Edge Evidence Being Offered in Employment Cases. What’s old is new in the employment legal landscape (and what’s new is new).”
New York, U.S. District Court – Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York
- Hofstra University (B.A., 1996)
- Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1999)