Lisa Brauner

Lisa M. Brauner



Lisa Brauner’s practice focuses in the area of employment law, specifically advising and representing employers in workplace law-related matters.  Lisa counsels and advises employers in many aspects of the employment relationship, including avoidance of litigation, wage/hour compliance, preventing unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, reductions-in-force, lawful hiring and terminations, disability, pregnancy and religious reasonable accommodation issues, as well as compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.   Lisa has extensive experience representing and defending employers in court, including successfully first-chairing both jury and bench trials, and responding to EEOC and other governmental agency charges and audits.

Lisa conducts HR/employment law compliance audits, including analysis of worker misclassification issues (exempt vs. nonexempt from overtime pay laws and independent contractor vs. employee).She also assists employers in developing and implementing systems and procedures to ensure compliance with employment laws.

Lisa has extensive experience preparing employment, severance, confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, as well as employee handbooks and policies, and related documents.

Lisa conducts trainings on preventing unlawful discrimination and harassment and independent investigations of internal complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation.

Representative Work
  • Obtained defense jury verdict for employer in race discrimination lawsuit.
  • Successfully defended higher education institution in sex harassment and retaliatory discharge lawsuit.
  • Successfully defended not-for-profit services provider in race, national origin discrimination, and retaliation lawsuit.
  • Handled nationwide reduction-in-force of global media company.
  • Successfully defended multi-plaintiff race discrimination action.
  • Successfully represented real estate management company in precedent-setting case relating to arbitration of employment claims.
  • Handled worker reclassification of global media and trend-reporting company.
Professional & Nonprofit Affiliations

American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, member

New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section/Dispute Resolution Section

New York City Bar Association member

Brooklyn Law School’s Alumni Mentor Program, Founder

Tufts University’s New York Women’s Networking Group, Founder


Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

Tufts University, B.A. cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York

New Jersey

US District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts, New York; Dist. Ct., New Jersey

Recent Speaking Engagements & Publications

Speaking Engagements / Publications / Press Interview

Nonprofit Risk Management in the #MeTooEra – A webinar in partnership with The Nonprofit Alliance

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee Workshop  “Have You Hired Summer Interns? What Nonprofits Need to Know About New York and U.S. Labor Laws”  Moderator,  May, 2018

Turning #MeToo into #NotHere – A webinar in partnership with Independent Sector

Combating Inappropriate Workplace Conduct at Nonprofits
Nonprofit Times Webinar, Presenter, March 2018

Nonprofit Radio – Sexual Harassment in Nonprofits 
Lisa Brauner provides guidance on how to prevent and respond to harassment claims.

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