Brian Schaffer – Partner
Brian Schaffer is a partner at Fitapelli & Schaffer who is widely recognized as being among the top employment lawyers in the country. An aggressive litigator, he handles class and collective actions for employees as well as consumers. He has been appointed class counsel on a number of high profile cases, most recently in a matter that resulted in a $15.6 million dollar recovery for our clients.
Mr. Schaffer is a former Judicial Clerk in Kings County who began his legal career at one of the largest music publishing companies in the country, drafting contracts for artists and executives. Thereafter, he transitioned to a well-known employment law firm located in New York’s financial district. During his tenure there, he litigated against some of the largest companies in the United States, advocating for those who were sexually harassed, discriminated against and wrongfully terminated. He also represented the interests of well-known sports figures, including several PGA golfers.
Mr. Schaffer’s handling of many high profile cases has resulted in his frequently being quoted in national publications and appearing on television. Recently, CBS Eye on America sought Mr. Schaffer’s opinion for a full segment covering a sexual harassment case filed against the United States Postal Service.
Mr. Schaffer received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University and earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School, where he was on the Dean’s List. He is licensed to practice law in New York State and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Schaffer is a member of the American Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) of New York. Mr. Schaffer is often asked to speak and provide his opinion on matters relating to employment law and class action practice. Recently, Mr. Schaffer has been a panelist for wage and hour law CLE programs for NELA and the New York County Lawyers’ Association.
Super Lawyers Magazine has repeatedly named Mr. Schaffer to its list of Rising Stars as one of the top attorneys in New York. Less than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in New York are selected to this list each year.