Douglas H Wigdor

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It is difficult to imagine another employment lawyer with a comparable record both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.  Ranked one of the Top 100 attorneys in the New York Metro area by Super Lawyers, Mr. Wigdor routinely tries cases to verdict, having won numerous verdicts in the millions of dollars and regularly appearing in the New York Law Journal’s “Top Verdicts.”  His trial verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements exceed $1 Billion.

Mr. Wigdor has been at the forefront of some of the most widely publicized sexual harassment and sexual assault cases that have made headline news around the world.  Because of his employment trial verdicts and high-profile cases, Mr. Wigdor has appeared in several profiles about his career, including articles in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek and the London Independent.  He has been referred to in these and other major news publications as one of New York’s most high-profile litigators.  In a recent study, Mr. Wigdor was the only plaintiffs’ employment lawyer to be recognized as one of the most fearsome lawyers in the Country.  A former U.S. Senator for New York said of Mr. Wigdor, “it’s much better to have him on our side than risk sitting across from him.”

Mr. Wigdor is known for taking on some of the most powerful people in the business and political worlds.  Some of his notable representations include multiple alleged victims of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein, the hotel maid in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case, the rape victim in the Delhi Uber case that led to numerous executive resignations, NBA All-Star Charles Oakley in a defamation lawsuit against James Dolan and Madison Square Garden, multiple clients in the seminal “shop and frisk” cases, five award-winning female journalists at NY1 in an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against  Charter Communications, countless women in their gender discrimination and sexual harassment claims against their powerful employers, and over 20 employees at Fox News in their claims of gender discrimination, race discrimination, retaliation and defamation against the network.  In connection with his representation of his Fox clients, Mr. Wigdor was invited to and testified before the UK Parliament.


Mr. Wigdor’s successful handling of numerous high-profile cases has resulted in frequent television and radio appearances including Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Neil Cavuto as well as regular spots on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NY1, the BBC and NBC News.  He is regularly quoted as a legal expert in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Law Journal, London Times, Daily Telegraph, London Independent, USA Today, New York Post, and New York Daily News.

Mr. Wigdor’s extensive litigation experience is frequently distinguished in the media. Notably, in a profile on Mr. Wigdor’s career, The New York Times concluded that Mr. Wigdor is “one of New York City’s most aggressive employment lawyers.”  A sitting U.S. District Judge commented in another profile in the London Independent that “Mr. Wigdor is a winner.”  And Bloomberg Businessweek, in yet another profile of Mr. Wigdor, described him as among the “top tier of telegenic anti-discrimination lawyers.” Another well-known media outlet noted that although U.S. lawyers are known to actively seek out victims to encourage them to sue for damages, Mr. Wigdor doesn’t need to chase clients.”

In 2019, Mr. Wigdor was one of only three plaintiffs’ employment attorneys selected to the list of Top 100 attorneys in the New York Metro area by Super Lawyers.  The New York Law Journal has featured Mr. Wigdor and Wigdor LLP’s clients in the top New York State verdicts six times, including the number one and two employment verdicts and the number one disability discrimination verdict.  Mr. Wigdor and Wigdor LLP have also been recognized by Chambers and Partners, one of the most prestigious legal directories in the world.  Wigdor LLP is routinely recognized for extraordinary achievement in the categories of employee discrimination, wrongful termination, civil rights, whistle‐blower and wage and hour.  The Firm was named a winner of The National Law Journal’s 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers Awards in the categories of Civil Rights, Employment Rights, Racial Discrimination and Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar — more than any other law firm.

Mr. Wigdor is also a lecturer, editor and author of articles on employment and criminal-related subjects.  He is regularly invited to appear and participate in leading legal forums regarding topical employment issues.  Mr. Wigdor has appeared multiple times as part of an employment mediation panel at JAMS (Judicial Arbitration & Mediation) continuing legal education events, and has also appeared as a speaker at the American Arbitration Association forum, the National Employment Lawyers Association, Columbia University, Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham Law Schools, as well as Oxford and Cambridge Universities.  Mr. Wigdor also frequently speaks and moderates other continuing legal education seminars for the American Conference Institute and Practicing Legal Institute.  He is also quoted frequently in the New York Law Journal, presents lectures to various Bar Associations, and has published articles in numerous journals.  

Notable Outcomes

While the vast majority of cases handled by Mr. Wigdor result in confidential, out-of-court settlements before a complaint is ever filed, Mr. Wigdor has a reputation for obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of plaintiffs.  Some of Mr. Wigdor’s most notable public outcomes include:

  • $23.72 million arbitration award on behalf of the former Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags, one of the largest single-plaintiff employment arbitration verdicts;
  • $7.5 million verdict in a disability discrimination case against Walmart, one of the largest single-plaintiff verdicts ever under the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • $8 million (approx.) verdict on behalf of the former Editor‐inChief of The Source Magazine, who was retaliated against after she complained of gender discrimination;
  • $3.35 million verdict on behalf of a former employee of Nassau County whose due process rights were violated;
  • $1.35 million verdict in a disability case where the client was terminated by his employer after disclosing that he was HIV positive;
  • $1.126 million jury verdict in a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation case on behalf of a former Vice President and Wealth Manager at JPMorgan Chase; and
  • Arbitration award of over $700,000 on behalf of former Managing Director at a Manhattan-based consulting group who was terminated without basis for “Cause.”

Experience and Types of Cases

Mr. Wigdor’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling of individuals and companies in connection with a wide array of employment issues, criminal matters and international issues.  He has represented numerous clients who have been victimized by unlawful workplace misconduct, including discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, pregnancy, age, religion, disability and/or LGBTQ+ status.

Some of Mr. Wigdor’s most notable representations include:

  • Multiple alleged victims of sexual misconduct by disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein;
  • Five award-winning female journalists at NY1 in an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against Charter Communications that appeared on the front page of the New York Post;
  • Two former TV journalists at NY1 who allege that they were unlawfully terminated either while pregnant or shortly after returning from maternity leave;
  • Multiple alleged victims of sexual assault by professors at John Jay College of Criminal Justice;
  • A former Vice President at Goldman Sachs in connection with claims of sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation against Goldman Sachs;
  • A putative class of consumers in a class action lawsuit against Starbucks alleging the use of dangerous pesticides inside coffee shops throughout Manhattan;
  • Multiple female former Partners at Ernst & Young (“EY”) in connection with claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender discrimination and/or retaliation against EY;
  • The former Executive Vice President of Content at MLB Advanced Media (“BAM”) in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment against BAM and BAMTech, a technology subsidiary of Disney;
  • Former ESPN anchor Adrienne Lawrence in her claims of sexual harassment and gender discrimination against the network;
  • Finance executive Lauren Bonner, named “The Face of #MeToo on Wall Street” by The New Yorker, in her claims of gender discrimination and unequal pay against hedge fund Point72 Asset Management and its founder Steven Cohen;
  • Numerous victims of alleged sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape by their Uber drivers in a putative class action against Uber;
  • Thirteen former and current employees of Fox News, including former News Anchor Kelly Wright, who alleged race discrimination against Fox News Network LLC, Judith Slater, former Controller and Senior Vice President of Accounting at Fox, and Dianne Brandi, Fox’s General Counsel;
  • Fox5 reporter Lidia Curanaj in a lawsuit alleging gender and pregnancy discrimination against Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., Fox Entertainment Group LLC, Fox Television Stations, LLC, and Bryon Harmon, Fox5 News Director;
  • Former New York Knicks player and NBA All-Star Charles Oakley in a defamation lawsuit against The Madison Square Garden Company and its Executive Chairman, James Dolan;
  • A VP in the Wealth Management Division at the large investment bank Goldman Sachs in a lawsuit alleging systematic racial discrimination against Goldman Sachs;
  • Multiple individual plaintiffs in a racial profiling lawsuit against Macy’s;
  • Television personalities, news anchors, and other media employees and executives in discrimination, harassment and contract claims against their employers and others individually responsible;
  • Employees of The New York Times Company in a class action lawsuit alleging age, race and gender discrimination;
  • A former executive in a sexual harassment and retaliation claim against a top hedge fund that appeared on the front page of The New York Times;
  • A nationwide class action against Sephora on behalf of over seven hundred and thirty Asian customers who were the victims of racial profiling and discrimination;
  • A former senior VP at renowned T.V. channel Al Jazeera America, in a lawsuit alleging retaliation and discrimination against her former employer;
  • The courageous victim of a heinous sex crime at the hands of an Uber cab driver in India whose case led to numerous executive resignations;
  • Numerous attorneys against their former employees, including prominent international law firms. The attorneys were subjected to various forms of discrimination by their employers such as gender, age and sexual orientation discrimination;
  • Thousands of victims of employment discrimination, harassment, unequal pay, and/or retaliation against virtually every large bank and other hedge funds and financial institutions;
  • The Adler family, on behalf of Sol Adler, in a discrimination and wrongful termination suit against 92nd Street Y;
  • A class action wage and hour lawsuit against CitiGroup;
  • Former Executive Director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) in a retaliation action against the police watchdog;
  • Service employees in a collective and class action against Japanese ramen restaurant chain Ippudo for unlawful wage practices;
  • Former service employees in a class action against celebrity chef David Bouley for failure to pay minimum wages and tips;
  • Former Executive in an age discrimination action against MetLife for failure to pay retirement benefits;
  • A group of women in a gender discrimination case against Citigroup;
  • The former CFO of Six Flags;
  • A group of people of color in a race and national origin claim against Bank of America;
  • Individual women in an alleged gender discrimination class action complaint against Dresdner Kleinwort;
  • The former Tour Manager of *NSYNC in a lawsuit against *NSYNC;
  • Employees in a large wage and hour case against CitiMortgage; and
  • Several celebrity models, actors, actresses and well‐known chefs in various legal disputes.

In addition to representing clients, Mr. Wigdor is an arbitrator, serving on the American Arbitration Association Employment Panel.  While arbitration proceedings in employment cases are typically stacked in favor of the employer, Mr. Wigdor uses his extensive experience litigating employment disputes on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants to bring fairness and impartiality to the arbitration table.

Mr. Wigdor regularly conducts oral arguments in appellate courts, including the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals, and the First Department, arguing some of the most closely watched legal issues in the employment field.  Mr. Wigdor was a Federal Law Clerk to United States District Judge Arthur D. Spatt and was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, New York where he investigated, prosecuted and tried hundreds of criminal matters ranging from robberies and burglaries to complex schemes to defraud.  Prior to founding Wigdor LLP, Mr. Wigdor was a senior lawyer at one of the nation’s preeminent management-side labor and employment firms.


Mr. Wigdor is one of New York’s most highly awarded employment attorneys.  He has received the following legal honors and accolades:

  • Named “one of New York City’s most aggressive employment lawyers” by The New York Times
  • Ranked in New York Labor and Employment: Mainly Plaintiffs Representation by Chambers and Partners
  • Named one of 10 “Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar” in the U.S. by Law360
  • Selected to Top 100 list by New York Metro Super Lawyers
  • Blue Ribbon Panelist, Employment Litigation/Labor and Employment, Super Lawyers
  • Selected to Super Lawyers list for 10 years by Super Lawyers
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America list for 13 years by Best Lawyers
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment, The Best Lawyers in America
  • Employment Law – Individuals, The Best Lawyers in America
  • Employment Law – Management, The Best Lawyers in America
  • Most Feared Law Firms Award, BTI Consulting Group
  • Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report
  • Elite Trial Lawyers Award, The National Law Journal
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the USA, National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Labor and Employment Lawyers, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Premier 100 Trial Attorney, American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Leading Lawyer in America Award, Lawdragon
  • Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyer Award, Lawdragon
  • Lifetime Membership Award, Top American Lawyers
  • Top Verdict, New York Law Journal
  • Litigator Award, Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Fellowship, Litigation Counsel of America
  • A/V Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 10.0 “Superb” Rating, Avvo
  • Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board Member, Law360


Mr. Wigdor received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, cum laude; a Master’s Degree from Oxford University in England; and his Juris Doctor from Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C., graduating in the top of his class.   Mr. Wigdor was a senior staff member of the Catholic University Law Review and an editor of the Oxford International ReviewWhile at Oxford, Mr. Wigdor received a coveted “Full‐Blue” and was a member of the Vincent’s Club.

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • Her Majesty’s Courts of England & Wales, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2000
  • Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 1995
  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • New York, 1994
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Community Involvement

Mr. Wigdor has been awarded the Alumnus of the Year in 2007 and 2014 from St Cross College, Oxford.  Due to his continued support of Oxford, St Cross College, a library has been named after Mr. Wigdor and his wife — the Douglas and Catherine Wigdor Library Garden Room.  Mr. Wigdor is a member of the New York Eliot Society Membership Committee, and a volunteer for the Leading Together Campaign for Washington University.  Mr. Wigdor has also endowed a scholarship for an Arts & Sciences student at Washington University and has endowed a cycling studio in the student Recreational Center.  Mr. Wigdor is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER), as well as the Board of Advisors for the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University.

Mr. Wigdor is an active and philanthropic member of the Forest Hills community, where he served on the legal committee of the Forest Hills Gardens Association, and is a proud sponsor of the New York Pops summer series at Forest Hills Stadium.  Mr. Wigdor had the privilege of managing several basketball teams in the Forest Hills Little League, in addition to coaching a basketball team at the Forest Hills YMCA and Forest Hills Community House.  He is a former member of the Governing Committee of the Oxonian Society, a non‐profit organization dedicated to bringing heads of state to address its members, and was also a member of both the Alexander Hamilton and Theodore Roosevelt Inns of Court, wherein he worked together with other selected lawyers and state and federal judges in the analysis of current legal issues.  Mr. Wigdor traveled to Kenya with other lawyers from the Firm to educate Kenyan Wildlife Service Officers on evidence preservation and testifying in court.  Mr. Wigdor is also an active member of the Westside Tennis Club at Forest Hills and a member of the International Tennis Club of the U.S.A.