Ariel D. Cudkowicz

Ariel Cudkowicz is the co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s national Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group and serves on the firm’s national Labor and Employment Steering Committee. He is the Associate Managing Partner of the Boston Office.

Mr. Cudkowicz’s practice is focused on wage and hour collective and class actions, complex single-plaintiff employment discrimination litigation and workplace advice and counseling. Mr. Cudkowicz manages a number of national portfolio client relationships, and specializes in representing clients in the retail industry in FLSA collective actions, and in the hospitality industry in class actions challenging the distribution of tips and service charges under state and federal laws. Mr. Cudkowicz has litigated such matters in Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama. Mr. Cudkowicz also provides advice to Fortune 100 and 500 corporations on compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws and avoidance of litigation under those laws.

Mr. Cudkowicz has extensive experience defending single and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination cases brought under federal and state laws and employment-related breach of contract and tort claims. Mr. Cudkowicz has litigated such matters in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut. Mr. Cudkowicz’s litigation practice covers the full spectrum of litigation services, including litigation management, motion practice, jury trials and appeals before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Cudkowicz has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration, mediation and conciliation encompassing most substantive areas of employment law.

Mr. Cudkowicz conducts internal investigations for a variety of clients and has experience investigating hostile working environment claims, quid pro quo harassment claims, whistleblower claims, retaliation claims, and claims of glass ceiling and systemic discrimination. He also has significant experience conducting highly sensitive internal investigations, including investigations involving Human Resources and Legal Department personnel, and C-suite executives.

Mr. Cudkowicz has represented clients in a wide number of industries including banking, financial services, retail, hospitality, spa, sports/entertainment, adult entertainment, airline, high tech, clinical research, international education, temporary staffing and business services.

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Areas of Practice 1) Labor & Employment, 2) Employment Litigation, 3) Wage & Hour Litigation, 4) Commercial Litigation, 5) Trade Secrets, 6) Computer Fraud & Non-Competes, 7) Hospitality, 8) Wage & Hour Compliance Reviews and Assessments and 9) Appellate Advocacy
Law School Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1987)
Education University of Rochester (B.A., 1984)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Massachusetts State Bar Association, Connecticut State Bar Association
Most recent firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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