Susan Ritz has practiced in the field of employment law since 1985. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 1995 to the present, and has consistently been voted a Super Lawyer by her colleagues from 2006 to the present. She is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and is a member of the Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers. Ms. Ritz is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Ms. Ritz handles all forms of employment-related matters, including advising employees and partners regarding their rights, duties and entitlement to benefits; handling contract, severance agreement and partnership dispute negotiations; and representing employees and partners in negotiations, mediations, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and lawsuits encompassing a full panoply of employment-related issues, with special emphasis on claims of unlawful harassment, retaliation and employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, and other protected classes.
Ms. Ritz provides neutral mediation services, and conducts impartial internal investigations on behalf of employers into alleged discriminatory conduct. She also advises non-profits and employers on employment-related issues and represents employers in severance negotiations. She offers harassment and discrimination prevention training to management and employees.
Ms. Ritz has published articles and lectured widely, including for the National Employment Lawyers Association/NY, ALI CLE, American Law Institute|American Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, New York State Bar Association, Cornell ILR, Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education, and at CUNY School of Law. She serves as a pro bono mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Ritz is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association/NY (where she served as a Board member and on the Executive Committee), and the Litigation Counsel of America. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the St. John's University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law.
Ms. Ritz also teaches deposition skills to the Trial Practices class at CUNY School of Law.
Before beginning her law practice, Ms. Ritz served as the law clerk to then Acting Supreme Court Justice Kristin Booth Glen. Ms. Ritz graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar and a member of the Order of the Coif. She graduated from Brown University with an Honors B.A. in Ethics and Political Philosophy.
Ms. Ritz is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of the state of New York, the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
“Ethics and Professional Responsibility,” “Retaliation and Whistleblowing,” and “Complex FMLA Issues,” 20th Annual Advanced ALI CLE Course of Study and Video Webcast Current Developments in Employment Law, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2013; Speaker and Author
“Reinstatement and Returning to Work: What the ADA Has to Say” and “Excusing Employee Misconduct Based on Disability,” Practising Law Institute: Employment Law and Litigation 2013, Speaker and Author
“States Immune from FMLA ‘Self-Care’ Discrimination Claims,” ABA Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, 2012; Author
“Supreme Court Round-Up: Recent Developments in Employment Law Cases,” New York City Bar Association, 2012; Speaker
“The Intersection between the FMLA and the ADA (With Some State and City Law in the Mix),” Practising Law Institute: Employment Discrimination Law and Litigation, 2012; Speaker and Author
"Deposition Strategies From the Perspective of Plaintiff's and Defendant's Counsel," 5th Annual ABA Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2011; Author
"Deposition Do's and Don'ts," 5th Annual ABA Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2011; Speaker
"Deposition Strategies From the Plaintiff's Perspective," New York County Lawyers Association, CLE Institute: How to Handle an Employment Discrimination Case, 2011; Speaker and Author
"What Every 'New' NELA/NY Lawyer Should Know: An Introduction to the Basics," 2011; Speaker