Geri S. Krauss is a
respected litigator and recognized expert on the complex issues relating to
professional partnerships. She regularly counsels lawyers and other
professionals in disputes involving partners, employees and their firms, negotiates
and litigates such disputes. She also
has an extensive employment law practice in which she has counseled both
employers and employees on their rights and obligations, as well as negotiated
and litigated a wide range of issues including discrimination and harassment
claims, equal pay claims and termination rights.
Ms. Krauss’ practice also focuses on mediation and arbitration. She has both represented clients in these
alternative dispute resolution forums, as well as served as a mediator and arbitrator.
Prior to founding
Krauss PLLC, Ms. Krauss was a partner at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, where she was
chair of the firm's Professional Practices Group and a member of its Litigation
Department, and a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP practicing in their
Lawyers for the Profession Group.
Ms. Krauss is a
member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Ninth Judicial
District and served a term as a member of the Committee on Professional
Responsibility of the New York City Bar.
She is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a Trial Lawyer Honorary
serves on the Board of Directors of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert
(JALBCA) and is a member of the American Bar Association,
the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Women's Bar
Association and the Westchester Women's Bar Association.
American Arbitration Association, Panel Arbitrator
Panel of Arbitrators for Financial Industry Regulatory
Authority (FINRA) Panel, Arbitrator
Panel of Arbitrators for the New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute
Resolution Program, Member
Character and Fitness Committee for the Ninth Judicial District Character
Committee, serves on hearing panels with respect to attorney admissions and
S.D.N.Y. Mediation Panel, Member
New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division ADR Program, Mediator
Publications and Presentations
- Partner Departures And Lateral Moves, A Legal and Ethical
published by the American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section,
- Take Control of Your Arbitration Process! What CEOs and
General Counsel Need To Know About Drafting Arbitration Provisions in Contracts, published by
Krauss' published articles include:
- “Transition From Litigation to
New York Law Journal, April 4, 2012.
- “Validity of Nonsolicitation Pacts Among
Lawyers Shrinks,” New York Law Journal, October 21, 2008.
and Principles Relating to Due Diligence in Lateral Acquisitions,"
Practicing Law Institute, "Staying Out of Trouble: What Every Attorney
Must Know About Ethics 2005," December 2005.
Partners: New Status Brings Change in Approach to Compensation," New
York Law Journal, February 2, 2004.
Nitty-Gritty on Equity," Legal Times, January 26, 2004.
Anti-Discrimination Policies Should Encompass Sexual Orientation," New
York Law Journal, May 5, 2003.
Roles Vary Widely From Firm to Firm," New York Law Journal, January
Law Firm Equity Partners Protected by Discrimination Laws?" New York
Law Journal, November 19, 2002.
Ms. Krauss’ presentations
Ethical Considerations When Lawyers Change Jobs,” New York State Bar
Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, New York City, Annual Meeting,
of Witness Preparation," New York State Bar Association, Section of
Commercial and Federal Litigation, New York City, Annual Meeting, January 2008.
the Personal Disaster: Why You Should Have A Plan of Action for Your Practice
and How To Do It," New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment
Law Section Meeting, Long Boat Key, Florida, March 2006
- “The Bottom Line – Fees, Billing and
Collections,” Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Westchester County, New
York, March 2006.
Firm Mergers and Lateral Hires: Managing Conflicts of Interest Risks,”
Hinshaw’s 2006 Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago,
Illinois, March 2006.
Firm Break-Ups, Mergers and Lateral Hiring – Managing the Risks,” Hinshaw’s
Professional Responsibility and Risk Management Program, New York, New York,
Ms. Krauss has appeared as a guest commentator on legal
television and radio shows, including "Court TV," "Celebrity
Justice," "The Today Show" and "Lawline."
Ms. Krauss' representative cases include:
- Posner v. Lewis, 18 N.Y.3d
566 (NY Ct of App. 2012). Defeated
defendants’ motion to dismiss complaint filed by nontenured teacher against his
father-in-law and brother-in-law, alleging they engaged in malicious course of
conduct resulting in denial of his application for teaching tenure as
retribution for his refusal to relinquish his parental rights during his divorce;
the Court held that defendants’ conduct in instigating complaints against
teacher to school authorities that resulted in denial of tenure was not
entitled to absolute privilege.
- Fern Simmons v. Richard Omohundro, et al., Index
No. 05-cv-4482 (TPG) (SDNY). Obtained $3.69 million judgment entered on March
29, 2011 based on jury verdict for plaintiff on claims of joint venture, breach
of fiduciary duty, quantum meruit and unjust enrichment in connection with the
development of an asset management company.
- Charles Bell v. Leona Helmsley, New York Law Journal,
February 18, 2003. Verdict, Vol. 229; Pg. p. 5, col. 1. Obtained $11.2 million
jury verdict for plaintiff on claims of sexual orientation discrimination.
- Cecala v. NationsBank
Fed. Appx. 795 (4th Cir. 2002). Confirmed dismissal of claims of breach of
contract, sex discrimination and sexual harassment by panel of NASD arbitrators
after six weeks of hearings.
- Ballen-Stier v. Hahn & Hessen, 284 A.D.2d 263, 727
N.Y.S.2d 421 (1st Dep't 2001). Obtained, by motion, dismissal of claims of sexual harassment and retaliation brought
by a former partner against a law firm.
- Clapp v. LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, 286 A.D.2d 643, 730
N.Y.S.2d 429 (1st Dep't 2001). Obtained injunction against any further litigation
by a former partner against a law firm.
- Harris v. LeBoeuf, Lamb, Green and MacRae, LLP, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS
18190 (S.D.N.Y. 2000), Aff'd, 29 Fed. Appx. 733 (2d Cir. 2002). Obtained
summary judgment dismissing claims of race discrimination brought by employee.
- Graubard Mollen v. Moskovitz, 86 N.Y.2d 112, 653
N.E.2d 1179, 629 N.Y.S.2d 1009 (1995). Case defined the standards that now
govern the rights and obligations of law partners who leave their law firms.
- Romney v. Lin, 105 F.3d 806 (2d Cir. 1997). Case ruled ERISA
pre-empted state law imposing personal liability on corporation's 10 largest
shareholders for claim arising under defunct private retirement plan.
- Honzawa v. Honzawa, 268 A.D.2d 327, 701 N.Y.S.2d 411 (1st
Dep't 2000). Obtained, by motion, dismissal of malicious prosecution claim
against a law firm.
- Jones Lang Wootton USA v. LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene &
A.D.2d 168, 674 N.Y.S.2d 280 (1st Dept 1998). Obtained, by motion, dismissal of
malpractice claim against a law firm.