Samuel Estreicher


Samuel Estreicher is Dwight D. Opperman Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, Director of its Center for Labor and Employment Law and Co-director of its Institute of Judicial Administration. He has published two dozen books including casebooks in labor law and employment discrimination and employment law, and legislation and the regulatory state; written treatises in employment law and in labor law; produced texts on global issues in labor law, global issues in employment law, global issues in employment discrimination law, and global issues in employee benefits law; edited conference volumes on sexual harassment, employment ADR processes, and cross-global human resources.  His most recent book is Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice in America (Cambridge Univ. Press 2016) (with Joy Radice).  Estreicher has also authored over 150 articles in professional and academic journals, including a bimonthly “Arbitration” column in the New York Law Journal.

He received his AB from Columbia College, his MS (Industrial Relations) from Cornell University, and his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. After clerking for the late Harold Leventhal of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, practicing for a year with a union-side law firm, and then clerking for the late Lewis F. Powell Jr. of the US Supreme Court, Estreicher joined the NYU faculty in 1978. He is the former secretary of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, a former chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment Law of the Association of the Bar for the City of New York, and chief reporter of the new Restatement of Employment Law, sponsored by the American Law Institute. In 2010, the Labor and Employment Relations Association awarded Estreicher its “Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Academic-Practitioner Award.” Estreicher has delivered named lectureships at UCLA, Chicago-Kent, Case Western and Cleveland State law schools, testified twice before Secretary of Labor Reich's and Secretary of Commerce Brown's Commission on the Future of US Worker-Management Relations, and has run over 100 workshops for federal and state judges, US Department of Labor lawyers, NLRB lawyers, EEOC lawyers, court law clerks, employment mediators and practitioners generally. Among his many teaching offerings, he has started NYU Law’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

Estreicher recently was appointed to a four-year term by UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-Moon as a distinguished external jurist on the UN Internal Justice Council handling staff-management disputes at the international organization.

Professor Estreicher has been of counsel to a number of major law firms in their labor and employment and appellate practice groups. His practice focuses on the wide range of issues affecting the employment relationship, including designing ADR systems, training supervisors for performance-based management and employee involvement initiatives, advising clients in OFCCP, EEO, and labor relations compliance, and representing clients in individual, global HR management, and class EEO and Wage and Hour litigation.

Estreicher is also a member of the arbitration/mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association and Center for Public Resources, and is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has been recognized in Human Resources ExecutiveSuperlawyers, and Best Lawyers in America publications.