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V. Jonas Urba

V. Jonas Urba

Practice limited to Employment Law across New York State.
  • Employment Law, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Massachusetts, New York
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Summary

I'm an employment lawyer with 30 years of experience based in the greater New York City area.

I have worked as a state prosecutor and as an in-house, human resources attorney. I have been associated with a number of small law firms in addition to a 200 lawyer firm. I was the human resources director conducting internal investigations for a professional employer organization. I have founded and directed 3 law firms in 3 different states.

I am very familiar with the financial services, health care, union represented civil service, manufacturing, higher education, and sales industries. In addition to federal court litigation, mediation, and arbitration I help employees and small employers with the application of employment policies and procedures. More employers choose to apply covenants not to compete, enforce trade secrets and duties of loyalty, in order to protect legitimate business interests.

One of the most challenging things we do as employment lawyers is the reality check. We tell employees that unless they work for the government, are covered by union collective bargaining agreements, or have entered private employment contracts, their employers don't need a reason to fire them. That's correct. An employer does not have to give most employees any reason when firing them. Many employees find this surprising.

I search for sufficient facts, usually proven with circumstantial evidence, to determine whether potential clients might have suffered discrimination prohibited by Title VII, the ADA, FMLA, ADEA, EPA, FRA, PDA, or unpaid wages covered by the FLSA or New York's Labor Laws.

Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. (1988) | Law
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University of South Florida
MBA (1983) | Business Administration
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Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
B.S. (1980) | Psychology, Business Administration
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Professional Experience
Labor and Employment Attorney
Urba Law PLLC
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My practice is limited to labor and employment law matters. I litigate in federal court, represent clients at administrative proceedings, and have been certified as a court mediator. Most clients do not wish to spend years in court although sometimes that is the only option.
Discrimination Attorney
Law Offices of Jonas Urba, P.A.
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Represented the most discriminated segment of the population at that time.
Labor and Employment Attorney
Modern Business Associates, Inc.
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EEOC, Title VII, Department of Labor, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, employer policies and procedures, unemployment, internal and external employee conduct investigations
Labor and Employment Attorney
Fowler White Boggs Banker, P.A.
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Represented carriers and employers.
Labor and Employment Attorney
Miller Kagan Rodriguez & Silver, P.A.
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Represented carriers and employers.
Labor and Employment Attorney
Law Office of Jonas Urba, P.C.
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Employment discrimination, EEOC, Title VII, ADA, severance agreements, agency administrative actions, unemployment, sexual harassment, FLSA, FMLA
Labor and Employment Attorney
McCrea & Keck, LLC
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Represented carriers and employers.
Assistant General Counsel
State of Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
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Civil servant. Represented management and human resources in agency administrative actions, public employees relations commission actions, federal, state, and administrative forums.
Assistant State Attorney
20th Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney
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Prosecuted criminal cases.
Publications
Articles & Publications
The Glory Days of PUBLIC SERVICE
Westchester Lawyer magazine
Do Statutory Rights Mean What They Say?
Florida Bar - Administrative Law Section Newsletter
Speaking Engagements
Strategies to Protect Non-Traditional Families, University of Miami Law School / NCLR, Miami, Florida
NCLR
Florida continuing legal education workshop / seminar. Panel member / speaker.
Certifications
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and County Court Mediator (2004 - 2010)
Florida Supreme Court
Awards
Jonas Urba mentioned for helping a pregnant Planned Parenthood employee
New York Times
The New York Times published a story about pregnant employees losing their jobs at Planned Parenthood. The Times mentioned that I had resolved such a claim.
Highest Scholastic Achievement
Valparaiso University School of Law
Professional Associations
National Employment Lawyers Association, New York
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New York City Bar Association
Member
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New York State Bar Association # 4974333
Member
Current
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Westchester County Bar Association
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
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Florida
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Massachusetts
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New York
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
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United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Initial telephone conference.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards.
  • Contingent Fees
    The facts of each case determine whether contingent fees are appropriate. Litigation always costs money and someone must pay. The type of case and amount of potential damages determine fees.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fees can be flat fees, hourly fees, contingent fees, or hybrid agreements. They can include reduced hourly and multiple other combinations.
Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Urba Law PLLC
Blog
Urba Law PLLC
Videos
Sales professionals in their 50s and 60s are losing their jobs. Many think age discrimination but an employment lawyer might uncover something else.Employment Law Reality Check Sales Professionals Losing Jobs

Sales professionals in their 50s and 60s are losing their jobs. Many think age discrimination but an employment lawyer might uncover something else.

Probationary teachers and administrators may have Taylor Law issues. Collective bargaining agreements should be reviewed.Employment Law Reality Check Probationary Teachers Administrators

Probationary teachers and administrators may have Taylor Law issues. Collective bargaining agreements should be reviewed.

Physician and nurse practitioner non-compete agreements. You likely have one. Ask an employment lawyer to review it with you.Employment Law Reality Check Physician Nurse Practitioner Non compete

Physician and nurse practitioner non-compete agreements. You likely have one. Ask an employment lawyer to review it with you.

Switching employment lawyers. Can you do that if you now feel you made a mistake? What to consider.Employment Law Reality Check Switching Lawyers

Switching employment lawyers. Can you do that if you now feel you made a mistake? What to consider.

No law requires severance pay in New York. Many employees think there are guidelines when none exist in most cases.Employment Law Reality Check Severance Pay in New York

No law requires severance pay in New York. Many employees think there are guidelines when none exist in most cases.

Stressed at work? Don't act before discussing your specific facts with employment lawyers.Employment Law Reality Check Stress at Work

Stressed at work? Don't act before discussing your specific facts with employment lawyers.

New York City's Human Rights Law gives employees much more protection. If you work in any of the 5 Boroughs you are probably covered.Employment Law Reality Check New York City Human Rights Law 2

New York City's Human Rights Law gives employees much more protection. If you work in any of the 5 Boroughs you are probably covered.

Media attention can be a bad thing. Employees sometimes don't consider the down side. Some things to consider.Employment Law Reality Check Media Attention

Media attention can be a bad thing. Employees sometimes don't consider the down side. Some things to consider.

Bullying laws don't exist in most workplaces. Your employer doesn't have to be nice to you and they don't have to give you a reason before firing you.Employment Law Reality Check Workplace Bullying

Bullying laws don't exist in most workplaces. Your employer doesn't have to be nice to you and they don't have to give you a reason before firing you.

Contact & Map
Urba Law PLLC / Employment Law Reality Check
520 White Plains Rd., Ste. 500
Tarrytown, NY 10591
USA
Telephone: (914) 366-7366
Cell: (914) 826-7721
New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10036
USA
Telephone: (914) 366-7366