Carleton College, 2006

J.D. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2012, cum laude

Bar Admissions
New York State; U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York & District of Colorado


Owen H. Laird is dedicated to the practice of employment and civil rights law.  Over the course of his career he has assisted a wide variety of individuals to resolve their employment disputes, ranging from minimum wage employees to C-suite executives. With experience in nearly every sector and industry, Mr. Laird effectively leverages the facts and the law in order to obtain generous separation agreements for clients who face harassment and retaliation in the workplace as well as substantial awards for those who have already been terminated.  

As a plaintiff-side employment litigator, Mr. Laird has handled hundreds of cases involving discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowers, FMLA and COBRA, as well as federal, state, and local wage-and hour laws.  He practices primarily in Federal District Courts both in New York and across the country, as well as in New York State courts.  Mr. Laird has achieved superb results for a range of professionals, including doctors, lawyers, architects, designers, and engineers, but has also achieved class- and collective-action resolutions for lower-wage workers.  Mr. Laird routinely deals with federal and state regulations concerning independent contractors and is prepared to address both traditional and non-traditional employment arrangements. 

Beyond litigation, Mr. Laird is skilled in Alternative Dispute Resolution and has developed a practice which allows clients – both corporate and individual – to achieve their desired outcome prior to filing a lawsuit.  Mr. Laird has handled numerous arbitrations and mediations before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS and has also worked with dozens of solo mediators and arbitrators through third-party agreements and the mediation program of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

Professional Affiliation
National Employment Lawyers Association