Managing Partner

Tanvir H. Rahman

Mr. Rahman is a Partner at Filippatos PLLC, and an experienced and versatile trial lawyer with over a decade of experience representing victims in virtually all types of employment disputes.

Formerly a senior lawyer at another powerhouse plaintiffs’ employment and civil rights law firm based in New York City, before briefly opening his own practice, Mr. Rahman joined Filippatos PLLC in 2022 with a focus on representing plaintiffs in the areas of labor and employment law, civil rights law, complex class action litigation, business and commercial law, and appellate litigation.

Mr. Rahman also focuses a significant part of his practice representing courageous survivors of sexual assault, many of whom have bravely come forward in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Who is Tanvir?

Throughout his career, Mr. Rahman has successfully litigated countless multi-plaintiff and high net-worth single plaintiff employment discrimination, sexual harassment and unlawful retaliation cases, helping secure numerous seven figure settlements for his clients.

Mr. Rahman has also served as lead counsel for dozens of wage and hour and other types of class action litigations involving classes of aggrieved employees in a wide range of industries, including transportation, restaurant and hospitality, construction, the solar industry, banking, and retail.

Mr. Rahman has successfully litigated non-employment civil rights cases, including claims of racial and other forms of unlawful profiling, police brutality or misconduct, and discrimination by public accommodations such as high-end retail stores and schools or universities.

Mr. Rahman has also successfully litigated a high number of matters involving alleged breaches of contract; failure to pay bonuses, stock awards, or other compensation; disputes over corporate shareholder status; the enforceability of non-compete/non-solicitation covenants; and allegations of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and tortious interference.

Mr. Rahman is well respected by, and has an excellent reputation, both among colleagues and peers within the labor and employment bar, as well as judges, arbitrators, and mediators before whom he has practiced.

Mr. Rahman also takes great pride in building close personal relationships and trust with all of his clients, many of whom he remains in regular contact with even after their cases are successfully resolved.

Publicity

Mr. Rahman’s cases have garnered significant media attention. His cases have been regularly reported in print and online media, including the New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Law Journal, NBC News, Law360, Bloomberg Law, The Yale Daily News, Reuters, the Guardian, Huffington Post, Franchise Times, and The Boston Globe, among others. Mr. Rahman’s legal expertise has also been noted in the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Rahman has also had the privilege of giving presentations and speaking on panels throughout the country on hot-bed topics in labor and employment law. Mr. Rahman has also delivered CLE courses on various employment law issues and has administered sexual harassment prevention trainings.

Mr. Rahman has litigated cases both in federal and state courts all over New York and New Jersey, including in New York City, Westchester County, Nassau County, and Suffolk County.

Mr. Rahman has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice by courts in various states, including California, Connecticut, and Florida.

Mr. Rahman has extensive experience litigating matters in arbitration, including before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), JAMS, and FINRA.

Mr. Rahman has also practiced before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), and others.

Background & Experience

After completing law school, Mr. Rahman served as a law clerk for multiple judges within the Vermont state court system.

Prior to joining Filippatos PLLC, Mr. Rahman opened his own practice, and before that worked as a senior attorney for nearly ten years at one of the nation’s premier and most feared plaintiffs’ employment and civil rights law firms.

There, Mr. Rahman had the privilege of working closely with and learning from some of the most highly regarded employment and civil rights litigators in the country on certain impactful and influential cases that have gained notoriety over the last decade.

Education

Mr. Rahman, a New York City native, is a proud graduate of the New York University (NYU) School of Law, where he was a member of the school’s Journal of International Law and Politics.

Recognition

  • Super Lawyer Honoree, Super Lawyers
  • Rising Metro Star (a distinction reserved for only 2.5% of the attorneys in the New York metro area), Super Lawyers, 2015-present
  • Best Lawyers’“One to Watch” in the fields of civil rights and employment litigation, 2022
  • National Law Journal 2021 Rising Star of the Plaintiffs Bar (recognizing elite litigators under the age of 40 who are up-and-coming champions of plaintiffs’ rights)

Wins & Results

Simply put, Mr. Rahman has helped his clients attain nearly $50 million in settlements and verdicts in his career. Some of the notable publicly-disclosed outcomes Mr. Rahman helped achieve are included below, as well as other matters that resulted in favorable, confidential outcomes:

  • $2 Million settlement in a wage and hour class and collective action on behalf of service employees at world-renowned Michelin-star rated restaurant Blue Hill who alleged that they were wrongly denied wages.
  • $4.65 Million settlement in a nationwide wage and hour class and collective action on behalf of loan officers at Citi who alleged that they were misclassified as overtime exempt.
  • $3.5 Million settlement in a wage and hour class and collective action on behalf of over 500 fleet drivers against Sunny’s Limousine, one of the nation’s largest providers of luxury chauffeur services, alleging numerous violations under federal and state law.
  • $1.625 Million settlement in a wage and hour class and collective action on behalf of banquet workers at a popular Long Island wedding and event venue owned by NYIT that allegedly pocketed monies that should have gone to employees as gratuities labeled as “service charges.”
  • $1.5 Million settlement (subject to reversion) in a wage and hour class and collective action on behalf of hundreds of telephone call center data collection employees at Opinion Access Corp., alleging various violations of federal and state law.
  • $1.34 Million default judgment in federal court on behalf of a woman who alleged she was sexually harassed and unlawfully retaliated against by Gene Freidman, better known as New York City’s infamous “Taxi King.”
  • $1 Million settlement in a wage and hour class and collective action on behalf of service employees of a Domino’s pizza franchisee with over 20 locations throughout the tri-state.
  • Successful representation of classes of service workers in wage and hour actions against some of New York City’s most popular and trendiest restaurant, social clubs, nightclubs and other hot spots, including Tao, Lavo, Nobu, 230 Fifth, Hakkasan, PHD Rooftop Lounge, PHD Terrace and the Union League Club, with settlements collectively totaling in the multiple millions of dollars.
  • Representation of six (6) female physicians in a much-publicized sexual harassment and retaliation case against Yale University and a male supervisor, which included a favorable federal court decision denying the defendants’ motions to dismiss the case.
  • Representation of the former and first female CEO of the Recording Academy (most known for producing the GRAMMY Awards) in relation to claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and unequal pay.
  • Representation of the Black former Global Head of Diversity and Managing Director at Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley, in relation to her much-publicized claims of race discrimination, retaliation and unequal pay.
  • Representation of the former Chief of Staff to ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann, in connection to her claims of pregnancy discrimination and unequal pay.
  • Representation of a former Managing Director at global accounting firm BDO USA, Inc., in relation to claims of disability discrimination and retaliation.
  • Representation of a proposed nationwide class against one of the nation’s largest department stores, alleging unlawful racial profiling of its shoppers of color.
  • Representation of an Asian female private wealth management officer at Truist Bank, alleging claims of gender, race and age discrimination, including claims that she was victimized by a “boy’s club” mentality that permeated the bank.
  • Representation of the former Director of Digital and Social Media at non-profit organization Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, alleging claims of whistleblower retaliation in connection with her complaints about apparent corruption and questionable tax practices at the organization.
  • Representation of a former Business Development Associate at Thomson Reuters in connection with her claims of pregnancy discrimination and FMLA interference and retaliation, which included a favorable federal court decision denying, in part, the defendants’ motion for summary judgment.
  • Representation of multiple female plaintiffs in a sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation federal court action against professional women’s networking association NAPW.
  • Representation of the courageous victim of a heinous sexual assault at the hands of an Uber driver in India.

Other Interests

In his limited spare time, Tanvir enjoys taking his five-year-old son to the playground, spending quality time with family and friends, trying out as many restaurants as he can, and going to Yankees, Giants, and Knicks games.

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