Parisis G. (“Gerry”) Filippatos is the Founding Partner of Filippatos PLLC. Mr. Filippatos is a seasoned and versatile labor and employment attorney with nearly three decades of experience in the field. He has represented thousands of employees in legal matters involving employment discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on gender, pregnancy, race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity; separation and severance agreements; executive compensation; restrictive covenants; and whistleblower retaliation. Mr. Filippatos concentrates his practice in the litigation of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and assault, as well as retaliation cases against financial services firms and Fortune 500 companies. He is also a highly adept negotiator, having successfully represented countless individuals in matters involving executive compensation, employment contracts, and severance agreements. Mr. Filippatos’s clients hail from a broad range of industries, including financial services, accounting, information technology, healthcare, education, restaurant and hospitality, transportation, and retail.
Integrity • Intensity • Intelligence
Before dedicating his career to plaintiff-side employment law, Mr. Filippatos advised myriad corporations on strategic employment issues including, but not limited to, drafting employee handbooks, enforcement of workplace policies and procedures, investigations of employment discrimination or sexual harassment and assault, human resources management, organizational structure, employee benefits, labor relations, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Filippatos now draws upon his extensive experience advising management in workplace disputes to effectively counsel individuals who have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other forms of workplace misconduct. A dedicated and industrious advocate for justice in the workplace, Mr. Filippatos is a longtime member of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law and Litigation Sections, as well as the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”) and NELA’s New York Chapter.
Mr. Filippatos has handled several high‐profile matters that have garnered significant media attention. He and his cases have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC, Forbes, Business Insider, Institutional Investor, HuffPost, The Guardian, New York Magazine, New York Post, Gothamist, Law360, Society for Human Resource Management, Employee Benefit News, and many other established media outlets. Due to his work handling prominent employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases, Mr. Filippatos has appeared on the cover of U.S. Business News.
Mr. Filippatos is also an author and lecturer on various employment-related subjects such as reductions in force, case assessment, whistleblower protection, age discrimination, family and medical leave, violence in the workplace, litigation tactics and strategies, and EEOC administrative procedures and ethics. He has presented at various national legal conferences, including the NELA Annual Convention, and has conducted legal seminars for the American Conference Institute and the Practicing Law Institute. Mr. Filippatos has also published articles about workplace sexual harassment and assault in the #MeToo era and other employment-related issues in The Employee Advocate, Recruiter.com and various other legal journals.
While the vast majority of matters litigated by Mr. Filippatos on behalf of plaintiffs have resulted in confidential, out-of-court settlements totaling in the tens of millions of dollars, Mr. Filippatos’s notable public cases include:
- Served as principal litigator in a landmark gender discrimination and unequal pay case against Morgan Stanley, which resulted in a settlement of $54 million (one of the largest public settlements for a glass ceiling case) and appeared on the front page of The New York Times.
- Represented a former junior trader in a sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against SAC Capital Advisors LLC in connection with a novel fact pattern alleging that a supervising trader required the plaintiff to take female hormones and wear feminine attire as part of an employee training program.
Background and Experience
Mr. Filippatos was born and raised in New York City, migrating along the Hudson from Hell’s Kitchen, to the Upper Westside, to Riverdale, before settling in Pleasantville and White Plains, New York. Upon graduating from law school in 1991, Mr. Filippatos served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department, where he litigated Section 1983 and Title VII cases. After spending nearly a decade practicing management-side employment law at two boutique law firms, Mr. Filippatos became a founding member of one of the largest plaintiff-side employment law firms in the country before starting his own plaintiff-side practice in 2004. Immediately before resuming his career as a plaintiff-side employment lawyer four years ago, Mr. Filippatos was in-house counsel for five years for a jointly trusteed labor-management organization where he advised on strategic issues, such as regulatory compliance and organizational structure, while also teaching governmental and labor studies to union apprentices as an Adjunct Professor at Empire State College. From 2017 through 2019, Mr. Filippatos was a partner at one of the largest plaintiff-side employment law firms in New York City; in 2020, Mr. Filippatos migrated as a partner to a preeminent competitor firm before deciding to re-establish Filippatos PLLC in 2021.
Mr. Filippatos received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School, where he was the Solicitations Editor of the Boston College Third World Law Journal. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, where he received the G.W. Hibbitt Award for Excellence in Public Speaking and numerous merit scholarships.
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Foreign Languages & Other Interests
Gerry is fluent in Modern Greek. When he’s not litigating, Gerry enjoys the cinema, hiking, live music, and spending time with his family, friends, and pets.