Marc B. Zimmerman is a Partner in the Litigation Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. Mr. Zimmerman was a Partner at Freeborn & Peters, which combined with SGR in 2023.
A Premier management-side labor and employment attorney, Mr. Zimmerman believes a great lawyer must take time to understand each client’s business and anticipate, as well as address, their specific needs. He does just that, and his hands-on approach to legal representation enables him to partner with his clients and build lasting relationships.
Mr. Zimmerman advises clients on a wide range of labor relations and business issues, including wage and hour compliance, classification issues, restrictive covenants, discipline, management training, policy development, reductions in force, investigations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, and unemployment claims. He is also a sought-after negotiator and routinely assists management and executives in structuring, drafting, and reviewing employment contracts, contractor agreements, separation agreements, restrictive covenants, and executive compensation issues.
Mr. Zimmerman has represented employers in hundreds of actions, including administrative hearings, arbitrations, and lawsuits. No matter the forum – federal and state courts, contract arbitration, Departments of Labor, administrative agencies (including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, and various other state and city human rights agencies), or the National Labor Relations Board – Mr. Zimmerman is a highly-skilled practitioner with an expansive portfolio of representative clients. His clientele spans a range of industries, such as luxury goods, fashion, retail, automotive, manufacturing, real estate, building services, finance, education, health care, and insurance (including the underwriting sector).
Mr. Zimmerman is fluent in local and federal labor and employment law and is frequently called upon as a speaker and writer, and has been published and/or extensively quoted in Women’s Wear Daily, Workforce Magazine, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel, Human Resource Executive Magazine and on Law360.com, MSNBC.com, and the Associated Press. He has been spotlighted as a New York Trailblazer by the New York Law Journal for his approach to creating reliable, predictable, collaborative, and relatable management.
While at Freeborn (now SGR), Mr. Zimmerman served as the Leader of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.
Mr. Zimmerman earned his B.A. from State University of New York at Binghamton, with honors, and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
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