Kevin J. Mulvehill

Partner Rochester, Buffalo, New York City

Passionate, intelligent and effective business attorney with a broad based practice.

Kevin focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and litigation; wage and hour law and litigation; class and collective actions; commercial litigation; and corporate law.

He provides counsel and strongly advocates on behalf of clients, including public- and private-sector companies and other entities such as universities, hospitals, manufacturers, law firms, accounting firms, advertising agencies, retail companies, cannabis companies, sports organizations, auto dealerships, hospitality companies, financial institutions, not-for-profits, municipalities, advertising agencies, legislative bodies, business processing outsourcing companies, politicians and executives.

Kevin’s practice includes assisting clients with compliance with labor and employment law; compliance with wage and hour law; employment and consulting agreements; employment hiring; discipline and terminations; reductions in force; employee leave and accommodation issues; employee personnel policies and practices; non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants; unfair competition; severance agreements; employment discrimination; labor arbitrations; unfair labor practices; collective bargaining; workplace and governmental investigations; employee and executive training; corporate governance; entity formations; mergers and acquisitions; shareholder disputes; general commercial contracts; and developing legal compliance programs.

Additionally, Kevin regularly represents clients as lead counsel in hearings, trials, appeals and arbitrations before state and federal courts, administrative bodies and arbitration forums throughout the United States.

Kevin is also a frequent lecturer on labor and employment and other business-related topics.

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Honors & Awards

  • Listed in Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business, 2023
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • The Daily Record and Rochester Business Journal, Legal Excellence Award, Leaders in Law, 2022
  • City & State New York, State Labor Power 100 List, 2021-2023
  • The Daily Record
    • Power 20 List for Labor & Employment Law, 2022-2023
    • Power 50 List – Law, 2021-2023
  • Rochester Business Journal
    • Power 30 List – Law, 2021
    • Power 50 List – Law, 2022-2023
    • Power 100 List, 2021-2023
  • Named Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2014-2021
  • Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., 2013 Pro Bono Award for work on the Immigration Project
  • Up & Coming Attorney, The Daily Record, 2011
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2010-2012, 2014
  • The Edith & David Goldstein Award for Debtor-Creditor and Bankruptcy Law
Awards & Certifications
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Education & Admissions

Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 2006
  • Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg School of Law, France, Comparative Law, 2005
  • Cornell University, B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, 2003
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Experience

Representative Matters
  • Defended financial institution and governmental agency in national wage and hour class/collective action relating to alleged unpaid minimum wage/overtime for loan officers. Resulted in favorable resolution for clients.
  • Defended international business process outsourcing company with over 30,000 employees in national wage and hour class/collective action. Successfully limited putative class of thousands of employees to five individuals.
  • Defended franchisor and 50 franchises in wage and hour class/collective action relating to alleged unpaid minimum wage/overtime, failure to reimburse and deficiencies in records and employee notices. Resulted in favorable resolution for clients.
  • Prevailed at trial representing car dealership against two former employees who alleged whistleblowing and retaliation under MAP-21.
  • Defended hospital/university in class grievance alleging method of compensation violated collective bargaining agreement. Arbitration resulted in denial of class grievance in its entirety.
  • Represented large hospital/university in multiple unit clarification petitions before National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), where union was attempting to “clarify” bargaining unit to include numerous non-bargaining unit members at employer’s main location and outside locations. Union’s petitions were dismissed in their entirety. 
  • Prevailed at trial in gaining asylum in the United States for a politically persecuted and physically maimed Zimbabwean surgeon.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in numerous cases on behalf of many clients.
  • Successfully represented numerous local, regional, national and international employers before the New York State Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), New York State Department of Labor, NLRB, and New York State Attorney General’s office. Resulted in success in numerous trials, findings of no probable cause and terminations of governmental investigations.
  • Represented largest staging company in North America against multiple former employees who engaged in violations of restrictive covenants, breach of their fiduciary duties and theft of confidential information and trade secrets.
  • Represented company and individual defendants against class action claims of alleged breach of fiduciary duties under ERISA.
  • Represented financial institution in litigation against former president for breach of fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment, resulting in significant recovery.
  • Represented company against multiple former employees who started competing enterprise while still employed, in breach of their fiduciary duties and by improper use of company confidential information and trade secrets.
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Speaking Engagements

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  • Presenter, “Protection from Disloyal Employees,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Law Seminar, October 2022
  • Panelist, “The Use of Volunteers, Interns, Independent Contractors and Employees,” Labor and Employment Law Webinar, Rochester Business Journal, February 2022
  • Presenter, “Leaves Under the COVID-19 Era,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Law Seminar, October 2021
  • Panelist, “Labor and Employment Law,” Rochester Business Journal Webinar Series, July 2021
  • Panelist, “How Employers Have Successfully Adapted to COVID-19 and How They Are Planning for the Future,” Rochester Business Journal State of the Region Webinar, March 2021
  • Panelist, “B2B Panel: Vaccination Guidance for Employers and NY Paid Sick Leave,” Rochester Rotary Club, February 2021
  • Presenter, “COVID-19 Comeback Series: What Every Employer Needs to Know in the New Reality,” COVID-19 Comeback Series, Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Webinar, August 2020
  • Presenter, “COVID-19: Federal and New York State Leave Laws and Related Employment Issues,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Webinar, April 2020
  • Presenter, “COVID-19: Federal and New York Labor and Employment Laws,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Webinar, April 2020
  • Speaker, “Marijuana in the Workplace,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Legal Updates, December 2019
  • Presenter, “Recent Changes at NLRB,” Rochester Chamber of Commerce Friday HR Briefing, June 2018
  • Presenter, “NLRB Updates,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Law Seminar, April 2018
  • Presenter, “The Bermuda Rectangle of Employee Leaves: The Interaction Between FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Compensation, and New York Paid Family Leave,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Law Seminar, June 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “The Bermuda Rectangle of Employee Leaves: The Interaction Between FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Compensation, and New York Paid Family Leave,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Law Seminar, April 2017
  • Speaker, “Defending An Employment Discrimination Complaint Before An Administrative Agency,” Monroe County Bar Association Center for Education Event, March 2017
  • Presenter, “Conducting Background Checks and Drug Testing Workforce Lawfully,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Law Seminar, June 2016
  • Presenter, “Drug Testing Your Workforce Lawfully,” Rochester Chamber of Commerce Friday HR Briefing, June 2016
  • Speaker, “Top Trending Issues in Wage and Hour Law,” Rochester Business Alliance Business Briefing, April 2015
  • Presenter, “Top Trending Issues in Wage and Hour Law,” Phillips Lytle Labor & Employment Law Seminar, March 2015
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Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Cornell Club of Rochester
  • Michael J. Wilson Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Rochester Rotary Club

Past Activities

  • Rochester Hearing & Speech Center, Board of Directors
  • Buffalo Office of United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, Legal Intern
  • New York State Division of Human Rights, Legal Intern
  • Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY, Legal Intern
  • Buffalo City Court, Judicial Clerk
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, Board Member

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • Monroe County Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section
  • Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Articles & Publications

Articles

  • Co-Author, “Employers Beware: Non-Compete Agreements May Soon Be Banned in New York State,” Rochester Business Journal, August 2023
  • Co-Author, “Generation Z: Zooming Into Your Workplace,” Rochester Business Journal, August 2022
  • Co-Author, “Legalized Recreational Marijuana Comes to New York,” Rochester Business Journal, May 2021
  • Co-Author, “Commentary: Despite Clarification, Questions Remain on Effect of NY’s Travel Advisory on Paid Sick Leave,” The Daily Record, July 2020
  • Author, “Reopening Is Upon Us — What Businesses Need to Know,” Rochester Business Journal, May 2020
  • Co-Author, “Labor & Employment: How to Prepare for DOL’s New FLSA Overtime Rules,” The Daily Record, October 2016
  • Author, “Independent Contractors: Risks of Misclassification”, The Daily Record, October 24, 2013
  • Author, “Nothing Is Simple About Creating Job Descriptions”, The Daily Record, March 5, 2013
  • Author, “The Use of Social Media To Minimize Hiring Mistakes”, Rochester Business Journal, May 2012
  • Author, “The Use of Credit History In Screening Job Candidates: Is the practice nearing an end?”, Rochester Business Alliance- Chamber News (Rochester Business Alliance Newsletter), March/April 2011
  • Author, “Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors”, Rochester Business Journal, May 21, 2010
  • Author, “Employee Authorized Deductions and Income Executions”, Rochester Business Alliance- Chamber News, May, 2010
  • Co-Author, “Highlights Of The Wage and Hour Law”, The Daily Record, April 22, 2010
  • Author: “Criminal Background Checks: Balancing Risk and Public Policy”, Rochester Business Alliance- Chamber News, May, 2009
  • Author, “Workplace Blogging Polices”, Rochester Business Alliance- Chamber News, May, 2008