Linda T. Prestegaard

New York City; Rochester; Buffalo
(212) 508-0425
(585) 238-2029, (716) 847-8400 ext. 2029
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Ms. Prestegaard advises employers on the full range of employment and workplace issues, and represents them in federal and state courts and agency proceedings defending Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and Human Rights Law claims. Ms. Prestegaard handles wage and hour collective and class actions under the FLSA and New York Labor Law, as well as investigations and actions by federal and state Departments of Labor. She has represented higher education institutions with her work on faculty tenure and contract disputes, investigations of claims of misconduct and civil rights violations, regulatory compliance, faculty and staff handbooks, appointment letters and affirmative action plans.

Ms. Prestegaard also represents management in traditional labor law matters, including conducting training regarding concerted activity, union awareness and campaigns, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, NLRB proceedings and LMRA litigations. She also has extensive experience investigating claims of harassment, discrimination and workplace misconduct. In addition, Ms. Prestegaard conducts training on avoiding sexual and other harassment in the workplace, wage and hour compliance, human resources best practices and other workplace issues.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • 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. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Honors and Awards

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  • Listed in Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business, 2020-2022
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Named the Best Lawyers® Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester, 2021
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2022
    • Named Top 25 Women Super Lawyers®, Upstate 2012, 2013
  • Named to The United States District Court for the Western District of New York Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021


  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1988
  • Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1985

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section

Present Activities

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, Panel of Approved Mediators, ADR Plan, Member
  • ABA Committee on Practice & Procedure under the NLRA, Region III Employer Co-Chair
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc., Board of Directors

Past Activities

  • Mercy Community Services, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Mercy Residential Services, Board of Directors
  • Rochester Hearing and Speech Center, Board of Directors