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  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2001, magna cum laude
  • B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1998, magna cum laude
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York
Thought Leadership

Eric Raphan is a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment practice group and is located in our New York Office.  

Areas of Practice

Mr. Raphan's practice encompasses a wide range of labor and employment matters, including the defense of single plaintiff and class action discrimination, wrongful discharge and wage/hour claims, in addition to employment contract, restrictive covenant, whistleblower, sexual harassment and related claims. He regularly represents clients in labor and employment litigations in federal and state courts, and in proceedings before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and various state and local agencies. Mr. Raphan also represents clients in all stages of the labor election process, including election campaigns and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Raphan regularly counsels both domestic and international clients on matters relating to wage/hours issues, harassment, minimizing employer liability, reductions-in-force, and the development, implementation and enforcement of employment contracts, employee handbooks, personnel policies, restrictive covenants, and independent contractor agreements. Mr. Raphan also counsels clients regarding Title VII, ADEA, ADA, WARN, FMLA, FLSA and other federal, state and local employment statutes. He also advises management on the labor aspects of mergers and acquisitions and the extraterritorial application of U.S. laws.


  • New York Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
  • New York Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2012


Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

New York Commercial Division Round Up Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • "Sheppard Mullin's Labor & Employment Year In Review," Grand Hyatt New York, November 19, 2015
  • "Managing Infectious Diseases in the Workplace: Legal Requirements for Handling Infected, Exposed, or At-Risk Employees," C4CM, Center for Competitive Management Webinar, October 16, 2015
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: Spring 2015 Seminar," Grand Hyatt New York, May 5, 2015
  • "Infectious Disease and the Workplace – Key Considerations for Employers," West LegalEdcenter, January 29, 2015
  • "The Evolution of the Adjudication Process in Professional Athletics," Brooklyn Law School, November 20, 2014
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: Spring 2014 Seminar," Grand Hyatt New York, June 9, 2014
  • "Employee Social Media Use: Potential Liability for Employers Who Attempt to Regulate It and Reasonable Expectations for Employees," Bloomberg BNA Webinar, February 26, 2014
  • "2013 New York Labor & Employment Year In Review," Sheppard Mullin Seminar, Grand Hyatt New York, November 5, 2013
  • "Breakfast With Your Finance & Bankruptcy Lawyers: Labor Liability and The Financially Troubled Company," Sheppard Mullin Seminar, New York, September 12, 2013
  • "2013 New York Labor & Employment Update," Sheppard Mullin Seminar, Grand Hyatt New York, June 19, 2013
  • "Social Media and the Law: An Exploratory Look into the Legal Effects of Online Interconnectedness," University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, April 5, 2013
  • "2012 Labor and Employment Year in Review," New York, New York, November 15, 2012
  • "Access Denied: Employee Social Media Use and Potential Liability for Employers Who Attempt to Monitor or Regulate It," Bloomberg BNA Webinar, August 23, 2012
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: Spring 2012 Seminar," New York, New York, May 9, 2012
  • "Labor & Employment Law: 2011 Year In Review," New York, New York, November 3, 2011
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: Fall 2011," San Francisco, September 8, 2011
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: Spring 2011 Seminar," New York, New York, May 19, 2011
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: 2010 Year in Review," New York, New York, November 10, 2010
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: Leading Court Decisions and Key Legislative Developments in 2010," New York, New York, May 13, 2010
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: 2009 Year in Review," New York, New York, November 5, 2009
  • "Labor & Employment Law Update: The First 100 Days of the Obama Administration," New York, New York, May 21, 2009
  • "The Perfect Storm: How the U.S. Presidential Election and Recent Economic Events Will Impact Labor and Employment Laws in 2009 and Beyond," New York, New York, November 6, 2008
  • "Critical Employment Law Issues to Consider In a Turbulent Economy," New York, New York, June 12, 2008
  • "Guidelines for Promoting a Respectful Workplace," New York, New York, May 2008
  • "Preventing Employment Discrimination in New York," Lorman Education Services, New York, New York, March 26, 2008
  • "Training for Supervisors: How to Limit Liability for Employment Issues," Lorman Education Services, White Plains, New York, August 7, 2007
  • "Advanced Workplace Investigations," Lorman Education Services, Melville, New York, April 7, 2006