Experience and professional profile

When you need an experienced employment law attorney, Ms. Watanabe has outstanding legal acumen, skill, and knowledge. With decades of experience, she provides the understanding and familiarity with employment law you need. Her experience as a former prosecutor gives her an edge over the competition, allowing her to apply her courtroom skills to employment situations. The number of trials she has tried or overseen leaves no doubt about her courtroom talents.


 South Amboy, New Jersey, May 29, 1961


 Clarion University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1983, New England School of Law, J.D., 1986

Practice Areas:

 Labor and employment, civil litigation, sexual harassmentwrongful terminationdiscrimination, and employee benefits.


 1987, New York. 1993, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 2002, California and U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California. U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 2009, Connecticut.

Miscellaneous Information: Assistant District Attorney, Deputy Bureau Chief, Kings County District Attorney's Office, 1986-1992. Associate, Jackson Lewis, LLP, 1992-2000. Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster, LLP, 2000-2002.


Laura A. Watanabe is a founding member of The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC. Her practice concentrates exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, focusing on the counseling and litigation of labor and employment matters. In representing management, executives, and employees, her practice addresses aspects of the law such as compensation, benefits, and pension matters, wage and hour issues, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, actions for breach of contract and wrongful termination, and claims involving sex, race, national origin, age, disability and religious discrimination.

Ms. Watanabe represents clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She has extensive litigation experience, having successfully tried labor and employment cases before federal and state courts throughout the United States as well as before various administrative agencies. Some of these agencies include the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the New York State Division on Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the National Labor Relations Board, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission.

Ms. Watanabe regularly conducts training workshops on matters concerning sexual harassment, employment discrimination, issues facing start-up and emerging growth companies, and compliance with wage and hour laws.

Prior to founding The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC, Ms. Watanabe practiced labor and employment law at international and national law firms. She began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney. As a Deputy Bureau Chief in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, she taught trial practice after having prosecuted homicide and sex crime cases.

Ms. Watanabe received her B.S. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1983, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from New England School of Law in 1986.  She is a member of the New York State, Connecticut State, and California State Bars, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Laura Watanabe can be contacted at 212-486-7005 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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As a New York employment lawyer, Laura Watanabe has the experience you need and knows how to get the job done. To learn more about how we can help you, complete our contact form, or call us at 212-486-7005.