Mr. Menken is an accomplished negotiator and skilled trial lawyer. In 31 years of legal practice, he has a solid record of working on turning challenging cases into success stories for clients. Equally adept in court, arbitration, mediation or negotiation, Mr. Menken represents executives, professionals and individual employees in employment matters.
Mr. Menken entered private practice in 1993 after gaining valuable trial experience as a public defender in the late 1980’s and vital civil litigation experience at a federal non-profit in the early 1990’s. For nearly 25 years, Mr. Menken has successfully represented employees in a wide variety of contract, discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge and bonus/commission cases. Many of his clients work in the financial, advertising, telecommunications, publishing and garment industries and seek counsel regarding non-compete and non-solicit disputes.
Recently, Mr. Menken has been lead or co-counsel in several class action and whistle blower cases which have settled in the 7 and low 8 figure range. United States of America ex rel. Richard Faden v. Young Adult Institute, Inc. 09 Civ. 5003 (RMB) (filed May 28, 2009) (false claims act settlement of $18 million, of which $3.4 million allocated to relator); Ramos, et al., v. SimplexGrinnell LP, 796 F.Supp.2d 346 (E.D.N.Y. 2011) (certifying class of over 500 electrical and sprinkler technicians in NY state-wide prevailing wage case that settled in maintenance and repair claims for $5.525 million in 2012 and testing and inspection claims for $9.5 million in late 2014).
Mr. Menken is a graduate of Clark University (B.A., 1983) and Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1986). He is admitted to the bars of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a member of various bar associations and has had numerous published court decisions ans several cases highlighted in The New York Law Journal and The New York Times.
Mr. Menken has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for the New York area in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.