Perspectiva General

Bertrand B. Pogrebin advises and represents clients in a wide range of employment law issues, such as:

  • Discrimination litigation
  • Union negotiations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Labor arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Long-term workforce strategies
  • Business restructuring
  • Plant moves
  • Consolidations
  • Mergers and acquisitions

He appears in state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the State Division of Human Rights.

Bertrand also focuses his practice on corporate compliance related to anti-discrimination laws, the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He works with many public and Fortune 500 private sector employers throughout the country on labor relations and employment law issues, and his clients include:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Universities
  • Finance companies
  • Investment firms

Among his notable accomplishments, Bertrand negotiated a settlement with the EEOC on behalf of three Westchester cities for hiring entry level firefighters that has served for the last 25 years, helped prepare for arguments before the United States Supreme Court in a case involving collective bargaining issues, and was part of a team that represented a public transportation system in an interest arbitration in 2009. He also served on the Commission on Mayoral Control in 2009, advising legislators on the renewal of the mayoral control law for New York City schools.

Additionally, Bertrand has been an adjunct professor of labor law at New York University Law School for 12 years teaching labor law, and an adjunct professor of Law at Hofstra University Law School for three years, where he taught courses on employment discrimination law and on individual rights in the workplace. In addition, he has served as a visiting lecturer at Yale University Law School.

Bertrand is the founding member of the Appleseed Foundation, which supports projects to provide equal access to justice. Previously, he was the head of a labor and employment law boutique, representing many public sector employers and acting as the negotiator for a metropolitan board of education, police department, correction officers, sheriffs and clerical units, and cities.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias


New York Law Journal Board of Editors


Regional NLRB Practice and Procedure Committee, Labor Law Section

American Bar Association


Developing Labor Law Committee

American Bar Association


New York-New Jersey Regional

American Bar Association


New York City Bar Association


Labor and Employment Law Section

Nassau County Bar Association


(appointed by the New York City Public Advocate)

Commission on School Governance


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

Labor Law Management / Employment Law Management



College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Inducted 2010

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


News, Analysis & Press

Libros & Capítulos

  • Labor Management Relations and the Law, Foundation Press, co-authors: Getman and Gregory

Speaking Engagements

Ethical Issues in Employment Law

New York City Bar Association

October 14, 2015

The NLRB and DOL Try to Breathe New Life Into Union Organizing and Regulation of Employee Conduct

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

A Look Back / A Look Forward Legal Update: The Top Employment and Labor Issues Affecting New York Employers

New York, NY

March 14, 2012

Review of Court Decisions: Public Sector Labor Relations

Labor and Employment Law Section - New York State Bar Association



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1958
  • A.B., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Admisión de la barra

New York


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York