Dr. Zev J. Eigen combines his expertise in labor and employment law with his deep experience in complex data analytics and social scientific research to handle three categories of work: (1) predictive analytics using artificial intelligence or “machine learning” algorithms as applied to HR and related business decisions; (2) statistical analysis and econometric modeling of issues arising out of class actions and pattern and practice matters; and (3) statistical analysis of labor, employment and HR related data.

He is a nationally recognized expert in these fields appearing in the media frequently (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, NPR, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc.). Zev is a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to workplace data analytics.

Zev is an accomplished public speaker and is invited regularly to lecture and present papers at academic institutions and professional organizations across the country. His academic appointments include:

  • Northwestern U. School of Law (Assistant Professor of Law; Associate Professor of Law; 2009-2015)
  • Yale Law School (Irving S. Ribicoff Visiting Professor of Law; 2015)
  • NYU School of Law (Visiting Professor of Law; 2014)
  • Kellogg School of Management (Associate Professor of Management & Strategy; 2010-2015)


Named, 10 Most Innovative Individuals

North American Innovative Lawyers Report, Financial Times



Fastcase 50


Named, 40 Under 40 Rising Legal Stars

National Law Journal


Refereed Paper Competition Winner

Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)


Recipient, Joel Seideman Memorial Prize

Cornell University


News, Analysis & Press

Legal Advisers Who Mean Business

Financial Times

December 5, 2016

Top 10 Innovative Lawyers in North America

Financial Times

December 5, 2016

Artificial Intelligence: The Future Is Now

SHRM Online

November 16, 2016

New California IMDb Age Law Probably Unconstitutional, Experts Say

The Hollywood Reporter

September 27, 2016

Sharing Knowledge and Producing Innovative Solutions

Thomson Reuters Forum Magazine

September 26, 2016

Leveraging Data Analytics for Fair Pay


September 23, 2016

Big Data in Employment

Today's General Counsel

February 26, 2016

The Rise of the Chief Data Scientist

Legaltech News

February 1, 2016

Legal Tech Digest: 4 Trends to Watch

Legaltech News

October 30, 2015

Employers Underuse 'Big Data'


October 19, 2015

Post-Racial Hydraulics: The Hidden Dangers of the Universal Turn

New York University Law Review

When Rules are Made to be Broken

129 Northwestern University Law Review 107


Less is More: A Case for Structural Reform of the National Labor Relations Board

98 Minnesota Law Review 1880


Justice or Just between Us? Empirical Evidence of the Trade-off between Procedural and Interactional Justice in Workplace Dispute Resolution

67 Industrial and Labor Relations Review 171


Do Lawyers Really Believe Their Own Hype and Should They? A Natural Experiment

41 Journal of Legal Studies 239


Empirical Studies of Contract

8 Annual Review of Law and Social Science 291


When and Why Individuals Obey Contracts: Experimental Evidence of Consent, Compliance, Promise, and Performance

41 Journal of Legal Studies 67


Experimental Evidence of the Relationship Between Reading the Fine Print and Performance of Form-Contract Terms

168 Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 124


A Moral / Contractual Approach to Labor Law Reform

63 Hastings Law Journal 101


Shifting the Paradigm of the Debate: A Proposal to Eliminate At-Will Employment and Implement a ‘Mandatory Arbitration Act’

87 Indiana Law Journal. 271


The Devil in the Details: The Interrelationship among Citizenship, Rule of Law and Form-Adhesive Contracts

41 Connecticut Law Review 381


Don’t Train Your Employees and Cancel Your 1-800 Harassment Hotline: An Empirical Examination and Correction of the Flaws in the Affirmative Defense to Sexual Harassment Charges

69 Fordham Law Review 1265


In Defense of Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Disputes: Saving the Baby, Tossing Out the Bath Water and Constructing a New Sink in the Process

2 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law 73


Books & Book Chapters

  • Foundations of Labor and Employment Law, Matthew Bender Publishing, with Samuel Estreicher and Stewart Schwab, 2012
  • The Forum for Adjudication of Employment Disputes, Research Handbook on the Economics of Labor and Employment Law, Michael L. Wachter, Cynthia L. Estlund, eds. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., with Samuel Estreicher, 2012
  • Labor and Employment Law Initiatives and Proposals Under the Obama Administration: Proceedings of the New York University 62nd Annual Conference on Labor, volume editor, Kluwer Law International, 2011
  • The Recent Judicial Evolution of Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Lawsuits: Proceedings of N.Y.U. 53rd Annual Conference of Labor, Samuel Estreicher, ed., with David Sherwyn, 2004

Speaking Engagements

Inaugural Europe Conference - Germany


November 10, 2016

Inaugural U.K. Conference

November 8, 2016

2016 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2016

Closing the Gender Pay Gap: The Role of State Fair Pay Laws

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

Using Data Analytics in Onboarding and Employee Performance Measurement

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

Using Data Analytics in Assessing Litigation Risks

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

HR in Hospitality Law Roundtable

Las Vegas, NV

March 16-18, 2015


MIT/Harvard Economic Sociology Seminar


American Law & Economics Association Annual Conference


Conference on Empirical Legal Studies


When and Why Individuals Obey Form-Adhesive Contracts: Experimental Evidence of Consent, Compliance, Promise, and Performance

University of Chicago Law & Economics Workshop

April 12, 2011

HR in Hospitality Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

April 2011

Labor & Employment Research Relations Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

January 7-9. 2011


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
  • J.D., Cornell University Law School, 1999
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1996 With Honors


  • Spanish
  • Hebrew

Bar Admission



  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit