Overview

Ira D. Wincott represents and counsels clients in a range of labor and employment matters, with particular emphasis in complying with the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and advising on day to day workplace issues. He has extensive experience before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) defending and filing unfair labor practice charges. His focus encompasses:

  • Advising and representing employers during union organizing campaigns and elections, in addition to strategies required in potential successor employer situations
  • Guiding employers through collective bargaining and labor arbitrations
  • Devising labor objectives and strategies for clients 
  • Drafting employment agreements, handbooks, and policies
  • Counseling clients and human resource professionals with day to day workplace issues and defending employment discrimination cases

He practices before various federal, state and local labor and employment agencies, including the NLRB, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and the Department of Labor (DOL).

Ira’s former experience as general counsel to a large labor union and as counsel to its funds for nine years allows him to provide clients with a unique perspective when dealing with labor relations issues. That experience included the filing and/or conducting of 1000 labor arbitrations, collective bargaining, and preparation of collective bargaining agreements, appearing before the NLRB on 400 matters involving a wide variety of issues and arbitrating and litigating Fund matters as counsel to the Union’s various affiliated Funds. 

Besides his vast experience in the retail and wholesale food industry, Ira has an extensive practice representing employers in the home healthcare industry in all phases of labor and employment issues, including educating employers in union organizing strategies as well as the ever-changing rules and regulations in home healthcare. Ira’s other clients include retailers, manufacturing companies, car dealerships, school bus operators, and property managers.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

New York State Bar Association

Member

Nassau County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Education

  • J.D., New York Law School, 1984cum laude
  • B.S., State University of New York at Albany, 1981

Bar Admission

New York

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit