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Jacqueline Phipps Polito is a trial attorney with substantial experience in all aspects of traditional and non-traditional labor and employment litigation. She represents both public and private sector clients, at the trial and appellate level. She has significant collective bargaining and labor relations experience. Her practical approach, combined with her management background, enables her to offer strategic employment advice to clients, recognizing the global needs of the organization.

She practices in state and federal courts and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court. Her practice areas are:

  • Labor relations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arbitrations
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The New York State Human Rights Law
  • Public Employment Relations Board (PERB)
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Article 78 proceedings
  • Public sector law
  • Education law
  • Employment discrimination law and litigation
  • Litigating all aspects of cases involving protection of trade secrets and post-employment restrictions

Jackie also provides clients with employment counseling and training. She has authored numerous articles and conducted numerous seminars regarding developments in both the private and public sector employment law areas, including:

  • Contract compliance
  • Policy and procedure updates
  • Hiring and firing public sector employees
  • Civil service law
  • Interest based bargaining
  • Laws prohibiting discrimination in employment
  • Workplace harassment
  • Terminations in the public sector
  • Collective negotiations

Jackie has prosecuted and defended many non-compete/non-solicitation matters throughout courts in New York. Recently, in representing a national broadcasting client, she was successful in obtaining a six month injunction restraining the former employees from use of proprietary business information.

She also has expertise in handling New York workers’ compensation issues, including benefits claims disputes. Prior to joining Littler Mendelson's Rochester Office, Jackie served as the Chief Human Capital Initiatives Officer and Chief Labor Negotiator for the Rochester City School District, the area’s third largest employer, where she oversaw and managed the workers compensation division. In doing so, she: analyzed claims; determined when fraud investigations should be commenced; ensured compatibility of handling claims consistently throughout the District and each bargaining unit; and determined when matters should be resolved to ensure fiscal responsibility. Immediately prior to that, she was a partner at another firm, where she served as a member of the Labor and Employment Group.

Professional & Community Affiliations


New York State Bar Association

Member, Nominating Committee

Greater Rochester Area Women's Bar Association


Board Member

Encompass Resources for Learning



Seneca Park Zoo Society


Co-chair, Mentoring Committee

Greater Rochester Area Women's Bar Association


Member, Executive Committee

Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section



Monroe County Ethics Committee



Gender Equity Taskforce


Officer and Member, Board of Directors

Women’s Council of the Rochester Business Alliance


Officer and Member, Board of Directors

Rochester Women’s Network


Former Member and Lector

Parish Council - St. Ambrose Church

Former Member, Board of Directors

DePaul Community Services

Former Member

Zoning Board - Town of Irondequoit


Named, Recommended Lawyer

Labor Management Relations

Legal 500 United States


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Super Lawyer

Upstate New York

Super Lawyers

2007-2008, 2012-2015

Recipient, Sheldon Hurwitz Award

New York State Bar Association


Finalist, Athena Award


Named, Up & Coming Attorney

The Daily Record


Named, 40 under 40

Rochester Business Journal


Speaking Engagements

Conducting Lawful Investigations: Facing New Challenges, Refining Your Techniques and Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

Collective Bargaining Strategies in a Challenging Economic & Regulatory Environment

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012


  • J.D., Albany Law School, 1993 cum laude
  • B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1990

Bar Admission

New York


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington