Overview

Kevin K. Yam represents and advises private and public employers in all areas of labor and employment law. His practice focuses on defending companies in employment litigation and wage and hour class and collective actions. He also regularly counsels employers on their workplace policies and practices to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local employment laws. His experience includes every phase of litigation from commencement through trial and appeal, including negotiating favorable settlements for clients.

Kevin works with a broad range of clients, including hospitals, medical and healthcare companies, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses of all sizes in the hospitality, retail, construction and transportation industries. He has appeared before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies to defend his clients against claims involving:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • New York Labor Law
  • New York State and City Human Rights Law
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Breaches of contract and employment agreements
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Wrongful termination

Kevin's representative experience includes:

  • As first chair counsel, represented an employer in a five-day wage-and-hour jury trial in federal court and successfully dismissed the overtime compensation, minimum wage, and spread of hours pay claims of two plaintiffs
  • Successfully represented an employer in a wage-and-hour and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit styled as a collective/class action by settling the case for a nominal sum, shortly after taking plaintiff’s deposition and filing of a related action against plaintiff for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and breach of duty of loyalty
  • Represented large health care providers and retail employers in discrimination claims brought by employees
  • Defended hotels and restaurant groups in class actions alleging improper distribution of service charges, improper tip credit and tip pooling arrangements, and minimum wage and overtime violations

Prior to joining Littler, Kevin spent three years as an attorney at a boutique law firm in New York City, practicing management-side labor and employment litigation and counseling and commercial litigation.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Recognition

Recipient, Phillips Lytle LLP Scholarship

SUNY Buffalo Law School

2013

Recipient, Henry W. Box Scholarship

SUNY Buffalo Law School

2012

Recipient, Third Best Brief

2012

Charles S. Desmond Moot Court, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Education

  • J.D., SUNY Buffalo Law School, 2014cum laude
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 2010with distinction

Languages

  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin

Bar Admission

New York

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York