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 businesses in the hospitality (hotels and restaurant groups), retail, construction, real estate, technology, healthcare, financial, transportation, and nonprofit 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) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL) involving wage and hour violations, misclassification of workers,  and salary/wage, commission, and bonus disputes
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, including unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information; unfair competition; and restrictive covenants (noncompetition and nonsolicitation)
  • Breach of contract and employment agreements
  • Wrongful termination
  • Whistleblower claims and investigations

Representative Experience:

  • As first chair counsel, represented an employer in a five day wage and hour jury trial in federal court (S.D.N.Y.) 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
  • Represent nationwide and regional employers against allegations of misclassification of workers and wage and hour violations
  • Regularly defend 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
  • Advise employers in developing noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements, and also litigate claims related to such agreements, including claims of breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, unfair competition, tortious interference, and breaches of the duty of loyalty
  • Regularly represent companies against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims brought by employees

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

Director

Chinese Business Association of New York (CBANY)

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

Charles S. Desmond Moot Court, SUNY Buffalo Law School

2012

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