Overview

William H. Ng represents and advises private and public employers in various aspects of labor and employment law. His practice focuses on defending businesses and companies in employment litigation matters and wage and hour class and collective actions. In addition to his litigation practice, he regularly counsels employers on their workplace policies and practices for compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including:

  • Unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Breaches of contract and employment agreements (e.g., nonsolicitation, noncompetition)
  • Wage and hour violations (e.g., minimum wage and overtime)
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • New York State and City Human Rights Law
  • New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Fair Play Act
  • New York State Construction Industry Fair Play Act

William works with clients in a wide range of industries that include:

  • Hospitality (international/multi-state restaurants, hotels and catering halls)
  • Transportation (logistic companies and contractor/on-demand drivers)
  • Financial Services Industry (including multi-state retailers)
  • Manufacturing and Retail (various industries)
  • Education (including private companies and charter schools)
  • Commercial Real Estate and Residential Co-operative Buildings
  • Construction (trades, suppliers and management companies)
  • Municipal work (hospitals and local districts)

He has substantial litigation experience and has successfully represented clients in a number of different forums, including:

  • United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York State Supreme Court (all counties)
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section
  • The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division
  • The New York State Office of the Attorney General
  • The New York State Department of Labor
  • The New York State Division of Human Rights
  • The New York City Commission on Human Rights

William’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing restaurants and catering halls in class and collective action matters involving claims of alleged minimum wage/overtime violations and improper retention of gratuities   
  • Counseling international and multi-state employers on various labor and employment compliance issues (including external and internal audits and investigations)
  • Drafting employment and restrictive covenant agreements (noncompetition/nonsolicitation) as well as litigating unfair competition cases in New York State Supreme Court
  • ​Representing companies being investigated by the United States/New York State Department of Labor for alleged wage and hour violations and worker misclassification claims
  • Assisting companies with workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance audits and hearings

Prior to joining Littler, William spent more than five and a half years as an assistant corporation counsel and senior counsel in the Tort and Labor and Employment Law divisions of the New York City Law Department. While in the Labor and Employment Law Division, he represented various city agencies, including the New York City Police, Fire and Education departments in employment litigation and wage and hour collective actions. In the Tort Division, he selected numerous juries and tried several negligence cases to verdict in New York State Supreme Court.

In law school, William interned in the district attorney's office of both Kings County and Queens County. He also served on the executive board of the Frank S. Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute, his law school’s mock trial team.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Former Vice-President

Finance and Development

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Founding Co-Chair

Labor and Employment Law Committee

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Former Member, Board of Directors

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Former Recording Secretary

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Former Co-Chair

Communications, Young Lawyers, Government and Public Sector, and Student Outreach Committees

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Former Co-Director

Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program

Former Co-Chair, Sponsorship Committee

Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program (SCS JIP)

Member

New York State Bar Association

Former Member

Asian and Asian American Council

Binghamton University

Member

Long Island Committee, New York Metro Chapter

Binghamton University Alumni Association

Former Member, Action Council

Coalition for Asian American Children & Families

Former Member

Committee on Diversity Recruitment and Retention

New York City Law Department

Former Vice-Chairperson

Young Lawyers Committee

Queens County Bar Association

Recognition

Named, Top 40 Young Lawyers

American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

2019

Named, Rising Star in Employment Litigation: Defense

New York Metro

Super Lawyers

2014-2019

Recipient, Diversity Fellowship

Labor and Employment Law Section

New York State Bar Association

2013-2014

Recipient, MVP Award

Asian American Bar Association of New York

2011

Recipient, Tort Division Chief Awards

Office of the Corporation Counsel

New York City Law Department

2009 and 2010

Recipient, Public Interest Fellowship

Charles H. Revson Law Students

Speaking Engagements

Tri-State Authentic Leadership Summit: How to Hold Courageous Conversations About Contemporary Narratives

Tri-State Diversity Council, Parsippany, NJ

October 21, 2019

Understanding Diversity and Inclusion in Our Everyday World

Flushing Bank – Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), New Hyde Park, NY

October 2, 2019

Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law: Compliance Issues for Financial Service Centers

Financial Service Centers of New York (FSCNY) General Membership Meeting, Queens, NY

September 10, 2019

Legal Seminar for Small Businesses

NYS Committeewoman Sandra Ung and Flushing Business Improvement District Event, Flushing, NY

May 17, 2019

Training the Trainer: New Workplace Laws and Training Requirements in the Post-#MeToo Era

Financial Service Centers of New York (FSCNY) Annual Conference & Expo, Brooklyn, NY

May 16, 2019

Race & Gender in the Law: Navigating Today’s Legal Workplace

St. John’s University School of Law Center for Labor and Employment Law, Queens, NY

April 1, 2019

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Respecting and Embracing It

Flushing Bank – Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), New York, NY

October 17, 2018

Perspective on Effective Appellate Advocacy

Fall Conference - Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), New York, NY

September 22, 2018

Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law

Financial Service Centers of New York (FSCNY) Annual Conference & Expo, Brooklyn, NY

April 26, 2018

Day One Dialogues: The Power of #MeToo

St. John’s Law School

January 16, 2018

New York State DOL's Proposed Employee Scheduling Regulations: A Predictable Challenge for Employers

Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island (HIA-LI), Human Resources Committee, Long Island, NY

January 11, 2018

Complying with the Immigration Laws as an Employer

Fall Conference - Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), New York, NY

September 23, 2017

Employer Compliance: Practical Advice for Employers of DACA Recipients

Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) Webinars

August 23, 2017 and September 12, 2017

Speaking Up for Yourself: Salary Negotiation for APA and Women Attorneys

Fall Conference - Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), New York, NY

September 24, 2016

Preparing For Change: DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime and Brief Update on the Affordable Care Act

Mid Atlantic Regional Conference - Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), Cherry Hill, NJ

September 20, 2016

DOL's Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

March 16, 2016

Career Panel on Opportunities in Labor & Employment Law

Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS), New York, NY

November 4, 2015

Chutes and Ladders: Tips for Winning When Faced with Wage/Hour Challenges Under the FLSA

October 22, 2015

Networking Your Brand

Joint Program – Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), New York, NY

August 13, 2015

Diversity Bar Association Panel

St. John’s University School of Law

March 19, 2015

Employment/Labor Law Update 2014 Panel Discussion

Labor and Employment Law Committee - Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), New York, NY

November 13, 2014

Tackling Labor Employment Issues in Professional Sports and Beyond

Fall Conference - Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), New York, NY

September 20, 2014

2014 Employment Law Update

Labor & Employment Law Committee - Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), New York, NY

January 20, 2014

Diversifying Your Network With Professional Associations

St. John’s University School of Law

October 8, 2013

Life After Law School: The Paths Ahead of You

St. John’s University School of Law

April 12, 2012

Career Workshop

Upstate Conference - Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), Syracuse, NY

October 29, 2011

The Nuts and Bolts for APAs Who Want to Run for Public Office

Fall Conference - Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), New York, NY

September 18, 2010

Education

  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., Binghamton University, 2004cum laude

Bar Admission

New York
New Jersey

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