Littler adds two former government officials to New York office


NEW YORK (September 19, 2022) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, has added Michael Paglialonga and Johane Severin as attorneys in its New York office. Paglialonga comes from the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), where he most recently served as Deputy Chief Counsel and Acting General Counsel, and Severin comes from the New State Attorney General’s Office. York (NYS OAG), where she served as Assistant Attorney General. In addition to Paglialonga and Severin, the New York office also recently added shareholder Will Anthony in July.

“I am thrilled to welcome Michael and Johane to our talented team of attorneys practicing across New York State,” said Jeanine Conley Daves, shareholder responsible for Littler’s New York office. “They both bring a wealth of knowledge across a wide range of labor and employment issues, as well as extensive previous government experience which will further enhance our ability to advise clients on a range of complex issues impacting their workplaces.

Paglialonga advises employers in a variety of areas, including claims related to the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, New York State Human Rights Law, and Title VII. It also provides guidance on COVID-19 restrictions and reopening requirements, as well as employment law issues in New York. During his 15 years at NYSDOL, Paglialonga represented the Commissioner of Labor in hundreds of administrative hearings and focused primarily on wages and hours and safety and health matters. He also advised on New York Labor Law amendments, oversaw regulatory activities, and drafted regulations and sets of regulations that were adopted as law in Title 12 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations. York.

While at NYS OAG, Severin supported the Education Section of the Litigation Bureau. She has defended the State University of New York, the City University of New York, and the State Department of Education in labor and employment-related disputes arising from alleged violations of laws federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. Previously, Severin served as an associate attorney for the New York City Office of the Public Advocate and an attorney for the New York City Human Rights Commission. Earlier in her career, she spent seven years as an attorney for Legal Services NYC, a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in New York City.

Paglialonga received his JD, cum laude, from Albany Law School, his MBA from College of Saint Rose and his BA from California State Polytechnic University. Severin earned his JD from Brooklyn Law School, his MSEd. from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA from Wesleyan University.

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