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Keith A. Markel

Partner & Co-Chair, Labor & Employment
Tel: 212.735.8736
Email: kmarkel@morrisoncohen.com

Keith is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department.  He is also a Partner in the Firm's Compensation, Benefits & Employment and Business Litigation Departments. He has more than two decades of experience representing institutional clients, hedge funds, and various businesses of all sizes and individuals in a wide range of employment litigation matters, including state and federal court actions against claims of discrimination (from sexual harassment to discrimination on the basis of race, age, nationality, and disability), constructive discharge, breach of contract, misclassification of employees, and wage and hour violations; and representing employers in administrative and agency proceedings (including before the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor, and state and local human rights and labor agencies). 

Keith has handled numerous arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for, among other claims, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, promissory estoppel, tortious interference, quantum meruit, and unjust enrichment, and violations of state labor law. He has also handled various Form U5 expungement and promissory note cases before FINRA. Keith has litigated various matters involving restrictive covenants and other employee loyalty-related claims in state and federal courts throughout the country. He also routinely counsels and negotiates on behalf of management and senior executives with respect to employment agreements and separation arrangements, as well as with respect to anticipated litigation arising out of the business and employment relationship. 

Keith authors the blog, FINRA Employment Arbitration Commentator, which covers relevant FINRA awards, articles of interest in the area of employment/securities arbitration, related court decisions and regulatory announcements.

Immediately prior to joining Morrison Cohen, Keith was Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of Lowenstein Sandler PC. He was previously Counsel at Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Young New Yorkers
  • Member, Manhattan Community Board No.1



New York Metro Super Lawyers – Employment Litigation, 2019