John P. Furfaro



Labor and Employment Law

New York

T: +1.212.735.2624

F: 1.917.777.2624


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John P. Furfaro is the chair of Skadden’s Labor and Employ­ment Law Group. He assists clients in a variety of employment matters and advises on employment aspects of corporate transactions and reorganizations. In addition to his practice, he co-authors the labor law column for the New York Law Journal.

Firm clients regularly seek Mr. Furfaro’s services in collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, he defends clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in employment litigation involving all forms of discrimination, as well as in claims for breach of employment agreements and wrongful discharge. He also advises employers responding to allegations that executives and other senior level personnel have engaged in harassment, retaliation or other inappropriate conduct.

Employers seeking to prevent problems in the workplace through training and counseling turn to Mr. Furfaro and Skadden’s Labor and Employment Group for compliance programs covering an array of topics such as workplace violence, sexual harassment, family leave, layoff notification, union representation campaigns, independent contractors and accommodations for disabled workers. Mr. Furfaro helps to structure sophisticated employment agreements, separation agreements and severance pay arrangements. He has significant experience advising corporations in executive terminations.

Mr. Furfaro has represented employer interests with clients such as The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for American Airlines; Anheuser-Bush inBev; AutoNation, Inc.; Ball Corporation; Black Diamond Capital; Broadcom Corporation; Capgemini SA; CF Industries, Inc.; CME Group, Inc.; Delphi Corporation; Deutsche Bank AG; Dynegy Inc.; Exide Technologies; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Huron Consulting Group; Marubeni Corporation; OAO Severstal; Omnicom Group, Inc.; O’Reilly Automotive, Inc.; Stryker Corporation; The Middleby Corporation; Toshiba Corporation; Visteon Corporation; and Wisconsin Energy Corp.

Mr. Furfaro has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Reports and the PLC Cross-border Labour and Employee Benefits Handbook. He also was named a top corporate employment attorney in 2015 and 2016 by Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive.

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J.D., St. John's University, 1980

B.S., Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1976