When it comes to sexual harassment, discrimination and #MeToo, Doug has represented victims in the most closely watched and discussed cases in recent history. As has been reported throughout the worldwide media, some of these cases include representing women in sexual assault allegations on behalf of the maid against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, six alleged victims against Harvey Weinstein, and the woman from New Delhi, India (and many others) against Uber. Doug has also represented alleged discrimination and/or sexual harassment victims in highly publicized cases against Fox News and Bill O’Reilly, The Recording Academy, WeWork, NY1, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Point72 and its founder Steven Cohen, Goldman Sachs (and virtually every other large financial institution), numerous law firms and other businesses throughout the Country. Some of Doug’s other notable representations include NBA All-Star Charles Oakley in a defamation lawsuit against James Dolan and Madison Square Garden and multiple clients in the seminal “shop and frisk” cases.
Simply put, it is difficult to imagine any other employment lawyer with a comparable record both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Doug routinely tries cases to verdict – having won numerous verdicts in the millions of dollars and regularly appearing in the New York Law Journal’s “Top Verdicts.” His trial verdicts, arbitration awards, and settlements exceed $1 Billion. Because of his tenacity at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, Doug is considered one of the most feared lawyers in the Country by in-house lawyers.
Doug has been profiled by The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the London Independent. He regularly appears on television including frequent appearances on MSNBC, The Today Show, CNN American Morning, the BBC, and Good Morning America. Doug is also frequently quoted as a legal expert in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, New York Law Journal, New York Post, Daily News and many others. Mr. Wigdor regularly lectures around the world about his high-profile cases including speeches at the UK Parliament, Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and other private and public institutions.
Founding Partner of Wigdor LLP
Since 2003, Doug has served as the Founding Partner of Wigdor LLP, a prominent employment law firm based in New York City. His practice focuses on litigation and counseling of individuals in connection with a wide array of employment and sexual assault issues. He has represented numerous clients who have been victimized by discrimination or harassment based on pregnancy, race, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.
The New York Law Journal has featured Doug and Wigdor LLP’s clients in the top New York State verdicts six times, including the number one and two employment verdicts and the number one disability discrimination verdict. Both Doug and the Firm have also been honored by Chambers and Partners, one of the most prestigious lawyer ranking guides in the world. Wigdor LLP has been routinely recognized for extraordinary achievement in the categories of employee discrimination, wrongful termination, civil rights, whistleblower and wage and hour.
In addition to representing clients, Doug is an arbitrator, serving on the American Arbitration Association Employment Panel.
Doug was awarded the Alumnus of the Year in 2007 and 2014 from St Cross College, Oxford. Due to his continued support of Oxford, St Cross College, a library has been named after him – the Douglas and Catherine Wigdor Library Garden Room. Doug is a member of the New York Eliot Society Membership Committee, and a volunteer for the Leading Together Campaign for Washington University. He has endowed a scholarship for an Arts & Sciences student at Washington University and has endowed a cycling studio in the student Recreational Center. Doug is also a member of the Board of Advisors at Cornell University’s Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution as well as the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment.
Doug is an active and philanthropic member of the Forest Hills community, where he resides with his wife Catherine and his two sons. He served on the legal committee of the Forest Hills Gardens Association, and is a proud sponsor of the New York Pops summer series at Forest Hills Stadium. Doug had the privilege of managing several basketball teams in the Forest Hills Little League, in addition to coaching a basketball team at the Forest Hills YMCA and Forest Hills Community House. He is also an active member of the Westside Tennis Club at Forest Hills and a member of the International Tennis Club of the U.S.A.
In addition, Doug is a former member of the Governing Committee of the Oxonian Society, and was also a member of both the Alexander Hamilton and Theodore Roosevelt Inns of Court. Doug traveled to Kenya with other lawyers from his Firm to educate Kenyan Wildlife Service Officers on evidence preservation and testifying in court.
One of New York’s Most Awarded Employment Lawyers
Doug has received the following legal awards and accolades:
- Named “one of New York City’s most aggressive employment lawyers” by The New York Times
- Winner of the New York Law Journal’s 2020 Distinguished Leader Award
- Named to the Top 100 Hollywood Power Lawyers 2020 list by The Hollywood Reporter
- Named to the Top Music Lawyers 2020 list by Billboard
- Ranked Band 1 in New York Labor and Employment: Mainly Plaintiffs Representation by Chambers and Partners
- Named one of 10 “Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar” in the U.S. by Law360
- Selected to Top 100 list by New York Metro Super Lawyers
- Blue Ribbon Panelist, Employment Litigation/Labor and Employment, Super Lawyers
- Selected to Super Lawyers list for 10 years by Super Lawyers
- Selected to The Best Lawyers in America list for 13 years by Best Lawyers
- Litigation – Labor and Employment, The Best Lawyers in America
- Employment Law – Individuals, The Best Lawyers in America
- Employment Law – Management, The Best Lawyers in America
- Most Feared Law Firms Award, BTI Consulting Group
- Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report
- Elite Trial Lawyers Award, The National Law Journal
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the USA, National Trial Lawyers
- Top 100 Labor and Employment Lawyers, American Society of Legal Advocates
- Premier 100 Trial Attorney, American Academy of Trial Attorneys
- Leading Lawyer in America Award, Lawdragon
- Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyer Award, Lawdragon
- Lifetime Membership Award, Top American Lawyers
- Top Verdict, New York Law Journal
- Litigator Award, Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
- Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys
- Fellowship, Litigation Counsel of America
- A/V Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- 10.0 “Superb” Rating, Avvo
- Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board Member, Law360
Unparalleled client service
“At 48, Mr. Wigdor has found himself as the courtroom general leading an army of Fox complainants largely because of his reputation as one of New York City’s most aggressive employment lawyers.”The New York Times
“Wigdor’s practice is thriving. In part, this is because of his Allredian knack for generating frenzied press coverage on behalf of clients and for striking aggressively at the jowl-sheltered jugular of white corporate America.”Bloomberg Businessweek
“Mr Wigdor has a habit of speaking like he is in a deposition, talking slowly and choosing his words carefully. He jots frequent notes to himself in a fastidious, grid-lined red notebook. His office, the walls of which are covered in various legal awards, is spotless.”The Independent
“He just will not be intimidated. He went up against one of the top New York law firms. We’d show up for hearings, and there’d be 10 lawyers across the table. He thrives on that.”Former Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags
“Mr. Wigdor represented me in an employment discrimination case. He did an outstanding job. Mr. Wigdor and his team were the epitome of professionalism, and they were able to achieve a life-altering result for me.”Confidential client
“Mr. Widgor is a highly professional and competent attorney who provided me with a zealous representation in a matter of employment discrimination. His expertise in employment law is unquantified.”Confidential client
“Doug Wigdor has represented me on several occasions providing counsel and advice related to employment contracts and terms of employment. Without exception, he has given me excellent advice and reasoned analysis of all legal issues. He is competent and ethical; I have and would strongly recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice or facing litigation on employment issues.”Confidential client
“Douglas Wigdor is a consummate professional who helps his clients in getting justice. He wholeheartedly believes in helping those who have been wronged. He listens carefully and is skilled at using relevant factual information from the client, appropriate legal devices, and his oratorical powers to organize the best possible outcome for his clients.”Confidential client
Labor & Employment Law
Key Practice Areas
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
Whistleblower Retaliation & Wrongful Termination
Wage & Hour Law
Executive Compensation and Contract Law
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
- Her Majesty’s Courts of England & Wales, 2001
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2000
- Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2000
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2000
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, 2003
- District of Columbia, 1995
- Pennsylvania, 1994
- New York, 1994
- New York State Bar Association
- Suffolk County Bar Association
- Federal Bar Council
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York