Jennifer S. Echevarria is senior counsel working with the firm’s Spanish speaking clients in all areas of law. She has a background in general litigation and municipal law. Jennifer concentrates in employment law including wage and hour and discrimination in employment, along with immigration law.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2005 from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Jennifer received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 2008 from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York where she was on the Dean’s list, a Student Editor of The Journal of Court Innovation and President of the Latin American Law Students Association.
Jennifer is admitted to practice in the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as well as the Southern District of the State of New York. Jennifer was admitted into the United State Supreme Court in 2018. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties. Jennifer is currently Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Middletown.
Jennifer was recently honored with the 2018 Private Sector Award from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University on April 12, 2019. She was also honored with the Leadership Award by the Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County in 2019. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Upstate New York, as a Rising Star for three consecutive years (206, 2017, and 2018), and has also received the Rising Star of Orange County designation from the Junior League of Orange County and Leadership Orange. In 2015, she was awarded the Public Service Attorney award by the Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties.
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In June 2018, Jennifer obtained a green card for a father of a U.S. Citizen that entered the United States on a student visa back in 1980 and overstayed his visa.
In May 2018, Jennifer obtained summary judgment for an employer that had been sued for failure to pay overtime wages. Employer was a local horse farm that was exempt from paying overtime under New York State Labor Law. While less than $300 in regular wages were found to be owed, the court refused to grant plaintiff’s request for over $20,000 in attorneys’ fees as is permitted by the Labor Law, finding that the requested fees were excessive given the small amount of wages owed and unjustified given our clients’ good faith.
In May 2018, Jennifer settled a sexual harassment claim on behalf of an employee that was terminated a week after complaining about a supervisor touching her leg and buttocks, and asking to touch her breasts. Employee had been employed for less than a year.
In May 2018, Jennifer settled an employment matter on behalf of a federal employee that was being terminated for a criminal matter that occurred outside of the office. Jennifer was able to negotiate the terms of separation so that the employee would be allowed to resign and apply for retirement disability with a clean personnel file.
In April 2018, on behalf of a local employer, Jennifer defended a wage and hour claim before the NYS Department of Labor and was able to negotiate a settlement wherein the client paid nearly $10,000 less than what was being demanded.
Here are some wins from 2017:
Jennifer just negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement* in a sex discrimination case for a client that was subject to unwelcome touching and sexually explicit comments at his place of employment and was ultimately terminated after making a complaint.
Jennifer concentrates on employment discrimination and wage and hour matters, as well as immigration law. *Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes.
Jennifer successfully opposed an employer’s motion to dismiss a claim* for accumulated vacation that was not paid out at the time of discharge. Plaintiff had accumulated 2 weeks of unpaid vacation time but the employer refused to pay it out at the time Plaintiff was discharged. We were able to show that the employer failed to maintain a policy whereby an employee would forfeit accumulated vacation time upon discharge and the Plaintiff, a highly compensated professional arguably exempt from the protections of the Labor Law, had a contract claim for her vacation pay separate and independent of the Labor Law. *Prior results do not guarantee future outcome.
Jennifer represented two clients and just recently obtained a settlement of $55,000.00* for unpaid overtime wages and other claimed Labor Law violations from a local property preservation company. The two men were not paid time and a half for hours over 40 hours a week that they worked and they were not provided with the proper notice upon hiring or the required statements each time they were paid. *Prior results do not guarantee future outcome.
- U. S. Supreme Court, 2018
- New York, 2009
- New Jersey, 2008
- Connecticut, 2009
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2013
- Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York
- J.D. cum laude – 2008
- Law Review: Journal of Court Innovation, Student Editor
- Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
- B.A. – 2005
- Major: Political Science
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- New York State Bar Association, Member
- Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan County, Member
- Middletown Bar Association, Member
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
AWARDS AD RECOGNITIONS
- 2018 Private Sector Award, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, April 2019
- Leadership Award, Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County, 2019
- Super Lawyers Rising Star Upstate New York , 2016, 2017 and 2018
- Leadership Orange and Junior League of Orange County Rising Star, October, 2015
- Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Public Service Attorney Award, April, 2015