Alexandra Howell is a litigator with expertise in employment and labor matters. She began her career as a prosecutor, where she conducted several jury trials, numerous evidentiary hearings and hundreds of grand jury presentations. Since transitioning to private practice, her work has focused on all aspects of labor and employment litigation and dispute resolution, including grievance and contract arbitrations, administrative agency charges and motions practice. In addition to appearing regularly in federal and state courts, Ms. Howell frequently practices within administrative agencies like the NLRB, EEOC and local agencies such as the Public Employment Relations Board. She is experienced in all phases of employment litigation and has successfully briefed and argued appeals before the Second Circuit and the Appellate Division in New York.
Ms. Howell provides advice and counseling to clients concerning a variety of employment and labor matters. She regularly advises regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal, state and local statutes concerning employment. Ms. Howell also has significant experience advising clients on collective bargaining matters, both with unionized and non-unionized workforces. She has represented numerous public and private sector labor unions, school districts, and businesses. In addition, Ms. Howell regularly conducts internal investigations and training for clients.
Ms. Howell’s interest in workforce issues led her to launch a non-profit organization, Advancing Local Leadership Opportunities for Women, Inc. (A.L.L.O.W.). She currently serves as the organization’s president. A.L.L.O.W. connects working women, and offers leadership training and policy discussions concerning their unique challenges. Ms. Howell is also an adjunct for Hofstra University where she teaches Legal Rights at Work, and for the C.U.N.Y. School of Law where she works with graduates preparing for the bar exam.
- Wynn, v. Union Local 237, IBT, 17 Civ. 3167 (S.D.N.Y. March 13, 2019) aff’d 797 Fed. Appx. 13 (2d Cir. 2019) – Lead counsel in defense of a public sector labor union in a class action pay discrimination claim, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Successfully briefed and argued for dismissal pursuant to F.R.C.P. 12(b)(6) on res judicata grounds. Thereafter, served as lead appellate counsel and successfully briefed and argued that the Court should affirm the dismissal in its entirety.
- Annunziata, et. al v. IBEW Local Union # 363, 2018 WL 2416568 (S.D.N.Y. May 29, 2018) – After successfully defending a private sector labor union client against an EEOC Charge, served as lead counsel through summary judgment in claims against the union as an employer for alleged violations of the Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and corresponding State statutes.
- MSG Arena, LLC v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 3, 18-CV-11626 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 12, 2018) – After serving as lead counsel and successfully prosecuting an employee discipline grievance through arbitration, successfully defended the decision through summary judgment in a confirmation proceeding before the Southern District of New York.
- Egan v. Local 363, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 18 Civ. 04656 (S.D.N.Y. 2018) – After successfully defending a private sector labor union client against an EEOC Charge, served as lead counsel through summary judgment in claims against the union for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act in connection with an exclusive hiring hall.
- Wynn, et. al v. New York City Housing Authority and Local 237, International Brotherhood of Teamsters – 14 Civ. 2818 (S.D.N.Y Mar. 8, 2017) aff’d 730 Fed. Appx.92 (2d Cir. 2018) – Lead counsel in defense of a public sector labor union in a class action pay discrimination claim, which alleged violations of 42 U.S.C. §1983. Successfully defended against class certification, and after full discovery, briefed, argued and obtained a full dismissal in summary judgment. On appeal, served as lead appellate counsel and successfully briefed and argued that the Court should affirm the dismissal in its entirety.
- Matter of Lawrence Public Schools and Local 237, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (N.Y. Public Employment Relations Board 2016) – Represented a public sector labor union against a school district in an unlawful subcontracting case in violation of the New York Taylor Law. After prosecuting a full improper practice hearing, successfully argued reversal to the Public Employment Relations Board. Thereafter, served as lead appellate counsel and fully briefed the matter before the New York Appellate Division, Second Department.
- Bennett v. Charter Communications, Inc. (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. 2015) – Served as lead counsel prosecuting an age discrimination in employment claim on behalf of 15 individual plaintiffs.
- People v. Howard (2012) – Served as lead prosecutor through jury trial on a major offense case in which a Defendant was alleged to have committed a home invasion-style robbery in a residence.
- People v. Powers (2011) – Served as lead prosecutor through jury trial in a case in which a Defendant physician was alleged to have committed a forcible touching against a patient.
Honors & Awards
Charles H. Revson Public Interest Fellow, 2008
Publications and Speeches
- Speaker, Reopening Long Island and Building a Fair Economy: What is workplace safety? Who is responsible? Hofstra University, 2020
Advancing Local Leadership Opportunities for Women Inc. (A.L.L.O.W.), Founder and President
Memberships and Affiliations
- New York State Bar Association, Women in Law Section, Member
- Long Island Labor Advisory Council, Member
- Professional Staff Congress, City University of New York, Member
City University of New York School of Law
State University of New York at New Paltz
- Honors College
- magna cum laude
- Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney
- National Labor Relations Board: Division of Judges, Law Clerk
- Hofstra University, Instructor
- City University of New York School of Law, Adjunct
Areas of Practice
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit