Walter M. Kane – Partner
“Whether it is globalization, attacks on pensions, or escalating healthcare costs, today’s workers are faced with unprecedented challenges. To be effective, a labor lawyer must not only understand the law, but also recognize the present and ever-changing economic reality which governs the workplace.“
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1999
- Baruch College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1995
- 1999 New York
- 2000 U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- 2000 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
- International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
- Co-founder, JAB, the Joint Association of Boxers
Walter M. Kane is a Founding Partner of Cary Kane LLP. He has practiced labor, employment and employee benefits law for nearly 12 years, and has been actively involved in the labor movement for 20 years. Prior to co-founding the firm, Mr. Kane was an associate at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, PC, where he represented unions and employee benefit plans. Before attending law school, Mr. Kane was an organizer and then a business agent for Local 144, Hotel, Hospital, Nursing Home & Allied Health Services Union, SEIU. He also worked as the Assistant Director of the Irish American Labor Coalition for Human Rights in Northern Ireland. Mr. Kane was a commercial truck driver for 5 years and still maintains his Commercial Drivers License.
On behalf of unions, Mr. Kane negotiates collective bargaining agreements, arbitrates disciplinary and contract interpretation disputes, deals with internal union matters and conducts anti-corporate campaigns. He has handled matters before the NLRB, NMB, OCB, PERB, OATH, DOL, EEOC, NYS Division of Human Rights and the NYC Health and Hospital Corporation’s Personnel Review Board. Mr. Kane has represented multiemployer benefit plans and unions in many industries, including: trucking, warehousing, municipal and voluntary hospitals, nursing home, building service, newspaper, retail, manufacturing, airline, logistics, freight forwarding, grocery and produce, international freight forwarding, beverage, bakery, lumber, construction, security and clerical.
He is involved with a number of organizations within the labor movement. He co-founded the Joint Association of Boxers (“JAB”), which is attempting to unionize the boxing industry throughout the United States. He continues to be involved with the Irish American Labor Coalition and serves pro bono as its counsel.
Mr. Kane is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
He is a graduate of Baruch College where he majored in history. He earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Mr. Kane is married with two children.
- Wrongful Termination
- State Labor Law Violations
- Employment Discrimination Law
- Sexual Harassment
- Race Discrimination
- Sex Discrimination
- Age Discrimination
- Religious Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- Breach of Employment Agreements
- Negotiating or Reviewing Employment Contracts
- Severance Agreements
- Arbitration of Employment Agreements
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Unpaid Overtime or Wages
- Pension and ERISA
- Labor Unions
- Employee Benefits Plans
- Restaurant Tip Credit and Overtime
- Prohibited Discrimination Against the Unemployed
- Pregnancy Accommodation
- NLRA Worker’s Rights
- Arrests and Convictions Employment Discrimination