Vincent Avallone’s practice is concentrated in the areas of labor and employment law counseling and litigation, ERISA litigation, and commercial litigation.
In the area of employment and labor law, he counsels management on the full spectrum of workplace policies and practices, including drafting employment agreements, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, and separation agreements, conducting in-house training programs, and advising clients on internal investigations, reductions in force, and compliance matters. Vincent represents employers in litigation and arbitration concerning a wide variety of claims, including employment discrimination, harassment, whistle-blowing, family and medical leave, wage and hour matters, employment contract disputes, enforcement of confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and claims under ERISA relating to employee and retiree benefits. Vincent appears regularly before state and federal courts in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as other states, and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the New York Division on Human Rights.
In the area of commercial litigation, Vincent represents clients in litigation and arbitration of business disputes. He has represented clients in connection with claims alleging breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, business torts, and violations of the Robinson-Patman Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Prior to joining K&L Gates, LLP, Vincent served as a prosecutor and then as a criminal defense attorney with the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps where he defended several highly publicized cases of sexual harassment. While in the Army, he also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Vincent has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in Law and Politics magazine and is also listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers to Business. Vincent has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation (Labor and Employment) since 2013.
- American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section)
- Essex County Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)
- Princeton Football Association (Counsel)
Vincent speaks regularly on the various issues employers confront on a daily basis. He has been a frequent lecturer on employment law topics at seminars sponsored by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, the New Jersey Law Journal, the Essex County Bar Foundation, and local organizations.
Vincent is a contributing editor of a treatise, New Jersey Employment Law, second edition, and has co-authored articles published in the New Jersey Law Journal concerning employee liability under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (155 N.J.L.J.1272), reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (163 N.J.L.J. 1205), and enforcing agreements to arbitrate employment disputes (171 N.J.L.J. 1086).