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James I. Wasserman

Of Counsel

James I. Wasserman graduated from the University of Chicago in 1971 and received his law degree from the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America in 1974. He was admitted to the bar in Washington, D.C. in 1975 and in New York in 1981. He worked at the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) from 1974 to 1988, first as a staff attorney for Chairman John H. Fanning for four years, and later as a trial attorney in the NLRB’s Manhattan Regional Office. In September 1988, Mr. Wasserman joined the Vladeck firm, where he was a partner from January 1991 through August 2010. He joined Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack in October 2010.

Mr. Wasserman has acted as lead or co-counsel with substantial responsibility in a number of cases that have resulted in the award of pension, medical and other benefits, as well as back-pay valued in excess of $100 million. Some of these cases include In Re Maxwell Newspapers, 146 B.R. 920, affirmed in part and vacated in part; 149 B.R. reversed, 981 F.2d 85 (2d Cir. 1992) (rejection of job guarantees conditioned upon grant of early retirement package to 167 printers at the Daily News); Local 444 v. Unisys, 92 Civ. 5389, E.D.N.Y. (Final order and judgment, dated June 3, 1997, confirming arbitration award restoration of low-cost post-retirement medical benefits to 1400 retirees and dependents); and Krueger v. NYNEX, 93 Civ. 0178 (JGK) (settlement of ERISA §510 class/ADEA collective action provided for back-pay and reinstatement for 250 class members, allowing many of them to become eligible for enhanced service pensions).

He has also litigated fiduciary breach and withdrawal liability issues, including In Re Unisys Savings Plan Litig., 74 F.3d 420 (3rd Cir. 1996) and Local 1115 Pension Fund v. Local 144 Pension Fund, 876 F.Supp. 39 (S.D.N.Y. 1994). Mr. Wasserman was designated amicus curiae in IUE v. Unisys, 155 F.R.D. 41 (E.D.N.Y. 1994), an ERISA case, and in United States v. District Council of Carpenters, 592 F.Supp.2d 708 (S.D.N.Y. 2009), a RICO case.


J.D., Catholic University Law School, 1974
B.A., University of Chicago, 1971

Bar Admissions

Washington, D.C.
New York

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., Partner, 1991 – August 2010
  • Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., Associate, 1988 – 1990
  • National Labor Relations Board, Attorney, 1974 – 1988