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Douglas Wigdor

Wigdor LLP
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Douglas Wigdor
Wigdor LLP
New York,
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Douglas H. Wigdor

Referred to by the Financial Times as “America’s most prominent #Metoo lawyer,” Douglas H. Wigdor, routinely tries cases to verdict, has won numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and has consistently been recognized as the top employment litigator in the country. To date, his trial verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements have exceeded $1.5 billion. 

Douglas is widely recognized as a tireless champion for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, race discrimination and other workplace misconduct. From Sean Combs to Harvey Weinstein, to Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the NFL, to the Grammys to Madison Square Garden, Douglas has been at the forefront of some of the most impactful sexual abuse and employment discrimination cases of the last two decades.

Named a Top 100 Hollywood Power Lawyer by The Hollywood Reporter and a Top Music Lawyer by Billboard, Douglas’s prolific legal career has been covered in profiles in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Independent (UK). He has been referred to in these and other major news publications as one of the country’s most high-profile litigators.

He has testified before the UK Parliament and has appeared in a Netflix documentary about the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss Kahn as well as in a CNN+/HBO docuseries in 2022 about Rupert Murdoch.

His “pursuit of decency, justice and high-dollar settlements in the #MeToo era has landed Douglas on the list of Law360’s Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar,” according to a profile recognizing him as one of the most influential plaintiffs’ lawyers in the U.S.

Douglas regularly writes for Forbes Diversity & Inclusion on newsworthy topics and can often be seen standing up for his clients in TV and radio interviews. 

Notable recent clients include: 

  • Singer Casandra Ventura, in her sex trafficking and sexual assault lawsuit against Sean “Diddy” Combs
  • Jim Trotter, renowned sports journalist, in his discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the NFL and NFL Media;
  • Brian Flores, Steve Wilks, and Ray Horton in their historic race discrimination class action against the NFL;
  • Actress Julia Ormond, in her sexual assault lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein which includes his employers Miramax & Disney, as well as talent agents CAA
  • eight alleged victims of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein (including two women who testified at Weinstein’s criminal rape trial in New York);
  • two women claiming sexual abuse by billionaire private equity executive Leon Black;
  • the hotel maid in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case;
  • NBA All-Star Charles Oakley in an assault and battery lawsuit involving James Dolan and Madison Square Garden;
  • former Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan in a sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation case in connection with the Grammy Awards;

In addition to representing clients, Douglas is an arbitrator, serving on the American Arbitration Association Employment Panel. Prior to founding Wigdor, Douglas practiced in the labor and employment group of a large law firm litigating on behalf of Fortune 500 corporations. He began his legal career an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, New York.

Publicity

Douglas’s high-profile cases are frequently covered by the international news media. Most recently, his representation of Ms. Casandra Ventura in a sex trafficking and sexual assault lawsuit against Sean “Diddy” Combs was first covered by the New York Times followed by a myriad of media outlets in the U.S and internationally. He also represents Brian Flores, Steve Wilks, and Ray Horton in a landmark race discrimination class action against the NFL that has been discussed in countless television programs and articles, and has received public support from President Joe Biden, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Jemele Hill, Spike Lee, multiple members of Congress and numerous other high-profile individuals. The case has been widely heralded as a historic reckoning that could finally force the NFL to remedy the lack of Black representation in its coaching and executive ranks[DW1] [SP2] [DW3] [SP4] .

Douglas’s handling of numerous high-profile cases has resulted in frequent television and radio appearances including Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Mornings, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, ESPN and Neil Cavuto as well as regular spots on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NPR, the BBC and NBC News.

Douglas’s extensive litigation experience is frequently distinguished in the media. Notably, in a profile on his career, The New York Times concluded that he is “one of New York City’s most aggressive employment lawyers.” A sitting U.S. District Judge commented in another profile in the London Independent that “Mr. Wigdor is a winner.” And Bloomberg Businessweek described Douglas as among the “top tier of telegenic anti-discrimination lawyers.”

Douglas is one of New York’s most highly awarded employment attorneys. Some of his recent notable honors and accolades include 

  • Winner of the New York Law Journal’s Distinguished Leader Award 
  • Selected to City & State NY’s Law Power 100 list 
  • Named to the Top 100 Hollywood Power Lawyers list by The Hollywood Reporter 
  • Named to the Top Music Lawyers list by Billboard 
  • Ranked Band 1 in New York Labor and Employment: Mainly Plaintiffs Representation by Chambers USA 
  • Shortlisted for Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year by Chambers USA
  • Top 20 Labor and Employment Litigators Benchmark Litigation 
  • Named one of 10 “Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar” Law360
  • Elite Trial Lawyers Award, The National Law Journal 

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