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Active Listening is a Critical Skill for Attorneys to Practice Law at a High Caliber During Coronavirus and Beyond


Speaker(s): A. Jonathan Trafimow, David B. Sarnoff, Natalie Loeb, Tricia Fratto
Recorded on: Oct. 28, 2020
PLI Program #: 308118

Jonathan Trafimow is a Partner of the firm where he Co- Chairs its Employment Law Practice Group.  Mr. Trafimow represents employers in all areas of workplace discrimination, retaliation, harassment and civil rights claims, and class actions. He also provides advice and counsel to employers on discrimination and retaliation policies and prevention, harassment training and prevention, wage and hour matters, handbooks, severance packages, employment agreements and other employment-related documents.

In addition, Mr. Trafimow is an experienced trial attorney and one of a limited number of attorneys with trial experience in the class action context.  Mr. Trafimow co-tried Pisani v. Staten Island University Hospital, 06-CV-1016 (JFB), a defamation case, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  He also previously co-tried a civil rights class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Dodge v. County Orange, 02 Civ. 769 (CM).  Mr. Trafimow has been counsel of record in numerous reported and unreported decisions, including Penn v. N.Y. Methodist Hospital, 884 F3d. 416 (2d Cir. 2018) (writ of certiorari denied 139 S.Ct. 424 (Oct. 29, 2018)); Sethi v. Narod,  12 F. Supp 3d 505 (E.D.N.Y. 2014); Thomas v. iStar Fin., Inc., 652 F.3d 141 (2d Cir. 2010) and 629 F.3d 276 (2d. Cir. 2010); Caban v. N. Y. Methodist Hosp., 119 A.D.3d 717 (2d Dep’t. 2014); Alizadeh v. Pei, 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4767 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Kings Co., Dec. 11, 2017); Sethi v. Morrissey,105 A.D.3d 833 (2d Dep’t 2013); Cobb and Rouse, et al. v. Pozzi, et al. 363 F.3d 89 (2d Cir. 2004); United States ex. rel. Romano v. New York Presbyterian Hosp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17002 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 4, 2008); 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 269 (S.D.N.Y. April 2, 2008); 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54038 (S.D.N.Y. July 15, 2008); Fleming v. Verizon New York, Inc. 2006 WL 2709766 (S.D.N.Y. Sept 22, 2006); Mayers v. New York Comm. Bancorp., Inc., et al., 2006 WL 2105810 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 31, 2005); Burniche v. General Electric Automation Services, Inc., 306 F. Supp 2d 233 (N.D.N.Y. 2004); Moore v. City of New York, 219 F. Supp 2d 335 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 10, 2002); Rodolico v. Unisys Corp., 96 F. Supp 2d 84 (E.D.N.Y. May 1, 2000) and, as amicus curia, Evans v. Stephens, 407 F.3d. 1272 (11th Cir. 2005) (en banc).  Unreported decisions include a favorable ruling before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Bedoya v. Hilti, Inc. (Dec. 13, 2005) and numerous district courts decisions.

Mr. Trafimow is also a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Technology Practice Group. In the cybersecurity space, Mr. Trafimow focuses on the intersection of technology and human resources best practices in assisting clients with preparing written information security plans (WISPs).  Companies can use WISPs to mitigate the risk of, and potentially limit legal exposure from, a data breach.  Mr. Trafimow serves as part of a multidisciplinary team that can be called into action when a company is sued in connection with a data breach.

Mr. Trafimow is also an experienced pro bono mediator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a Fellow of the Coro Foundation Leadership New York Program for the 1999-2000 term.  He frequently writes and lectures on employment law topics in venues throughout the United States, and has authored a book chapter, updated frequently, entitled “Discrimination”, published in the HR Guide to Employment Law: A Practical Compliance Reference (2009) and co-author of “The Sovereign Power of the State: A Proposed Theory of Accommodation,” 12 Cardozo L.Rev.951 (1991).

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Trafimow was a Partner at the law firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in Manhattan.  He has also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York in employment and civil rights litigation and prior to that, worked as a Motions Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Tricia is a co-founder and the General Counsel of Ethics Suite, LLC. Ethics Suite offers a web-based internal misconduct, theft, and fraud reporting platform and a full range of legal-compliance and forensic accounting consulting services. Prior to founding Ethics Suite, Tricia served as the Director of Global Investigations at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where she provided oversight of its worldwide anti-corruption and anti-bribery investigations, designed and implemented protocols and policies, developed and conducted training programs, and advised on remediation plans. Tricia also practiced at two of the world’s largest law firms as a white-collar litigator, with particular focus on internal and government facing investigations. Tricia is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law.


David is an executive coach and leadership trainer with 25 years of experience in the legal industry. As a former attorney and experienced executive search consultant, David is uniquely qualified and experienced to understand the mindset, demands and challenges of attorneys and legal professionals. As a litigation associate, David learned about the impact of leadership and the importance of workplace culture’s influence on employee performance and motivation. As a search consultant, David coached and guided hundreds of attorneys in discovering what inspired them in their professional lives.


Natalie is sought-after thought leader with over 20 years of experience. Specializing in executive coaching, Natalie has helped dozens of senior leaders develop new skills, inspire colleagues and optimize overall performance. Natalie’s expertise informed the creation of the successful Managing for Impact training program for legal managers. Prior to founding Loeb Leadership, Natalie was developing organizational development solutions at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.