Mark E. Brossman

Firm: Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Location: New York - NY

  • 919 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
  • Tel : 212.756.2050
  • Fax : 212.593.5955

Mark E. Brossman is co-head of the Employment & Employee Benefits Group. His areas of concentration include ERISA, employment discrimination, labor relations and related litigation. Mark is well known for his expertise in education law and representation of educational institutions including independent schools, colleges, universities, professional training programs and education-related associations. Mark is a frequent public speaker and author. He has served as an instructor at Columbia University Teacher’s College and as a lecturer in the Cornell University ILR School’s Labor Relations Studies Program.

Mark was named the “2020 Lawyer of the Year” in Labor Law — Management in New York City by The Best Lawyers in America. He is also listed in New York Super Lawyers and was recognized by both Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon as one of the 100 most powerful employment attorneys in America. Mark received the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations’ prestigious Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award, the Emerald Isle Immigration Center’s Robert Briscoe Award, membership in the Academy of Employee Benefit Authors, and the Lawyers Alliance for New York’s Cornerstone Award (for outstanding pro bono service to New York nonprofit organizations), in addition to being the first recipient of LANY’s Pro Bono Leadership Award. He also is active in several not-for-profit organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of New York University School of Law’s Center for Labor & Employment Law, the Advisory Council of Cornell University ILR School, the Board of Trustees of Bard College, the Advisory Board of The Scheinman Institute of Conflict Resolution at Cornell University and is a trustee emeritus of the Montefiore Health System Inc.


  • Premier Education Lawyers, Exclusive Featured Attorney for New York, 2020
  • “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor Law — Management in New York City, The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2020
  • New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • Lawyers Alliance for New York 15 Year Circle Honoree, 2014
  • Honoree, Basil Paterson Scholarship Program, 2014 (to provide tuition and support to home care workers pursuing technical or professional healthcare careers), 1199 SEIU Home Care Education Fund
  • WHEDco Pro Bono Leadership Award, 2014
  • New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2013-2014
  • “Good Scout” Award, Westchester-Putnam Boy Scouts, 2011
  • Chair, Advisory Council, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2008-2010
  • Top 100: The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Top 10 for ERISA Law, Human Resource Executive 2009 (list chosen by Lawdragon)
  • Cornell University ILR School Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award 2008 (for achievement in the field of industrial relations)
  • Robert Briscoe Award, The Emerald Isle Immigration Center, 2007
  • First Annual Award for Pro Bono Leadership, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 2006
  • “Special Recognition Award,” Home Care Council of New York City, 2003
  • Cornerstone Award (for outstanding pro bono service to New York nonprofit organizations), Lawyers Alliance for New York, 2003
  • “Principal for a Day,” PENCIL, 2000-2003
  • “Advocate for the Aging,” Council of Senior Citizens Centers, 1998
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Euromoney, 1997
  • Academy of Employee Benefits Authors
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations Lecturer, Labor Relations Studies Program 1980-2004
  • Columbia University Teacher’s College Instructor, 1996-2000


  • “New Regulations for New York Employers Effective in the New Year,” SRZ Alert, Dec. 23, 2019
  • “What Are the Retirement Plan Dollar Limits for 2020?” SRZ Alert, Nov. 6, 2019
  • “New York State Passes a Host of New Employment Laws,” SRZ Alert, Aug. 12, 2019
  • “How Employers Can Provide Student Loan Repayment Assistance as an Employee Benefit,” Thomson Reuters Checkpoint – Taxation of Exempts magazine, July/August 2019
  • “New York Strengthens Employee Protections Against Discrimination and Harassment,” SRZ Alert, July 10, 2019
  • “New York State Ends Religious Exemptions to Vaccinations,” SRZ Alert, June 19, 2019
  • “New Developments for Employers Regarding Employee Reproductive Health Decisions, Marijuana Drug Testing and Wage Reporting Requirements,” SRZ Alert, June 6, 2019
  • “DOL Proposes Changes to Federal Overtime Laws,” SRZ Alert, April 24, 2019
  • “New Jersey Passes Law Making NDAs in Settlements of Discrimination, Retaliation and Harassment Claims Unenforceable,” SRZ Alert, April 5, 2019 (co-author)
  • “New York City Issues New Guidance on Racial Discrimination on the Basis of Hair,” SRZ Alert, March 20, 2019 (co-author)
  • “New York City Adopts Lactation Accommodation Law,” SRZ Alert, March 19, 2019
  • “New York Adopts Child Victims Act Extending and Reviving Statute of Limitations for Abuse Claims,” SRZ Alert, Feb. 14, 2019
  • “New York Child Abuse Reporting Requirements Will Extend to Private Schools,” SRZ Alert, Jan. 11, 2019
  • “What Are the Retirement Plan Dollar Limits for 2019?,” SRZ Alert, Nov. 11, 2018 (co-author)
  • “Overtime Exemptions for Educational Institutions,” SRZ Alert, April 20, 2018 (co-author)
  • “Tax-Exempt Organizations Face a New 21 Percent Excise Tax on Compensation Paid to Non-Profit Executives in Excess of $1 Million,” SRZ Alert, Jan. 18, 2018 (co-author)
  • “Cybersecurity Risks and Considerations for Plan Sponsors to Protect Employee Benefit Plans,” SRZ Alert, Dec. 19, 2017 (co-author)
  • “New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law to Take Effect,” SRZ Alert, Dec. 1, 2017 (co-author)
  • “House Tax Reform Bill: Potential Dramatic Changes for U.S. Compensation Arrangements,” SRZ Alert, Nov. 7, 2017 (co-author)
  • “2018 Increases Announced for Retirement Plan Dollar Limits,” SRZ Alert, Oct. 19, 2017 (co-author); republished in Westlaw Journal – Employment, Nov. 8, 2017
  • “Connecticut Supreme Court Lets Jury Verdict Stand in Munn v. Hotchkiss School,” SRZ Alert, Sept. 7, 2017 (co-author)
  • “University Retirement Plans Under Scrutiny for Excessive Fees,” SRZ Alert, June 6, 2017 (co-author); republished in Law360, June 15, 2017
  • “University Retirement Plans Under Scrutiny for Excessive Fees,” SRZ Alert, June 6, 2017 (co-author); republished in Law360, June 15, 2017
  • “New Requirements for Independent Contractor Agreements in New York City,” SRZ Alert, May 12, 2017 (co-author); republished in Westlaw Journal – Employment, June 6, 2017
  • “New York City to Ban Employer Inquiries and Reliance on Salary History,” SRZ Alert, April 7, 2017 (co-author)
  • “President Trump and the Affordable Care Act: What Happens Now?,” SRZ Alert, Jan. 25, 2017 (co-author); republished in Westlaw Journal – Health Care Fraud, February 2017

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Founded in 1969, Schulte Roth & Zabel is a multidisciplinary firm with international clientele. Over time, we have become known for two things: doing great work in the financial services sector — and many related industries — and doing things a little differently than many of our peers.

For one, our philosophy is distinct, and our specialties more finely honed. Instead of trying to be everything to everybody, we’ve grown organically and in ways that make sense for our clients’ industry demands and evolving needs. Today, we regularly advise clients on investment management, corporate, and transactional matters. We also provide counsel on securities regulatory compliance, enforcement, and investigative issues, as well as targeted specialty areas that we have developed over time.