Larry R. Martinez

New York

Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP
190 Willis Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501
United States

Tel: 516-747-0300 Ext. 155


Larry is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group where he represents management in a broad array of multi-state labor and employment matters.

An ardent litigator, Larry successfully defends private and public sector clients in complex individual and multi-party cases of discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wage and hour in state and federal courts. Equally adept in the administrative forum, Larry has leveraged success for his clients before various administrative agencies including the Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Justice, the EEOC, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

A decisive problem solver, Larry is uniquely capable of optimizing business priorities by navigating and resolving high stakes matters at mediations and arbitrations administered by the American Arbitration Association, JAMS and related alternative dispute resolution forums.

As a human resources partner, Larry is routinely called upon by national and international clients to provide advice and counsel to ensure compliance with federal and state law. Larry routinely advises clients in policy implementation, handbook revitalization and standard operating procedure development.

Prior to joining the firm, Larry was employed at Littler Mendelson, P.C., where he represented clients in the health care and financial services industries. Previously, Larry was an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department Office of the Corporation Counsel, where he represented the City of New York and its agencies in all affirmative and defensive litigation arising out of the City’s role as the employer of more than a quarter-million workers.

Larry’s unique combination of legal acumen and business sense has garnered him recognition in the public and private sectors. In 2008, Larry was awarded “Legal Rookie of the Year Award” by the Corporation Counsel, Michael Cardozo, and was a 2010 nominee for the New York City Bar Association’s “Municipal Affairs Award,” which recognizes outstanding achievement at the New York City Law Department. In 2015, Larry was featured in Long Island Business News’ “Who’s Who” series. Larry was also featured in Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Rising Stars List from 2015-2019. In 2021, he was included in the New York Metro Super Lawyers list.

In 2021, following a lengthy nomination, research and selection process of leading labor and employment practitioners across the United States, Larry was selected by the U.K. based publisher International Legal Media for inclusion in The Employment Lawyers. Each year, one lawyer per state is selected and Larry will be featured as the Exclusive Recommended Labor and Employment Advisor for the state of New York in the 2021-2022 publication.

Larry received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Albany Law School of Union University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and French Studies from Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut.

  • 2021-2022: The Employment Lawyers, Exclusive Recommended New York State Advisor
  • 2021: Super Lawyers, New York Metro Super Lawyers
  • 2018: LIBN 40 Under 40 Honoree
  • 2015-2019: Super Lawyers, New York Metro Rising Star
  • 2015: Included in LIBN’s Who’s Who in Intellectual Property and Labor Law series
  • 2010: Municipal Affairs Award, New York City Bar Association Nominee
  • 2008: Legal Rookie of the Year, NYC Corporation Counsel

Meltzer Lippe is home to a large, experienced Labor & Employment  Practice Group. We are an integral component to the human resource chain and the first stop before taking action that impacts the employee – employer relationship.

Exclusively representing management, Meltzer Lippe attorneys are indispensable advisors to senior executives and the HR team.  While other business owners and companies rely on our experience and depth to supplement in-house general counsel expertise. Still others lean on us to resolve their labor disruptions or employ our tenacity in collective bargaining.

National in scope, we represent clients throughout the country and across a range of industries, including but not limited to: construction, light industry, distribution, health care, hospitality, food and beverage,  infrastructure & support, insurance, real estate, retail, technology and communications.

We provide policies and procedures that minimize claims and disruptions while maximizing success, continuity, and growth. We are experienced in providing client’s a winning solution for their Labor & Employment matters, and have done so for countless employers on many occasions.

We handle high volume accounts and complex litigation. We excel at assessing risk and evaluating options early in litigation to avoid costly trial and unnecessary expense. When trial is unavoidable, we have a remarkable track-record for defending our clients’ interests before federal, state and local employment agencies in New York and across the country. Our attorneys are active before the National Labor Relations Board and have enjoyed success where others have failed.

We have vast experience litigating all types of employment and labor matters representing unionized and non-unionized clients. We provide pro-active counsel to avoid claims through policy review, management education and training;  defend employers in complex wage and hour cases, which is among the most common employment-related liability issues businesses face. Through it all we remain focused on protecting our client’s business and its bottom line.

Meltzer Lippe attorneys are experienced in National Labor Relations Board proceedings, union campaigns; strikes, picketing and collective bargaining; employment discrimination litigation including age, sex, sexual harassment, race, national origin and disability discrimination; Non-compete and Trade Secret litigation; litigation before state, federal and administrative agencies; ERISA litigation; employment policies and employee handbooks; employment and shareholder agreements; wage and hour laws; arbitration; shareholder disputes in closely-held corporations; mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits and pension matters; partnership and corporate dissolution disputes in health care and professional firms; OSHA audits and supervisory training.

Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone LLP is a cutting edge law firm combining the best features of small firms with top level talent from major metropolitan law firms and functions in a full range of business areas: tax, corporate, real estate, trusts and estates, labor and employment and commercial litigation.

Since its formation in 1970, Meltzer Lippe has attracted clients who are private business owners, corporate executives working at both public and private companies, real estate developers, venture capitalists and individuals on Long Island, throughout the United States and throughout the world.