Attorneys & Staff

Seham, Lee R. A.

LeeSehamLee Seham, who graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College, received his law degree from New York University School of Law (“NYU”), where he served on the NYU Law Review. Mr. Seham’s expertise as a labor, employment and immigration attorney is widely recognized; he has litigated in numerous jurisdictions, including New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Texas, California, Tennessee, Washington, Minnesota, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia. His representation of clients in the airline and maritime industries has included collective bargaining, NLRB and NMB hearings, arbitration, DOT administrative hearings and advocacy before a Presidential Emergency Board.

Mr. Seham was named Westchester County’s Leading Litigator in the 2009 Above the Bar Awards.

Mr. Seham is a frequent lecturer on such varied topics as sexual harassment, the “Americans with Disabilities Act,” the “Family and Medical Leave Act” and the “Fair Labor Standards Act”.

Education: Universidad del Sud, Argentina; Amherst College (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1984); New York University (J.D., 1987)

Admissions: State Courts: New York; U.S. District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit Court of Appeals,Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Memberships: American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Advisory Board of the Center for Labor and Employment Law at NYU School of Law.

Publications: New York Immigration Coalition CLE Instructor on Fair Labor Standards Act; American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Committee on Technology in the Practice and Workplace, “Technology and Union Organizing”; NYU 62nd Annual Conference on Labor, “Reform of Union Voting Rules”; American Law Institute-American Bar Association, “Start-Up Carriers and Collective Bargaining: Does the Status Quo Freeze Apply?”; American Law Institute-American Bar Association, “The Pitfalls of Reasonable Cause Testing”; Marine Index Bureau, “Family Medical Leave Act and the U.S. Maritime Industry”; American Maritime Safety, “Sexual Harassment in Male-Dominated Industries”; Lorman Education Services, “Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.”

Practice Areas: Employment Law and Labor Relations, Immigration, Employee Drug Testing Law and Litigation.

Phone: 914-997-1346 • Fax: 914-997-7125 • Email: LSeham@ssmplaw.com

Granath, Nicholas P.

NICKNick Granath has over 15 years of courtroom experience in jury and bench trials, state and federal appeals, civil litigation, contested government hearings, and labor arbitrations. He regularly appears in federal courts around the nation and is based in Minnesota. His practice centers on labor and employment law, with a strong emphasis on representing airline employees. He is accomplished in all aspects of labor organization representation, including duty of fair representation (DFR) litigation, collective bargaining, contract enforcement, union and member rights, and arbitrations. On behalf of clients, he has appeared in print, radio and television media. In Minnesota he serves as a Conciliation Judge and takes criminal cases pro bono.

Education: Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., 1984); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1988); University of Minnesota (ROTC, 1987).

Admissions: State Courts: Minnesota (1989); U.S. District Courts: District of Minnesota, several federal district courts pro hac vice; U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Memberships: Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations.

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation nationwide (federal), Labor & Employment law concentration, Railway Labor Act.

Phone: 612-341-9080 • Fax: 612-341-9079 • Email: NGranath@ssmplaw.com

Middlebrook, Lucas.

MiddlebrookLucas Middlebrook received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in politics from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, and graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law in New York. He practices primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, civil litigation, and sports law. He has litigated labor and employment matters in courts across the United States, and routinely represents clients in labor arbitrations around the country. In the world of professional sports, Lucas serves as counsel to both the National Basketball Referees Association (“NBRA”) and the Professional Soccer Referees Association (“PSRA”), which serve as the collective bargaining representatives for NBA and MLS Officials respectively. In addition, he has represented nationwide clients in collective bargaining negotiations.

Lucas also serves as Vice President of American Maritime Safety, a not-for-profit trade organization designed to facilitate the maritime industry’s compliance with applicable federal regulations. In this role, he has counseled hundreds of maritime companies relating to compliance with federal drug and alcohol testing regulations and compliance procedures. In addition, he has traveled to locations across the United States and around the world conducting seminars on proper regulatory interpretation and chemical testing procedures.

Education: Oglethorpe University (B.A., 2001); Pace University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2005).

Admissions: State Courts: New York (2006); U.S. District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (2006); U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit Court of Appeals (2006), Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (2008) and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2009); Recent Pro Hac Vice Admissions: U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (2006), U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2008), U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (2008) and U.S. District Court for the District of D.C (2010).

Professional Memberships: American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association.

Practice Areas: Labor and Employment Law, Civil Litigation.

Phone: 914-997-1346 • Fax: 914-997-7125 • Email: LMiddlebrook@ssmplaw.com
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Silverstone, Stanley J.

SilverstoneStanley Silverstone has over 20 years of litigation experience, including more than 15 years in the area of labor and employment law. He represents both individuals and companies in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour disputes and employment discrimination cases, and labor law issues under the Railway Labor Act. Mr. Silverstone has lectured on wage and hour compliance for the New York Restaurant Association and Lorman Education Services.

Education: University of Toronto (B.A., 1984); Dalhousie Law School (LL.B., 1987).

Admissions: State Courts: New York (1991); U.S. District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; Ontario, Canada (1989).

Professional Memberships: Rockland County Bar Association (Employment Law Committee), Canadian-American Bar Association (Vice President).

Reported Cases: New York City Pedicab Owners’ Association v. Department of Consumer Affairs, 19 Misc.3d 170 (Sup. Ct. NY Co. 2008), aff’d 61 A.D.3d 558 (NY App. Div. 1st Dept. 2009); Dalmau v. Varig Brazilian Airlines, 337 F. Supp. 2d 1299 (S.D. Fla. 2004); McCormick v. Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, 225 F.Supp.2d 1131 (D. Minn. 2002); Allstate Financial Corp. v. Access Bag N Pack, Inc., 666 N.Y.S.2d 28 (NY App. Div. 2d Dep’t 1997).

Practice Areas: Labor and Employment Law and Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Trademark Registration.

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