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James A. Vagnini – Partner



Throughout his career, Mr. Vagnini’s focus was and remains the advocacy and litigation of the civil and human rights relating to fair and equal treatment of employees in the private and public sectors.

Mr. Vagnini first began his career representing clients in individual litigation where he practiced the traditional aspects of employment litigation.  However, soon after his start, he dedicated his practice to group and mass litigation, including class and collective action work.  As a result of this concentration, Mr. Vagnini also dedicated countless hours to the development and practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Through this practice alone, Mr. Vagnini has represented thousands of clients working in corporations nationwide who have suffered various forms of discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge and labor violations.  Mr. Vagnini has successfully represented over 2,000 workers in numerous private and government ADR programs across the country wherein he recovered over $25 million in negotiated settlements for his clients.  Mr. Vagnini has been specifically sought out by aggrieved employees, nationwide, for his expertise in handling large multi-plaintiff litigation.

Mr. Vagnini has also successfully litigated mass and class actions before the Federal Courts.  Most notably, Mr. Vagnini acted as co-lead counsel in a mass action co-counseled with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Dallas, Texas.  Mr. Vagnini and his firm recovered nearly $2 Million Dollars in a Consent Decree for 15 litigants in the matter of EEOC and Eric Mitchel, et al. v. Allied Aviation Services.

Mr. Vagnini also represented hundreds of employees in a collective action under the ADEA which resulted in a $12 million dollar settlement in the Eastern District of New York and a race discrimination class action in the Southern District that also resulted in a $12 million dollar settlement and injunctive relief. In addition to his representation in the Rite Aid matter, Mr. Vagnini is currently representing his clients in nationwide overtime actions against Panda Express and T.J. Maxx.  He is also co-lead counsel in the 270 plaintiff actions against Turner Industries in Federal Court in Texas and Louisiana.

Mr. Vagnini’s cases and practice have been the focus of several panels, discussions, textbooks and lectures, as well as national news publications and specials.  He is a regular guest lecturer at St. John’s University Law School where he highlights the litigation aspects of representing workers in America.

Bar Admissions: New York State Bar, U.S. District Courts (SDNY, EDNY)
Education: Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York, 1998
Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, B.A. 1995

Classes/Seminars Taught:

People of Color, Women and the Public Corporation: Conference on Racial and Gender Equity in the Business Setting Symposium (Panelist)

Race/Gender & Corporate America and Race & Corporate Governance (Guest Lecturer), St. John’s University School of Law