Donna Lazarus practices in the areas of employment law and education law. She handles employment discrimination and labor relations matters and advises clients on hiring, managing and terminating employees in compliance with federal, state and local laws. Donna advises clients on harassment and discrimination matters, and assists with drafting employment-related policies. She also works with a broad range of educational institutions, including independent schools, colleges, universities, professional training programs and education-related associations, advising them on a variety of legal matters, including board liability, student discipline, learning and other disabilities, employment matters, harassment and bullying, admissions, contracts and litigation issues. Donna was named a New York “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2016 and 2017.


“New York Child Abuse Reporting Requirements Will Extend to Private Schools,” SRZ Alert, Jan. 11, 2019 (co-author)

Overtime Exemptions for Educational Institutions,” SRZ Client Alert, April 20, 2018 (co-author)

New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law to Take Effect,” SRZ Client Alert, Dec. 1, 2017 (co-author)

Connecticut Supreme Court Lets Jury Verdict Stand in Munn v. Hotchkiss School,” SRZ Client Alert, Sept. 7, 2017 (co-author)

“Further Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 Signed into Law,” SRZ Client Alert, Jan. 12, 2017 (co-author)

“EEOC Issues New Guidance on National Origin Discrimination,” SRZ Client Alert, Jan. 4, 2017 (co-author)

“New York Court Finds Implied Private Right of Action in Nonprofit Revitalization Act’s ‘Whistleblower Policy,’” SRZ Client Alert, Nov. 17, 2016 (co-author)

“Update for Schools on the New Final Overtime Rule,” SRZ Client Alert, June 8, 2016 (co-author)

“New York City to Provide Certain Non-Public Schools with Funds to Hire and Train Security Guards,” SRZ Client Alert, Feb. 17, 2016 (co-author)

“Amendments to the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 Signed into Law,” SRZ Client Alert, Jan. 29, 2016 (co-author)

“Court Determines California Teacher Tenure Laws Are Unconstitutional,” SRZ Client Alert, June 27, 2014 (co-author); republished in Westlaw Journal – Employment, July 22, 2014

“The Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 Takes Effect on July 1, 2014,” SRZ Client Alert, May 7, 2014 (co-author)

“The Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013,” SRZ Client Alert, Oct. 1, 2013 (co-author)

“US Supreme Court Issues Affirmative Action Decision,” SRZ Client Alert, July 16, 2013 (co-author)

“Independent Schools Should Review Student Travel Policies in Light of Recent Jury Verdict,” SRZ Client Alert, April 22, 2013 (co-author)

“New Poster and Forms for US Employers,” SRZ Client Alert, March 19, 2013 (co-author)

“NY State Legislature Amends Dignity Act to Expand Definition of Harassment and Bullying,” SRZ Client Alert, Oct. 26, 2012 (co-author)

Speaking Engagements

SRZ Employment & Employee Benefits Luncheon for Investment Managers, New York, November 2018

School Trips: The Hidden Risks,” National Business Officers Association 2018 Annual Meeting, March 2018

Risk Management in a New Era,” NYSAIS Business Affairs Conference, New York, May 2017

“Harassment Claims,” Employment Discrimination Law & Litigation 2016, Practising Law Institute, New York, June 2016

“Legal Issues 101” and “Legal Issues and Admissions Q&A,” NYSAIS Admissions Directors Conference, New Paltz, N.Y., April 2016

“Important Legal Issues for Trustees,” NYSAIS Webinar, April 2015

“The Legal Ins and Outs of After-School Programs,” NYSAIS After School Conference 2014, Rensselaerville, N.Y., November 2014

“Legal Q&A,” ERB 86th Annual Conference — Journey to Academic Excellence, Fort Worth, Texas, October 2013

“Legal Q&A,” ERB 85th Annual Conference — Journey to Academic Excellence, San Diego, October 2012 

“Legal/Financial Issues,” H1N1 Pandemic Flu Preparedness, New York State Association of Independent Schools, New York, September 2009


  • New York Super Lawyers — Rising Star (2016-2017)