Max Garfield focuses his practice on representing employers in all areas of employment law. He litigates disputes involving employment agreements, restrictive covenants, employment discrimination and harassment, contract claims, common law tort claims, executive compensation and ERISA claims in federal and state court, in arbitrations and before administrative agencies. Max also advises employers on day-to-day employment issues including hiring and terminating employees, drafts and advises on separation and other employment-related agreements, and conducts and leads trainings and investigations for clients. He also represents clients in connection with government investigations.

Max has been listed in New York Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for employment litigation: defense. He is also a member of Bloomberg Law's Labor & Employment Technology and Innovation Board. 


“Employment Update: New York State Governor Hochul Vetoes New York State Non-Compete Ban Bill,” Schulte Alert, Dec. 26, 2023

“US Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling and Potential Impact on Employers,” Schulte Alert, Aug. 24, 2023

New York on the Brink of Banning Non-Competes, Schulte Alert, June 21, 2023

“Recent Employment Law Updates,” SRZ Alert, June 7, 2023

“NLRB Restricts Non-Disparagement and Confidentiality Clauses in Severance Agreements,” SRZ Alert, March 2, 2023

“Employment Law Updates,” SRZ Alert, Feb. 24, 2023

“FTC Proposes Rule to Ban Non-Compete Clauses,” SRZ Alert, Jan. 10, 2023

End-of-Year Employment Law Developments,” SRZ Alert, Dec. 22, 2022

“Recent Employment Law Updates, SRZ Alert, Nov. 16, 2022

“U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Worker Classification Rule,” SRZ Alert, Oct. 21, 2022 

New York Launches Hotline for Workplace Sexual Harassment Complaints,” SRZ Alert, Aug. 22, 2022

New York Employment Update: Upcoming Windows to Claim Damages as a Result of Certain Sexual Offenses,” SRZ Alert, Aug. 8, 2022

“EEOC Guidance on Artificial Intelligence in Hiring and Disability Discrimination,” SRZ Alert, July 13, 2022

“The Department of Labor Releases Guidance on Mental Health Protections Under the Family Medical Leave Act,” SRZ Alert, July 7, 2022

“New York City Council Votes to Delay Effective Date of New Salary Transparency Law to Nov. 1, 2022,” SRZ Alert, May 5, 2022

“Guidance Issued on NYC Salary Disclosure Law,” SRZ Alert, April 6, 2022

“EEOC Issues New Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination and COVID-19,” SRZ Alert, April 4, 2022

“Current State of COVID-19 Protocols for Employers,” SRZ Alert, March 29, 2022

“Legislation Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Misconduct Claims,” SRZ Alert, Feb. 24, 2022

“Updates on New York Employment Laws,” SRZ Alert, Feb. 18, 2022

New York State Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate for Most Locations,” SRZ Alert, Feb. 11, 2022

New Year, New Employment and Benefits Developments for Employers, SRZ Alert, Jan. 20, 2022

New York City's COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers and Other Recent Developments, SRZ Alert, Dec. 21, 2021

“OSHA Issues COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard,” SRZ Alert, Nov. 10, 2021

“Amendment Expands New York Whistleblower Protection Law,” SRZ Alert, Nov. 8, 2021

“Connecticut Employers Required to Disclose Wage Ranges Under New Law,” SRZ Alert, Sept. 29, 2021

“NY HERO Act: Update to Model Plan,” SRZ Alert, Sept. 28, 2021

“New York State Employers Must Activate Exposure Prevention Plans Under the NY HERO Act,” SRZ Alert, Sept. 13, 2021

“Updated Vaccination Guidance and New York Law Developments,” SRZ Alert, June 11, 2021

“COVID-19 Updates,” SRZ Alert, March 9, 2021

“Update: Employer Considerations for Returning to the Workplace,” SRZ Alert, June 5, 2020

“Back to the Future: Employer Considerations for Returning to the Workplace,” SRZ Alert, May 18, 2020; republished in The Hedge Fund Journal, June 2020

“Employer Concerns — COVID-19,” SRZ Alert, March 17, 2020; republished in The Hedge Fund Journal, March 2020

Speaking Engagements

SRZ 30th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, Jan. 2021

“Return-to-the-Office — Employment Issues Amidst the Pandemic,” SRZ Webinar, July 2020

SRZ Employment & Employee Benefits Luncheon for Investment Managers, New York, June 2019

“Current Employment Issues,” SRZ 28th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, Jan. 2019

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

“Misclassification of Employees — Litigation and Transactional Issues Across the Employment Spectrum,” Bloomberg BNA Webinar, Dec. 2015


  • American Bar Association
  • Bloomberg BNA Labor & Employment Technology and Innovation Board
  • New York Bar State Association


  • New York Super Lawyers — Rising Star (2014-2015)