Lois Carter Schlissel chairs the Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Board of Directors. As Board Chair, she is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mrs. Schlissel served as the firm’s Managing Attorney from 2002-2017.
In addition to her management role, Mrs. Schlissel heads the firm’s Employment Law practice and is an active member of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution department. She counsels clients with respect to federal and state employment laws, compliance issues, and personnel matters and litigates significant commercial cases as well as claims arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.
Mrs. Schlissel is a member of the Board of Overseers of Northwell Health System, the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association and the Adelphi University Board of Trustees.
In 2018, Mrs. Schlissel received the Executive Circle Award from Long Island Business News. She is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence. She was honored for her “extraordinary service to the community and superb lawyering” by the Nassau County Bar Association, We Care Fund in 2012. She was also recognized by Long Island Pulse Magazine in 2010 and 2011 as one of the region’s “Top Legal Eagles”. In 2007, Mrs. Schlissel was recognized as one of the Best Attorneys on Long Island by the Long Island Press. She was named by Long Island Business News (LIBN) as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women, and was admitted into the LIBN Top 50 Hall of Fame. The Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women conferred its Achievers’ Award in the Field of Law on Mrs. Schlissel and she was named a “Woman Achiever Against the Odds” by the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls.
Tried and won several jury trials in commercial and employment cases in state and federal courts.
Conducted internal investigations in various industries including insurance, professional services and non-profits, concerning allegations of bribery, administrative misconduct, discrimination and sexual improprieties and worked with upper management to deal with attendant legal and personnel issues.
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Mrs. Schlissel has written and lectured extensively before bar associations, employment groups and professional organizations. She has given numerous media interviews and provided commentary relating to Federal civil practice, employment law issues, workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.
Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Mrs. Schlissel was a law clerk at the New York State Court of Appeals and, thereafter, a litigation associate in the New York City office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.