Cary, Larry

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Address: 1350 Broadway #1400, New York, NY 10018
Lawyer Firm: Cary Kane LLP
Phone: (212) 868-6300
Fax: 212 868-6302

Areas of Practice Employment Law, Labor Law, Litigation

Larry Cary is a Founding Partner of Cary Kane LLP. He has practiced labor, employment and employee benefits law for 30 years and has been involved with the American labor movement for over 40 years. Prior to co-founding the firm, Mr. Cary was the senior partner in the labor department of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard where he represented unions and benefit plans for 17 years. He also served as in-house general counsel to the Amalgamated Service and Allied Industries Joint Board, ACTWU, and its benefit plans. Before attending law school, Mr. Cary was an organizer for Local 3, United Storeworkers, RWDSU, a research assistant in a multiemployer welfare plan, and the development specialist in charge of starting-up the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.

Mr. Cary was an Adjunct in the labor liberal arts extension certificate program of Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where he has taught labor, employment and employee benefits law for over 20 years. Mr. Cary also was an Assistant Professor for Hofstra University where he taught labor law, union administration, contract administration, collective bargaining, political science and public administration. Mr. Cary also taught at the Labor College, Empire State, SUNY, in the Local 3, IBEW, electrical apprentice associates degree program.

For his entire legal career, Mr. Cary has served as counsel or co-counsel to various multiemployer plans, including pension, annuity, profit sharing, welfare, vacation and legal services plans in the private sector. He has also served as counsel to union-administered welfare, legal services and education funds in the public sector in New York City. On behalf of unions, Mr. Cary negotiates collective bargaining agreements, arbitrates disciplinary and contract interpretation disputes, deals with internal union matters and advises on anti-corporate campaigns. He has handled matters before a wide variety of administrative agencies, including the NLRB, NMB, PERB, OCB, OATH, IRS, DOL, INS, EEOC, NYS Division of Human Rights and NYS Departments of Health, Education and Labor. He has represented clients in many industries, including: trucking, warehousing, municipal and voluntary hospitals, nursing home, the postal service, defense contracting, building service, newspaper, retail, manufacturing, clothing, laundry and linen supply, maritime, airline, private and public sector education, bakery, grocery and produce, over the road freight, and government. Mr. Cary was General Counsel to TWU, Local 100, the union for bus and subway workers in New York City.

Mr. Cary is licensed to practice law in the State of New York. He litigates in both New York and Federal courts and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Mr. Cary is active in a number of organizations. Since 1983 he has been a member of the labor advisory board of the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, which is an internationally respected labor history archives. He is the Treasurer of the Workers Defense League, Inc., which provides free representation to claimants at unemployment compensation insurance hearings in New York City. Mr. Cary serves pro bono as counsel to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, which is the leading organization in New York City promoting safe and healthful workplaces. For ten years he was the President of the Cornell University Adjunct Faculty Federation, Local 4228, NYSUT, AFT, and a delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council. Mr. Cary served on the Executive Board of the New York Labor History Association for ten years and was its President in 1985-1986. As a result of his efforts, in 1986 Governor Mario M. Cuomo proclaimed May "Labor History Month" in New York State.

Mr. Cary is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the Federal Bar Council, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Association of Benefit Administrators. He is the President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, having graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School where he majored in chemistry. The Alumni Foundation is currently completing a $21 million fund raising campaign to support educational excellence at Tech. He graduated from Brooklyn College, with a major in history and a minor in economics. He received a Masters of Public Administration from New York University where his studies concentrated on health policy, planning and administration. He earned his law degree at Brooklyn Law School and a Certificate in Employee Benefits Law from Georgetown University’s Law Center.

Mr. Cary is married with two children.

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