Attorney Profile


Karen Zdanis, Esq.

Karen L. Zdanis has been a civil litigator since 2001 and is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She has a background in commercial litigation and has an impressive background in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, fraudulent inducement, contractual disputes, severance agreements, benefits, overtime cases, and workplace torts. She has represented large companies and governmental agencies in employment cases and commercial litigation.

Ms. Zdanis graduated summa cum laude from The University of Scranton in Scranton Pennsylvania. She graduated from Rutgers Law School in Newark New Jersey. In addition to acquiring more than 11 years experience in litigation, Karen has a finance background and earned an M.B.A. from Rutgers University School of Business and experience consulting Fortune 50 companies in computer software for treasury departments.

She now focuses her practice on employment and labor law issues, representing both employers and employees in employment and corporate litigation. She has experience in successfully litigating commercial cases, collections cases, partnership disputes and shareholder derivatives cases to trial from inception in state and federal courts. She has also successfully negotiated severance agreements and settling claims without instituting a lawsuit. She also provides advisory services including preparing employee handbooks and handling harassment investigations.

In addition, Ms. Zdanis is active in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) successfully representing employers and employees in mediations sponsored by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Federal and State Courts and a number of private dispute resolution entities. She also has appeared on behalf of individuals in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly NASD) and the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Zdanis lectures on the field of employment law for programs sponsored by the National Business Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Rockland Business Association and the Westchester County Women’s Bar Association. In addition, Ms. Zdanis has authored numerous articles and publications for various bar associations in New York.

Karen Zdanis, Esq. with Supreme Court Justice Breyer

Karen L. Zdanis is admitted to practice:   

  • New Jersey Bar
  • New York Bar
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court of New Jersey

Karen L. Zdanis has memberships in:

  • Rockland County Bar Association
  • Employment Law Committee Chairperson
  • New York State Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

Publications, Presentations and Interviews:

Westchester Women’s Business Association

Rockland Business Association

National Business Institute

Human Resources Law from Start to Finish, Controlling Unemployment Costs and Workplace Behavior and Privacy – Current Developments, March 2018, New Windsor NY, presented by Karen L. Zdanis, Esq.

Marino Institute

Aesop’s Fable Revisited by the Supreme Court, (The Cat’s Paw – applied in the context of Employment Law), June 2011 Rockland County Bar Association Newsletter, by Karen L. Zdanis, Esq.

Employer Liability Redefined by the New York City Human Rights Law, Karen L. Zdanis, Esq., June 2010 Rockland County Bar Association Newsletter, by Karen L. Zdanis, Esq.

Sexual Harassment Explained, Tarrytown-Sleepy-Hollow Patch, April 3, 2012, by Elaine Marranzano

Employers in the Age of Digital and Electronic Communications
Westchester County Women’s Bar Association, Jan 20, 2010, White Plains, NY

Immigration Law Issues for Employers
Rockland County Small Business Network, May 10, 2007, Haverstraw, NY

Recent Developments in Immigration Law
Merlino & Merlino, September 15, 2007, New York, NY