Howard serves as President of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc. For more than three decades he has represented the real estate industry in labor negotiations and has participated in thousands of arbitrations in addition to representing employers in matters before the State and Federal Courts.
Howard has also represented employers before numerous federal, state, and local administrative agencies regarding a variety of employment and labor issues, including unfair labor practice cases and discrimination claims. Notably, he also was counsel of record for one of the employers in Pyett v. 14 Penn Plaza before the Supreme Court of the United States, a seminal labor case that cemented arbitration’s place as a foundation of organized labor relations.
Howard also serves as an officer and trustee on the SEIU, Local 32BJ Funds, Local 94, IUOE Funds and Committees, and is active in the funds’ governance. In 2010, the International Foundation awarded Howard the designation of Master Trustee.
A regular speaker to industry and legal professional groups, Howard volunteers extensively to further the interests of the community. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Outreach Project in 2013, which provides treatment for adolescents struggling with alcohol and drug abuse; The Bridge in 2012 and its Executive Committee in 2017, which provides services for adults with mental illness and Children-At-Play in 2010, a preschool program for children with disabilities. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley (SSDSRV) for ten years and its Executive Committee for five years. Howard has been honored by Project Outreach, The Bridge, and SSDSRV for his commitment and devotion to these organizations.
A graduate of Hofstra Law School, he is admitted to practice law in New York State, as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Howard is also member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Real Estate Board of New York.
Stephen, admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, began his career working in labor relations in the entertainment industry where he spent eight years handling grievances and negotiating contracts.
As a union stagehand he worked on the 2008 presidential debates, TV shows such as Pan Am, and movies including The Bourne Legacy.
Stephen received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Honors from Adelphi University and graduated St. John’s University School of Law with Honors. While attending law school he served as Vice President of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society and a Junior Fellow of our Center for Labor and Employment Law. While at St. John’s, he received the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, as well as the Dean’s awards for Excellence in Labor Law and Labor and Employment Arbitration for obtaining the highest grades in those areas. His other educational credentials include the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, and classes in Contract Administration and Collective Bargaining at Cornell University ILR.
Michael is an attorney with the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations who is admitted to practice in New York. He is a 1980 graduate of Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a 1989 graduate of Fordham Law School.
Michael has been employed by the Realty Advisory Board since 1983. Michael represents employers in labor arbitrations and collective bargaining with Local 32BJ, Local 94, Local 30, and various other unions in the tri-state area.
For the past 25 years, Michael has been a committee member of Swim Across America – Long Island Sound Organization that consistently raises over $1 million a year for research and family support. In 2010, Michael was awarded the Wald-Lee Vision Award by the Cancer Support Team.
ROBERT S. SCHWARTZ
Robert S. Schwartz is Executive Vice President at the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc. (“RAB”). Robert is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. Robert’s practice focuses on the representation of employers and management in all areas of labor and employment relations.
He has represented employers in state and federal court employment litigation, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings, including claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, wage and hour violations, and tort claims. Robert also has experience representing clients in disputes arising from collective bargaining relationships and in advising clients on compliance with applicable labor laws. In addition, Robert has represented clients in matters involving violations of the securities laws, derivative actions, and fiduciary responsibilities.
Robert has lectured to attorneys and human resources personnel and written on issues employers face in complying with various labor and employment law topics, such as wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Robert received his Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in the Liberal Arts, from The Ohio State University in 2000. He received his law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2003, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law. Robert was also selected to Super Lawyers’ 2014 and 2015 New Jersey Rising Star list. Prior to joining the RAB, Robert was an associate in the Labor and Employment Law Department of Proskauer Rose LLP.
Harry, admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and California, has represented employers in the building service industry since 1985 and handles grievances and arbitrations as well as administrative matters and defense of employment discrimination claims.
He served as President of the Service Employers Association and the Window Cleaning Employers Association, multi-employer bargaining associations consisting of building service and window cleaning employers until those groups were dissolved and merged into the RAB in 1999.
Alychia comes to the RAB with over 15 years of extensive litigation and compliance experience. She has appeared in New Jersey and New York state and federal courts, appellate courts, arbitral tribunals (e.g., FINRA and AAA) and state and federal administrative agencies (e.g. Department of Labor, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and New York State Division of Human Rights).
Alychia also has significant experience counseling employers regarding a wide range of employment and labor law issues, including the development and implementation of employment policies and handbooks, accommodation of employees with disabilities, family and medical leave issues, wage and hour laws, employee terminations and general employee relations matters. Alychia was selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists (2010 to 2019) and named as a “New Leaders of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal (2014).
Prior to joining the RAB, Alychia was a Senior Associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department of Proskauer. There, the majority of Alychia’s practice was devoted to representing management in employment litigation. She specifically focused on defending companies and supervisors in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, tort and contract, wage and hour and restrictive covenant cases before federal and state courts, arbitral tribunals (e.g., FINRA and AAA) and civil rights agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.
Ellie joined the RAB, in August 2021, as a Law Clerk and later learned she passed the Universal Bar Exam and intends to practice in New York.
Ellie is a graduate of the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia, and her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Jewish Studies, magna cum laude, from the Seminary.
Ellie is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. While attending law school, Ellie served as the President of the Public Interest Center and the President of the Jewish Law Students Association. Ellie worked as an Articles & Notes Editor on the New York International Law Review, where her note focusing on international employment standards was published. Ellie also received New York State Bar Association’s Samuel M. Kaynard Memorial Student Service Award, which recognizes excellence in law students who intend to pursue a career in labor and employment law.
Nija joined the RAB as a Law Clerk, March 2021, after passing the October New York Bar Exam. She received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science from SUNY Oswego and graduated with honors in 2015. After graduating from SUNY Oswego, Nija worked for the NYS-AFL-CIO, where she developed an interest in Labor and Employment Law.
Nija received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in May 2020. While attending law school, Nija was a member of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocates Competition Team, The Dispute Resolution Societies Negotiation Team, and an associate editor on the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. Nija was also the Vice President of the Black Law Students Association and an active member of her school community. Throughout her law school career, Nija worked as a Labor relations intern for the NYC Department of Buildings and several Labor and Employment law firms throughout Manhattan. Nija was admitted to the New York State Bar December 2021.
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