Howard serves as President of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc. For nearly four decades he has represented the real estate industry in labor negotiations, has participated in thousands of arbitrations, as well as represented employers in matters before Federal, State, and NYC courts and administrative agencies. Notably, he was a counsel of record before the Supreme Court of the United States, in 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett, a seminal labor case that cemented arbitration as a foundation of organized labor relations. Howard is also an officer and trustee on the SEIU, Local 32BJ Funds and the Local 94, IUOE Funds and Committees, and is active in the funds’ governance. The International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans (IFEBP), which educates trustees and administrators of employee benefits plans, awarded Howard the designation of Master Trustee in 2010 and in 2023 awarded him the designation of Master Administrator.
A regular speaker in industry and legal professional circles, Howard volunteers extensively. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the IFEBP in 2024, , The 34th Street Partnership in 2021, The Outreach Project in 2013, The Bridge in 2012 and its Executive Committee in 2017, and Children-At-Play in 2010. 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, Howard 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, and the Real Estate Board of New York.
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.
Abigail Sole comes to the RAB with 12 years of labor relations experience. Her experience has been focused on representing employers and management in all areas of labor and employee relations.
Abigail has significant experience providing advice and counsel to employers on a multitude of labor relations issues. She has advocated on behalf of managers and employers in labor arbitrations, improper practice hearings, and impasse arbitrations. Abigail has also represented employers in collective bargaining with a variety of unions. Prior to joining the RAB, Abigail was the Deputy General Counsel at the Office of Labor Relations for the City of New York. Before working for the City, Abigail practiced labor relations at the MTA.
Abigail graduated, summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science, from St. John’s University in 2007. She received her law degree from St. John’s Law School in 2010.
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.
Hunter joined the Realty Advisory Board in August 2022 as a Law Clerk. She later learned she passed the Universal Bar Exam and intends to practice in New York.
Hunter received her law degree from Albany Law School in May 2022 where she graduated with Honors in her concentration in the field of International Law. While attending law school, Hunter provided pro bono legal service as a member of Albany Law School’s Community Economic Development Clinic. There, Hunter counseled local entrepreneurs on business formation as well as employment and labor relations matters, which sparked her interest in pursuing a career in labor and employment law. In 2018, she graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies.
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