Richard I. Scharlat has more than 20 years’ experience in employment litigation defending management across a broad range of industries, and in ERISA matters and class actions.

A seasoned trial lawyer, Richard has tried bench and jury cases in federal and state courts in many US jurisdictions, as well as arbitrations before FINRA and various arbitration panels. An accomplished management defense counselor, Richard leads teams in trade secret litigation, employee poaching/raiding cases, employment contract negotiations, executive compensation, restrictive covenant disputes and unfair competition matters. He regularly handles matters before the New York Division of Human Rights and the New Jersey Department of Labor.

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  • On behalf of a New Jersey-based chain of skilled nursing facilities, won pre-discovery Motion to Dismiss on claims for Medicare fraud and retaliatory termination under Section 3730(h) of the federal False Claims Act
  • Obtained finding of “no probable cause” before the New York State Division of Human Rights in defense of a complaint alleging retaliation and race and sexual orientation discrimination brought against a New York City daycare provider
  • Defended international nonprofit corporation against ERISA breach of fiduciary duty and failure to monitor claims brought by the US Department of Labor in connection with a health and welfare plan*

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  • The Legal 500 US, Labor & Employment Disputes, 2020
  • Benchmark Litigation Labor and Employment Star, 2021


  • American Health Care Association, legal committee
  • American Friends of Am Yisrael Echad, member of board of directors
  • Yeshivat Sha’alvim, member of executive board of directors

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Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, JD, 1994
Yeshiva University, BA, cum laude, 1990
Yeshivat Sha’alvim, Israel, two-year program of study in Jewish law and ethics, 1985-87

Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

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Richard I. Scharlat

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