Richard S. Corenthal is Of Counsel at Blitman & King LLP. Mr. Corenthal handles a wide range of areas involving labor and employment matters. He represents over twenty public sector and private sector labor unions including firefighters, laborers and corrections officers in all types of disputes, including contract negotiations, interest arbitrations, grievance arbitrations and improper/unfair labor practice proceedings. Mr. Corenthal has also represented multi-employer/union benefit funds. Mr. Corenthal has litigated numerous labor-related claims in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies including the National Labor Relations Board and the New York State Public Employment Relations Board. Mr. Corenthal has numerous legal achievements and favorable court decisions on behalf of labor unions and individual employees.

Mr. Corenthal provides employment advice to clients regarding employment contracts and separation agreements. He has negotiated separation agreements for clients in a wide range of fields, including finance, publishing, advertising and medical professionals. He has also litigated numerous employment-related claims, including sexual harassment, age, race, national origin, disability, minimum labor standards, overtime, breach of contract and whistle-blower claims. Mr. Corenthal also represents clients with employment-related claims in the finance industry. In 2022, Mr. Corenthal successfully represented hundreds of New York City Marriott Marquis Hotel workers to obtain more than $2.9 million in promised severance pay after they were laid off during the COVID pandemic.

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Richard S. Corenthal
Areas Of PracticeEducation
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, New York J.D. Degree 1979
  • Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, New York B.A. Degree 1975
  • Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, New York Academic Diploma, 1971
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Admitted to New York State Bar on March 17, 1980.
  • Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Southern and Eastern U.S. District Courts of New York.
  • Richard Corenthal and Corrine E. Karlin, Most States Grant Access to Personnel Files and Protection to Reference Giver’s - But Not New York, Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter, New York State Bar Association, September 1997.
  • Richard Corenthal, Balancing Interests Under the ADA, New York Law Journal, July 2, 1993.
  • Richard Corenthal, Should Smoking Be Totally Banned in the Workplace?  Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter, New York State Bar Association, September 1993.
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker - Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Labor Law Conference, The Impact of Marijuana in the Workplace, March 2019.
  • Speaker - “Preemption of State Boards of Inquiry: The Daily News Labor Dispute”, New York State Bar Association and NLRB Regional Conference, December, 1990.
  • Member, N.Y.S. AFL-CIO Labor Lawyers List serve.
  • Member, AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance (National).
  • Member, Peggy Browning Fund New York Awards Reception Host Committee - 2015, 2016.
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Tuesday’s Children, 2012-2013.
  • Instructor, Cornell University, School of Industrial Labor Relations, Course: Labor Law-Public and Private Sectors, Spring 1999.
  • Special Assistant, New York State Assemblyman Ronald Tocci, October, 1996 to September, 1998.
  • Adjunct Professor, Pace University School of Law, Health Law and Policy, Spring semester 1996, Spring semester 1997.
  • Counsel, New York State AFL-CIO Public Employee Safety and Health Reform Committee, September 1994 to 1997.
  • Former Member, Advisory Board, Mount Sinai-Irving J. Selikoff Occupational Health Clinical Center, New York, New York.
  • Pro Bono Haitian Asylum Claims, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Brooklyn, New York April, 1992 - August, 1992.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., School of Health Sciences, New York, New York, Environmental and Occupational Health Law (graduate level), 1989-1991.
  • Lecturer on employment law and labor law for the New York State Bar Association; Practicing Law Institute; National Safety Council; Mayor’s Office, City of New York; District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO; New York State AFL CIO; New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health; New York City Central Labor Council; Cornell University, School of Industrial Labor Relations, New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association.