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Joel A. Klarreich

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Joel A. Klarreich


Joel A. Klarreich is a partner in the New York City law firm of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, where he chairs the Staffing Industry and Corporate Departments. He joined Tannenbaum Helpern when it merged with Klein, Heisler & Klarreich, P.C. He specializes in business, corporate and employment law. Joel has more than 35 years of experience representing individual, multi-office and franchise staffing organizations with regard to corporate, merger and acquisition, administrative law, lending litigation, unfair competition, labor and employment and diverse corporate matters. He has represented numerous buyers and sellers of staffing firms in mergers and acquisitions of all magnitudes and represented staffing firms in public and private stock offerings.

A highly experienced corporate attorney, Joel has represented public and privately held companies in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, public and private stock offerings, secured and unsecured lending transactions as well as general contract negotiations, dispute resolutions and a wide range of corporate matters.

In the employment law area, he has represented clients on a broad range of labor and employment issues, including pre-employment inquiries, wage and hour planning, discrimination, benefits, drug and alcohol use and testing, FMLA and ADA, and has defended countless lawsuits and arbitration proceedings involving employment related claims, discrimination and harassment in federal and state courts and before federal, state and local agencies. He is the author of countless articles on employment and discrimination laws.

Joel's extensive legal experience is enhanced by his business experience. He served for over four years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of an AMEX listed company, where his participation in all policy, operational and strategy decisions resulted in the company's dynamic growth and eventual merger in a uniquely favorable transaction with a major competitor.

In the field of franchising, Joel has consulted and advised franchisors regarding developmental, relationship and regulatory issues. He has prepared franchise agreements and offering circulars, master franchises, area franchises and joint ventures. He has more than 30 years' experience in the day-to-day legal and operational issues facing franchisors, as well as in the design and implementation of new franchise programs. He has represented franchisors in the defense and resolution of franchisee claims in arbitration and judicial proceedings.

Joel has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 every year that selections were made. He has also been selected for inclusion in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Best Lawyers in America List.

He graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 1968, where he ranked 5th in a class of 210 and was a member of The Law Review.

Significant Matters

  • Action Temporaries Management Co., Inc. v. Stratmar Systems, Inc., 101 F. 3d 108 (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition, 1996 WL 110170 (2nd Cir. (N.Y.), Mar 12, 1996) (NO. 95-7698(L), 95-7754(XAP))
  • Value Line, Inc. v. IBC USA (Publications), Inc., Not Reported in F. Supp., 1995 WL 378542 (S.D.N.Y., Jun 26, 1995) (NO. 95 CIV. 2266(RPP))
  • Association of Personnel Consultants of New York State, Inc. v. Green, 153 Misc.2d 156, 580 N.Y.S.2d 635 (N.Y.Sup., Jan 27, 1992) (NO. 2631, 13818/91)
  • Winston Franchise Corp. v. Williams, Not Reported in F. Supp., 1992 WL 7843 (S.D.N.Y., Jan 10, 1992)(NO. 91 CIV. 7963 (CSH))
  • Hunt Personnel, Ltd. v. Hemingway Transport Inc., 105 Misc. 2d 626, 432 N.Y.S.2d 585
  • (N.Y. City Civ. Ct., Sep 29, 1980)
  • Winston Personnel Ltd. v. Abcon Industries, Inc., 108 Misc.2d 695, 438 N.Y.S.2d 669 (N.Y.City Civ. Ct., Sep 25, 1980)(NO. 1723)
  • Robert Half Personnel Agencies, Inc. v. Certified Management Corp., 102 Misc.2d 317, 425 N.Y.S.2d915 (N.Y.Sup.App.Term, Nov 21, 1979)
  • Association of Personnel Agencies of New York, Inc. v. Ross, 43 N.Y.2d873, 374 N.E.2d 363, 403 N.Y.S.2d 464, 17 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 8361 (N.Y., Feb 07, 1978)
  • Columbia Ribbon & Carbon Mfg. Co., Inc. v. A-1-A Corp., 42 N.Y.2d 496, 369 N.E.2d 4, 398 N.Y.S.2d 1004 (N.Y. Oct 18, 1977)
  • Columbia Ribbon & Carbon Mfg. Co., Inc. v. A-1-A Corp. 54 A.D.2d 847, 388 N.Y.S.2d 282 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Nov 16, 1976)
  • Giordano v. State Tax Commission, 52 A.D.2d 691, 382 N.Y.S.2d 576 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept., Apr 22, 1976)
  • National Organization for Women v. State Division of Human Rights, 34 N.Y.2d 416, 314 N.E.2d 867, 358 N.Y.S.2d 124, 8 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 1137, 8 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 9591 (N.Y., Jan 19, 1974)

Joel Klarreich has or will serve as a speaker, moderator, event chair or panelist for the following events:


Law School:

  • St. John's Law School ,1968, JD
  • Honors: Law Review


  • City College of New York, 1965, B.B.A.
  • Honors: Beta Alpha Psi – National Honorary Accounting Society



  • New York State Bar Association

Award Recognition:

  • Super Lawyer: 2006-2018
  • Best Lawyers: 2016-2019
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