Amy Habib Rittling
Amy Habib Rittling, a Partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, serves as Team Leader for the firm’s Employment Practice Team. She concentrates her practice in employment and general business law and litigation. Her employment law experience includes counseling and advising employers on all aspects of employment relationships and employment practices and policies. She also assists employers with self-audits and workplace investigations. Ms. Habib Rittling also represents employers before administrative agencies including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the U.S. Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Labor and other various state and local employment agencies. She frequently defends clients in legal claims involving: discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, state and federal wage and hour laws, and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ms. Habib Rittling's employment law experience also includes drafting and negotiating employment and severance agreements and litigating claims involving misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of restrictive covenants.
Prior to returning to Buffalo, Ms. Habib Rittling served as Special Assistant to Commissioner Leslie E. Silverman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Amy finds her inspiration “strategizing on cases with an exceptional group of talented colleagues.” She is actively involved in her community, and lives in Eggertsville with her husband, Mark, and four young children.
Honors & Awards
Buffalo Business First, “Power 125 Women,” #67, 2019
Buffalo Business First, “Power 125 Women,” #74, 2018
ATHENA Award Recipient, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, 2016
Business First “40 Under Forty”, Women of Influence: Community Supporter
Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal, Legal Elite of WNY (2014-2017)
The Daily Record Excellence in Law, Top Women in the Law (2014)
- Upstate New York Super Lawyers® (2015 - 2019)
- Chambers USA, Recognized Practitioner, Litigation: General Commercial (Upstate New York)
- The Best Lawyers in America©, 2020
- Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, Board of Directors
- University at Buffalo Foundation, Board of Trustees
- John R. Oishei Children's Hospital Campaign Co-Chair
- Zoological Society of Buffalo, Board of Directors and Vice Chair
- Elmwood Franklin School, Board of Trustees
- Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Board of Trustees
- Law Enforcement Foundation of WNY, Board of Directors
- The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York (formerly NCCJ), Former Co-Chair Board of Directors
- Buffalo Seminary, Former Chair Board of Trustees
- Leadership Buffalo Graduate
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Fifteen Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP Attorneys Recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America©" 2020 Edition
BUFFALO, NY – Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced today 15 of the firm’s attorneys have been honored in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
On August 12, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill (S6577), passed by the state legislature in June, that makes sweeping changes to New York's discrimination and harassment laws. These changes will go into effect at various points over the next year and follow Governor Cuomo's signing of two bills on July 10, 2019, (S5248B and S6549) that related to equal pay and salary … More »
Monday, August 12, 2019
BUFFALO, NY – Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP today announced 32 of the firm’s Buffalo and Albany attorneys have been included on the 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Upstate New York Rising Stars lists. Earlier this year, Super Lawyers also recognized two attorneys in the firm’s Florida offices.
Friday, July 26, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
BUFFALO, NY – Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced it has been ranked by Chambers USA 2019 in Band 3 for both Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions – Upstate New York and Litigation: General Commercial – Upstate New York, and is listed as a Recognized Practice for Real Estate – Upstate New York. Since 1990, Chambers and Partners has published … More »
Friday, May 3, 2019
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP's Amy Habib Rittling Participating in Buffalo Niagara Partnership Speaker Series on Sexual Harassment Laws
BUFFALO, NY – Amy Habib Rittling, a partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, is presenting at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Speaker Series on “New Sexual Harassment Laws: What Employers Need to Know” on May 14. Ms. Habib Rittling will discuss how to become and remain compliant with New York State’s updated sexual harassment laws and share … More »
Thursday, October 4, 2018
As we wrote here in July 2018, New York State enacted a sweeping set of laws aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the workplace. Two of the most prominent pieces of the legislation required employers to adopt a compliant sexual harassment policy and provide annual sexual harassment training to all employees.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Amy Habib Rittling featured in Rochester Business Journal on new sexual harassment policies and procedures for employers
"Employers must adopt policies on preventing sexual harassment,"Rochester Business Journal, September 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
"Attorneys and employers prep for new state sexual harassment law,"Buffalo Law Journal, September 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
BUFFALO, NY – Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP today announced 28 of the firm’s Buffalo and Albany attorneys have been included on the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Upstate New York Rising Stars lists.
Monday, July 30, 2018
"BLJ: Navigating marijuana at work,"Buffalo Law Journal, July 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
"Women in power and empowered,"Buffalo Business First,July 2018
Friday, July 6, 2018
New York State’s Overhaul of Laws Concerning Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Causes Employers to Reconsider Workplace Policies and Employment Contracts
As a part of the state budget process, New York has recently enacted new and sweeping changes to the laws surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace. The changes concern both the public and private sector and obligations of New York employers relative to sexual harassment, including content of policies, training and agreements with current and prospective employees. In addition, employers can … More »
Friday, January 5, 2018
"'Disgusted' DA says Nichols incidents occurred 'too long ago' for charges,'"Buffalo News,January 2018
Friday, December 22, 2017
Amy Habib Rittling, Partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Appointed to University at Buffalo Foundation Board of Trustees
BUFFALO, NY – Amy Habib Rittling, a partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, has been appointed to the board of trustees for the University at Buffalo Foundation for a three-year term.
Friday, October 6, 2017
BUFFALO, NY – Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced that seven of its attorneys have been featured in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal’s 2017 Legal Elite of Western New York. This annual peer review is based on nominations from area attorneys.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
"Island community completes GI Challenge for room at new Oishei Children's Hospital,"Niagara Frontier Publications,September 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Twenty-seven Attorneys from Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP Recognized by 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers
BUFFALO, NY – Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced today that 27 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Upstate New York Rising Stars lists.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
"Editorial: Trump needs to break deadlock on WNY judgeship,"Buffalo News, April 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
"Collins: Trump may not appoint judge, U.S. attorney this year,"Buffalo News, April 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Amy Habib Rittling mentioned in article about Trump possibly nominating first female federal judge in Buffalo
"Will Trump Name First Woman Federal Judge Ever in Buffalo?,"Artvoice, April 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
"Two young lawyers wait to hear about Buffalo's long-vacant federal judgeship,"Buffalo News, April 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Employers Should Revisit How They Draft and Present Certain Provisions in Their Employment Agreements
By Amy Habib Rittling and Vincent M. Miranda
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Employers Should Revisit How They Draft and Present Certain Provisions in Their Employment Agreements
Employers should revisit their practices in drafting and presenting restrictive covenants in employment agreements in light of actions by Congress and New York State courts. In 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) took effect and created a federal cause of action for the protection of trade secrets. On a state level, the Supreme Court in Erie County refused to partially enforce a … More »
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
On December 28, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor published its final regulation that affects the ability of certain workers to be classified as exempt from overtime. The salary amount that employers must pay to administrative and executive employees to obtain an exemption from overtime pay will now vary depending on the employer's location within the state and the size of the employer.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Amy Habib Rittling, Partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Appointed to Board of Trustees of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Elmwood Franklin School
BUFFALO, NY – Amy Habib Rittling, a partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, has been appointed to the board of trustees of both Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Elmwood Franklin School.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Eight Attorneys from Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP Named to Buffalo Business First's "2016 Legal Elite of WNY List"
BUFFALO, NY – Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced today that eight of its attorneys have been featured in Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal’s 2016 Legal Elite of WNY List, an annual listing recognizing attorneys from across Western New York. The list is compiled from reviews by local law firms and companies who are asked … More »
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Attorneys from Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP Honored on 2016 "Upstate New York Super Lawyers" List
BUFFALO, NY – Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announced today that several of its attorneys have been selected to the 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Super Lawyers lists are generated by a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition … More »
Monday, June 6, 2016
BUFFALO, NY – Amy Habib Rittling, a partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, will participate in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s “Power Up” roundtable event on Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 8-10a.m. at Templeton Landing (2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo).
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
U.S. Department of Labor Releases Final Rule on Overtime and Doubles Salary Threshold for Common OT Exemptions
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule on the changes to the federal overtime law. We previously wrote about the Proposed Rule here. While slightly less onerous than the Proposed Rule, the effects of the Final Rule are just as significant for employers. In an effort to provide notice as quickly as possible, we will highlight only the most significant … More »
Thursday, April 14, 2016
On January 19, 2016, a set of bills, collectively referred to as the Women's Equality Act, became effective after being signed by Governor Cuomo last year. The Women's Equality Act seeks to expand and strengthen legal protections for women in the workplace. Employers should be cognizant of the five employmentrelated laws outlined below.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
LMWF Attorneys Scott E. Friedman, Amy Habib Rittling and Christina H. Arthurs to Lead Discussion at UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
BUFFALO, NY – Scott E. Friedman, Amy Habib Rittling and Christina H. Arthurs, attorneys at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, will lead a discussion on “Best Practices in Forming a Board for Your Family Business” on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at 77 Goodell St. (Room 208). The event will include breakfast and … More »
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
"People on the Move,"Buffalo Business First, April 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
"On the Record: Jan. 15, 2016,"The Buffalo News,January 2016
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP Announces New Leaders of Litigation, Corporate and Labor Practice Groups
Firm continues restructuring to meet growth and needs of clients BUFFALO, NY – As a result of the continued growth and expansion of its legal services, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP announces new leaders of the firm’s litigation, corporate and labor practice groups.
Friday, September 18, 2015
"A lot to celebrate in Buffalo's legal community,"Buffalo Business First, September 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP Attorneys Amy Habib Rittling and Vincent Miranda recently led an informative lunch and learn seminar on human resources topics.
Friday, February 27, 2015
LMWF Partner Amy Habib Rittling offers insight for employers on recent changes to the Wage Theft Prevention Act and what it means for their businesses.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gov. Cuomo signs bill eliminating notification requirement for employers related to the Wage Theft Prevention Act
Thursday, July 17, 2014
There are many minor tweaks employers can make to a separation agreement to help counter the issues the EEOC has identified in its (recent) lawsuits, including reducing what could be considered difficult to understand legal terminology, shortening the agreement, and clearly outlining the employee's right to file a charge and to cooperate with any government agency.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
You have been active in Children’s Hospital, working to raise $40 million toward the new facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Why did you get involved? My first child was born with a congenital birth defect and he was immediately transferred to Children’s for emergency surgery. He then stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for about a month. … More »
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) will launch a new program in February focused on supporting family businesses. Called “Taking Care of Family Business,” it will provide opportunities for relational and business growth in family ventures through workshops, interactive educational programming and networking.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Amy Habib Rittling, a partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, and also a mother of a child whose life was saved at Children's Hospital, offers her gratitude to the Board of The John R. Oishei Foundation as they begin their capital campaign to raise $40 million.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
New York's most recent amendment to the Labor Law can benefit both employers and employees. Effective tomorrow, November 6, 2012, employers can take advantage of a recently signed law that amends New York Labor Law section 193 by expanding the scope of lawful wage deductions. Traditionally, this section of the Labor Law has been narrowly construed by the state … More »
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Amy Habib Rittling Honored with Business First’s Women of Influence Award; Litigation Partner Recognized as Community Supporter
BUFFALO, NY- Amy Habib Rittling, a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, has earned the 2012 Women of Influence award bestowed by Buffalo’sBusiness First.