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Hayley B. Dryer


Hayley Dryer is an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Higher Education Practice Group.

Hayley’s commercial litigation practice focuses on representing corporate and institutional clients in matters involving employment claims, contract disputes, business torts, covenants not to compete, breach of fiduciary duty, disability and religious accommodations, unfair trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, severance agreements and exit packages. In addition to representing clients in federal and state court and at mediations, Hayley defends discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR) and represents institutions before the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Her caseload includes matters involving Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the New York State Labor Laws.

In the education law area, Hayley has experience representing educational institutions, including private colleges, universities and secondary schools. Hayley regularly counsels colleges and universities on a wide array of faculty, employee and student issues, including academic and student affairs, residential life, governance issues, internal grievances, tenure, hazing, campus protests, student and employee discipline, policy creation and implementation, workplace investigations, student and staff accommodation matters, athletics, institutional financial distress issues, litigation avoidance, risk management and crisis management. She has represented higher education institutions in Article 78 proceedings and labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, and whistleblower claims, tenure denial and faculty termination cases. Hayley also regularly works with institutions to ensure legal compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and Article 129-B of the New York Education Law.

Hayley has prepared and presented CLE seminars and training programs on workplace investigations, civil rights defense, employment claims, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and Title IX compliance. She also helped create the firm’s “Education Law” blog and is a member of the National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys (NACUA).

 Areas of Concentration

  • Civil Rights Defense and General Employment Litigation
  • Higher Education
  • Internal Investigations (e.g. Title VII, Title IX, student and/or employee misconduct)

Articles and Publications

  • Stronger Laws Against Sexual Harassment: How Higher Education May Avoid the Learning Curve  (Nassau Lawyer, July-August 2018)
  • The Jury, Social Media and Zealous Advocacy (New York Law Journal, October 20, 2015)
  • What Should Court 'Deliver' in Pregnancy Discrimination Case? (New York Law Journal, March 23, 2015)
  • Challenges in Conducting a Proper Investigation (New York Law Journal, January 22, 2015)
  • Title IX: A Shield Or A Sword? (Nassau Lawyer, November 2014)

Events and Engagements

  • Maximizing Compliance with Federal Regulations Governing Sexual Assault on College Campuses (July 25, 2017, Lawline Webcast)
  • Conducting Internal Investigations (December 1, 2016, CICU Seminar, PACE University)
  • Are You Prepared for Employee Misconduct? (April 19, 2016, Capital Region Chamber of Commerce)
  • Implementing New York State Campus Sexual Assault Law: Article 129-B (September 11, 2015, CICU Seminar)
  • How to Conduct A Proper Internal Investigation (September 8, 2015, Nassau County Bar Association)
  • How Employers Should Conduct an Internal Investigation (May 11, 2015, Suffolk County Bar Association)
  • Challenges of Conducting A Proper Internal Investigation (March 4, 2015, Federal Bar Association)
  • Effectively Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Campus: Title IX and Clery Act Compliance (February 23, 2015, CICU Seminar)
  • Title IX Compliance Issues In Light of New Federal Guidance (December 8, 2014, NCBA Annual School Law Conference)
  • Recognizing, Investigating and Preventing Workplace Claims (June 20, 2014, Albany, New York)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Invited Member, National Association of Professional Women
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Team Leader, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • Invited Member, New York City Bar Education & the Law Committee 
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Honored as Long Island Outstanding Women in Law, April 4, 2016
  • "Rising Leader of the Bar Award," Young Lawyers' Section of the New York County Lawyers' Association, 2015
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-2017)
  • Steve Eric Tananbaum Leadership Award for exemplary service to the Cardozo community (2012)

News & Speaking Engagements