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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.

Ms. Dryer’s commercial litigation practice focuses on representing corporate, utility, and institutional clients in matters involving employment claims, contract disputes, covenants not to compete, breach of fiduciary duty, disability and religious accommodations, unfair trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, severance agreements and exit packages and energy related disputes. In addition to representing clients in federal and state court and at mediations, Ms. Dryer defends discrimination, harassment and retaliation charges 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).

In the education law area, Ms. Dryer has experience representing educational institutions, including private colleges, universities and secondary schools.  Ms. Dryer regularly counsels higher education institutions on a wide array of issues, including risk management, academic and student affairs, student and residential life, governance issues, internal grievances, student and employee discipline, policy creation and implementation, workplace investigations, student and staff accommodation matters, athletics, institutional financial distress issues, litigation avoidance and crisis management. She has represented higher education institutions in labor and employment matters, including discrimination claims, tenure denial and faculty termination cases. Ms. Dryer 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.

Ms. Dryer 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).

Past Experience

While in law school, Ms. Dryer was competitively selected for a yearlong clinical program at The Innocence Project under the supervision of Barry Scheck. Ms. Dryer was also President of the Student Bar Association and received the Steven Eric Tanenbaum Leadership Award for exemplary service to the Cardozo community. Ms. Dryer worked as a law clerk for Cullen and Dykman LLP during her third year of law school.

recent articles and publications

upcoming and recent speaking experience

  • 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