Celena R. Mayo Partner




Celena Mayo has focused exclusively in the employment and labor area throughout her legal career. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, she served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department, Labor & Employment Division. Celena, a Cuban-American bilingual in Spanish and English, also is a member of the firm’s Latin America practice and e-Discovery practice.

In her legal practice, Celena represents employers in wage and hour matters as well as discrimination and other employment-related causes of action before state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels. She also has experience with labor relations matters, including the representation of employers before the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, Celena advises employers on all types of employment contracts and provides representation in related litigation.

A large portion of Celena’s practice is dedicated to providing day-to-day counseling to her clients as well as giving formal presentations to employers and their employees on best practices designed to resolve issues before a lawsuit is filed. She makes herself accessible to clients at all times and is open to any and all questions with the goal of avoiding costly litigation.

Areas of Focus

Employment & Labor
Celena has devoted her career to representing management in employment cases. She has represented clients in matters brought under all federal and New York State antidiscrimination statutes, including Title VII, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, and 42 U.S.C. 1981 and 1983, as well as contract and employment-related tort matters. In addition to her experience before federal and state trial and appellate courts, Celena has represented client interests in ADR proceedings, including arbitrations and mediations, and before administrative agencies such as the New York State Division of Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.

In the wage and hour context, Celena has represented a diverse group of clients, including health care organizations, restaurants, security companies and theaters in collective and putative class action litigation. She has also assisted clients in resolving wage and hour complaints and audits before the New York State Department of Labor. In addition, Celena provides counseling on wage and hour best practices and compliance.

In the labor relations area, Celena has represented employers in unionizing drives, election disputes and unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.