Biography of Speaker

Joseph B. Cartafalsa


Joseph B. Cartafalsa, Esq. is a partner at Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP, a New York-based law firm founded in 1866. Mr. Cartafalsa represents management and executives in all aspects of labor and employment law and related litigation. He frequently represents and advises employers on their rights and obligations under the myriad of federal, state and local employment-related laws and regulations. He has worked closely with employers to provide counseling during particularly sensitive times such as during layoffs, mergers or corporate restructuring; when sexual harassment or discrimination is alleged; and when an employee requests a medical leave or job accommodation. Mr. Cartafalsa has also been called upon to draft and review employment contracts and non-compete agreements to protect his clients from unfair competition and the theft of trade secrets. Mr. Cartafalsa received his BS degree from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1989 and his JD degree from the Fordham University School of Law in 1992. He is a member of the Advisory Councils for Cornell's ILR School and the Cornell Labor and Employment Law Program.