Jane Lauer Barker

Jane Lauer Barker

New York, New York
(212) 652-3828
(212) 652-3891

Jane Lauer Barker concentrates in labor and employment law and litigation, including employee benefits litigation. She counsels clients, litigates in both state and federal courts, and regularly handles a variety of administrative and regulatory proceedings, including wage and hour investigations, NLRB proceedings and employment discrimination complaints. Prior to joining Pita LLP, Ms. Barker was partner at Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn LLP. Ms. Barker previously served as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Labor Bureau in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where she oversaw civil and criminal enforcement of state labor laws and engaged in appellate litigation on behalf f the state of New York. She represents the state of New York in numerous appeals before the New York State court of Appeals and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Barker is a member of the bar of the state of New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association. She received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a J.D. from the Universality of Wisconsin Law School in 1976, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Labor Law
  • 30% Litigation
  • 15% Employment Law
  • 15% Employee Benefits

Litigation Percentage

  • 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1976
  • University of Wisconsion, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.S. - 1973
    • Major: Jouranlism
    • Major: Mass Communication

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 2013 - 2016

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal advisor to YWCA of Yonkers, NY, 2010 - 2016