Vincent Avallone’s practice is concentrated in the areas of labor and employment law counseling and litigation, ERISA litigation, and commercial litigation.
In the area of employment and labor law, he counsels management on the full spectrum of workplace policies and practices, including drafting employment agreements, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, and separation agreements, conducting in-house training programs, and advising clients on internal investigations, reductions in force, and compliance matters. Mr. Avallone represents employers in litigation and arbitration concerning a wide variety of claims, including employment discrimination, harassment, whistle-blowing, family and medical leave, wage and hour matters, employment contract disputes, enforcement of confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and claims under ERISA relating to employee and retiree benefits. Mr. Avallone appears regularly before state and federal courts in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as other states, and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the New York Division on Human Rights.
In the area of commercial litigation, Mr. Avallone represents clients in litigation and arbitration of business disputes. He has represented clients in connection with claims alleging breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, business torts, and violations of the Robinson-Patman Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Prior to joining K&L Gates, LLP, Mr. Avallone served as a prosecutor and then as a criminal defense attorney with the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps where he defended several highly publicized cases of sexual harassment. While in the Army, he also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.