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Hayley B. Dryer is a Partner in the Firm’s Commercial Litigation department and a member of the Firm’s Higher Education practice group. Hayley also serves as chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee.

Hayley's litigation practice focuses on representing employers in discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases, general contract and business disputes, and wage and hour cases before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and in alternative dispute resolution forums. Hayley provides advice for ensuring compliance with federal, state and local human rights laws, family and medical leave laws, and reasonable accommodation requirements. She also serves as an impartial investigator and regularly drafts and reviews employment-related policies, handbooks, noncompetition agreements, and severance agreements.

In Hayley's representation of educational institutions, including colleges, universities, high schools, and other not-for-profit organizations, she advises on a wide array of legal matters. This includes all facets of student and employee relations, tenure, termination and promotion, academic and student affairs, internal grievance and disciplinary procedures, policy creation and implementation, workplace investigations, discrimination and accommodations, campus safety and security, governance, institutional financial distress, litigation avoidance, risk management, and crisis management. In addition to general litigation matters, Hayley also represents institutions in investigations involving the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and in Article 78 proceedings. Hayley also works with institutions to ensure compliance with Title IX and Article 129-B of the New York State Education Law.

Over the past year, Hayley has worked closely with employers on many issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, including reopening and COVID-19 safety plans and related policies and procedures.

Hayley routinely prepares and presents continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and training programs on workplace investigations, employment claims, and sexual harassment and discrimination on campus and in the workplace.

Practice Areas



  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • B.A., New York University

Professional and Community Activities

  • Invited Member, National Association of Professional Women
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Returning to the Workplace: Considerations for Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 30, 2021, NYS AIA)
  • Returning Faculty/Staff to Campus Amidst COVID‐19 (July 22, 2020, CICU)
  • Protecting Your Practice in Uncertain Times (May 14, 2020, SCBA)
  • Student Refund Class Action Lawsuits: Considerations for Colleges and Universities (May 15, 2020, AICUNJ)
  • Final Title IX Regulations and the Impact on Higher Education Institutions (May 14, 2020, Firm Sponsored Webinar)
  • Student Refund Class Action Lawsuits: Considerations for Colleges and Universities (May 6, 2020, CICU)
  • Rightsizing Your Business in These Uncertain Times (May 5, 2020, Firm Sponsored Webinar)
  • Navigating COVID-19’s Impact on the Workplace: What Every Institution Must Know (April 2, 2020, CICU)
  • Protecting Your Practice, Projects & People in These Uncertain Times (March 27, 2020, NYS AIA)
  • Taking a Closer Look at Sexual Harassment and the NYS Human Rights Law (December 6, 2019, NCBA)
  • Practical and Legal Considerations of Student Mental Health and Campus Safety (October 28, 2019, NCBA)
  • Recent Updates in Sexual Harassment Laws (September 25, 2019, NCBA Women in the Law Committee)
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, New York State’s and New York City’s Sexual Harassment Legislation (March 20, 2019, AIA Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter Meeting)
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, New York State’s and New York City’s Sexual Harassment Legislation (January 17, 2019, AIA Association Chapter Meeting, Chateau Briand)
  • The #MeToo Movement Throughout the Generations (October 23, 2018, The Transition Network, Merrick Golf Club)
  • New York’s New Sexual Harassment Laws (September 17, 2018, CICU)
  • Maximizing Compliance with Federal Regulations Governing Sexual Assault on College Campuses (July 25, 2017, Lawline Webcast)
  • Conducting Internal Investigations (December 1, 2016, CICU)
  • 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)
  • How to Conduct A Proper Internal Investigation (September 8, 2015, NCBA)
  • How Employers Should Conduct an Internal Investigation (May 11, 2015, SCBA)
  • Challenges of Conducting A Proper Internal Investigation (March 4, 2015, FBA)
  • Effectively Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Campus: Title IX and Clery Act Compliance (February 23, 2015, CICU)
  • 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)

Honors and Awards

  • Long Island Outstanding Women in Law, April 4, 2016
  • “Rising Leader of the Bar Award,” Young Lawyers’ Section of the New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2015
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015—2021
  • Steve Eric Tanenbaum Leadership Award for exemplary service to the Cardozo community, 2012


  • From Class to Class Action Lawsuits: Considerations for Colleges and Universities Facing Coronavirus – Related Student Refund Actions (Nassau Lawyer, June 2020)
  • Designated Duty: A University’s Obligation to Students with Mental Health Issues (Nassau Lawyer, July/August 2019)
  • Stronger Laws Against Sexual Harassment: How Higher Education May Avoid the Learning Curve (Nassau Lawyer, July/August 2018)
  • The Jury, Social Media and Zealous Advocacy (New York Law Journal, October 20, 2015)
  • What Should Court ‘Deliver’ in Pregnancy Discrimination Case? (New York Law Journal, March 23, 2015)
  • Challenges in Conducting a Proper Investigation (New York Law Journal, January 22, 2015)
  • Title IX: A Shield or A Sword? (Nassau Lawyer, November 2014)

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