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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 is also 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.

As to Hayley’s representation of educational institutions, including high schools, colleges, universities, and other not-for-profit organizations, Hayley 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, residence life, internal grievance and disciplinary procedures, policy creation and implementation, workplace investigations, disability and religious accommodations, campus safety and security, governance and board issues, institutional financial distress, litigation avoidance, risk management, and crisis management. Hayley also represents institutions in investigations involving the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and in Article 78 proceedings. Hayley works with institutions to ensure compliance with Title IX and Article 129-B of the New York State Education Law.

Hayley routinely prepares and presents continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and training programs on workplace investigations, civil rights defense, employment claims, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and Title IX compliance.

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., Cardozo School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., New York University, 2009

Professional and Community Activities

  • Invited Member, National Association of Professional Women
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Invited Member, Committee on Legal Education, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Team Leader, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • Invited Member, New York City Bar Education and the Law Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Practical and Legal Considerations of Student Mental Health and Campus Safety (October 28, 2019, Nassau County Bar Association)
  • Recent Updates in Sexual Harassment Laws (September 25, 2019, Nassau County Bar Association 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 Seminar, Albany)
  • Maximizing Compliance with Federal Regulations Governing Sexual Assault on College Campuses (July 25, 2017, Lawline Webcast)
  • Conducting Internal Investigations (December 1, 2016, CICU Seminar, PACE University)
  • 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 Seminar)
  • How to Conduct A Proper Internal Investigation (September 8, 2015, Nassau County Bar Association)
  • How Employers Should Conduct an Internal Investigation (May 11, 2015, Suffolk County Bar Association)
  • Challenges of Conducting A Proper Internal Investigation (March 4, 2015, Federal Bar Association)
  • Effectively Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Campus: Title IX and Clery Act Compliance (February 23, 2015, CICU Seminar)
  • 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—2019
  • Steve Eric Tanenbaum Leadership Award for exemplary service to the Cardozo community, 2012


  • 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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