Seham, Seham, Meltz and Petersen partner Lee Seham provides an overview of the federal whistleblower law that protects airline employees who report safety violations. Published on July 21, 2016.

Lee Seham, who graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College, received his law degree from New York University School of Law (“NYU”), where he served on the NYU Law Review. Mr. Seham’s expertise as a labor, employment and immigration attorney is widely recognized; he has litigated in numerous jurisdictions, including New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Texas, California, Tennessee, Washington, Minnesota, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia. His representation of clients in the airline and maritime industries has included collective bargaining, NLRB and NMB hearings, arbitration, DOT administrative hearings and advocacy before a Presidential Emergency Board.

Mr. Seham was named Westchester County’s Leading Litigator in the 2009 Above the Bar Awards.

Mr. Seham is a frequent lecturer on such varied topics as sexual harassment, the “Americans with Disabilities Act,” the “Family and Medical Leave Act” and the “Fair Labor Standards Act”.


Education: Universidad del Sud, Argentina; Amherst College (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1984); New York University (J.D., 1987)

Admissions: State Courts: New York; U.S. District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit Court of Appeals,Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Memberships: American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Advisory Board of the Center for Labor and Employment Law at NYU School of Law.

Publications: New York Immigration Coalition CLE Instructor on Fair Labor Standards Act; American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Committee on Technology in the Practice and Workplace, “Technology and Union Organizing”; NYU 62nd Annual Conference on Labor, “Reform of Union Voting Rules”; American Law Institute-American Bar Association, “Start-Up Carriers and Collective Bargaining: Does the Status Quo Freeze Apply?”; American Law Institute-American Bar Association, “The Pitfalls of Reasonable Cause Testing”; Marine Index Bureau, “Family Medical Leave Act and the U.S. Maritime Industry”; American Maritime Safety, “Sexual Harassment in Male-Dominated Industries”; Lorman Education Services, “Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.”

Practice Areas: Employment Law and Labor Relations, Immigration, Employee Drug Testing Law and Litigation.

Editor's note: Lee has represented me in a variety of labor related issues since 1990, most recently in Mark Estabrook v. Federal Express Corporation, an AIR-21 whistleblower case regarding airline safety and security. His legal acumen and advice is extraordinary! He may be reached at:

Phone: 914-997-1346 • Fax: 914-997-7125 • Email:

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