Rose Nankervis - Labor & Employment lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

Rose A. Nankervis

Rose is an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment practice. She represents and counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment matters.

What do you focus on?

I currently focus my practice on three main areas that use a wide-range of skills from traditional labor and employment law to assist clients in navigating complex labor and employment matters in the workplace.

Advice and Counseling

I counsel clients, including nonprofit employers such as hospitals, institutions of higher education, and private schools, on a wide variety of state, federal, and local law matters ranging from general labor and employment issues to contractual and civil rights issues. This includes drafting employee handbooks, workplace policies, and employment agreements. I also advise clients about workplace investigations; personnel decisions, discipline, and terminations; leave of absence and disability accommodations; and various state, federal, and local laws and regulations, such as paid and unpaid leave. I provide advice to employers to help clients prevent and avoid litigation and agency enforcement proceedings, including claims related to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Labor Relations

I represent and advise employers in collective bargaining with unions; labor contract administration; proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); and grievance and arbitrations related to discipline, contract interpretation, and employee terminations. This includes advising and assisting employers with union representation proceedings and defending against unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB.

Employment Law & Related Litigation

I also defend employers in various employment disputes in both federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies, including the NLRB. I have extensive experience in handling all aspects of employment litigation, including drafting pleadings, briefs, motions, and interviewing expert witnesses.

What do you see on the horizon?

I have been following the evolving landscape regarding the expansion of employees’ civil rights in the workplace and recent legislation concerning paid leave. These changes will have a significant impact on employers, especially in terms of compliance. Employers will have to review policies periodically to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local requirements. With the recent political change in the Office of the President of the United States, I also expect that we will see significant policy changes in a number of labor and employment areas, including union organization and representation.

Business leaders: Get ready for new union-friendly labor policies

Rochester Business Journal | March 19, 2021

Rochester Labor & Employment partner Stephanie Caffera contributed this article highlighting employer considerations related to the Biden administration’s union organization changes. Stephanie developed the article with Providence senior counsel Andrew Prescott and Long Island associate Rose Nankervis, both of the Labor & Employment group.


Rose A. Nankervis


Long Island

Phone: 516-832-7560

Fax: 833-670-1054

St. John's University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

University of Arizona, B.A., magna cum laude and honors

New York

New Jersey

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
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