Stephanie Caffera

Stephanie M. Caffera

Stephanie Caffera provides strategic legal advice and counsel exclusively to management in a wide variety of industry sectors. She helps clients navigate the ever-changing tangle of employment-related laws and regulations. When disputes occur, Stephanie represents clients before federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies.

What do you focus on?

My clients include hospitals and health care providers, food and beverage, manufacturing, educational institutions, technology and life sciences companies and nonprofit organizations. I counsel these employers and others on all aspects of labor and employment law, but my practice today has three main focuses:

Preventative Counseling and Training

My primary focus is prevention. I consider my role to be that of a business partner and teacher. I have over 20 years of experience in advising clients on lawful and effective employment practices in all types of employment issues, including workplace harassment, wage and hour, managing leaves of absence and disability accommodation, substance abuse, retaliation and workplace violence. I provide training to managers and human resources professionals to help them do their jobs better. Training topics include supervisory skills, harassment prevention, conducting workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance and reasonable accommodation.

Union Avoidance and Labor Relations

Most employers that are union-free want to remain that way. I work with these clients to develop and maintain union avoidance strategies and positive employee relations. If a union organizing campaign occurs, I represent clients before the National Labor Relations Board and educate managers on their role and responsibilities under the law. For clients with existing union representation, I partner with management in ongoing labor relations activities, including collective bargaining and grievance and arbitration.

Defense of Claims

Sometimes litigation is inevitable—even when the employer does everything right. When clients are faced with administrative claims or federal court litigation, I help them assess the issues and work with them to determine the best approach to achieve their desired result. Each client’s culture, approach and risk tolerance is different. I recognize this and work with clients to craft the best possible solution.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see a resurgence of the National Labor Relations Act, both as applied to non-union workplaces and in unions using creative organizing strategies to reach different types of employees through new means. Employers will need to become familiar with this “New Deal” era law, the rights of employees and the restrictions on employer activity to stay ahead of the game.

Preventative discrimination training should be ongoing

Rochester Business Journal | October 19, 2017

Rochester labor and employment partner Stephanie Caffera and manager of diversity and inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu were quoted in this special report regarding why employers should provide preventative discrimination training in the workplace.

Less formal arbitration not always better than judiciary

Rochester Business Journal | June 08, 2017

Rochester labor and employment partner Stephanie Caffera contributed this article on NLRA employee protections for vulgar tirade.

When you can fire an employee for nasty workplace talk

Law360 | May 16, 2017

Labor and employment partners Stephanie Caffera and Chris Gegwich and associate Alex Gallin co-authored this column that explains why the National Labor Relations Act protected an employee who posted profanities about his supervisor on social media, but did not protect an employee who was fired for yelling profanities at his employer.

When You Cant Fire An Employee For A Nasty Facebook Post

Law360 | May 08, 2017

Labor and employment partners Stephanie Caffera and Chris Gegwich and associate Alexander Gallin co-authored this column about certain employee protections under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), including a recent Second Circuit ruling upholding the decision that an employee’s vulgar Facebook post was protected activity under the NLRA.

The Daily Record names its 2017 Excellence in Law winners

The Daily Record | April 12, 2017

Rochester labor and employment partner Stephanie Caffera was recognized by the 2017 Excellence in Law awards as a “Top Woman in Law.”


Stephanie M. Caffera



Phone: 585-263-1066

Fax: 585-263-1600

Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Cornell University, B.A., magna cum laude

New York

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

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

Stephanie was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Employment Law—Management and Labor Law—Management. Stephanie has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2009, and was the 2016 Rochester “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor Law—Management.

Stephanie was selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list in 2008 and 2012-present.

Stephanie is the secretary and a member of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees for Geva Theatre Center. She serves on the President’s Council of Cornell Women, a worldwide advisory group to the president of Cornell University, whose mission is to promote and sustain the involvement of women at Cornell. Stephanie is also a member of the New York State (Labor and Employment Law Section) and Monroe County bar associations, a member of the New York State Management Attorneys Conference and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Women's Council of the Rochester Business Alliance.

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