Lesley Sotolongo is an Associate at DeCotiis. Ms. Sotolongo's practice focuses on Labor and Employment, and Municipal Law.
Ms. Sotolongo negotiates, drafts and enforces complex agreements that protect and promote her clients' business interests. Ms. Sotolongo practices labor and employment in both public and private representations. She serves as labor and employment counsel to municipal corporations, labor organizations, public school boards, and private corporations on a variety of matters. Responsibilities include counseling human resources on management of over 3,000 public and private sector employees, negotiation of various contracts, counseling on regulatory matters, employee policy drafting and review, advising and litigating various disciplinary matters, conducting employment trainings, leading internal work place investigations, and reviewing benefits and compensation matters. Ms. Sotolongo, has successfully advocated and received favorable awards and decisions for her clients from various tribunals, including both in court proceedings and arbitrations.
Her passion for media and entertainment law began when she worked for Universal Music Enterprises and Island Def Jam Universal Music Group, in both the Business Affairs and the A & R Operations department, on a variety of musical projects, while working closely with in-house counsel on contracting, music licensing and copyright infringement issues. As a sports and entertainment attorney, Ms. Sotolongo counsels and represents individuals and entities in all facets of the industries, in regards to contracting, copyright, trademark registration, licensing, performing rights organization management (ASCAP, BMI, etc.), brand protection, sponsorships, endorsements and business formation. A seasoned negotiator, she handles deals that involve all aspects of intellectual property rights, production, and distribution.
Prior to joining DeCotiis, Ms. Sotolongo was an associate with Mulkay & Rendo, P.C., where she practiced general litigation. She also garnered invaluable corporate experience while working in the legal department of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, under the supervision of the General Counsel and worked for the Honorable Francis B. Schultz in the Superior Court of New Jersey and Honorable Ester Salas in the United States District Court of New Jersey.
Ms. Sotolongo is a graduate of Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business in New York where she received her bachelor's of science in business administration with a concentration in finance and a specialization in language and international business. Thereafter, she attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York where she received her juris doctor degree.
Ms. Sotolongo is also fluent in Spanish.
- Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
- First-year coursework
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
- Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business
- Major: Business Administration, Concentration in Finance and Specialization in Language and International Business
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
- Labor and Employment
- Land Use
- Municipal Law
- Named One of Latino Leaders Magazine’s Top Latino/a Attorneys in 2019
- New York City Bar Association, Member
- Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Member
- Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association