Theodore Rogers joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 1979 and has been a partner since 1987. His litigation activities center on two areas: labor and employment law and estates litigation. He is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1976) and Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1979).
As managing partner of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group, Mr. Rogers represents employers with respect to all manner of labor and employment issues.
Mr. Rogers was named the 2014 New York City "Employment Law Management Lawyer of the Year" and the 2012 “New York City Labor Law – Management Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America. For each of the past six years, he has been named one of the 100 leading management attorneys in the country by the publication Human Resource Executive in conjunction with Lawdragon, and is one of six lawyers in the United States named Best of the Best 2012 internationally by Legal Media Group. He is also ranked in the top tier in New York among defendant-side employment lawyers in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2003-2013).
In his Estates Litigation practice, Mr. Rogers has litigated a broad range of cases, including will contests, trust accountings, and issues of fiduciary responsibility. Among other cases, he was lead trial and appellate counsel in a case that resulted in a significant decision by New York’s highest court on trustee fiduciary obligations that has come to be relied upon by lower courts.
Mr. Rogers recently served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s Pilot Project Regarding Case Management Techniques for Complex Civil Cases. Mr. Rogers is a contributing author to BNA’s Workplace Harassment Law (2012), is a co-author of West Publishing Co.’s Employment Litigation in New York (1996) and Employment Law Deskbook for Human Resources Professionals (2001), and serves as a lecturer on employment law topics to many groups, including the Practising Law Institute’s annual Employment Law Institute and the Federal Judicial Center’s Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges. Among the topics on which Mr. Rogers has recently written and lectured are Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistle-blower claims, electronic discovery, employment class actions, restrictive covenants, harassment law, arbitration and ethics.
Mr. Rogers is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is a member of the American Law Institute, the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor and Employment Law of New York University School of Law, and has served on the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.