Linda M. Wayner

Linda M. Wayner


Linda M. Wayner is an experienced attorney, professor, and diversity specialist.  Ms. Wayner's litigation specialties include commercial disputes, international arbitration, and human rights advocacy on behalf of women, immigrants, and the Latinx community.

As an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Ms. Wayner specialized in international litigation and arbitration and litigated issues such as merger fraud, securities compliance, product counterfeiting, insurance demutualization, and slavery reparations. In the affirmative action case, Grutter v. Bollinger, Ms. Wayner represented the University of Michigan Law School’s organized students of color during the U.S. Supreme Court proceedings.

Ms. Wayner then served as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s general counsel for international affairs for seven years in New York City.  Ms. Wayner's portfolio included overseeing federal litigation, the United Nations Capital Master Plan, and diplomatic immunity investigations.  Ms. Wayner served as negotiating counsel for a $9 Million property tax settlement with the Government of the Philippines and brokered perimeter security agreements between the New York Police Department ("NYPD") and the United Nations.  Ms. Wayner has since advised foreign governments and international NGOs as an expert and consultant on diplomatic and sovereign immunity disputes.

Ms. Wayner has also worked as a diversity professional with a variety of non-profit, academic, and private institutions, including NYU School of Law and the New York City Bar Association.  Ms. Wayner has represented political asylum applicants from Cameroon, China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Tibet, and Venezuela.   For over a decade, Ms. Wayner has taught at Pace University School of Law in the areas of international arbitration, municipal governance, and business enterprise law.

Ms. Wayner is an active Board Member of Pipeline in Practice, a non-profit devoted to supporting and preparing diverse law students for academic and professional success and a former deputy president of the Hispanic National Bar Association in New York, where she lives and practices law.

La Sra. Wayner es profesionalmente competente en español.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court


  • J.D., The University of Michigan
    • Associate Editor of the Michigan Law Review
    • Campbell Moot Court Board Member
    • Class-Elected Commencement Speaker
  • Master and Bachelor of Arts in International Political Science, Baylor University


  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • The Cafecito Network

Representative Speaking Engagements:

  • Moderator, New York Law School, "Putting Diversity into Practice: What the Legal Profession Says (and Doesn’t Say) About Today’s Diversity Challenges" (June 27, 2018)
  • Moderator, MetroLalsa Annual Pa’Lante Conference, Panel on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Legal and Policy Guidance on Current Issues (April 14, 2018)
  • Panelist, Exelon Annual Symposium on Diversity and the Energy Industry (June 22, 2016)
  • Keynote Speaker, University of Michigan Law School’s Thirtieth Anniversary Juan Tienda Memorial Scholarship Gala (March 21, 2015)
  • Moderator, Hispanic National Bar Association Convention, “International Cybercrime and Securities Regulation” (September 12, 2014)
  • Presenter, Texas Wesleyan Law School Symposium, “The Role of Lawyers of Color” (October 9, 2009)
  • UNIFEM Young Professionals Event, “Careers in International Law” (October 10, 2008)
  • New York City Bar Association’s Women and Law Committee Seminar, “What It’s Like to Practice Law as a Woman in New York City” (July 23, 2008)


  • The Bar Exam, Football, and Women’s History Month, Above the Law (March 15, 2019)
  • Five Diversity Action Items for Law Firms, Above the Law (February 15, 2019)
  • The Affirmatively Hispanic Judge: Modern Opportunities for Increasing Hispanic Representation on the Federal Bench, 16 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 535 (2010)
  • Co-author of the University of Michigan Journal of Gender and Law Brief, In the Matter of Grutter v. Bollinger, 10 Mich. J. Gender L. 7 (2003)
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