Attorney Profile

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I am passionate about the work I do as an employment and civil rights lawyer because I believe that everyone deserves to live free from discrimination, harassment, or retaliation regardless of who they are, or where they work, go to school or reside.

I am a first-generation American lucky enough to have been raised in Queens, New York, the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. My parents and most of our neighbors were new Americans with big accents but little social and economic capital. Growing up, I saw first hand how people who sound, look, or are perceived to be “different” are often denied an equal playing field, making it more difficult for them to establish a good life for themselves and their families.

I have more than fifteen years experience working in the legal services industry. I have managed the development of complex cases against adversaries that rank among the largest and most powerful organizations and corporations in the world. I have worked on a number of important cases that have received attention from the media and the public.

I began my legal career as a paralegal in the Office of the Counsel to the President at the White House. At the Counsel’s Office, I worked as part of President Clinton’s legal team on over forty investigations and the impeachment trial. Before attending law school, I worked as a paralegal at a prominent Washington, D.C. employment and labor law firm.

I earned my law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. During law school, I interned for United States District Court Judge Sperling Johnson in the Eastern District of New York. I served as an editor for the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal, which published my Note on the prosecution of shareholder fraud claims: Analyzing Post-Boom Market Jurisprudence In The Second And Ninth Circuits: Has The Pendulum Really Swung Too Far In Favor Of Plaintiffs? 3 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol'y & Ethics J. 943 (January 2006).

Before I started my own law firm, I worked for several employment and labor law firms in New York City, including Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. where I had the privilege of working with the pioneering civil rights attorney, Judith Vladeck.

I am admitted to practice law in New York and am admitted to various federal courts including the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the Western District of New York, the Northern District of New York, the District of Colorado and the Western District of Michigan. I have practiced on a pro hac vice basis in federal court in a number of other states including Alabama, Connecticut, Wyoming, Nevada, Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia, Kentucky, and Texas.

I keep current on developing legal trends in part by being active in the legal community. I am a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Queens Bar Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association. I am a member of the NELA/NY Gender Discrimination Committee and take part in continuing legal education classes and events sponsored by that committee.