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Attorney Profiles Of Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

Skilled team of dedicated attorneys handling discrimination and harassment cases

The attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC represent clients in workplace discrimination cases, including those based on gender, pregnancy, as well as sexual harassment. We also represent victims of discrimination based on age, race and ethnicity. We are located in New York City and represent clients across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Accomplished sexual harassment and discrimination attorneys in New York City 

At Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC, our lawyers are experienced at determining if you have a legitimate complaint that warrants filing a claim or lawsuit. Your attorney can apply Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and anti-discrimination laws to your defense. There are a multitude of New York City and State laws protecting your right to a fair workplace.

Our New York sexual harassment attorneys understand how offensive and humiliating unwanted sexual advances are in the workplace. We mediate harassment disputes as well as litigate claims in court.

Our team includes a staff of top-notch legal professionals who are ready to be invested in your case:

Derek T. Smith, Partner

Founding partner of the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC, Attorney Smith received his law degree at Penn State Dickinson School of Law and studied at the Université de Droit, d'Économie, et des Sciences d'Aix-Marseille in Aix-en-Provence, France. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan. Currently, he practices at the Derek T. Smith Law Offices in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Derek is proud to have obtained several multi-million dollar settlement and verdicts on behalf of his clients, who have been abused, tormented, and humiliated at work. He and his firm have obtained a $2.5 Million verdict on behalf of a woman sexual harassed by a restaurant owner. He also obtained a $1.6 Million verdict on behalf of a woman who was subject to a hostile work environment while working as a chef. He believes in becoming emotionally invested in every one of his clients, and it shows in his results.

Bryan S. Arce, Partner

Admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Bryan Arce obtained his Juris Doctor at Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Arce brings a unique perspective to New York City employment law cases, as he uses his vast experience working in the restaurant industry to see cases from both the employer’s and employee’s viewpoint.

Olivia Uzan, Attorney

Bilingual in French and English, Olivia Uzan was educated at the University of Paris 2. She uses her international experience to help clients with French and American employment law cases. Specifically, she represents American employees working in France. Ms. Uzan is passionate about her cases — and passionate about achieving superior results for her clients.

Andrew S. Alitowski, Attorney

Experienced in both state and federal courts, Andrew Alitowski received his law degree at Nova Southeastern Law School. He has handled employment law cases throughout the country, including in Kentucky and New York. Ms. Alitowski is willing to go to any lengths to help his clients successfully resolve cases, and accommodate their needs during a difficult time.

W. Gordon Kaupp, Attorney

W. Gordon Kaupp studied Anthropology at Skidmore College before receiving his law degree at the New York School of Law at Queens College. Ms. Kaupp represents plaintiffs in employment law matters, including wage and hour disputes, retaliation, and discrimination cases. With his extensive trial experience, Mr. Kaupp isn’t afraid to take a case to a jury when necessary.

Christopher L. Van De Water, Attorney

Bringing years of experience to the Derek Smith Law Group, Christopher L. Van De Water obtained his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and received his law degree at Hofstra University School of Law. He is a seasoned professional who offers substantial negotiation and litigation experience to clients.

Gabriel Chimienti, Attorney

Before switching to the legal profession, Gabriel Chimienti worked in the pharmaceutical industry. She has a Master’s degree from Fordham University and she received law degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Now, she dedicates her life to standing up for people who cannot stand up for themselves in employment law cases.

Alex Freedman, Attorney

Admitted to practice in both state and federal courts, Alexandra Freedman received her law degree from New York Law School. She brings a history of class action litigation experience to the Derek Smith Law Group, in addition to expansive labor and employment law knowledge. She works tirelessly to resolve cases through Alternative Dispute Resolution to avoid additional headaches for her clients. 

Erica Shnayder, Attorney

Passionately committed to her cases, Erica Shnayder embraces employment law. She studied for her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and obtained her law degree at American University. Currently, she serves as an Attorney at the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC handling employment law cases, including sexual harassment and discrimination.

Thomas A. Kocian, Attorney

David Detoffol, Attorney

With his background as a New York State professional engineer, David Detoffol uses his specialized knowledge of industries and technology to gain the upper hand in employment law cases. In addition to handling discrimination and sexual harassment claims, Mr. Detoffol also practices business law and civil litigation.

Consult our New York City discrimination lawyers

In keeping with our goal of reaching the best possible resolution for our clients, a highly skilled New York City discrimination lawyer at Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC will personally manage your discrimination case. If you need the help of a New York discrimination lawyer, please contact Derek T. Smith, Esq. at the law firm of Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC by calling our toll-free number 877-469-5297 today.

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