Wrongful Termination, Laws and Definition | Fitapelli &  Schaffer

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JOSEPH A. FITAPELLI

JOSEPH A. FITAPELLI

FOUNDING PARTNER

WHO IS JOSEPH A. FITAPELLI?

Mr. Fitapelli is a Founding Partner of Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP. He is an accomplished attorney with extensive experience in both federal and state court. He represents plaintiffs in class action and individual lawsuits against big corporations for violations of employment and consumer protection laws.

Mr. Fitapelli is a New York Law School graduate and a presidential scholar and cum laude graduate of St. Francis College. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law, the New York State Bar Association and National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) of New York.

In 2013, Mr. Fitapelli made Super Lawyers list of the top employment attorneys in New York. Less than 5 percent of New York lawyers were selected to this list.

 

BRIAN SCHAFFER

BRIAN SCHAFFER

FOUNDING PARTNER

WHO IS BRIAN SCHAFFER?

Mr. Schaffer is a founding partner of Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP.

Mr. Schaffer's handles many high profile cases, which has resulted in him being quoted in national publications and appearing on television. He represents plaintiffs in class action and individual lawsuits against big corporations for violations of employment and consumer protection laws. 

Mr. Schaffer earned his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and his Juris Doctor from New York Law School, where he was selected to the Dean's List. He is licensed to practice law in New York State and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Schaffer is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) of New York and the New York County Lawyers Association.

Mr. Schaffer was named to Super Lawyer’s list of Rising Stars as one of the top employment attorneys in New York for 2013. Less than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in New York were chosen for this list.

 

FRANK MAZZAFERRO

FRANK MAZZAFERRO

ASSOCIATE

WHO IS FRANK MAZZAFERRO?

Mr. Mazzaferro is an Associate at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP who has participated in the litigation of a number of large-scale class and collective actions, as well as individual cases.

Mr. Mazzaferro earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School. There, he was an executive member of the New York Law School Moot Court Association and earned the Moot Court Association Service with Distinction Award.

He also served as a staff editor for the Media Law and Policy Journal, where his work concentrated on the effects of emerging technology on employee rights. Mr. Mazzaferro is currently a member of New York County Lawyers Association.

 

ARSENIO RODRIGUEZ

ARSENIO RODRIGUEZ

ASSOCIATE

WHO IS ARSENIO RODRIGUEZ?

Arsenio Rodriguez is an Associate at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP.

Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Rodriguez was a Litigation Staff Attorney at an internationally known Top 100 law firm.  Mr. Rodriguez focused on white collar crime cases prosecuted by the DOJ and the SEC.  Mr. Rodriguez also spent almost four years as an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney's Office.

Mr. Rodriguez earned his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School.

 

NICHOLAS MELITO

NICHOLAS MELITO

ASSOCIATE

WHO IS NICHOLAS MELITO?

Nicholas Melito is an Associate at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP.

Mr. Melito earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Molloy College and his Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School.  There, he was a member of the Center for Business and Financial Law and the Labor & Employment Law Society.

Mr. Melito is licensed to practice law in New York State and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  He is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) of New York.

 

Armando Ortiz

ARMANDO ORTIZ

ASSOCIATE

WHO IS ARMANDO ORTIZ?

Armando Ortiz is an Associate at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP.  Mr. Ortiz represents clients in single plaintiff and class and collective actions.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ortiz gained valuable experience practicing a wide variety of employment cases in Miami, Florida.

Mr. Ortiz received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College, and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, graduating cum laude.  In law school Mr. Ortiz was a member of the Journal of High Technology Law, and also interned with a Massachusetts State Court judge.

Mr. Ortiz is licensed to practice law in the states of New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, and the United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the District of Massachusetts, and the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

We Represent Employees Only

Our New York City employment lawyers focus exclusively on the representation of employees.  We have successfully litigated numerous wrongful termination cases on behalf of many employees who work or have worked in New York City or New York State against some of the biggest New York employers, resulting in multi-million dollar settlements.  The New York City employment lawyers at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP work tirelessly to advocate for the rights of hard working employees who have been subjected to wrongful termination and other violations of New York and federal employment laws.

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The New York City employment lawyers at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP do not charge or collect any fees directly from clients or prospective clients.  Our employment lawyers instead work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only collect a percentage of the monetary award that you receive.  Our employment lawyers also provide free consultations to help you individually address your employment situation and determine whether you may have a wrongful termination claim, or any other employment related claim.

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The New York City employment lawyers at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP are easily accessible in the heart of the financial district in New York City at 28 Liberty Street, between William and Nassau Street. For the convenience of our clients, we are located within walking distance of the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, and Z trains. Our employment lawyers provide experienced employment law services for employees in New York City, New York State and nationwide.

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