Our Team

Susan Crumiller

Founding Attorney

After graduating from NYU Law, Susan spent ten years representing tenants in fast-paced landlord-tenant litigation, first-seating a dozen trials and winning appeals. After Susan had her second child, her employer began pressuring her to return to work only seven weeks into her maternity leave, in violation of their agreement that she could take five months off to bond with her baby. During this awful time, Susan kept thinking about other new moms who lacked the resources and job security to return to work on their own terms, as she had. Susan decided to create the Crumiller firm, dedicated to fighting for rights of new working parents to integrate their work and family lives without shame or fear of reprisal.

Susan is a volunteer Small Claims Arbitrator and a singer in the Cecilia Chorus of New York where she performs at Carnegie Hall twice a year. Susan holds a black belt in kung fu, and was the first female wrestler in her high school’s history. She graduated in 2002 from Tulane University, where she majored in music theory, English, and sociology, and in 2006 from NYU School of Law.

Susan lives in Park Slope with her handsome husband and two daughters. Of all her accomplishments, she is most proud of her experience as the tooth fairy.

Susan can be reached at susan (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Arastu Chaudhury


Arastu Chaudhury joins the Crumiller firm from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the nation’s most elite prosecutorial office. Arastu spent eight years at SDNY, where he litigated the famous AIG and BONY Mellon prosecutions, and led major investigations such as US ex rel Miller v CareCore National LLC securing hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of taxpayers. He worked on a variety of complex civil litigations and large-scale investigations, including employment discrimination, False Claims Act, class actions, and medical malpractice. Arastu won a groundbreaking post-trial verdict in the now oft-cited case US v Asare, a case he investigated and then successfully prosecuted against a doctor who had discriminated against HIV-positive patients. He has tried many medical malpractice cases to verdict, often as the lead trial attorney, and won all of them. He will never forget the moment he and a wrongly accused African-American female doctor heard the verdict in their favor; he describes it as one of the happiest of his career.

Before joining SDNY, Arastu spent four years at Cooley LLP, focused primarily in internal investigations and commercial litigations. He spent two years clerking for the Honorable Stewart Dalzell in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has a BA in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a JD from NYU School of Law. Arastu enjoys playing the guitar, listening to science podcasts, and cooking for his two daughters and his wife, who is also an attorney.

Arastu can be reached at arastu (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Gail Auster

Of Counsel

Gail Auster brings over forty years of employment law experience to the firm and a reputation for fearless advocacy resulting in highly successful results for her clients. She has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law and has litigated at every fora. Gail’s practice has specialized in high-level management clients; she has also worked extensively with corporate clients and their Human Resources departments on a broad range of labor and employment issues. She has served as a mediator for the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division and volunteer arbitrator for NYCLA. Before entering private practice, Gail managed the Legal Division of the Office of Labor Relations at the NYC Mayor’s Office. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s Law School, litigated for the NLRB, and was a psychotherapist in a previous lifetime. Gail has a JD from Case Western, an MSW from Columbia, and an LLM in Labor Law from Susan’s alma mater, NYU Law.

Gail can be reached at gail (at) crumiller (dot) com.

John Beranbaum

Of Counsel

John has spent the better part of three decades advocating for the rights of employees to work in an environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Before joining Crumiller, John was the co-founder of Beranbaum Menken LLP, one of NYC’s most prestigious employment litigation firms. He also worked as a legal services lawyer and a disability rights advocate. John graduated from Yale College and NYU School of Law, and currently serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has represented employees at the trial and appellate levels, including two employment discrimination cases in which the jury returned seven-figure verdicts for his clients, and a whistleblower action brought against a drug manufacturer leading to a $42 million settlement, of which $5.7 million was allocated to his client. John has successfully litigated numerous sexual and racial harassment cases, as well as three cases vindicating the constitutional rights of governmental employees to speak out about matters of public concern. John is active in NELA-NY, where he recently served as President. Click here for more information about John, including awards, cases and publications.

John and his wife live in Brooklyn, with their three grown children and grandson living nearby. He is an avid reader and is in the midst of writing a multi-generational family history. John also enjoys hiking, bicycle riding, and an occasional run. He is proud to serve as a marriage officiant, though be forewarned, his services are mostly a pastiche of Dylan lyrics.

John can be reached at beranbaum (at) crumiller (dot) com or via phone – (347) 380 8043.

Chloe Liederman

Associate Attorney

Chloe has spent eight years litigating on behalf of employees facing harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Before joining Crumiller P.C., Chloe was employed by Auster & Associates P.C., where she successfully litigated a variety of discrimination and labor law cases. Chloe earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an Edward V. Sparer Fellow, and her Bachelors of Arts from Cornell University, where she majored in Theater Arts. During Law School, she also interned at the New York City Counsel’s Legislative Committee on Women’s Issues, and the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Rights Project. Chloe lives in Brooklyn with her wife and two children.

Chloe can be reached at chloe (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Julia Elmaleh-Sachs

Associate Attorney

Julia is a plaintiff’s side employment discrimination attorney with a background in public service and politics. Before joining Crumiller, Julia worked at Wigdor LLP, where she represented the five NY1 anchors who sued their employer for age and gender discrimination, as well as many other plaintiffs who sued firms like Goldman Sachs and Point72 for LGBTQ and/or gender discrimination.

Julia attended University of Maryland-College Park for her undergraduate degree and majored in Government and Politics. Her proximity to Washington, D.C. allowed her to pursue an internship at the White House in First Lady Michelle Obama’s office. Julia was so inspired by the Obama Administration’s genuine dedication to improving the lives of all Americans that she deferred law school for a year to work on President Obama’s reelection campaign at headquarters in Chicago. During law school at Hofstra University, Julia interned for the Chief Judge of the D.C. District Court, the Legal Aid Society and the Democratic National Committee in the Voting Rights Project. Upon graduating from law school, Julia began her legal career as a Juvenile Rights attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn where she spent three years advocating for children and families in Kings County Family Court.

Julia can be reached at julia (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Hilary Orzick

Associate Attorney

Hilary is an attorney who has dedicated her career to assisting employees facing unlawful discrimination and retaliation. Before joining Crumiller P.C., Hilary worked for the for the New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation as an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, where she investigated complaints of unlawful discrimination and retaliation. Prior to that, Hilary was an Associate Attorney at Wigdor LLP, where she represented employees in connection with sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender, pregnancy, race, disability and and/or age, retaliation, defamation, family and medical leave, whistleblower, and contract claims.

Hilary attended Cornell University for her undergraduate degree and majored in Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Law and Society and Inequality Studies. Hilary received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Moot Court Honor Society and received a certificate in Dispute Resolution.

Hilary can be reached at hilary (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Travis Pierre-Louis

Associate Attorney

Travis Pierre-Louis is an Associate Attorney. His practice focuses on employment and commercial litigation.

Travis is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he worked in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality, advocating for victims of gender violence and educating on violence prevention and bystander Intervention. Following U Mass, he attended Western New England Law School, where he participated in the Real Estate Practicum. Travis has clerked at both a boutique firm, where he performed commercial litigation, and at a general practice, dealing primarily with business representation and planning. The passion for equal justice which motivated him to choose law as a profession continues to drive his career. He’s volunteered for the home-ownership unit of Legal Services of Greater Miami, where he assisted with foreclosure defense and consumer protection, because he saw an opportunity to help those without means, help themselves. Travis enjoys cooking, working, and physical fitness, and is seriously considering a puppy.

Travis can be reached at travis (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Shayonna Valentin

Managing Paralegal

Shayonna is a graduate of an all-women’s university, Bay Path University, where she received her Bachelor of Science and Paralegal Certificate. Having worked in varied capacities throughout the federal, state and city government, Shay’s passion for social justice and equality has now led her into the world of gender and pregnancy discrimination. Prior to coming to Crumiller P.C., she worked for the Administration for Children’s Services, Division of Protection, where she supported children and families of New York City. Shay keeps her weekends busy enjoying time with her cat Mateo, reading her favorite author Jodi Picoult and binge-watching a slew of Netflix originals.

Shayonna can be reached at shayonna (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Michaela Ogedegbe

Legal Assistant

Michaela is a recent graduate of The George Washington University. She received her B.A. in Political Science this past May, and absolutely loved spending the last four years in Washington, D.C.. While Michaela attended GW, she got involved on campus by working for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, serving as a Resident Advisor, and an Orientation Leader. She explored her passion for social justice and advocacy as an  intern at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

Michaela hopes to attend law school in the future and help address the systemic inequity in our justice system. She spends her free time cooking, taking pictures, and watching a lot of Sci-Fi.

Michaela can be reached at michaela (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Clara Ritterman-Peña

Intake Coordinator

Clara is a recent New York University graduate, who double majored in Politics and Journalism, concentrating in Broadcast. Throughout her time at NYU, she interned on numerous Congressional campaigns, helped establish legislation for her sorority, and was a member of a dance group. She also was involved in America Reads for three years, where she worked with students in the NYC public school on reading, writing, and math. She considers this one of the most transformative experiences of her life so far. Fighting for justice and helping to give others a voice, and is honored to carry into her career with Crumiller. When Clara isn’t working you can find her eating baked goods, spending time outside, or overanalyzing movies. Fun fact, she has stepped on a sea urchin and been stung by a jellyfish, so we will be actively keeping her from all water sources.

Clara can be reached at clara (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Laura Jenkins

Operations Manager

Laura studied film production and web design before adapting those skills to work as a coordinator and community liaison for a budding NYC Film Festival. Moving into a private school setting, she built on her tech skills and took great pride in her role as Prom Coordinator, hand-making invitations and decor to make sure the events felt as vibrant as they would in a much larger institution. In her spare time, Laura loves to bake, read, try out new crafts, and dabble at textile design. She and her husband are avid board-gamers and undeniable geeks.

Laura can be reached at laura (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Morgan Davis

Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator

Morgan is a recent graduate of New York University, receiving her B.A. in Spanish and Public Policy. During her time at NYU, she was involved in several women’s organizations, including the executive board of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and The Women’s Network. Additionally, she is a member of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity and has plans to go to law school in the near future. Outside of work, Morgan loves anything true crime or pop culture, doing yoga and taking long walks through her neighborhood, and exploring the NYC food scene.

Morgan can be reached at morgan (at) crumiller (dot) com.

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