Our Team

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 cases involving Title VII, ERISA, FMLA, the FLSA, ADA, ADEA, New York State labor laws, NLRB proceedings and administrative hearing, collective bargaining, arbitration and mediation, negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements, employment agreements, executive compensation agreements, severance agreements and non-compete agreements.  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 gauster (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Arastu Chaudhury

Litigation Director

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 akc (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Chloe Liederman

Associate

Chloe is a plaintiff-side employment lawyer specializing in sexual harassment litigation, as well as other types of discrimination and retaliation claims. Before joining Crumiller P.C., Chloe was employed by Auster & Associates P.C., where she successfully litigated a variety of discrimination and retaliation cases under Title VII, New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”), New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), as well as labor law cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and New York Labor Law (“NYLL”). 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 cl (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Julia Elmaleh-Sachs

Associate

Julia is a plaintiff’s side employment discrimination attorney with a background in public service and politics. Prior to joining Crumiller P.C., 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 lives in Brooklyn with her fiance and spends her free time immersed in local politics as the Executive Vice President of the Brooklyn Young Democrats and the Legal Director of the New York State Young Democrats.

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

Melanie Sarver

Associate

Melanie joins Crumiller P.C. from Greenberg Traurig, where she focused on federal and state labor and employment litigation, advising and counseling clients on employment disputes involving Title VII, NYSHRL, NYCHRL, the ADEA, the ADA, and FMLA, as well as labor law cases under the FLSA. Prior to working in the private sector, Melanie began her legal career in the Appeals Bureau of the Office of the Bronx District Attorney, where she argued to defend Bronx judgments in the Appellate Division, First Department, and the New York State Court of Appeals.

Before law school, Melanie worked at a small agency that represented commercial photographers, in the recruiting and marketing department of a mid-sized Manhattan law firm, and as a communications intern at the Global Justice Center. Melanie earned her J.D. from Cardozo Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Moot Court Honor Society, and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Classics and Psychology. Melanie lives with her husband, their daughter and two pups in lower Manhattan. In her free time, she escapes with her family to the mountains. 

Melanie can be reached at ms (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Shayonna Valentin

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 sv (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Kristin Nance

Intake Coordinator

Kristin’s dedication to social justice and human rights has been her career focus for over 15 years.  She’s spent significant time working with domestic violence victims and homeless youth, as well as advocating to protect the environment and public health. As a result of this background, her approach as our Intake Coordinator is very personable and she brings a high level of compassion to the work. An experienced and thoughtful listener, Kristin is committed to providing our prospective clients with the support they deserve. Having studied fine art for many years, Kristin is a skilled artist and painter. She loves macrame, plants and paper mache. She is also currently, and probably forever, working on a degree in public policy. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their son and their dog Bogie.

Kristin can be reached at kn (at) crumiller (dot) com.

Veronica Landet

Executive Assistant

Veronica began her career as an administrative assistant when she discovered that as the oldest of several siblings, she felt sorry for her mother.  Support work came naturally to her because she enjoys a busy day with many moving parts.  Prior to supporting the team at Crumiller P.C., she’s worked as administrative support in construction management, private investigations, microbiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and early-childhood education. At home, Veronica collects and works with vintage textiles, sews, knits and spins her own wool.  She is an avid reader, and a history and film buff, who juggles work and parenting with caring for a big goofy rabbit and a small evil dog.  She speaks a fair amount of French but is fluent in baby talk.

Veronica can be reached at vjl (at) crumiller (dot) com.

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Laura Jenkins

Marketing & PR Coordinator

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 continued to work to create a sense of engagement and community among the families and faculty that called the school their home. She is very excited to be continuing to bring people together around topics that truly matter to them. 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 lj (at) crumiller (dot) com.

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