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.
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, 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”). 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.
Vicki worked as an Employment/Employee Benefits Associate at Proskauer Rose and Bryan Cave where she provided general advice and conducted legal research related to employment discrimination cases, unfair labor practice charges, and legal compliance related to employee benefits plans. Just prior to joining Crumiller P.C., Vicki represented the New York City Administration for Children’s Services before judges in Bronx Family Court in child protective proceedings, including neglect cases in which children witnessed domestic violence against their mothers by batterers.
Before becoming a lawyer, Vicki worked at several mayoral offices, New York City agencies and not-for-profits, all of which had missions to protect or empower women, children and their families.
She earned her J.D. from New York Law School while working full-time at the NYC Department of Education, and earned her BA and MA from New York University. Vicki is a native New Yorker, who grew up in Manhattan, attended school here, worked in all of its boroughs (except Staten Island-sorry) and she literally has no intention of ever leaving – except in the summer when Vicki escapes the heat with her two sons to chill on beaches in nearby New Jersey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Billing/Human Resources Manager
Priscilla Esquina is the Billing/Human resources Manager at Crumiller P.C. Having extensive experience as an office manager for 8 years, Priscilla has held supervisory positions in various companies, inside and outside of the construction industry. Although she is new to the legal industry, she fits right in and is ambitious to keep learning and growing within the firm . Priscilla enjoys singing and dancing. Her makeup skills are revered throughout the office; she is a makeup artist outside of her normal work hours. She loves spending time with her family and friends, shoes and purses, and traveling with her husband. Priscilla loves engaging in community outreach and has been actively doing so for 13 years.