Our New York Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Partners

Lenard Leeds


Lenard Leeds is a litigator with over 30 years trial experience who has handled hundreds of trials and administrative proceedings. He is senior partner in what Newsday has called “probably the best civil rights firm in the country“, and has been featured in the NY Times, NY Law Journal, Newsday and Long Island Business. He has appeared as a legal expert on dozens of television and radio shows including The Today Show, NBC News ,Good Morning America, 20/20,ABC News, CBS News, Anderson Cooper 360°, Nancy Grace, Your World w/ Neil Cavuto, Hannity & Colmes, NY1, and News 12.

Lenard Leeds is a litigator with over 30 years trial experience who has handled hundreds of trials and administrative proceedings. He is senior partner in what Newsday has called “probably the best civil rights firm in the country”, and has been featured in the NY Times, NY Law Journal, Newsday and Long Island Business. He has appeared as a legal expert on dozens of television and radio shows including The Today Show, NBC News , Good Morning America, 20/20,ABC News, CBS News, Anderson Cooper 360°, Nancy Grace, Your World w/ Neil Cavuto, Hannity & Colmes, NY1, and News 12.

He has represented celebrities and sports personalities such as Anna Nicole Smith, Peter Max, Jackie Mason, Jay Black, and has conducted significant cases in the areas of employment law, estate law and matrimonial law.

Jeffrey Brown


Jeff graduated from the State University at Albany in 1992. In 1996, he graduated from Hofstra Law School where he was a member of the Hofstra Labor Law Journal. Additionally, he received the distinct honor of having his article published in the Hofstra Labor Law Journal. In 1997, Jeff joined the firm of Leeds Brown Law as an associate. Jeff’s uncanny ability to recognize the Big Picture without losing sight of the small details is what quickly made him a rising star at the firm. In 1998, he served as lead counsel in a real estate discrimination case in which he recovered $19 million dollars on behalf of 135 Asian condominium owners in Flushing, Queens. This case was reported in the New York Law Journal and The New York Times.

In January of 2000, Jeff became a named partner of the firm which subsequently changed its name to Leeds Brown Law, PC Jeff manages and supervises a caseload dedicated to class actions and individual actions consisting primarily of civil rights / employment discrimination, sexual harassment, unpaid wage / hour / overtime, as well as student and teacher rights cases.

Additionally, Jeff was honored as man of the year for his dedication and commitment to The Workplace Project in 2006. The Workplace project is a membership based organization that unites immigrant workers and their families for better working and living conditions. Jeff and the staff of LBL have offered legal assistance on a pro bono basis to this valuable organization in order to safeguard the rights and interests of these underprivileged workers.

Rick Ostrove


Rick Ostrove is principal trial counsel for Leeds Brown Law, P.C. Rick has won numerous jury verdicts including a $15M verdict in a sexual harassment case, one of the largest jury awards to an individual plaintiff in an employment discrimination case. During the same year, he obtained a $5.25M award in a workplace retaliation claim. He has won two other trials with verdicts exceeding $1M as well as numerous other civil rights trials. On three occasions, Rick has appeared in Verdict Search’s publication Top New York Verdicts.

Rick was recognized by the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association for having “the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership in the field of labor and employment law.” For each of the past six years, Rick has been selected to the New York “Super Lawyers” list, as published with the New York Times Magazine. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

After winning a First Amendment trial, United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bianco published a decision describing Rick as “an experienced lawyer, with almost two decades of experience in employment litigation and extensive trial experience.” Judge Bianco awarded Rick’s client attorneys’ fees “at the high end of the range” based upon the Judge’s “own observations of Ostrove’s abilities over the course of this litigation. In particular, Ostrove’s performance.” The Judge cited a case stating that such rates “are reserved for expert trial attorneys with extensive experience before the federal bar, who specialize in the practice of civil rights law and are recognized by their peers as leaders and experts in their fields.”

Senior Associates

Michael A. Tompkins


Michael A. Thompkins is a senior associate with extensive class action litigation experience who concentrates his practice on wage hour issues. He has been instrumental in recovering tens of millions of dollars in settlement funds for clients in unpaid wage and unpaid gratuity matters. Mr. Thompkins handles a variety of cases for Leeds Brown, including those involving the rights of unpaid interns, a subject on which he has also lectured. He is well versed in all aspects of employment law, trusts and estates, alternative dispute resolution, labor law and complex litigation.

Sean O’Hara


Sean O’Hara’s work at Leeds Brown includes the areas of education law and employment discrimination. He has a thorough understanding of federal, state, and city laws that apply to these complex practice areas. Mr. O’Hara also works on civil rights claims and has significant experience representing clients in mediations.

Brandon Okano


Brandon Okano has been an Associate at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. since 2012, where his practice has focused on employment law, civil rights, education law, and commercial litigation. Brandon is well versed in all aspects of litigation arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, as well as administrative appeals pursuant to CPLR Article 78.

Andrew Costello


Andrew Costello’s practice concentrates on municipal law, probate law and commercial litigation while also working on civil rights and employment law cases for Leeds Brown. Mr. Costello has unique and substantial experience in and out of the courtroom which makes him an asset to our firm and our clients.

Xena Grant


Xena Grant focuses her work at Leeds Brown in the areas of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and religious discrimination. She also has experience with all matters related to employment law and wage and hour cases. Ms. Grant handles family law matters as well, including those involving disputes over child custody.

Jonathan C. Messina


Jonathan C. Messina is an associate at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. His practice focuses on civil rights, negligence, and commercial litigation. Jonathan is versed in all aspects of litigation involving state law torts, constitutional claims/torts arising under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, property damage, personal injury, defamation, contract claims and general commercial litigation.

Daniel Markowitz


Unpaid wage claims, claims for unpaid overtime, allegations of tip-theft, and employment discrimination are the areas to which Daniel Markowitz devotes much of his practice at Leeds Brown. He has ample experience handling complex litigation matters and class actions and prides himself on being available and approachable to clients. Mr. Markowitz has been named one of New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars in both 2014 and 2015.

Brett R. Cohen


Jonathan C. Messina is an associate at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. His practice focuses on civil rights, negligence, and commercial litigation. Jonathan is versed in all aspects of litigation involving state law torts, constitutional claims/torts arising under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, property damage, personal injury, defamation, contract claims and general commercial litigation.

Associates

Aaron Ferri


Aaron Ferri began working at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. as an Associate in March 2016. Aaron has focused on cases involving employment law, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment, including cases in the New York State Division of Human Rights (“NYSDHR”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Aaron has also worked on litigation matters involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”).

Sam Smith


Sam Smith has worked at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. beginning in August 2014, and has been an Associate since April 2015. Sam has focused on cases involving employment law, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment, including cases in New York State Courts, the New York State Division of Human Rights (“NYSDHR”), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Sam has also worked on litigation matters involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”).

Laura Reznick


Laura is an associate attorney in the Firm’s wage and hour division and represents Clients making claims for unpaid overtime, unpaid wages, improperly paid tips/gratuities, minimum wage violations and consumer fraud in New York City, Long Island and the surrounding areas. She regularly participates in settlement negotiations, arbitrations and trial preparations, including motions before various courts, for the Firms class action matters.

Jeremy Siegel


Jeremy is an associate attorney in the Firm’s wage and hour division, focusing on matters of unpaid overtime, unpaid wages, improperly paid tips/gratuities, and minimum wage violations in New York City, Long Island and the surrounding areas. He assists in the litigation of large class action suits, including discovery, motions, legal research and due diligence.