The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer


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About Us

The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer is a law firm specializing in all aspects of employment law. We represent both individuals and small businesses in workplace disputes. By representing employees as well as employers, we have the necessary, well rounded experience to skillfully advocate for our clients.

Our firm is equipped with dedicated professionals with the necessary intellect and experience to analyze each legal situation. Through our experience, we are confident that we can help you in discrimination, overtime disputes or any other employment related issue.

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Practice Areas

Wage and Hour Claims

We represent employees and small businesses in all aspects of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law. Over the past 5 years, we have litigated nearly 50 cases in this specialized area of the law. Specifically, we are well versed in all federal and state claims relating to unpaid overtime and minimum wage claims as well as unlawful tip reductions and tip misappropriation.

We have represented waiters, construction workers, manicurists, cooks, dishwashers and busboys in wage and hour disputes.

The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer representative cases in overtime disputes include:

» A six figure settlement on behalf of three porters against a well known catering company with locations in New York City and Long Island.
» A $85,000 settlement on behalf of one cook and two waitresses against a well regarded bakery and restaurant in Queens, New York.
» A $275,000 settlement against a drug store company on behalf of two cashiers.
» A $75,000 bench trial verdict in favor of a former kitchen employee against Defendants John Kandel and Bad Horse Pizza.

On the management side, we have efficiently represented nail salons, construction companies and hardware companies. We are able to resolve the majority of our management side cases prior to the commencement of litigation so as to ensure that our clients do not spend a significant amount on attorney fees. It is our philosophy that an early settlement in a wage and hour case usually results in the best possible outcome for our management side clients. This allows you to focus on your business.

Employment Discrimination and Retaliation

Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law protect New Yorkers from discriminatory acts. These statutes make it against the law for an employer to discriminate against their employees on the basis of age, sex, race, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability as well as other categories.

It is also against the law for an employer to retaliate against an employee (or a prospective employee) for complaining of discrimination with respect to any of these protected categories. Unlawful retaliation does not just encompass an unlawful termination but also can potentially include a demotion, loss of benefits, failure to promote or reduction in salary.

At the Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer we have successfully litigated countless employment discrimination claims. The focus is to resolve the claims efficiently without drawn out litigation. However, we recognize that cases often need to be “pushed” and aggressively litigated in order to obtain a strong result. The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer representative cases in employment discrimination include:

» A six figure settlement on behalf of 3 individuals in an age discrimination case.
» A $75,000 settlement against a well known restaurant in a sexual discrimination and retaliation case.
» A $50,000 settlement on behalf of an individual who was discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation.
» A $55,000 settlement against a Westchester government municipality on behalf of an individual alleging disability and retaliation claims.
» Obtained a motion to dismiss on behalf of a nonprofit organization in a discrimination and defamation lawsuit filed in New York County.
» Dismissed a retaliation claim on behalf of a nonprofit organization at the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Employment Counseling

We engage in counseling on behalf of both individuals and small businesses. By representing both management and employees, we have the ability to see “both sides” in order to obtain the best possible outcome on behalf of our clients. We provide counseling in the following areas of law:

» Severance Agreements
» Wage and Hour Compliance
» Retaliation Claims
» Investigations by the New York Department of Labor

Non-Compete & Trade Secrets

Companies strive to protect their intellectual property, human capital and clients to ensure their survival. Our firm is experienced in handling non-compete and trade secrets to help your firm protect its business.

A well-drafted agreement is imperative to avoid the cost of litigation. We provide advice and counseling concerning confidential information and restrictive covenants. We also draft confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicit, and equity based compensation agreements.

In addition, our firm is well versed in helping clients file for injunctive relief. As these cases are often very intense from their inception, our lawyers have both the dedication and skill set to handle this type of litigation. We focus on the following areas in non-compete and trade secrets:

» Non-Compete/Trade Secret Agreements 
» Non-Solicitation Agreements 
» Unfair Competition 

Immigration

Our immigration practice represents individuals and businesses in all areas of immigration law. Headed by Conrad Pollack of Pollack Pollack Isaac & DeCicco LLP, who was recently awarded the highest possible AV peer rating of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell, our law firm has the necessary expertise to meet all your immigration needs.

We have extensive experience in assisting individuals obtain family, employment, non-immigrant & investment-based visas. In addition, our firm is also well-versed in defending clients in removal proceedings to avoid deportation, as well as guiding families through the naturalization process. Finally, we regularly work with small and large organizations to help them meet their employee’s immigration needs.

Specifically, our immigration practice encompasses the following areas:

» Family Based Visas 
» Employment-Based Immigration Visas 
» Non-Immigrant Visas 
» PERM-Labor Certifications 
» Deportation 
» Naturalization 
» Deferred Action 
» U Visa (Crime Victim) 

If you are seeking guidance with respect to an immigration issue please contact us at (212) 323-6980 or e-mail us at info@aronauerlaw.com.

 

Criminal Law

Our criminal law practice has extensive experience counseling and representing clients in all facets of criminal law.  Through diligent and devoted representation, we routinely obtain successful verdicts and plea deals on behalf of our clients.  Headed by former Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Gregg Pinto, we provide counseling and represent individuals in the following areas of criminal law:

Felony and Misdemeanor “Street” Crimes 

» Assault 
» Murder 
» Gun possession and gun trafficking 
» Drug possession and drug sales 
» Robbery and burglary and Stolen Property 
» Burglary 
» Larceny 
» Orders of Protection 
» Aggravated Harassment 
» Disorderly conduct 

Felony and Misdemeanor “White Collar” Crimes 

» Grand Larceny 
» Identity Theft 
» Bank Check and Credit Card Fraud 
» Forgery 
» Falsifying business records 
» Insurance Fraud 
» Enterprise Corruption 
» Money Laundering 

Driving Offenses 

» DWI 
» Suspended Driver’s License 
» Traffic violations 

Surveillance Cases 

» Wiretaps 
» Eavesdropping Warrants 
» Pen Registers 
» Trap & Trace 
» Search Warrants 

If you would like to speak to our law firm with respect to a criminal law matter, please contact our office at (212) 323-6980 or e-mail us at info@aronauerlaw.com.

Our Team

The Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer’s accomplished team of attorneys and paralegals have significant experience in all facets of employment law. We are seasoned litigators whose focus is to advocate for and protect your rights. In addition to the staff listed below, we often collaborate with other experienced attorneys, depending on the nature of the case.

While the Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer’s primary focus is employment law, we also recognize the need to be a well balanced law firm so as to better serve our clients. Conrad Pollack, with over 30 years of experience, is of counsel to our firm and has assisted our clients in immigration related matters. Gregg Pinto, a former district attorney, represents individuals in all aspects of criminal law.

Jacob Aronauer, Attorney

Jacob Aronauer practices before federal and state courts and government agencies in all areas of workplace law, including overtime and pay disputes, employment discrimination, sexual harassment litigation, employment contracts and non-competition agreements. As a practitioner for over ten years in the labor and employment field, Jacob offers both individual employees and employers practical guidance on all aspects of employment law.

Jacob has worked as a labor and employment attorney at prestigious New York law firms as well as the New York City Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations. At the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations, Jacob served as an Assistant General Counsel for over four years in the Bloomberg Administration. At the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations, Jacob successfully represented New York City agencies, including the New York City Police Department, the New York City Fire Department and the Administration for Children Services in high profile employee terminations, unfair labor practices and contractual disputes. Jacob also worked at Greenwald Doherty where he advised small businesses with respect to overtime, discrimination and retaliation complaints.

Admitted to the New York Bar, Jacob is a graduate of Syracuse University and Suffolk University School of Law.

Jacob lives in New York City. A self-admitted basketball junkie, Jacob can often be found playing pick-up basketball games in New York City and Westchester County. Jacob also takes great pride in his unwavering dedication to the New York Knicks, New York Jets and the Syracuse University “Orange” teams.

Recent Experience
– Represented a not-for profit in connection with claims of discrimination and defamation. Obtained a dismissal on a motion to dismiss.
– Represented an individual in restrictive covenant litigation in New York City.  Obtained a favorable settlement.
– Represented a not-for profit before the New York State Division of Human Rights.  Obtained a favorable settlement.

Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2006
U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2016

E-mail Jacob at jaronauer@aronauerlaw.com or call him at (212) 323-6980.

Gregg Pinto, Of Counsel

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Prior to entering private practice, Gregg began his career at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.  At the Brooklyn DA’s office, Gregg initially worked on assault, gun and drug possession cases, as well as DWI crimes.  Gregg was soon promoted to the prestigious Rackets Division.  In the Rackets Division, Gregg investigated Grand Larceny, Fraud, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Corruption, Perjury, Counterfeiting, and Hate Crimes.

Using the skills he learned at the Brooklyn DA’s office, Gregg primarily practices criminal defense and commercial law.  Gregg’s recent work involves obtaining an acquittal for attempted assault and representation of a New York City architect company in a construction litigation dispute.

Gregg is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan.  Gregg earned a bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude, in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and a juris doctorate, with honors, from Brooklyn Law School.  Gregg is admitted to practice law in New York State, as well as the Southern and Eastern District of New York Federal Courts.  He is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, and the King’s County Criminal Bar Association.

Gregg lives in Staten Island with his wife, Allison (whom he met in law school) and their daughter, Claire.  In his spare time (of what remains) Gregg enjoys fantasy football, traveling to the Finger Lakes with his family and cheering on the Giants, Knicks and Yankees.

Education
J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2006
B.S., magna cum laude, State University of New York at Albany, 2003
Stuyvesant High School, 1999

E-mail Gregg at info@aronauerlaw.com or at call him at (212) 323-6980.

Conrad Pollack, Of Counsel

For nearly thirty years, Conrad has represented individuals as well as businesses, large and small, in all aspects of immigration law.  Recently, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Conrad an AV overall peer rating of 5.0, which is the highest available possible ranking.

As the managing partner of Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP, Conrad has extensive experience in assisting individuals obtain family, employment, non-immigrant & investment-based visas. Conrad also is well-versed in defending his clients in removal proceedings to avoid deportation, as well as guiding families through the naturalization process. Conrad has extensive overall expertise within the immigration field, and regularly works with small and large organizations to help them meet their employee’s immigration needs.

Conrad lives in Westchester County with his wife and children, where the firm maintains a branch office. Conrad enjoys skiing, kite surfing, basketball and is an avid wine collector.

Education
J.D., cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, 1985
B.S., magna cum laude, New York University, 1981

E-mail Conrad at info@aronauerlaw.com or at call him at (212) 323-6980.

Sian Ricketts, Paralegal

Sian Ricketts is a paralegal at the Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer. Sian specializes in traditional wage and hour as well as unlawful discrimination claims. Sian has significant experience in Federal lawsuits involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law as well as FLSA collective actions. Sian is also well versed in unlawful terminations claims based on race, gender and age discrimination. Sian takes a great deal of pride in her excel spreadsheets.

Originally hailing from The Land of 10,000 Lakes in Minnesota, Sian now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a professional musician, with a career as a singer and player of early wind instruments.

Education
D.M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2015
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music, 2009
B.M., magna cum laude, Northwestern University, 2007

E-mail Sian at sricketts@aronauerlaw.com

Elena Mullins, Paralegal

Elena Mullins is a paralegal at the Law Offices of Jacob Aronauer, where she specializes in Federal lawsuits involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law, FLSA collective actions, and unlawful terminations claims based on race, gender and age discrimination.

Originally from the Midwest, Elena now lives in Inwood along with her cat, Yoshi. Elena has a second career as a professional singer where she specializes in early music. Elena also performs and teaches baroque dance.

Education
D.M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2015
B.A., Eastman School of Music, 2010

E-mail Elena at emullins@aronauerlaw.com

Karin Weston, Paralegal

Karin Weston is a paralegal specializing in wage and hour cases under the Federal Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. Karin also works on discrimination and retaliation cases.

Karin has an international background. While her family is originally from Washington State, Karin grew up overseas in Pakistan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. Similar to Sian and Elena, she is also a professional singer of early classical music.

Education
M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2015
B.A., magna cum laude, Molecular Biology and Music, 2012

E-mail Elena at kweston@aronauerlaw.com

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