SUSAN CRUMILLER, FOUNDING ATTORNEY
Susan Crumiller is the founder of Crumiller P.C., a feminist litigation firm dedicated to fighting gender and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Crumiller represents employees in all types of matters, and also advises small businesses whose values align with the firm’s. We negotiate severance; secure family leave; sue for compensation for wrongful termination on the basis of gender, race, age, and disability; sue for sexual harassment and sexual assault; secure reasonable accommodations for disabled and/or pregnant employees; and lastly, advise employers who are trying to do things the right way! Until having children, Susan spent ten years representing tenants in fast-paced landlord-tenant litigation, first-seating a dozen trials and winning appeals at the Appellate Term and Appellate Division. 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. As a result of this experience, 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 her own law firm dedicated to fighting for rights of new working parents to integrate their work and family lives without shame or fear of reprisal. Today, Crumiller boasts a stellar team of experienced, top-notch litigators, on standby and ready to assist.
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 is proud to serve as President of the Board of Directors of the Gender Equality Law Center. She encourages you to support GELC!
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.
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.
SHAYONNA VALENTIN, 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.
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.
VERONICA LANDET, ADMINISTRATIVE 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.
LAURA JENKINS, MARKETING & PR COORINDATOR
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.
PRISCILLA ESQUINA, 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.