Fitapelli, Joseph A.

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Address: 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10015
Lawyer Firm: Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP
Phone: 646-569-9905
Fax: 212-481-1333

Areas of Practice Wage and Hour Violations

Mr. Fitapelli is a seasoned attorney with extensive experience in state and federal court. He represents individual employees, executives and companies in a full range of employment law related matters including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and breach of contract. Mr. Fitapelli also frequently appears in the United States District Courts in single-plaintiff, collective and class action lawsuits for failure to pay proper wages, overtime and commissions.

In addition to employment litigation, Mr. Fitapelli also negotiates severance agreements, executive compensation packages and limited liability company agreements. He is frequently consulted by companies regarding their employment policies and procedures. Mr. Fitapelli’s litigation experience also extends to other complex, high exposure matters such as products liability, New York City Asbestos Litigation, toxic mold cases, chemical release events and lead exposure claims.

Mr. Fitapelli has represented countless individuals from occupations as varied as restaurant and hospitality workers, entertainers including an "A-List" actor and an Oscar winning director, financial services employees, construction workers and teachers. He has also represented Fortune 500 companies, internet companies, insurers, land owners and developers.

He has successfully authored and argued appellate briefs and summary judgment motions that have led to new interpretations of the law favoring his clients on issues such as expert preclusion, products liability and landowner liability. Mr. Fitapelli has achieved consistent favorable results at trial, arbitrations and mediations. His successes in handling high profile, complex cases have been featured on television, internet and print media including but not limited to: NY1, The New York Law Journal, various local newspapers and other legal publications. As a result, he is frequently consulted by members of the business and legal communities on an array of matters.

A New York Law School graduate, he is also a presidential scholar and cum laude graduate of St. Francis College with a B.A. in English. Mr. Fitapelli is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, the New York State Bar Association and National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) of New York. He is licensed to practice law in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Fitapelli was named to Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2012. Less than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in New York were selected to this list.

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