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Rhonda L. Epstein, Esq. Employment Law Specialist
Rhonda L. Epstein, Esq. is a seasoned litigator with more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience in civil litigation. She concentrates her legal practice primarily in the areas of employment law and housing discrimination. Ms. Epstein is also experienced in various matters involving the directors and officers of cooperatives and condominiums, their Board of Directors, and property managers.
Ms. Epstein has handled cases arising under The American with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 1981, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act, as well as the New York State Executive Law, and the New York City Administrative Code. She has litigated all phases of these matters from inception through appeal in both the Federal and State Courts. Ms. Epstein has regularly appeared before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the New York State Division of Human Rights and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Additionally, she has participated in union arbitrations conducted through the auspices of the Realty Advisory Board.
Ms. Epstein is a longtime proponent of Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a litigant, she has mediated hundreds of cases in Federal court, EEOC, and private mediation. In 2019, Ms. Epstein was sworn into the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York as a mediator. Prior to joining NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) as a neutral, she served as a Supervising Attorney for a prominent New York law firm and as an in-house counsel for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. In that role, she supervised attorneys and a support staff with a combined caseload of more than two hundred files annually.
As both a litigator and mediator, Ms. Epstein has successfully counseled, supervised, and mediated employment law cases related to claims of age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, and pregnancy discrimination. She has taught continuing legal education (CLE) seminars on the topics of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and co-op and condo disputes and has managed the CLE programming for three house counsel offices. She is well respected professionally by both sides of the bar and is known for her fair and objective approach to the resolution of cases. Ms. Epstein has been awarded an AV Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Further, she volunteers her time as a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Ms. Epstein is available to mediate and arbitrate employment, housing, and co-op and condo matters throughout the New York Metro area.