Following graduation from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Editor of the Columbia Law Review, Mr. Solotaroff clerked for the Hon. Eugene H. Nickerson, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Following the clerkship, Mr. Solotaroff was eager to get in the courtroom and represent those who needed help. He turned down offers from several large corporate firms and accepted a position as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division where he worked from 1991 to 1993. He learned how to try cases from the bottom up. In his first trial, he successfully defended a defendant charged with jumping the turnstile in the New York City subway. After winning three other trials in state court, including two felony trials, Mr. Solotaroff joined the Society's Federal Defender Division. As a federal defender, Mr. Solotaroff represented clients in a wide variety of matters including complex white-collar cases. Of the nine clients he represented in criminal trials, six were acquitted and one received a partial acquittal.
Mr. Solotaroff entered private practice in 1997. He has continued to represent the underdog focusing mainly on the representation of employees in employment disputes. Mr. Solotaroff has successfully represented employees in a wide variety of disputes including breach of contract, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and whistleblower cases. His clients range from highly compensated banking employees, to lawyers and physicians, to teachers and factory workers. Mr. Solotaroff also prosecutes class actions on behalf of large groups of employees with wage and hour and other employment-related claims. Mr. Solotaroff also continues to represent individuals in investigatory and criminal defense matters.
Whether representing an employee who has been discriminated against or harassed or defending an individual charged with serious crimes and facing a long prison sentence, Mr. Solotaroff brings a combination of the analytic and communication skills of an Ivy-League trained lawyer with the trial experience, instincts and toughness of an inner city public defender.
Oren S Giskan
Oren Giskan litigates actions throughout the country as lead or class counsel against large corporations involved in deceptive and anticompetitive practices. Mr. Giskan served as lead or co-lead class counsel in In re Check Loan Litigation, N.D. Cal. 09-md-02032 ($100 million settlement of claims related to increase of minimum monthly credit card payments); Cohen v. JP Morgan Chase & Co. and JP Morgan Chase Bank, E.D.N.Y. 04-cv-4098 (settlement of deceptive claims related to charging of mortgage fee resulting in a recovery of 100%% of damages for class members); Sebrow v. Allstate Insurance Company, E.D. N.Y., 07-cv-3929 (settlement of deceptive practice claims regarding non-renewal of homeowners insurance policies), Education Station v. Yellow Book USA, Superior Court of New Jersey ($70 million settlement of false advertising claims), Danielson v. Rockford Memorial Hospital, Circuit Court of Winnebago County Illinois, No. 01 L 139 (settlement of patient billing claims under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act), and Truschel v. Juno Online Inc., Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, No. 01/602486 (settlement of consumer protection claims regarding failure to provide Internet service). He is actively litigating several other consumer fraud class actions throughout the country as lead counsel against companies including LG Electronics, Apple, Bank of America and others.
Catherine E Anderson
Ms. Anderson represents consumers and employees in a wide variety of disputes, both individual and class based. Ms. Anderson’s consumer practice focuses on deceptive practices prevalent in the financial, mortgage lending and servicing, and insurance industries, including deceptive fees and billing practices, and defective products and services. Ms. Anderson has represented employees and independent contractors in a wide variety of matters, including wage and hour violations, misclassification, discrimination and retaliation based on race, sex, age, disability and national origin, whistle blower claims, medical and family leave, and severance and employment contract negotiations.
Ms. Anderson has served as lead or co-lead counsel in the following notable actions which resulted in significant recoveries: Merino v. Wells Fargo & Co., 2:16-cv-07840 (ES)(MAH)(D.N.J. 2020) ($35 million wage and hour settlement); Gray, et al., v. CIT Bank, et al., 1:18-cv-01520 (D.N.J. 2020) (RMB)(AMD)( $8.5 million nationwide class settlement on behalf of reverse mortgage holders); Cohen v. JP Morgan Chase & Co. and JP Morgan Chase Bank, 04-cv-4098 (ILG)(E.D.N.Y.)( $20 million nationwide class settlement for deceptive fees); Santos v. Carrington, et al., 2:16-cv-03679 (WHW)(D.N.J.) ($8 million nationwide class settlement on behalf of homeowners); Kent v. Hewlett-Packard Co., C-09-05341 (JF)(N.D. CA)( nationwide class settlement valued at over $2 million for defective product claims); Patel, et al. v. Baluchis, et al 08-cv-9985 (RJS)(S.D.N.Y.) ($880,000 wage and hour settlement on behalf of restaurant workers); Sebrow, et al. v. Allstate Insurance Co., et al. 07 CV 3929 (FB)(RLM) (E.D.N.Y.) (class settlement providing 100% relief to over 54,000 homeowners for claims for non-renewal of insurance); Russo v. WholeArts Foundation, Inc., et al, Index No. 603037/03 (KM) (New York Supreme Court) (settlement providing 100% payment of outstanding bills on behalf of class members enrolled in defunct health plan); Castro v. City of New York, 05 Civ. 593 (LAK)(MHD) (S.D.N.Y.) ($400,000 jury verdict on Title VII retaliation claims).
Ms. Anderson received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Colgate University. She also has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University teaching Employment Law.
Amy Robinson is a skilled litigator and negotiator with a broad range of experience representing individuals and groups whose rights have been violated. Ms. Robinson primarily represents employees facing workplace discrimination and harassment in cases brought under Title VII, the ADA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the ADEA, the NYCHRL, the NYSHRL, and other civil rights statutes. She also represents survivors of childhood sexual abuse under the New York Child Victims Act and consumers in class action lawsuits. Ms. Robinson has considerable trial experience and has negotiated numerous favorable settlements for her clients, both in court and out of court.
Ms. Robinson fights hard to protect her clients’ rights to be free from discrimination. She is proud to represent a wide array of employees, from executives to low-wage and hourly workers. Ms. Robinson regularly counsels working and pregnant parents; workers who have been harassed, bullied, or intimidated due to their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation; people who endure stereotyping, tokenization, and discrimination based on their race or national origin; and others in communities that have historically been marginalized and neglected under the law. Ms. Robinson is unafraid to take on powerful corporations and establishments on behalf of her clients.
Prior to joining GSA in 2018, Ms. Robinson worked at a civil rights law firm in Brooklyn, where she served as lead counsel to victims of police misconduct, prisoners, and detainees in civil rights matters brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and was part of the movement to drastically reduce the population on Rikers Island.
In addition to her civil rights work, Ms. Robinson has also successfully defended clients in criminal matters at trial and on appeal. From 2014-2018, she worked on a team that helped free her client from prison after 25 years of incarceration through both post-conviction and parole advocacy. She has also successfully argued to have her clients’ lengthy prison sentences reduced under both federal and state law.
From 2013-2014, Ms. Robinson held a federal clerkship in the Southern District of New York, where she served as a Law Clerk to Judge Ronald L. Ellis (ret.).
Ms. Robinson received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law. She was Managing Editor of the CUNY Law Review, a member of the Moot Court team, in which she won awards for Best Appellate Brief and First Place Team, and the recipient of the BLSA M. Shanara Gilbert Criminal Justice and Human Rights Fellowship. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College.
David O’Brien joined Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson with extensive litigation experience representing the underdog in New York’s criminal and family courts. After receiving his undergraduate education at Columbia University, David graduated from Fordham Law School, where he continues to be an adjunct professor of trial skills. Mr. O’Brien began his legal career with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, representing children charged in family courts with juvenile delinquent acts, as well as children whose caretakers faced child neglect or abuse charges. Due to the myriad legal positions of his clients, Mr. O’Brien gained experience both defending and prosecuting these cases, often successfully. In 2020, he joined the Juvenile Defense Unit at New York County Defender Services, where he represented adolescents charged as adults with violent felonies, continuing to advocate for underserved youth in a new role. Mr. O’Brien successfully obtained the transfer of a number of cases from New York Supreme Court to Family Court where, through a combination of courtroom advocacy and negotiation, many cases were dismissed or withdrawn.
With a combination of zeal for social justice, trial and litigation skills and courtroom experience, Mr. O’Brien works tirelessly for his clients, whether they have been discriminated against or mistreated at work, or are bringing claims against powerful corporations or institutions in class actions.
David Feige is counsel to the firm and represents individuals and businesses in civil litigation and criminal and investigative matters. David spent more than a dozen years as a public defender in New York City representing indigent clients in a wide variety of criminal matters. From 1997 to 2005, he served as Trial Chief of The Bronx Defenders, an innovative community defender organization. In 2002 he was awarded one of the highest honors in indigent defense: the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Reginald Heber Smith Award.
After leaving the Bronx Defenders, David has continued to practice law while pursuing a variety of other interests. He has served as Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs at Seton Hall University School of Law. He is also the author of Indefensible, a personal account of his years as a public defender, published by Little, Brown & Co in June of 2006. Beginning in 2007, David, along with Steven Bochco, created, wrote and produced two seasons of Raising the Bar, an hour-long episodic television drama about the criminal justice system.
David is a nationally known lecturer on trial skills and eyewitness identification and is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College and has taught trial skills for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and at law schools and public defender offices around the country.