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 specializes in consumer class actions and a variety of employment matters, including wage and hour, family medical leave, Title VII discrimination and retaliation, severance and employment contract disputes. Presently, Ms. Anderson’s consumer practice focuses on deceptive practices prevalent in the banking, mortgage lending and insurance industries. Ms. Anderson also has litigated a diverse array of consumer class actions concerning defective products, including electronics and automobiles, health care, and securities.
Raymond Audain, an associate at Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson LLP, represents plaintiffs in employment and civil rights cases and consumer class actions. Mr. Audain is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. From 2007 to 2008 he clerked for the Hon. Ronald L. Ellis of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. From 2008 to 2010 he clerked for the Hon. Robert L. Carter of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Audain is a member of the Bar of New York.
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.
Aliaksandra Ramanenka represents plaintiffs in employment and civil rights cases and consumer class actions and corporations and individuals in commercial litigation. Ms. Ramanenka is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law. While in law school, she participated in the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Mock Trial Competition and was enrolled in the Equality Concentration focusing on employment discrimination and § 1983 litigation. Ms. Ramanenka is an internationally ranked chess master.