Keeping Your Interests Ahead of Your Employer's - Protecting Your Rights in the Workplace Is All We Do.
For many workers, success in the workplace is the path to a better life. However, many employers add hurdles to that path. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we work to eliminate those hurdles, so that all workers have the opportunity to achieve their goals.
Unlike other attorneys who include employment law as one of their areas of practice, employment law is all we do. Our experience in state and federal court, which hear many employment-related cases, is extensive. We also work regularly with the New York State Division of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In order to better serve our clients, we control our caseload so that the case-per-attorney ratio remains low. This allows us to spend more time per case and increase our involvement in each case so that we are able to catch even the smallest details.
We provide each client with personalized attention to determine whether we can help or offer professional referrals. In addition to keeping our caseload manageable, our selection process helps us find clients who will benefit most from our services.
Our lawyers strive to return calls promptly; we try to call back within the hour, and guarantee that we will return the call within 24 hours. When an urgent situation arises,one of our partners will respond quickly, so you can move forward confidently.
31-10 37th Avenue, Suite 401
Long Island City NY 11101
Carle Place Office
One Old Country Road, Suite 347
Matthew I. Marks, Esq., graduated from The State University of New York at Albany in 1996. He then received his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 1999, where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review. Matthew was admitted to the New York State Bar, The Southern and Eastern District Federal Courts of New York, in 2000.
As a former senior associate at a large employment discrimination firm, Matthew handled complex litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and civil rights litigation. He also handled restrictive covenants and contract litigation. In this role, he was known for his complex and novel legal arguments, many of which have been noted by opposing attorneys and judges alike. He has successfully handled several cases of first impression. Matthew utilizes his refined knowledge of civil rights and employment law to successfully represent clients in cases involving policies and procedures related to workforce diversity; contract compliance; Titles VI, VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; relevant federal and New York State laws; equal employment opportunity law; and educational equity. He has also worked for the Law Department of the City of New York. There he defended the City in several major, high-profile class action civil rights litigations.
Matthew joined White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C., in 2011. Here, he is committed to giving his clients personalized attention and getting them the highest possible awards in their cases.
During the course of his professional career, Tom has distinguished himself as a successful litigation attorney who has won multiple federal and state trials, and has handled all aspects of litigation, as both lead counsel and co-counsel. Through his work, numerous clients have achieved six-figure awards, and multi-million dollar awards, including substantial awards for emotional and punitive damages. As a result of his litigation successes, Tom has been listed on three separate occasions among Verdict Search's Top Verdicts publications for the years 2008 and 2009.
His successes include his work as co-counsel in Bensy v. Malverne UFSD, et al. (jury award of $100,000 for emotional damages only), as well as Olsen, et al. v. The County of Nassau, et al. (jury award of $1,000,000 in emotional damages).
Tom was co-counsel for the Plaintiff on Bianco v. Flushing Hospital Medical Center, where a jury awarded a record $13.5 million dollar emotional damage verdict in the Plaintiff's favor, and a total verdict of $15 million and was also co-counsel in Wallace v. Suffolk County Police Department, et al. jury award of $875,000 in emotional and punitive damages).
Tom was also lead trial counsel in Fishman v. The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, et al. (jury award of $734,000 in emotional and punitive damages).
Tom has been interviewed and quoted in various New York publications, including the New York Times, the New York Post, and Newsday. He is admitted to practice in all New York Courts, and has orally argued matters at both the New York State Appellate Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also handled numerous mediations and arbitrations, as well as hearings within the United States Department of Labor and New York State Division of Human Rights.
Tom is also an experienced representative of New York State teachers, having represented numerous teachers successfully within 3020-a hearings and Part 83 hearings.
Tom graduated from the Hofstra University School of Law in 2003. Tom also holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Labor and Industrial Relations from Le Moyne College.
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