Zabell & Collotta, P.C. Staff


Saul Zabell

Saul-ZabellSaul D. Zabell is a principal and founding partner in the law firm of Zabell & Collotta, P.C. Located at One Corporate Drive, Suite 103 Bohemia New York. Saul has dedicated his career to practicing law in the areas of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination and harassment issues, wrongful termination, personnel policy review and development, employee discharge and discipline, employment contracts, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, Executive compensation structuring, labor relations, collective bargaining, union/management issues, and wage and hour compliance. Mr. Zabell graduated from New York Law School after graduating from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Zabell practices in a variety of labor and employment related areas of the law including the National Labor Relations Act, the Federal Railway Labor Act, State and Federal Wage/Hour Laws, COBRA, IRCA, Laws against Discrimination, FMLA, ERISA and the ADA. In addition to traditional labor and employment laws, Mr. Zabell has represented clients under the Federal False Claims Act, otherwise known as Federal Whistle-Blower Law or Qui-Tam Law. He has negotiated collective bargaining agreements and individual employment agreements, as well as advised and represented employers in hundreds of grievances, mediations and arbitrations. Mr. Zabell is an experienced litigator whose practice routinely finds him advocating and litigating on behalf of his clients before various administrative tribunals, State Courts in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Michigan, United States District Courts, the United States Court of Claims, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the National Labor Relations Board and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Zabell is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York State Bar Associations. He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Cases of Interest

Mack v. Otis Elevator Co., Docket No. 02-7056 , UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT , 326 F.3d 116; 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 6948; 173 L.R.R.M. 2779; 91 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1009; 149 Lab. Cas. (CCH) P10,284; 84 Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH) P41,422, January 3, 2003, Final Submission, April 11, 2003, Decided, As Amended May 8, 2003. US Supreme Court certiorari denied by Otis Elevator Co. v. Mack, 2003 U.S. LEXIS 8366 (U.S., Nov. 17, 2003) Patterson v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., 01 Civ. 7513 (LMM) , UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17135; 94 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1034; 34 Employee Benefits Cas. (BNA) 1051, August 26, 2004, Decided, August 26, 2004, Filed Astudillo v. US News & World Report, 02 Civ. 7902 (WHP) , UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK , 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18685; 9 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 1738, September 17, 2004, Decided, Reconsideration denied by Astudillo v. U.S. News & World Report, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92 (S.D.N.Y., Jan. 6, 2005) Canino v. County of Suffolk, No. 03-7280, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT , 81 Fed. Appx. 379; 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 23808, November 21, 2003, Decided Hansen v. Danish Tourist Bd., CV 00-1419 (ADS), UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 147 F. Supp. 2d 142; 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6858; 85 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1606; 81 Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH) P40,858, May 19, 2001, Decided

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Assocation

Admissions

  • New York State
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Supreme Court

Areas of Practice

  • Labor
  • Employment
  • Benefits/ERISA Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Railway Labor Act
  • Hotel Law
  • Non-Profit Law
  • Federal False Claims Act (Qui Tam)
  • Human Resources lectures and training

Community Involvement

  • 2006 Long Island Top 40 Under 40
  • Sayville Kiwanis Club, Treasurer
  • Coalition against Child Abuse and Neglect, Committee member
  • Clubhouse of Suffolk, Committee member
  • MacArthur Business Alliance, Past President
  • Volunteer Parent Educational Advocate for Parents of Children With Down Syndrome

Christopher K. Collotta

Mr. Collotta is a principal in the law firm of Zabell & Collotta, P.C. Mr. Collotta’s practice is limited to the areas of labor and employment law. Mr. Collotta graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2000 and graduated from the University of Delaware in 1996. Mr. Collotta has litigated countless matters in federal, state, local, and appellate courts, as well as administrative forums from case inception through trial and appeal. Mr. Collotta regularly counsels management clients on various issues including, but not limited to: ERISA and other employee benefits, FMLA, Immigration and Naturalization, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, OWBPA, National Labor Relations Act, New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws, the FLSA and New York Labor Law. Mr. Collotta has conducted numerous employer investigations into allegations of unlawful workplace discrimination, wage and hour violations, and OSHA safety concerns. Mr. Collotta works in conjunction with corporate in-house counsel and human resources staff in connection with employee personnel decisions including, but not limited to, employee hire, discipline, suspension, and termination. Mr. Collotta drafts and implements EEOC Affirmative Action Plans, employee handbooks, and policy manuals. In addition, Mr. Collotta delivers presentations to various networking groups, clients and civic organizations on issues involving workplace discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour issues. Mr. Collotta is admitted to practice in the State of New York and in the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Collotta is a member of the New York State, Suffolk County and Federal Bar Associations.

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Admissions

  • New York State
  • Eastern District of New York

Areas of Practice

  • Labor
  • Employment
  • Benefits/ERISA
  • Non-profit
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Non-Profit Law
  • OSHA

Community Involvement

  • Mattituck Chamber of Commerce
  • Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce

Ryan M. Eden

Ryan M. Eden, an associate attorney with Zabell & Collotta, P.C., focuses his practice in all aspects of labor and employment law. Mr. Eden is experienced representing clients in federal and state wage-and-hour class actions, discrimination suits, workplace harassment, retaliation and whistle blower claims. Mr. Eden regularly provides advice and counsel to both small and large businesses regarding employment policies and practices. Mr. Eden has handled claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York State Labor Law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Eden was an associate attorney at a New York law firm, where he represented clients in matters involving civil rights, retaliation, whistle blowing, and wage-and-hour disputes. Mr. Eden is a graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he served as the Research Editor to Volume 32 of the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal.

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Admissions

  • State of New York
  • Eastern District of New York

Areas of Practice

  • Labor
  • Employment
  • Benefits/ERISA
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction

Community Involvement

  • BNI - Meadow's Edge Chapter

Ryan T. Biesenbach

Mr. Biesenbach is an associate attorney with the firm and litigates on behalf of both employee and management clients. He concentrates on cases involving contract disputes, ERISA Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, New York State Human Rights Law, New York Civil Rights Law, New York City Human Rights Law, and New York Labor Law. Mr. Biesenbach was previously associated with several New York Law firms, where he handled cases in Maritime and Employment law. Mr. Biesenbach is a graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Mr. Biesenbach was a member of the International Law Society, Veterans Legal Assistance program and the Hofstra Law School Asylum Clinic. Prior to law school, Mr. Biesenbach obtained a Master’s Degree in English from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English from SUNY Fredonia.

Associations

  • NYS Bar Association

Admissions

  • State of New York
  • Eastern District of New York

Diana M. McManus

Ms. McManus is an associate attorney with the firm and focuses her practice in all aspects of labor and employment law.  She is experienced in representing clients in discrimination claims, labor disputes, contract disputes, and in conducting investigations. With the firm, Ms. McManus works on discrimination suits, workplace harassment, retaliation, federal and state wage-and-hour class actions, and whistleblower claims, and provides advice and counsel to our management clients regarding employment policies and practices.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McManus was an associate attorney at a New York law firm, where she served in the capacity of both general and labor counsel to school district clients, and handled matters involving Education, Municipal, and Labor and Employment law. Ms. McManus is a graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. While in law school, Ms. McManus participated in the Hofstra Law School Asylum Clinic and served as an Articles Editor on the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal.  Her student note, entitled Instituting a Long Term Work Visa Program to Document the Undocumented and Protect the U.S. Workforce was chosen for publication during her final year. Prior to law school, Ms. McManus obtained an M.S. in School Counseling from New York Institute of Technology,  and a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island.

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Admissions

  • New York State
  • Eastern District of New York

Areas of Practice

  • Labor
  • Employment
  • Benefits/ERISA
  • Non-profit
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Non-Profit Law
  • OSHA

Paralegals & Administrative Staff

Robert Lycke

Robert Lycke is a Paralegal at Zabell & Collotta, P.C. He assists the Firm’s attorneys with preparing and managing materials for employment discrimination, wage and hour, and civil rights cases. Mr. Lycke graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science and History, and the London School of Economics and Political Science with a MSc in European Studies.

Eunice Santillan Gress

Eunice Santillan Gress is a Paralegal at Zabell & Collotta, P.C. She assists the Firm’s attorneys with preparing and managing materials for employment discrimination, wage and hour, and civil rights cases. Ms. Santillan Gress graduated from Suffolk County Community College with an A.S. in Biology, and from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in Biology and a specialization in neuroscience.

Isabelle Castro

Isabelle Castro is a Paralegal at Zabell & Collotta. Ms. Castro joined the firm after a successful career in retail management. Ms. Castro assists the firm’s attorneys with preparing and managing materials for employment discrimination, wage and hour, and civil rights cases. She is trilingual, fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. She is currently pursuing a Political Science degree upon the completion of which, Ms. Castro intends to enroll in law school.

Katherine LaRosa

Katherina La Rosa is an administrative assistant at Zabell & Collotta, P.C. She performs a host of administrative functions at the firm. Ms. La Rosa is fluent in Spanish and English. She will be pursuing her BBA at Farmingdale State College.