Zabell & Associates Staff


Saul Zabell

Saul-ZabellSaul D. Zabell is a principal and founding partner in the law firm of Zabell & Associates, 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, Counsel

Mr. Collotta is counsel to the law firm of Zabell & Associates, 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.

Ryan M. Eden

Ryan M. Eden, an associate attorney with Zabell & Associates, 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 in 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.

Rolando Delacruz

Rolando Delacruz is an associate attorney with the firm and litigates on behalf of both employees and management clients. Mr. Delacruz regularly works on contract disputes, claims arising under 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, the FLSA and New York Labor Law. Mr. Delacruz is also admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, where he practiced personal injury law prior to his move to New York. Mr. Delacruz is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, where he served as Associate Barrister for the school’s Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board. He also competed in trial advocacy competitions including the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition and the ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition. Prior to law school, Mr. Delacruz obtained his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas – Pan American.

Michael A. D’Auria

Michael A. D’Auria is a 2016 graduate of Hofstra Law School and is currently pending admission to the New York State BAR. Mr. D’Auria focuses his advocacy on various issues related to labor and employment law including 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. D’Auria works on both federal and state wage-and-hour class actions, discrimination suits, workplace harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims. Prior to joining Zabell & Associates, Mr. D’Auria was an associate attorney at a New York law firm, were he represented clients in matters involving Education Law, Taylor Law, the Fair Labor Standards Act and labor negotiations. While studying at Hofstra Law School, Mr. D’Auria participated in seminars for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and gained valuable experience as an intern assessing potential clients and assisting them in commencing litigation while working at several New York labor and employment law firms. Mr. D’Auria was born and raised in Long Island, and hails from Port Jefferson, New York. He enjoys golfing, cooking and coaching youth baseball in his spare time.

Paralegals

Aldo Hernandez

Aldo Hernandez is a Paralegal at Zabell & Associates, P.C. He assists the Firm’s attorneys with preparing and managing materials for employment discrimination, wage and hour, and civil rights cases. Mr. Hernandez graduated from St. John’s University in New York with an A.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Legal Studies.

Kelsey Zummo

Kelsey Zummo is a Paralegal at Zabell & Associates, P.C. She assists the Firm’s attorneys with preparing and managing materials for legal matters including, but not limited to, labor, employment, human resources, and employee benefits. Ms. Zummo graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Ms. Zummo is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Resources at Stony Brook University.