Joseph A. Fitapelli is a partner at Fitapelli & Schaffer whose nationally recognized practice is dedicated to the litigation of large scale class and collective actions for violations of employee and consumer rights. He is a seasoned attorney with extensive experience in state and federal court who has often served as lead or co-lead counsel in cases filed against some of the largest corporations in the world. He has represented thousands of individuals and has been instrumental in the recovery of tens of millions of dollars for the firm's clients.
He has successfully authored and argued briefs that have shaped the legal landscape in favor of those whose rights have been violated and is the head of the firm's Marketing Team. His successes in handling high profile, complex cases have been featured on television, internet and print media including but not limited to: NY1, The New York Law Journal, various local newspapers and other legal publications. As a result, he is frequently consulted by members of the press and legal communities on an array of matters.
A New York Law School graduate, he is also a presidential scholar and cum laude graduate of St. Francis College with a B.A. in English. Mr. Fitapelli is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law, the New York State Bar Association and National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). Mr. Fitapelli is often asked to speak and provide his opinion on various matters relating to class action practice. Recently, Mr. Fitapelli has been a panelist for wage and hour law CLE programs for the ABA, NELA and New York County Lawyers' Association. Mr. Fitapelli is licensed to practice law in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Fitapelli has been repeatedly selected to Super Lawyers Magazine's list of the top attorneys in New York. Each year less than 5 percent of the lawyers in New York State are selected to this list.
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