Marjorie Mesidor is an experienced New York workplace discrimination attorney at Phillips & Associates. She is a Partner at the firm, recognized for her outstanding service to clients who have been the victims of sexual harassment or discrimination based on race, gender, disability, and other protected characteristics. Ms. Mesidor regularly prosecutes employment actions against Fortune 500 companies and smaller organizations accused of discrimination including claims of sexual misconduct. She has had overwhelming success in achieving significant awards and settlements for her clients. Ms. Mesidor rose to notoriety in 2013 she procured a unanimous jury award in Johnson v. STRIVE, a landmark case decidedly settling the issue of whether those of the same race can discriminate against one another. In addition, her work against the disparate impact of “poor door” policies on rent stabilized tenants has earned her recognition by the Office of the Public Advocate.
Ms. Mesidor is a Guest Legal Correspondent appearing on WPIX Morning News, WBLS "Cafe Mocha" and 103.9 Long Island News Radio "On the Docket", Guest Legal Correspondent. Marjorie is one of the National Black Lawyers’ Top 100 Black Lawyers, a “Rising Star” and “Top Woman Attorney” by New York Super Lawyers* every year since 2013. She has been a panelist for the National Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and NELA NY on various topics in trial advocacy, punitive damages and jury awards.
With over 12 years of experience practicing before both state and federal courts, Ms. Mesidor understands the stress and fear that workers experience when their jobs are threatened by a coworker or employer’s inappropriate conduct. She handles complex employment law matters in these areas at all stages of the litigation process, serving as a forceful advocate at the negotiating table, and a formidable opponent in the courtroom.
Ms. Mesidor’s history of leadership and advocacy dates back to her undergraduate years at Franklin College Switzerland, where she studied International Relations and Economics and participated in student government. She graduated from Touro Law Center Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2004.
While at Touro, she ranked in the top 15% of her class. She served as an Associate Editor for Law Review, a Teaching Assistant in the Legal Education Access Program (LEAP), and Attorney General for the National Black Law Students Association. She also placed as a semi-finalist in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial, and received an award for Best Oral Advocate in Legal Methods II.
Ms. Mesidor was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2004 and the New York Bar in 2005. She has also been admitted to practice before the federal courts at the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Early in her career, she clerked for the Honorable Torkwase Y. Sekou in the Superior Court of New Jersey, gaining valuable insight into the inner workings of our judicial system.
Prior to joining Phillips & Associates, Ms. Mesidor handled complex litigation in several practice areas, and served as Chief Counsel to Project Hope, an organization that provides antiviolence and educational workshops and programs services to underserved youth in South Queens. Therefore, in addition to her extensive experience handling discrimination and harassment cases, she possesses a strong background in wage and hour, not-for-profit, and corporate law matters.
A number of Ms. Mesidor’s matters have gained widespread attention in various media outlets such as the Associated Press, The New York Post, The Daily News, News 12, etc. A gifted attorney with a commitment to individuals who have been wronged in the workplace, she has received several other awards and distinctions, including an Exceptional Service to the Public and Community Award, Service to the Bar Award, and a Merit Award for Franklin College Switzerland. Early in her career, she was a 2004 Scholarship Recipient from the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, and a Minority Fellow of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Dedicated to serving a global New York client base, Ms. Mesidor is fluent in Italian, French, and Haitian Creole. She maintains professional memberships with the National Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association in New York, and the New York State Bar Association. A hardworking and persuasive advocate for her clients, Ms. Mesidor is dedicated to pursuing justice in the workplace.