Phillips & Associates

Phillips & Associates Lead Counsel Admitted to United States Supreme Court Bar

Marjorie Mesidor

New York, NY May 13, 2014 – Marjorie Mesidor has been admitted to the Supreme Court Bar, the highest Bar in the United States. Mesidor is the Lead Counsel at Phillips & Associates, a New York employment law firm.

On May 4, 2014, Mesidor traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Supreme Court’s announcement of its decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway. Following the announcement, Mesidor and 20 other members of the Brooklyn Bar Association were admitted to the court on motion. All 21 attorneys took an oath to confirm the motion, and Justices Alito and Ginsberg spoke with the group after the induction ceremony. Later in the day, Mesidor attended a historical lecture and posed for a photo with the group on the courthouse steps.

Now that Mesidor has been sworn in, she is qualified and certified to argue cases in the highest court in the nation. The honor is an important one for her. “Now,” she said, “I can argue my case all the way to the Supreme Court if need be. No matter the circumstances, I can pursue the case as far as necessary to find justice for my clients.”

Mesidor’s work focuses on discrimination in the workplace. In 2013, Super Lawyers* recognized Mesidor as a “Rising Star.” She graduated from Touro Law Center (Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center) in 2004 and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar the same year. She gained membership to the New York Bar in 2005. Since then, she has received a variety of awards, including an award for Exceptional Service to the Public and Community and an award for Service to the Bar. Marjorie Mesidor Admitted to United States Supreme Court Bar

Mesidor has more than nine years of experience defending victims of sexual harassment and discrimination due to race, gender and disability. Mesidor has also been admitted to practice in the Circuit Court of Appeals — a threshold necessary to qualify for admittance at the United States Supreme Court. Since that time, she has maintained a clear professional record and an extremely high standard of legal practice. The U.S. Supreme Court accepted Mesidor’s nomination on the basis that she possesses the morals and character required for admission, and two current members of the Supreme Court Bar sponsored her application.

Town of Greece v. Galloway concerned public religious expression at legislative meetings in Greece, New York. Galloway and her supporters argued that the Town Board’s specifically Christian prayers violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. However, the court ruled that such prayers are lawful and permissible — as long as no discrimination exists in the choice of faith or philosophy offered and as long as no one is coerced into participating in them.

Under the decision, the Town Board (and groups like it) will be able to offer prayers from a specific religion. They will not be required to attempt neutral expressions that go against no religion, nor will they have to abstain from such expressions entirely. “This ruling examined the interesting balance between the freedom to exercise one’s religious beliefs and the legislative traditions in this country. This was no easy task for the court. However, it does confirm how important it is to protect against discrimination or exclusion because of differing beliefs,” Mesidor commented.

Phillips & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC
45 Broadway, #620,
New York, NY 10006
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I called at Phillips & Associates seeking for a consultation and I was very pleased with the conversation I had with Eugenio Benvenuto. He was able to answer my questions thoroughly and gave me reassurance. I highly recommend their practice. Giulia
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Hands down the best law firm for labor disputes in NYC. Being in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years I can say that this law firm is the number one choice for workers in the restaurant business that need to sue their company for wrongful termination. A special compliment to my lawyer Brittany Stevens. An amazing person and well prepared experienced lawyer. She was professional and empathetic to my case and worked in a time appropriate manner. She never miss a phone call at any hour of the day.The other associates that assisted Brittany were Yusha Hiraman, Eugenio Benvenuto and Katerina Housos. They were all professional and answered any questions or concerns that I had. Brittany and her team helped me with what I needed, when I needed it. I want to thank them all (especially Brittany), for a job well done. Massimo
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Jesse Weinstein handled my discrimination case. He was extremely patient and understanding throughout the process and remained professional and consistent even when I could not. I really felt like he had my back and I didn't have to worry. His expertise, combined with the experience of the Firm, resulted in the best possible outcome of my case. Although I wouldn't wish what I went through on anyone, things do and always will happen and I would highly recommend Jesse and this Firm to anyone facing discrimination or other workplace issues. Karen
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I highly recommend Parisis (Gerry) Fillippatos with Phillips & Associates to represent you for employment related matters. He and his team were professional, attentive to every detail and brilliant at identifying the legal grounds to win the case. Parisis's communication and delivery were highly articulate and precise. He is personable and makes you feel comfortable in the maze of legal jargon. Finally, his confidence, perseverance and masterful negotiation skills deliver the win. Anonymous
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I had an excellent experience with this team! Thanks, Marjorie, Brittany, and Candy for your great support and prompt answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this firm. This team works very hard and I am extremely happy with the results. Ana