Our Team

SUSAN CRUMILLER, FOUNDING ATTORNEY

Susan Crumiller has represented hundreds of litigants in state and federal court, from filing a lawsuit to winning at trial to winning on appeal.  Susan has first-seated a dozen trials and won appeals at the Appellate Term and Appellate Division.  Before founding Crumiller P.C., Susan worked as a staff attorney at Housing Conservation Coordinators, Inc., and as an associate at a small firm.  Susan graduated in 2002 from Tulane University, where she majored in music theory, English, and sociology, and in 2006 from NYU Law.  She holds a black belt in kung fu and was the first female wrestler in her high school’s history.  Susan has a handsome husband and two young daughters.

Susan is proud to serve as Treasurer on the Board of the Gender Equality Law Center and encourages you to support GELC.

CAROLINE PIELA COHEN, SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Caroline is a seasoned landlord-tenant attorney who brings eight years of litigation experience to Crumiller P.C. Before joining Crumiller P.C., Caroline was employed by the New York City Housing Authority, where she successfully litigated a variety of cases including discrimination cases brought by the New York State Division of Human Rights, holdover, non-payment, HP and Article 78 proceedings. Caroline holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, as well as a Masters and Bachelors of Arts from New York University. Caroline is passionate about politics, social justice, and the arts. To this end, Caroline co-founded Salons for Social Justice, a quarterly mixed media arts event focused on political discourse. In September 2018, Caroline was re-elected as Judicial Delegate of the 42nd Assembly District.

Caroline lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, who happen to be almost the exact same age as Susan’s. In fact, Susan and Caroline first met at a neighborhood moms group, shortly after their first babies were born.

CHLOE LIEDERMAN, ASSOCIATE

Chloe is a plaintiff-side employment lawyer specializing in sexual harassment litigation, as well as other types of discrimination and retaliation claims. Before joining Crumiller P.C., Chloe was employed by Auster & Associates P.C., where she successfully litigated a variety of discrimination and retaliation cases under Title VII, New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”), New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), as well as labor law cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and New York Labor Law (“NYLL”). Chloe earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an Edward V. Sparer Fellow, and her Bachelors of Arts from Cornell University, where she majored in Theater Arts. During Law School, she also interned at the New York City Counsel’s Legislative Committee on Women’s Issues, and the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Rights Project.

Chloe lives in Brooklyn with her wife and two children.

TRAVIS PIERRE-LOUIS, ASSOCIATE

Travis Pierre-Louis is an Associate Attorney.  His practice focuses on employment and commercial litigation.

Travis is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he worked in the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality, advocating for victims of gender violence and educating on violence prevention and bystander intervention.  Following U Mass, he attended Western New England Law School, where he participated in the Real Estate Practicum.  Travis has clerked at both a boutique firm, where he performed commercial litigation, and at a general practice, dealing primarily with business representation and planning.  The passion for equal justice which motivated him to choose law as a profession continues to drive his career.  He’s volunteered for the home-ownership unit of Legal Services of Greater Miami, where he assisted with foreclosure defense and consumer protection because he saw an opportunity to help those without means, help themselves.  Travis enjoys cooking, working, and physical fitness, and is seriously considering a puppy.

GAIL AUSTER, OF COUNSEL

Gail Auster brings over forty years of employment law experience to the firm and a reputation for fearless advocacy resulting in highly successful results for her clients.  She has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, and has litigated cases involving Title VII, ERISA, FMLA, the FLSA, ADA, ADEA, New York State labor laws, NLRB proceedings and administrative hearing, collective bargaining, arbitration and mediation, negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements, employment agreements, executive compensation agreements, severance agreements and non-compete agreements.  Gail’s practice has specialized in high-level management clients; she has also worked extensively with corporate clients and their Human Resources departments on a broad range of labor and employment issues.  She has served as a mediator for the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division and volunteer arbitrator for NYCLA.  Before entering private practice, Gail managed the Legal Division of the Office of Labor Relations at the NYC Mayor’s Office.  She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s Law School, litigated for the NLRB, and was a psychotherapist in a previous lifetime.  Gail has a JD from Case Western, an MSW from Columbia, and an LLM in Labor Law from Susan’s alma mater, NYU Law.

SHAYONNA VALENTIN, PARALEGAL

Shayonna is a graduate of an all-women’s university, Bay Path University, where she received her Bachelor of Science and Paralegal Certificate. Having worked in varied capacities throughout the federal, state and city government, Shay’s passion for social justice and equality has now led her into the world of gender and pregnancy discrimination. Prior to coming to Crumiller P.C., she worked for the Administration for Children’s Services, Division of Protection, where she supported children and families of New York City.

Shay keeps her weekends busy enjoying time with her cat Mateo, reading her favorite author Jodi Picoult and binge-watching a slew of Netflix originals.

LAURA JENKINS, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ASSISTANT

Laura studied film production and web design before adapting those skills to work as a coordinator and community liaison for a budding NYC Film Festival. Moving into a private school setting, she continued to work to create a sense of engagement and community among the families and faculty that called the school their home. She is very excited to be continuing to bring people together around topics that truly matter to them.

In her spare time, Laura loves to bake, read, try out new crafts, and dabble at textile design. She and her husband are avid board-gamers and undeniable geeks.

PRISCILLA ESQUINA, BILLING MANAGER

Priscilla Marie Esquina is the Billing Manager at Crumiller P.C. Having extensive experience as an office manager for 8+ years, Priscilla has been a great asset for the company, with her vast knowledge in billing, accounts payable, accounts receivables, daily cash receipt posting, payroll and providing support to attorneys, clients, and other staff members. Furthermore, for more than 8 years she has held supervisory positions in various companies, inside and outside of the construction industry. Although she is new to the legal industry, she fits right in and is ambitious to keep learning and growing within the firm.

Priscilla Marie enjoys singing and dancing. She absolutely loves makeup, is a makeup artist outside of her normal work hours. She loves spending time with her family and friends, loves shoes and purses, and of course, loves traveling with her husband. Priscilla loves engaging in community outreach and has been actively doing so for 13 years.

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