FORMERLY Queens Law Associates

For legal help, call 1-844-QUEENSD (1-844-783-3673)

Our Team

Queens Defenders’ attorneys and social workers dedicate their careers to serving people with the fewest resources who face some of the greatest challenges. Our staff members care. They rarely rest. They never stop pursuing justice for the people of Queens.

Attorneys

Queens Defenders’ attorneys are legal experts whose strategic approach and commitment to clients is unparalleled. Many of our attorneys have been appointed judges; others are recognized as national leaders in their areas of expertise. They also teach courses in our accredited continuing legal education program.

EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR

Lori Zeno

Executive Director JD, Western New England School of Law

MANAGING
DIRECTOR

Hettie Powell

Managing Director JD, CUNY School of Law

DIRECTORS

Kenneth Deane

Director of Homicide JD, Albany School of Law

Kirlyn Joseph

Director of Special Projects JD, Boston College Law

Anthony Martone, Director of Felony Youth Defense Unit

JD, New York School of Law

Steven Sternberg, Director of Training

JD, University of North Carolina School of Law

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Eric Paykert

Director of Operations

Anthony Licari

Director of Finance and Technology

Brian Schatz

Director of Development

Pamela Simmons

Director of Administration

Brandon Jeffries

Director of Youth Programs

SUPERVISING ATTORNEYS

Joshua Glick

Supervising Attorney JD, Temple University School of Law

Dorothy Riordan-Hughes

Supervising Attorney JD, St. John’s University School of Law

Christopher Whitehair

Supervising Attorney JD, Brooklyn Law School

Lisa Saltzman

Supervising Attorney JD, Cardozo Law School

HOMICIDE ATTORNEYS

Kenneth Deane

Director of Homicide JD, Albany School of Law

Jonathan Latimer

JD, Howard University School of Law

Matthew Thomas

JD, St. John’s University School of Law

David Strachan

JD, Harvard School of Law

Richard Torres

JD, Brooklyn Law School

IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS

Joshua Epstein

Supervising Attorney JD, CUNY School of Law

Kirby Einhorn

JD, CUNY School of Law

Alexandra Lee

JD, Western New England School of Law

STAFF ATTORNEYS

David Byrne

LLB, Trinity College Dublin

Ammar Chatha

JD, St. John’s University School of Law

Shanaz Chowdhury

JD, Georgetown University School of Law

P. Scott Dufault

JD, Washington College School of Law

Jameson Dunne

JD, Cardozo School of Law

Emily Gordon

JD, Brooklyn Law School

Naira Grigoryan

JD, St. John’s University School of Law

David Guy

JD, University of Buffalo School of Law

Nicholas Justiz

JD, Cardozo Law School

Cassandra Kelly

JD, CUNY School of Law

Martha Koutsogiannopoulos

JD, CUNY School of Law

Gregory Lehman

JD, Brooklyn Law School

Thomas McCullough

JD, Fordham Law School

Michael Papson

JD, Touro Law School

Kathleen Rende

JD, Cardozo School of Law

Robert Sharoff

JD, Brooklyn Law School

Sahar Shams

JD, Brooklyn Law School

Timothy Shields

JD, Fordham Law School

Carol Siegel

JD, Western New England School of Law

Arthur Suchow

JD, Brooklyn Law School

Mani Tafari

JD, Pace University Law School

Christopher Van Zele

JD, New York University School of Law

Peter Visconti

JD, Thomas M Cooley Law School

Sarah Musa

JD, Touro Law School

Catherine Bedoya

JD, Dwayne O Andreas School of Law

Michael Sheftman

JD, Brooklyn Law School

Kelsey Laing

JD, Brooklyn Law School

Gina Mitchell

JD, Columbia Law School

Shane Ferro

JD, Columbia Law School

Karan Kukreja

JD, Thomas M Cooley Law School

Jennifer Norman

JD, St John’s University School of Law

Daria Aumand

JD, CUNY School of Law

Debra Joy Friedenberg

JD, St. John’s University School of Law

Edwin Schulman

JD, Brooklyn Law School

Chrysi Prakas

JD, CUNY School of Law

Matthew Hunter

JD, Hofstra University School of Law

Tiyana Clark

JD, New York Law School

Malik Callender

JD, New York Law School

Samantha Tucker

JD, Brooklyn Law School

Randy Jacobs

JD, Southern University Law Center

John Falcone

JD, New York Law School

Social Workers

Queens Defenders employs licensed social workers to support and advocate for our legal services clients and for individuals who reach out to us through our Justice Centers. Insightful, compassionate, and effective, they collaborate closely with clients to identify their needs, develop solutions, and assist with challenging processes such as green card applications and the IEP process. They receive ongoing professional development and attend trainings, seminars, and conferences, often appearing as presenters.

Social Work
From left: Vania Romero, BA, Eugene Wells, LCSW, Pamela Torazzo, LCSW, Diego Sanchez, MSW, Rebecca Kucker, LMSW, Betsy Vasquez, MSW, Heather Hobbs, LCSW, Emily Duran, LMSW

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