Who  I  Am

I am a former Sergeant of U.S. Marines.  I owned and operated a small business in the construction industry.  I worked as an Assistant District Attorney in a Major Crimes Bureau in New York.  I have two decades of legal experience in complex employment litigation and criminal defense.  Last, and certainly not least, I am a husband, and father of four children.

What  I  Do

I primarily represent individual employees in workplace disputes.  In addition, a significant part of my practice is devoted to assisting small-business owners in resolving employment conflicts.  Because of my past experience as a prosecutor I continue to work in the criminal courts representing individuals and small businesses.

Where  I  Work

My office is in the Village of Rockville Centre, Nassau County, New York. I am ideally located for representing clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk County, and the five boroughs of New York City: New York County (Manhattan), Kings County (Brooklyn), Richmond County (Staten Island), Queens County, and Bronx County.


Whether you have questions regarding how to negotiate the terms of employment before you begin work, current difficulties at work, or what to do before or after the involuntary termination of employment, I can help you resolve your questions. 


My law practice involves federal litigation in the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, Northern District of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, and litigation in all New York State courts.  My diverse practice enables me to appear before numerous investigative bodies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), the New York State Division of Human Rights ("NYSDHR"), the New York City Commission on Human Rights ("NYCCHR"), and the New York State Department of Labor ("NYSDOL"), among others.


The difficulties you may be experiencing at work can range from discrimination based on your race/color, sex, national origin, and religion to discrimination based on pregnancy or a disability. You may be experiencing unequal treatment regarding your pay, age, medical leave, or you may be experiencing sexual harassment.  Perhaps you are entitled to overtime pay and your employer is withholding overtime wages. Additionally, both federal and New York State and New York City laws provide specific protection for military reservists from discrimination in the workplace.


Just as everybody's job is different, so too is the approach to resolving employment disputes. Some employers may wish to quietly settle the dispute while others may wish to fight you "tooth and nail." If you wish to quietly settle your dispute I can help, but if it's a fight your employer wants then I can, and I will, respond in kind on your behalf.


Unequal or unfair treatment and discrimination takes many forms, and you should choose an experienced attorney in these areas to assist you.  I have that experience and want to help you now.  Regardless of the strengths or weaknesses of your case I will give you an honest, no-nonsense assessment, and I will provide you with a straightforward plan of attack on how to proceed.


Please call (516) 466-2033 for a no-cost consultation to find out if I can help you.

Brendan Chao
Attorney & Counsellor at Law

50 Merrick Road | Rockville Centre, N.Y. | 11570
Phone: (516) 466-2033 | Fax: (516) 466-2007




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