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Brendan Chao
Attorney & Counselor at Law

Direct Dial: (516) 466-2033
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Brendan Chao began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York, prosecuting felony crimes with the Major Crimes Bureau.

Brendan Chao, A New York City AttorneyMr. Chao began his civil litigation career with the law firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker where he gained extensive experience defending to verdict, high-profile premises security matters for the New York City Housing Authority as well as several large privately-owned cooperative housing developments.  Mr. Chao was a member of the trial team that successfully defended the Columbine Sheriff’s Department in the many civil actions that ensued from the tragic shootings at the Columbine High School in 1999.

Mr. Chao gained extensive experience in the area of employment law working with Liddle & Robinson where he litigated and negotiated the resolution of a variety of arbitrations and employment contract disputes in the securities industry in the areas of discrimination and wrongful terminations, including: Title VII, ADEA, ADA, ERISA, and state and city discrimination claims.  Mr. Chao has had enormous success litigating employment related claims before the NASD, the AAA, and federal and state courts.

Mr. Chao was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps where he commanded an M-60A1 Main Battle Tank, and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  Mr. Chao attained his BA from the City University of New York, Queens College, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1993.  Mr. Chao earned his JD degree from the Washington & Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia in 1996.

Admitted: 1997 - New York State; 2000 – United States District Court: Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; 2003 – United States District Court: Northern District of New York; 2005 - 2d Circuit Court of Appeals.

Published Decisions:            Warren v. International Business Machines Corp., 358 F. Supp. 2d 301 (S.D.N.Y. 2005); Blackstock v. Champlain Enterprises, Inc., not reported in F. Supp. 2d, 2004 WL 1616361 (S.D.N.Y. 2004); Zurakov v. Register.Com, Inc., 304 A.D.2d 176, 760 N.Y.S.2d 13 (1st Dept. 2003).

Member: Mr. Chao is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Asian American Bar Association, and the National Association of Asian American Professionals.