Brendan Chao began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York prosecuting felony crimes in a Major Crimes Bureau. Mr. Chao began his civil litigation career with the international law firm, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, where he gained extensive civil trial 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 Columbine High School in 1999.
Mr. Chao gained extensive experience in the area of employment law working at the firm 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 termination, including: Title VII, ADEA, ADA, ERISA, and New York State and New York City discrimination claims.
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 undergraduate degree from the City University of New York, Queens College, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1993. Mr. Chao earned his law degree from the Washington & Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia in 1996.
ADMITTED: New York State - 1997; Eastern and Southern Districts of New York - 2000; Northern District of New York - 2003; 2d Circuit Court of Appeals - 2005.
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.