William Friedman
Acting Director, Storm Response

William is the Acting Director of the Storm Response Unit, which provides comprehensive legal services for victims of Superstorm Sandy.  During the storm recovery process, he has advocated for clients across multiple practice areas, including landlord-tenant, foreclosure, consumer, insurance, and benefit programs.  Prior to joining NYLAG, William practiced landlord-tenant and foreclosure defense litigation at Nassau-Suffolk Legal Services. He earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and his B.A. from Muhlenberg College.

Keiko Cervantes-Ospina
Supervising Attorney, Storm Response

Keiko is a supervising attorney in the Storm Response Unit (SRU) on Long Island. She manages staff attorneys in Foreclosure, Housing and FEMA benefits as well as provides direct client representation. Prior to working with the SRU, she was in charge of legal clinics at Elmhurst Hospital and Woodhull Medical Center, representing patients of the hospitals on matters including immigration, housing, public benefits, and social security. Before joining LegalHealth, Keiko practiced foreclosure defense litigation at Nassau-Suffolk Law Services. She is a graduate of Pace University School of Law, where she earned a J.D. with a Certificate of Environmental Law and LLM in Real Estate and Land Use Law. She is also a graduate of Stony Brook University.

Jonathan Fox
Supervising Attorney, Storm Response

Jonathan is a Supervising Attorney in the Storm Response Unit where he represents Sandy-affected families in consumer-related legal matters, such as contractor fraud, mechanics liens, disaster-related tax issues, and in lawsuits filed against consumers by contractors. Before joining NYLAG, Jonathan worked at The Financial Clinic where he handled consumer law cases for low-income New Yorkers and survivors of domestic violence in the areas of foreclosure defense, debt collection defense, tax, and bankruptcy. At The Financial Clinic, he also created and facilitated interactive financial development and consumer law trainings and webinars and developed companion written materials for practitioners nationwide, including domestic violence advocates, housing counselors, and financial coaches. Prior to that, Jonathan worked as a staff attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Jonathan graduated from the University Connecticut School of Law with high honors and holds his BA from Columbia University.

Ziska Anderson
Coordinating Attorney, Storm Response

Ziska is a Coordinating Attorney in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit.  She provides direct client representation in foreclosure defense cases and manages staff attorneys who provide counseling on a wide variety of issues within the NYC Build it Back program.  Before joining NYLAG, Ziska worked as a legal intern with the CUNY School of Law’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, Volunteered with a Civil Court Judge at New York Civil Court, and has several years of customer service experience with Con Edison.  She received her law degree from CUNY School of Law and her B.A./M.A., magna cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Jordan Ballard
Senior Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Jordan is a senior staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit. He advises and represents victims of Superstorm Sandy on foreclosure prevention and disaster relief issues, including FEMA appeals and flood insurance claims. Before joining NYLAG he was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with Legal Aid of West Virginia, where he provided civil legal services to homeless and housing-insecure veterans. Jordan graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Stein Scholar and Senior Articles Editor of the Fordham Environmental Law Review. He received his B.A. from Fordham College at Rose Hill.

Justin Brown
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Morenike Fajana
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Storm Response

Morenike is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in the Storm Response Unit where she provides direct representations to clients on a range of issues including federal disaster benefits, and consumer protection. Before joining NYLAG, she served as a David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellow at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port-au-Prince Haiti, where she worked on human rights advocacy and litigation concerning sexual violence, voting rights and the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti. She also served as a David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellow at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, Germany where she worked on litigation relating to abuses committed against Iraqi detainees, labor rights in Bangladesh and the unlawful use of drones in Yemen and Pakistan. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, and her B.A. in History, cum laude, from New York University.

Randi Lee
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Randi is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit where she provides free legal advice and assistance to New York City victims of Superstorm Sandy. Prior to joining NYLAG, Randi worked as a community organizer with Chinatown Community for Equitable Development in Los Angeles, California, advocating for tenants at a low-income housing complex for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. She helped tenants file Fair Housing, elder abuse, language access, and racial discrimination complaints with government agencies. She also served as a post-graduate law clerk at the Children’s Law Center of California, advocating for minor clients who were in dependency proceedings because of abuse and neglect, ensuring her clients timely received necessary services, such as Individualized Education Plan Assessments, psychotherapy, medication, and proper foster care placement.

During law school, Randi interned with The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services, and Appellate Advocates, representing indigent clients with legal issues related to their criminal justice involvement.

Randi graduated from Brooklyn Law School and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. She studied abroad in South Africa and Cuba and speaks Korean fluently.

Elizabeth Morris
Staff Attorney, Storm Response Unit

Elizabeth is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit. She advises and represents clients impacted by Superstorm Sandy, focusing on NY Rising and foreclosure prevention. Prior to joining NYLAG, Elizabeth was an associate at a small law firm where she represented homeowners in foreclosure actions. Elizabeth received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Caryn Schreiber
Staff Attorney, Storm Response

Caryn is a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit where she advises clients on flood insurance matters and provides counseling to Build it Back program applicants. Prior to joining NYLAG, Caryn worked in special education advocacy. Caryn previously worked in voter protection legal coordination with the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, where she was involved in the effort to ensure ballot access for survivors of Superstorm Sandy on Election Day, 2012. As a law student, she interned at the Brennan Center for Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, and South Brooklyn Legal Services’ HIV Unit. Caryn graduated from Brooklyn Law School and holds a BA from Binghamton University.

Berlotte Antoine
Paralegal, Storm Response

Evonne Neptune
Paralegal, Storm Response

Katarina Piasevoli
Paralegal, Storm Response