William John
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Will is a Staff Attorney with the Tenant’s Rights Unit.  Will provides direct representation to tenants in eviction proceedings, trials, and administrative proceedings.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Will served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Mark Nelson, J.S.C., in Hudson County, New Jersey.  Will worked as a certified legal intern for government and non-profit organizations, including: the Lawrence County Indiana Public Defender Agency, the State of New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, the Indiana University Tenant Assistance Project, and the Indiana University Community Legal Clinic.  Will received his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Hannah Fishman
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Samuel Steinbock
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Marisa Imazu
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Stephanie Samedi
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Jonathan Fox
Director, Tenants' Rights

Jonathan is Director of the Tenants’ Rights Unit, which represents low-income New York City tenants and strives to preserve safe and affordable housing for its clients by defending them in eviction cases and by asserting their rights affirmatively under tenant protection laws. Before becoming Director, Jonathan served as a Supervising Attorney for the TRU’s Brooklyn team. Prior to that, Jonathan was s Supervising Attorney in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit representing 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 B.A. from Columbia University.

Edward Campanelli
Associate Director, Tenants' Rights

Ed joined NYLAG as Associate Director of the Tenants’ Rights Unit to become part of a team of dedicated legal professionals who are aiding the City in implementing the right to counsel for tenants. Ed supervises TRU’s Queens team and helps guide new and recent law school graduates in becoming part of the next generation of attorneys providing NYC tenants with a fair shake at preserving their homes, keep their families stable, and averting homelessness. After graduating from CUNY School of Law, Ed started his legal career at the AIDS Center of Queens County representing indigent HIV-positive individuals in Housing Court, Family Court, and before various administrative tribunals. Immediately prior to NYLAG, Ed was a staff attorney at the community-based nonprofit Housing Works, Inc., where he focused almost exclusively on housing-related matters for clients. Ed earned his undergraduate degree from New York University.

Rachel Abdan
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Jessica Abreu
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Randsel Brannum
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Randsel serves clients in Queens County in their non-payment, holdover, and tenant driven proceedings. In their capacity as a paralegal, Randsel conducts intakes, does legal research, and works to support the needs of clients. Randsel graduated cum laude from Connecticut College in May of 2017 with a B.A. in History and American Studies. Randsel also holds an A.A. from Bard College and is fluent in Spanish.

Justin Brown
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Justin represents low-income tenants facing eviction proceedings in Queens.  Justin previously worked in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit, where he assisted clients with a range of issues including federal disaster benefits and consumer protection. Before joining NYLAG, Justin served as a Dean’s Fellow at the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School, where he helped administer free consumer debt clinics in conjunction with the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), and advocated for stronger consumer protection practices in New York courts. Justin received his J.D. from Fordham Law School and his B.A. in History and “Philosophy, Politics and Law,” Phi Beta Kappa, from SUNY Binghamton.

Michael Connors
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Michael is currently a Staff Attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit where he represents low-income tenants facing eviction in Queens. He began his tenure with TRU as a part of the inaugural class of Pro Bono Scholars during his last semester of law school and returned to TRU as a Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow before becoming a Staff Attorney. Michael received his J.D. from CUNY School of law and his B.A. from Boston College.

Yekaterina Desyatnikova
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Yekaterina is a Staff Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit. Yekaterina represents tenants in housing court and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining the Tenants’ Rights Unit, Yekaterina was an associate attorney in Kellner Herlihy Getty & Friedman LLP’s litigation department, focusing on landlord-tenant matters. Yekaterina graduated from CUNY School of Law, where she was Co-Managing Editor of CUNY Law Review and President of the school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter, and received her B.A. from Rutgers. She is fluent in Russian.

Katherine Erickson
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Katherine is a Staff Attorney on the Manhattan team of the Tenants’ Rights Unit. Prior to joining TRU, she worked for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow, conducting research on international human rights fact-finding. She graduated from the New York University School of Law in 2015. During law school she interned at the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and the Center for Constitutional Rights, and participated in a student clinic at the Brennan Center for Justice. She has previously volunteered helping indigent clients with family law matters with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and has assisted with consumer law matters at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. Katherine received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Scripps College.

Caroline Gottlieb
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Caroline is a Poverty Justice Solutions fellow in the Tenants’ Rights Unit where she represents low-income Brooklyn tenants facing eviction in both housing court and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Caroline was a Georgetown Law sponsored housing fellow in the Economic Justice Project at Sanctuary for Families. Caroline has interned at numerous non-profit organizations including Human Rights First, D.C. Public Defenders and Her Justice. While in law school, Caroline participated in Georgetown’s asylum clinic. Caroline received her J.D. from Georgetown Law and her B.A. from Bates College.

Elizabeth Harrington
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Elizabeth is a Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow where she represents low-income Queens tenants in both housing court and administrative proceedings. Elizabeth is returning to NYLAG after a previous internship in the Family Law Unit. Elizabeth has also interned at a number of other non-profit organizations, including the General Counsel’s Office for the Brooklyn Public Library, the Family Center, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Prior to law school, Elizabeth worked as an AmeriCorps Legal Assistant at Legal Assistance of Western New York. Elizabeth received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from SUNY Geneseo.

Javeria Hashmi
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights / Mobile Legal Help Center

Javeria is a staff attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit (TRU) and the Mobile Legal Help Center (MLHC).  Traveling to all five boroughs, Javeria meets with potential clients and assists them with housing law issues.  She represents low-income tenants in Housing Court and administrative proceedings.  Before joining NYLAG, she was a staff attorney at CAMBA Legal Services where she provided anti-eviction legal services to tenants, including legal advice and representation in non-payment court proceedings, holdovers, and HP Actions for Repairs.  Prior to that, Javeria was a law clerk to the Hon. J. Randall Corman, J.S.C. in New Brunswick, NJ.  As a law clerk, she worked closely with pro se litigants in filing Orders to Show Cause and other emergent applications.  Javeria is a 2014 graduate of the CUNY School of Law and a cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College.

Joshua B. Kiel
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Joshua has been with the Tenants’ Rights Unit since February 2017, working on behalf of tenants in Manhattan in nonpayment and holdover proceedings, as well as HP actions and administrative hearings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Joshua worked with CAMBA Legal Services, practicing in the Staten Island Housing Court. He received his J.D. in 2015 at Fordham University School of Law, and received a B.A., magna cum laude, at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, where he majored in Political Science/History and minored in Cinema Studies.

Randi Lee
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Randi is a staff attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit at NYLAG, where she represents low-income tenants facing nonpayment and holdover proceedings in Housing Court. Prior to joining the Tenants’ Rights Unit at NYLAG, Randi was a staff attorney at CAMBA, where she represented low-income tenants in Housing Court and in administrative proceedings. Prior to that, Randi was a staff attorney in the Storm Response Unit at NYLAG, where she represented homeowners and tenants facing disaster related legal issues after Superstorm Sandy. Randi graduated from Brooklyn Law School and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Communication from the University of California, San Diego.

Jacob Malafsky
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Jacob is a Staff Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit. He represents Manhattan tenants in housing court and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining the Tenants’ Rights Unit, Jacob was a Staff Attorney with The Legal Aid Society representing low-income tenants in Queens. Jacob is a 2014 graduate of the CUNY School of Law.

Karen Marcos
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Rogelio Tec Moo
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Rogelio is a paralegal in the Tenant’s Rights Unit where he conducts intakes with clients seeking legal assistance with housing issues within the Manhattan area. In addition to conducting intake, he provides support for attorneys in case by case basis. Rogelio also provides translation assistance with Spanish speaking clients.  Prior to joining NYLAG, he served as a Community & Economic Development Intern at Prosperity Now in Washington, DC where he researched and analyzed racial wealth inequality at the national level.  Before that, he did extensive organizing work at his college campus in the hopes to promote the advancement of students of color. Rogelio is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied Global & International Studies with a minor in English.

Tina O’Neale
Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow, Tenants' Rights

Khushbu Patel
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Khushbu is a Staff Attorney in the Tenants’ Rights Unit. She represents low-income tenants in Brooklyn housing court and in administrative proceedings. She also advises tenants who are referred to NYLAG by community-based organizations at Single Stop sites. Previously, she worked at NYLAG as a Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow. Khushbu received a J.D. from New York Law School where she was a Pro Bono Scholar at the City Bar Justice Center. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

Abigail Rosenfeld
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Abigail works with Brooklyn residents who are at risk of becoming homeless. She conducts intake interviews, advocates on behalf of clients, and represents Section 8 tenants in administrative proceedings. Prior to joining NYLAG, she interned for the NYC Department of Education and several non-profit organizations. Abigail graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in Political Science.

Joseph Schofield
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Joseph represents tenants facing eviction in nonpayment, holdover, and repair proceedings in Kings County Housing Court. Joseph also represents tenants in administrative proceedings before NYCHA, HPD, and DHCR. Prior to being a staff attorney, Joseph was part of the inaugural class of Poverty Justice Solutions Fellows, serving a two year fellowship in TRU. Before that, Joseph was among the first Pro Bono Scholars, spending his last semester of law school in NYLAG’s Housing Unit. In law school, Joseph interned with the Comprehensive Rights Unit of South Brooklyn Legal Services and the legal services unit of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Joseph earned his J.D. at CUNY School of Law, his B.A. from Stony Brook University, and his A.A. from Mount San Antonio College.

Angela Stovall
Paralegal, Tenants' Rights

Angela works with low-income tenants facing eviction in Queens County in nonpayment and holdover proceedings. She conducts intakes, advocates for clients who are seeking arrears grants and rent subsidies, provides written and verbal translation, as well as represents tenants in administrative proceedings. Prior to joining NYLAG, Angela worked as an assistant teacher in a special education program in Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Africana Studies from Bowdoin College.

Allison Yurcik
Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

Allison is a Staff Attorney in NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit. She represents Manhattan tenants in housing court and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining the Tenants’ Rights Unit, Allison served as a Legal Fellow and then Volunteer Attorney in NYLAG’s LGBTQ Law Project, representing and advising LGBTQ New Yorkers on a broad range of legal issues. Allison received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in Mathematics from Macalester College.