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Alumni of the Month Program

Each month, Touro Law Center’s Alumni and Development Office recognizes one outstanding alum for his or her contribution to the legal field, service to the law school, or other outstanding achievement. If you would like to nominate a fellow alum, please contact Jackie Doudu-Burbridge, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at 631.761.7063 or via e-mail.



August 2016



Marjorie Mesidor

Marjorie Mesidor

Class of Class of 2004
Phillips & Associates Attorneys at Law PLLC

Marjorie Mesidor knew she wanted to be a lawyer, driven by the opportunity to learn and the privilege to be able to effectuate fundamental changes in everyday people’s lives. She states, “It is my life’s work to level the playing field and assure that our community is not being taken advantage of, abused by the system or being mistreated outside the confines of the law.”

Marjorie Mesidor is an experienced New York workplace discrimination attorney at Phillips & Associates. She is Lead Counsel at the firm, recognized for her outstanding service to clients who have been the victims of sexual harassment or discrimination based on race, gender, disability, and other protected characteristics. She regularly prosecutes employment actions against Fortune 500 companies accused of discrimination including claims of sexual misconduct. She has had overwhelming success in achieving significant awards and settlements for her clients. Most recently, she procured a unanimous jury award in Johnson v. STRIVE in the SDNY, a landmark case decidedly settling the issue of whether those of the same race can discriminate against one another.

Marjorie has held Associate positions at the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, LLP and Judicial Law Clerk of the Superior Court of New Jersey.  She has represented clients as a criminal defense attorney, civil rights attorney and family law matters; but has found her passion in employment discrimination and labor matters exclusively representing plaintiffs.

With12 years of experience practicing before both state and federal courts, Marjorie understands the stress and fear that workers experience when their jobs are threatened by a coworker or employer’s inappropriate conduct. She handles complex employment law matters in these areas at all stages of the litigation process, serving as a forceful advocate at the negotiating table, and a formidable opponent in the courtroom.

While attending Touro Law, Marjorie’s memorable classes were Constitutional Law with Professor Kramer and Racism and American Law with Professor McQueary-Smith. She was on the executive board of National Black Law Students’ Association, an Editor of the Touro Law Review, a member of Touro Law’s Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial team and a Legal Education access Program (LEAP) Teaching Assistant.

When asked what advice she would offer to law students today, Marjorie stated, “Do more than what is asked and above what is required. Going the extra mile should be a matter of habit. Do this, and it will make all the difference with how you learn your craft, the manner in which you represent you clients and how you received by the rest of the Bar.”



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