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Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP

Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP
747 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10017
Phone: (212) 758-7600
Fax: (212) 758-7609
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Firm Size: 8 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
Ernest J. Collazo, Esq.

Firm Description

Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP is a law firm devoted exclusively to providing expert, cost-effective representation and strategic advice to management on the full range of complex labor and employment law matters. Our philosophy is to provide clients with an approach to labor and employment law issues that is both informed and creative, well-reasoned and practical. We do not simply convey legal precedent: we provide clients with our strategic thinking and guidance in a way that fully takes into account the company's broader business concerns. We value the long-term relationships that we have with our clients, and the confidence that they demonstrate by integrating us fully into their decision-making processes.

The attorneys at Collazo Florentino & Keil LLP have substantial expertise in litigating, negotiating and advising about labor and employment law issues on behalf of management. Led by partners who previously practiced with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, we are able to provide clients with the expertise that derives from years of experience in a practice solely focused on this ever-changing area of the law. This expertise was recognized by The American Lawyer, which listed us in its national survey of 400 corporate counsel who were asked to identify the firms that best provide service, quality and value to clients.

We take care to develop an in-depth understanding of each client's business practices, organizational structure, industry, and competitors so that our discussion of legal issues is informed by the practical analysis of how our advice fits in with the client's overall business needs and objectives. In the labor relations context, in particular, practical advice shaped by legal understanding is more critical to a client's success than a narrow focus on the law alone.

In a legal environment in which costs to clients are consistently escalating, our lower overhead and substantial investment in technology permit us to provide corporations with billing rates that are 25-40% less than those charged by large law firms, while offering the same high quality work product, along with personalized client service.


Attorney Biographies

Nicholas R. Bauer
Education: New York University School of Law, J.D., 2013; Brown University, B.A., 2007
Bar Admissions: New York, 2014
Professional Associations: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Civic Associations: NYU Debtors’ Rights Project, 2011 – 2013 (Co-Chair 2012-2013); High School Law Institute, 2011 – 2013 (Criminal Law instructor 2011-2012; Mock Trial Coordinator 2012-2013)
Honors: Sol D. Kapelsohn Prize, 2013

Ernest J. Collazo
Education: Columbia Law School, J.D., 1974; Hunter College, B.A., 1971
Bar Admission: New York, 1975; District of Columbia 1975; U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 1975; U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit 1984; U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia 1995; U.S. Supreme Court 2000
Professional Associations: Faculty Member, University of Munich, LLM Program in International Business Law, 2011-2012; Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, (Member, 2008 – 2011; Policy Committee Member, 2012 to present; Committee Chairman, 2014); Director, Federal Defenders of New York, Inc. 2005 – 2012; New York Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2005 to present; Advisory Committee to the Rules Committee of the Second Judicial Circuit of the United States, 1999 to present; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Delegate to the NYSBA House of Delegates, 2007 to 2011; Member: Executive Committee, 2001 - 2005; Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, 1997 - 2000; Committee on Labor and Employment, 1990 - 1993; Committee to Encourage Judicial Service 1989 - 1993; Committee on Minorities in the Courts, 1992 - 1995) Member, 2009 and 2010 Nominating Committee; New York State Bar Association (Member, 2009 and 2010 Nominating Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace); American Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections); Federal Bar Council (Committee on Second Circuit Courts, 1999 - 2004); Master, Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, 2000 to present; Labor Relations Advisory Council (to the Health Care Industry), 1998 to present; Advisory Board to the NYC Commission on Human Rights, 1990 – 1991
Honors: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Fellow; Visiting Nurse Association of Staten Island, Inc.; Smith/Stanley Award Recipient, 2010; AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; New York Super Lawyers; Selected, 2009 - 2013 – Metro
Civic Associations: New York Community Trust, Distribution Committee; Member, 2001-2012, Consultant, 2012 to present; James Foundation; Director, 2001 – 2012; United Hospital Fund of New York, Inc.; Director, 1994-2007; The September 11th Fund; Director, 2001 – 2005; VIP Community Services, Inc.; Director, 1999 – 2004; Lehman College Foundation, Inc.; Director and Secretary, 1991-1997; New York Alliance for the Public Schools; Member, Selection Committee for the Revlon Harmony Awards, 1990-1991; New York State Ethics Commission, Public Advisory Council; Member, 1989-1991; Hispanic Business Magazine; Selected as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S., 1989 and 1990; Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.; Director, 1983-1997; Chairperson, 1989-1992
International Associations: Council on Foreign Relations; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Latin American Program; Member, Advisory Board, 2012 to present; Washington Office on Latin America; Director, 2009 to 2012; United Nations Association of the USA, Inc., National Council; Member, 1990 – 1994; Russian Children’s Welfare Society, Inc., Petroushka Ball; Patron for over 20 years; Youth Action International, Inc.; Sponsor, scholarship fund for blind young girls in Sierra Leone to attend private schools
Born: Bronx, New York, September 27, 1949

Tonianne Florentino
Education: St. John’s University Law School, J.D., 1986; St. Thomas More Scholar; New York University Graduate School of Public Administration, M.P.A., 1983, Queens College, B.A., 1980
Bar Admission: New York, 1987
Judicial Clerkship: Law Clerk, The Hon. Lawrence W. Pierce, Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1986-87)
Professional Associations: American Bar Association; Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Publications: Editor-in-Chief, St. John’s University Law Review, 1985-86
Born: Brooklyn, New York, April 5, 1958

Kristina T. Grimshaw
Education: Cornell Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009; Order of the Coif; Arthur S. Chatman Labor Law Prize; Cornell University, B.A., 2006
Bar Admission: New York, 2010; Connecticut, 2009
Judicial Clerkship: Hon. Christopher F. Droney (2d Cir.) Law Clerk, 2012–2013; Hon. Christopher F. Droney (D. Conn.) Law Clerk, 2009-2010
Professional Associations: Federal Bar Council; NYC Bar Association; New York State Bar Association
Publications: Editor in Chief Cornell International Law Journal; Note, Taming the Paper Tiger: A Comparative Approach to Reforming Japanese Gender Equality Laws, 41 Cornell Interational Law Journal 503 (2008).
Born: Queens, New York, November 15, 1984

John P. Keil
Education: New York University School of Law, J.D., 1999; Harvard University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1996
Bar Admission: New York, 2000
Professional Associations: American Bar Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Federal Bar Council, Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, New York State Bar Association
Born: Berlin, Vermont, October 14, 1974

Risa M. Mish

Education: Cornell Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1988; Cornell University, B.S. With Distinction in All Subjects, 1985; Presidential Scholar
Bar Admission: New York, 1990; Massachusetts, 1990
Judicial Clerkship: Law Clerk to The Hon. Martin L.C. Feldman, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans), 1988-1989
Professional Associations: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Secretary, 1992, Committee on Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution; American Bar Association; Labor and Employment Law Section, Committee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities; Litigation Section, Subcommittee on Employment and Labor Relations Litigation; New York Women’s Bar Association; Co-Chair, Working Mothers Committee, 1999-
Civic Activity: Cornell University Council, 1998- ; Cornell University Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations, 1996-1999, Chairperson, 2000; Cornell Law School Dean’s Special Leadership Committee, 1993-2000; Cornell Alumni Federation Board
Publications: - Stakes Raised for Employers if VAWA Upheld, New York Law Journal, February 14, 2000
- Perils of Temporary Employees: Liability Lurks Under Several Federal Statutes, New York Law Journal, June 1, 1998
- Regarded as Disabled Claims Under the ADA: Safety Net or Catch-All, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law, vol. 1, p. 159 (1998)
- Contributing Editor, An Employee's Duty of Loyalty, A State-by-State Survey (BNA, 1993)
- Contributing Editor, Covenants Not to Compete, A State-by-State Survey, 1992-93 Supp. (BNA, 1993)
- Cornell International Law Journal, Note Editor, 1987-88
Born: Hollywood, Florida, February 6, 1964

Philip Repash
Education: Fordham Law, JD, 2002; Lehigh University, MA, 1999; Lehigh University, BA, 1997
Bar Admission: New York, March 2004; SDNY, EDNY, WDNY
Honors: Highest Honors, Presidential Scholarship, Lehigh University; Dean's List, Fordham Law Review, Fordham Law
Born: Bethlehem, PA, August 18, 1974

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