Heather Gregorio joined the firm in April 2017. She clerked for Judge Pamela K. Chen of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Heather graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law. At NYU, Heather was a Notes Editor for the N.Y.U. Law Review, a Fellow at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, and President of the Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Coalition (ATAC). During law school, Heather represented children in abuse and neglect proceedings through a clinic placement at Legal Aid’s Juvenile Rights Practice. She interned at the Office of the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State and at the Civil Rights Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. During and after law school, Heather also worked as a legal fellow at the Criminal Justice Initiative of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, where she engaged in strategic planning, writing, and research regarding criminal justice policy and reform.
J.D., New York University School of Law, 2015, magna cum laude
- Order of the Coif
- Notes Editor, Law Review
- George P. Foulk Memorial Award for outstanding sincerity and distinguished scholarship
- Butler Scholar
- Frank J. Guarini Leaders in Government Service Institute Scholar
- Dean’s Scholar
B.A. Yale University, 2008
- Hon. Pamela K. Chen, U.S. District Court for the E.D.N.Y. (2016-17)
- Hon. Pierre N. Leval, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2015-16)
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Represented dozens of individuals denied the opportunity to rent real estate in the New York City region because of discriminatory practices and policies by landlords, managing agents, and superintendents. Litigated multiple injunctive and damages cases based on testing investigations conducted by the Fair Housing Justice Center that revealed discrimination relating to race, national origin, family status, disability, and source of income.
Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assaults, Discrimination/Harassment, and Retaliation
Represented dozens of individuals who have been subjected to sexual abuse, sexual assaults, severe sexual harassment, and discrimination based on race, religion, and gender. For example:
- Successfully represented employee of top Fortune 500 company after her direct supervisor subjected her to persistent and open sexual harassment and unwanted touching, and then held her back in her career for resisting his advances.
- Obtained settlement from a New York City bank for employee who endured years of racist remarks from his supervisor and was then effectively demoted for reporting the discrimination.
- Successfully represented many survivors of child sex abuse by resolving their claims amicably, including survivors of abuse by doctors, priests, teachers, relatives, and powerful businesspeople.
Zervos v. Trump
Represented Summer Zervos in a defamation action against Donald J. Trump regarding his public statements that she fabricated her claim that he touched her inappropriately. Prevailed on every motion made in the action, including multiple efforts to dismiss and/or stay the lawsuit.
Noel v. City of New York
Co-counsel, along with the Antidiscrimination Center, for plaintiffs litigating challenge to New York City’s residential preference rule, on the basis that it perpetuates segregation and disparately impacts participants in the City’s affordable housing lotteries on the basis of race.