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    We believe in educating individuals about their legal rights before hiring a lawyer; empowering them to stand up for those rights; and using our knowledge and experience to guide them toward the right decisions in difficult situations. Legal problems are not one size fits all.

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Meet the Partners

Scott M. Peterson

Scott M. Peterson is the founding partner of D'Orazio Peterson, having left a partnership at a large regional law firm to limit his practice and focus on exclusively representing individuals in a small number of employment and serious injury/medical malpractice matters.

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Giovanna A. D'Orazio

Giovanna A. D'Orazio has experience litigating, among other things, commercial, general civil, employment, land use and personal injury matters in New York State and federal courts. Giovanna also has experience litigating Article 78 proceedings in New York State court.

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Education. Empowerment. Guidance.

If you're dealing with a life changing event - a devastating injury to yourself or a family member, or severe sexual harassment - the first thing that you have to recognize is that you don't know what you don't know. 

Don't be mistaken - large institutions (including insurance companies) will take advantage of this.

Our role is to educate individuals about their legal rights and the complex legal process before they hire a lawyer.  

 Once hired, our role is to empower our clients to stand up for their rights against these large companies. We also believe in using our knowledge and experience to advocate for and guide our clients towards making the right decisions for themselves and their families. 

 

Serious Injuries and Medical Errors

If you, or someone you care about, have been seriously injured you very likely have many questions, about your care, rights, and how to protect your family. We answer these questions every day. We represent clients in serious injury cases including:

Sexual Harassment and FMLA retaliation

If you have been subjected to severe sexual harassment, or terminated after exercising your rights under the FMLA, we may be able to help. Our employment practice is limited to helping individuals in the most severe cases of inappropriate sexual harassment and discrimination.

 

How We Can Help You (What Makes Us Different)

Every law firm will tell you that they have many years of “combined experience”, or that they've collected “millions” for clients, or that they offer “free consultations”. We can say that too, but we don't think it's helpful to you.

We take a different approach to representing victims.

We only represent individuals and small, local, companies. Not big companies or insurance companies. Ever. We also do not dabble in several practice areas - we limit our practice to representing individuals and small, local, companies, in employment and personal injury/medical malpractice cases. That's it.

We are not a large firm mill. Intentionally. We both started our careers in large law firms and decided long ago to stay small. We accept a small number of cases and focus on them. This means that your case will not be dumped onto someone else.

Other lawyers trust us to refer their friends, family and clients with employment and serious injury matters. This often includes defense lawyers. Referrals make up the majority of our business.

We are married, to each other. Because of that we very much take a family approach to our law firm and to our clients. Clients are not numbers to us; they are an extension of our family and we take that seriously.

We turn away most cases. You may think this is not a good thing, but doing so allows us to focus completely on those cases that we do accept.

We are transparent. We believe that the more you know, the better we will have served you. We don't believe that the legal profession should be shrouded in mystery. We provide a ton of information – both on our website and throughout the course of our representation – because we believe that educating you is a critical step in the process.

If you would like an immediate case review please complete our employment, medical malpractice or general intake questionnaire today.

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