Nicole L. Arrindell is currently Associate General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. In this role, Nicole manages a team that helps consumers resolve complaints against city businesses and she manages two litigation teams that investigate and prosecute illegal, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices, with a focus on schemes and scams directed at vulnerable populations, immigrants, and low-income communities.
Before joining city government, Nicole was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Consumer Rights
Project at MFY Legal Services (“MFY”), where she represented low-income and
underrepresented New Yorkers facing legal issues such as unfair debt collection practices,
identity theft, foreclosure, and foreclosure rescue scams.
Barbara Graves-Poller is a Senior Counsel in the Appeals Division of the New York City Law Department and Chair of the Women in the Courts Task Force at the City Bar, the committee that has organized public programs on language access in the courts for many years. Prior to joining the Law Department, Ms. Graves-Poller advocated for low-income New Yorkers at The Legal Aid Society’s Harlem Community Law Office and MFY Legal Services. She also served a variety of commercial clients while in private practice before transitioning to full-time public service. Ms. Graves-Poller earned her law degree and a master’s degree in human rights education at New York University.
Jomaire Crawford is a senior associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. In this role, Jomaire specializes in complex commercial litigation and white-collar investigations with a focus on securities and antitrust lawsuits, breach of contract disputes, cross-border criminal and regulatory enforcement proceedings, anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, Swiss data protection and bank secrecy, and arbitration.
Justina is an experienced trial attorney who focuses her practice in the areas of complex torts and toxic tort litigation, products liability, medical malpractice and general commercial litigation. She serves as outside counsel to the City of New York Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, where she served as an Assistant Borough Chief, Senior Counsel, and trial attorney in the Tort Division prior to joining Harris Beach. During her time at the Law Department Justina successfully defended the City of New York, its composite agencies and employees in civil litigation and trials in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Tort Units. During her tenure, she was also an active member of The Law Department's Committee on Diversity Recruitment and Retention. Prior to joining the Law Department, Justina began her career at the NYC administration for Children’s Services, where she prosecuted parents who were alleged to abuse and neglect their children.
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