Jeffrey L. Kreisberg

Fighting to Protect Clients’ Rights for Nearly 50 Years
As one of the founding partners at Kreisberg & Maitland, Attorney Jeff Kreisberg focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law. After graduating from American University Law School in 1971, he began a career at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 29 where he helped workers to protect their rights and receive fair treatment. He then worked as an associate in two labor and employment law firms before starting his own practice, Kreisberg & Maitland, LLP with his partner Gary Maitland, in 1987.
Labor and Employment Law Specialties
Jeff handles employment and labor cases of all kinds. He has represented cases involving unfair labor practice cases at the National Labor Relations Board and has appeared before federal and state courts in cases of employment discrimination, overtime, sexual harassment and related cases.

He has also brought cases involving the New York state civil service law including Article 78 proceedings, New York City Civil Service Commission appeals, and other administrative agency matters. He has handled hundreds of arbitrations and mediations before the American Arbitration Association, New York City Office of Collective Bargaining, and private alternate dispute resolution panels.

Notable Cases and Decisions
In a case decided by the United States Supreme Court, Mr. Kreisberg represented the plaintiffs regarding age discrimination and arbitration under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. He also worked in a groundbreaking case ruling that an employer may not deny a request for a medical leave of absence using uniform rules providing a maximum period for such leaves.
Areas of Practice
  • Employment law, both employee and employer
  • Labor law
  • Litigation and appeals
Bar Admissions
  • New York, 1972
  • District of Columbia, 1971
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

Gary Maitland

Attorney Gary Maitland began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York in 1978. By learning about state court strategies, he gained invaluable experience in helping his clients defend against charges and sentences assigned by those courts when he began his own criminal defense practice in 1981. As one of Kreisberg & Maitland’s founding partners, he has successfully handled hundreds of cases involving labor arbitration, police misconduct, and a broad range of contract and business disputes.
With his thorough and extensive experience building cases to protect the interests and futures of his clients, he has the understanding needed to help them plan for every angle of their defense. Mr. Maitland has experience working with experts in many disciplines including doctors, surgeons, forensic psychiatrists, forensic accountants, marketing experts, and business valuators. By knowing how to effectively plan for his clients, he can help them obtain better outcomes.

Why Criminal Law?

Q: What made you choose a career in criminal law?
I come from a long line of lawyers dating back to at least the 1300s so it’s in my DNA . But Harper Lee’s book “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Gregory Peck’s performance as Atticus Finch in the film, both when I was 13 years old, followed by work experience as a special assistant to the Dutchess County District Attorney when I was in college were major influences.

Q: In your opinion, what sets your firm apart from other firms in the area?
Compassion, care and concern for our clients and the collateral impact of legal proceedings on their lives as well as professional diligence in all matters, big and small. We do what we do because we are passionate about the work.

Q: Tell us about a case that you are particularly proud of:
In the criminal arena the acquittal after a jury trial of a client falsely accused of sexual offenses facing 15 years to life if convicted . A victory in federal court in a multi-million dollar breach of contract lawsuit against a Fortune 500 company represented by one of the nation’s biggest law firms.

Q: What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?
Multiple and on-going client conferences, vigorous pretrial discovery, meticulous document review and legal research, trial architecture and planning from the outset, the early engagement of experts where appropriate…long hours.

Q: How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?
As a partnership that works best with a fully-involved and informed client offering factual information , case insights and good questions.

Q: What sets you apart from other criminal defense attorneys – why is this important?
A nearly religious belief in due process of law that enables me to do my very best without judgment and no matter the accusation.

Q: How does having experience benefit your clients?
Experience yields judgment which is critical to formulating strategy, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a case, gauging how best to appeal to and convince the trier of fact and, as the song goes, “knowing when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em”.

Q: What types of cases do you specifically handle?
Every manner of criminal proceeding, state and federal.

Q: In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Insuring due process for all and achieving just results.

Q: What advice do you most often give your clients & why?
To learn and grow from the ordeal. Because life goes on, no matter the outcome of a case.

Notable Cases and Decisions
Since his graduation from Boston University Law School in 1978, Mr. Maitland has emphasized a practice in criminal defense and helping those who have lost hope. He went on to further refine his legal skills by studying at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the National Criminal Defense College. He has earned an outstanding reputation among his professional colleagues, having been named on the Super Lawyers® list six years in a row. For an ally you can trust, few Manhattan criminal defense lawyers compare to Attorney Gary Maitland.

Here Are Some Of Attorney Maitland’s Criminal Defense Victories:

  • Not Guilty Verdict in case of female civilian Police Attendant charged with Assaulting an inmate at Manhattan Central Booking.
  • Dismissal during trial of Indictment in Brooklyn Supreme Court for alleged Theft of more than $1 million.
  • Not Guilty Verdict for African man Indicted for allegedly Attempting to Rape and Sexually Abusing a while female in Staten Island.
  • Not Guilty Verdict for Juvenile Couselor in Bronx Youth Detention Facility charged with Assaulting an inmate.
  • Not guilty verdict on attempted murder of police officer and possession of 4 ounces of cocaine
  • Not Guilty Verdict for Juvenile Counselor in Bronx Youth Detention Facilty charged with Assaulting an inmate.
  • Not guilty Verdict for Custodian Accused of Assaulting a resident in a Manhattam Men’s Shelter.
  • Numerous Not Guilty Verdicts in DWI Trials across the City of New York.
  • Dismissal of Federal Fraud Indictment in Brooklyn on Legal Technicality in Manhattam Supreme Court.
  • Not Guilty Verdict in New York County Family Court Robbery case.
  • Dismissal of Child Sexual Abuse Indictment in Queens Supreme Court.
  • Dismissal of Assault on Police Indictment in Queens Supreme Court.
  • Not Guilty Verdict in Kings County Family Court Drug case.
Areas of Practice
  • Litigation
  • Criminal defense
  • Record Sealing
  • Civil rights
Bar Admissions
  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court

Jill Mendelberg

Offering Trusted Legal Counsel to New York City & Surrounding Areas
Since 2003, Attorney Jill Mendelberg has been an associate of Kreisberg & Maitland concentrating on labor and employment matters. She focuses on helping clients with labor arbitrations, employee disciplinary proceedings, and employment discrimination cases in both state and federal courts including appeals. Her work has helped Kreisberg & Maitland earn a reputation as a reliable ally in matters of employment law.
Protecting Clients for Decades
Ms. Mendelberg received her Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in 2000. She graduated cum laude (top 15% of her class) and was an Articles Editor for the Cardozo Woman’s Law Journal. During that time, she authored an article in 1999 entitled Comment: Employers and Employees Beware: The Duties Imposed by the Recent Supreme Court Decisions and their Impact on Sexual Harassment Law.

She also participated in the Cardozo Criminal Law clinic representing indigent defendants in criminal proceedings. Prior to joining the Firm, She was an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department in the Manhattan office. Ms. Mendelberg is admitted to practice in New York.

Committed to Holding Responsible Parties Accountable
Since her time at Kreisberg & Maitland, Ms. Mendelberg has helped to represent thousands of clients in cases involving employment law and civil rights. Her contributions to our firm have helped us to earn a reputation as a formidable ally for our clients. We offer free consultations to anyone who believes they may have a case. To learn more about the legal options you could have available, call today.
Areas of Practice
  • Employment law
  • Civil rights
Bar Admissions
  • New York

Jean O’Hearn

Offering Trusted Legal Counsel to New York City & Surrounding Areas
With a long career at the firm of Kreisberg & Maitland, Attorney Jean O’Hearn offers her services and legal understanding in the fields of criminal defense, employment law, and family law. She cultivated her skills early on, receiving a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theatre Wing, where she was a University and Trustees Scholar. Her skills have helped our firm earn a reputation as an effective advocate for our clients.
Outstanding Track Record
While Ms. O’Hearn began her long association with Kreisberg & Maitland troubleshooting non-legal problems and assisting with case preparation as a paralegal, she later decided to pursue a career as an attorney because of its theatre-like aspects. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York Law School where she was a Dean’s Scholar, also receiving the Citizenship Award from the school’s Justice Action Center for her contributions to the development of the center.
Comprehensive Legal Understanding
Ms. O’Hearn works handling criminal defense matters in New York City criminal and federal courts, as well as representing children in juvenile delinquency proceedings. She also advocates for clients in various alternative sentencing courts, including mental health and drug courts. Her familiarity with employment law helps her offer services in such matters.
She handles employment law concerns that include:
  • Investigations
  • Fitness to work proceedings
  • Disciplinary cases
  • Other civil service law and arbitration matters
Representing People in the Manhattan Community
Ms. O’Hearn has represented clients in work-related investigations conducted by employers, city, state and federal agencies, including the Department of Investigation, the New York State Justice Center and local prosecutors. She has represented hundreds of workers in disciplinary proceedings arising under the civil service law and collective bargaining agreements. She has also represented clients in fitness to work proceedings brought under the Civil Service Law Section 72.

In 2014, Jean was a guest panelist at the New York Office of Administration Trials & Hearings (OATH) for a CLE Seminar on Disability Proceedings under the Civil Service Law.

Areas of Practice
  • Employment law
  • Civil rights
  • Criminal defense
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • New York – Southern District
  • New York – Eastern District

Bruce Klein

Criminal Defense for Bronx, Brooklyn & Surrounding Areas
Attorney Bruce Klein began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney’s office in 1981. He gained valuable trial experience, as he tried numerous serious felony matters while assigned to the Major Offense Bureau. In 1988, he and two partners began their own practice, and soon after was representing the Officers and Detectives of the Housing Police of the City of New York in regard to all disciplinary matters as well as representing Officers who were involved in firearm discharges on or off duty.

During his years in private practice, he has not only successfully handled hundreds of cases involving those charged with criminal conduct but has also represented clients in civil matters involving police misconduct.

He has been representing those individuals who need someone in their corner to level the playing field. With his extensive experience protecting the interest of his clients, he has the understanding needed to help them plan all phases of their defense. Mr. Klein has worked with numerous experts in varied disciplines, including forensic psychiatrists, forensic accountants, medical experts including surgeons and medical examiners, and DNA experts.

Mr. Klein has handled cases in New York State court, Federal Courts in both New York and New Jersey, and New Jersey State court.

Since his graduation from New York Law School in 1981, Mr. Klein has engaged in a practice focusing on all phases of criminal defense. He has successfully aided those charged with the most serious criminal offenses, including homicide, sex offenses, and major narcotic conspiracies. Recently, he has been helping numerous individuals who face the loss of their driving privileges due to charges involving Driving While Intoxicated, or While Ability Impaired. He has also successfully handled administrative hearings at the Department of Motor Vehicles for many clients.

Areas of Practice
  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Administrative Hearings
Bar Admissions
  • New York, 1981
  • New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S District Court New Jersey

Serving Bronx, Brooklyn & Surrounding Areas

Facing criminal charges is a scary situation. Your good name and reputation are at stake, to say nothing of the future difficulties associated with having a criminal record. You need a legal team at your side with experience and awareness of exactly what to expect. The Manhattan, NY criminal defense lawyers at Kreisberg & Maitland, LLP have been helping New York residents fight criminal charges for years, giving us the experience your case needs to succeed. Call now and schedule a free consultation with our team.

Founded to Fight Injustice

Since 1987, founding partners Gary Maitland and Jeffrey Kreisberg have shown an enduring commitment to ensuring their clients’ rights and interests are protected when facing accusations of criminal conduct. Their team has earned a reputation as attorneys who will stop at nothing to help their clients obtain the best possible outcome, including arguing cases in front of the United States Supreme Court. No matter the charge, the attorneys at Kreisberg & Maitland, LLP are devoted to ensuring that every client receives due process of law and a just result.

Offering Free Consultations

The lawyers at Kreisberg & Maitland, LLP have over 125 years of combined experience in employment and criminal matters. We work collaboratively to ensure that every case gets the full benefit of our combined knowledge and experience. If you have questions about your case, you have nothing to lose by calling our firm and scheduling a free consultation. Our team takes the time to help clients understand their situation in order to make the right decision moving forward. Whether your case is involving criminal defense, civil rights, employment law, or real estate concerns, the team at Kreisberg & Maitland, LLP knows how to help.

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