Elena DeFio Kean

Elena DeFio Kean

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Albany, NY

DeFio Kean, PLLC
 | 125 Wolf Road, Suite 509, Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518-650-7070
Fax: 518-213-2122
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • State, Local & Municipal (40%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (30%)
Attorney Profile

Elena DeFio Kean focuses her practice on labor and employment and municipal law matters. She provides extensive training across the state in preventing harassment in the workplace, conducting effective workplace investigations of discrimination and harassment complaints, preventing First Amendment retaliation claims, and other related employment issues and has developed training materials for these various subjects for both public and private sector employers. She regularly represents clients in contract and union negotiations, grievance hearings and disciplinary matters. In addition, Ms. DeFio Kean addresses and handles matters from First Amendment litigation, excessive force and wrongful arrest claims, FOIL issues and claims, training, Open Meetings Law issues, hiring committees, PILOT plans, sexual harassment and employment issues, Reduction in Force claims and general representation of Villages, Towns, Cities and Counties throughout the State of New York.

She has defended cases involving personal injury arising out of premises liability, federal civil rights, harassment and employment discrimination, as well as various municipal issues. Additionally, Ms. DeFio Kean has represented banks, developers and other businesses in mortgage foreclosures, both commercial and residential. She has represented various developers in commercial litigation matters as well as lease negotiations of major national companies. Ms. DeFio Kean has trial experience as lead counsel in cases in New York State Supreme Courts and civil rights cases litigated in U.S. District Court. She has dealt with such state and federal agencies as the New York State Division of Human Rights, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U. S. Department of Justice. Ms. DeFio Kean has successfully argued matters before the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, the New York State Court of Appeals, United States District Courts for the State of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

About Elena DeFio Kean

Admitted: 1994, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.defiokeanlaw.com/attorney/elena-defio-kean/

Honors/Awards:

  • Albany County Bar Association, Presidential Award, 2004
  • Appointed by Judge Gary L. Sharpe to the Northern District of New York's Panel of Attorneys Responsible for Investigation and Prosecution of Attorney Disciplinary Complaints, 2014-2018
  • Received certificate in Labor Relations-Collective Bargaining Studies from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, March 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Appointed, Member, Committee on Character and Fitness for the Third Judicial District, 2013
  • Appointed, Mediator, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2012
  • Appointed, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Northern District of New York, 2012
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1997
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1994
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1994
  • Admitted to New York, 1994
  • Admitted, U.S. County of Appeals, 2002
  • Fellow, New York Bar Foundation
  • Member, District’s Panel of Attorneys Responsible for the Investigation and Prosecution of Attorney Disciplinary Complaints, Northern District Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York,  2011-Present
  • Member, NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2013-Present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Committee on Leadership Development, 2010-Present
  • Member, Independent Judicial Qualification Committee, New York State Bar Association, 2009-Present
  • Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, New York State Bar Association, 2014-Present
  • Member, Task Force on Gun Violence, New York State Bar Association, 2013 to Present
  • Appointed, Member, Advisory Committee for the Civil Appeals Settlement Program (CASP) for the Appellate Division, 2013-2015
  • Former Adjunct Professor, College of St. Rose
  • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member, New York State Bar Association (House of Delegates, 2002-2006 and 2008-2012)
  • Member and Board of Directors, Albany County Bar Association (Served as President in 2010)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chair, Albany County Bar Association Law Day Run Grants Committee, 2012-Present
  • President, Albany County Bar Association Foundation, 2011-2012
  • Chair, Albany County Bar Association Law Day Run, 1999-2009
  • Former Member, WTEN’s Channel 10 Legal Project

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • New York State Bar Association, Speaker, Wage and Hour Laws, Employment Law for the General Practitioner CLE, 2013
  • Tri-County CLE, Albany, Onondaga and Oneida County Bar Associations, Speaker, Recent Changes in State and Federal Employment Law, 2013
  • Annual Meeting, Speaker, Impact of Social Media on Daily Operations and Litigation, The Association of Towns of the State of New York, 2013
  • Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers, Speaker, Recent Changes in State and Federal Employment Law, 2011
  • NADC Annual Meeting, Speaker, Labor and Employment Matters, 2011
  • Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming Law, Lecturer, Labor, Employment and Immigration Laws Affecting the Equine Industry, The Government Law Center of Albany Law School, 2008

Educational Background:

  • College of St. Rose, B.A., cum laude, 1989
Office Location for Elena DeFio Kean

125 Wolf Road, Suite 509
Albany, NY 12205

 

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Last Updated: 5/10/2018

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