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Employment Law

If you were recently laid off during maternity leave or you’re having trouble at work and think discrimination is to blame, you have the right to fight back against your employer’s poor behavior. D’Orazio Peterson handles employment law cases involving FMLA violations and incidents of discrimination based on age, gender, race or disability.

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Medical and Hospital Negligence

When you put your health—and sometimes your life—in a doctor’s hands or the hands of a hospital, you trust that you will be taken care of to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals and facilities sometimes make poor decisions that can negatively affect a patient’s life forever. If this has happened to you, you may have a medical or hospital negligence case on your hands.

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About us

D’Orazio Peterson is not an ordinary law firm. We are intentionally small, and handle only a small number of cases per year involving very serious injuries or economic damages as a result of medical malpractice, negligence or employment discrimination. We are also married, and this firm is an extension of our family. We treat our clients like members of that family. We do not dabble in other areas of law. We would prefer not to hire a podiatrist to perform brain surgery, and we take the same approach to the practice of law. We believe that by limiting our practice we better serve our clients.

What our clients say

“You were such a great help and took such heavy stress off my shoulders. You made sure everything was done perfectly which resulted in spotless results. thank you for your service I highly recommend your service to everyone I know.”

“I highly recommend your service to everyone I know.” E.K, Glens Falls, N.Y.

“This was the first time I ever needed an attorney and could not have asked for any better! Scott was on top of everything, only had my best interest and was very professional. He kept me well informed and updated throughout the entire case! My settlement was beyond anything I could of imagined and I would never consider using any other law firm!”

“I would never consider using any other law firm!!” K.F, Troy, NY

“I would like to thank you, for all that you have done.  I am so pleased with the outcome.  I know it wasn’t easy.”

“I know it wasn’t easy” J.A. Schenectady, NY

“I was very happy with the service provided by you and your wife. You answered all my questions satisfactorily and, if you weren’t available when I called, you got back to me very expeditiously.
I couldn’t have asked for better representation and wouldn’t hesitate to hire you again, if the need arises.”

“I couldn’t have asked for better representation.” C.J., Saratoga Springs

“I was very satisfied with my experience with your firm. I felt supported and well-represented at every step in the process. I’m glad I chose D’Orazio Peterson.”

“I’m glad I chose D’Orazio Peterson” H.D., Albany, NY
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Why One Facebook post can destroy your case

One facebook post can’t hurt right?  Wrong. We’re going to tell you why a single social media post against the advise of your attorney can hurt your case. We always tell our clients, whether personal injury, employment discrimination or medical malpractice, to generally stay off of social media during the course of their case.  The […]

The Right to Non-Discriminatory Emergency Room Treatment: What is EMTALA?

Many if not all of us will experience a medical emergency at some point in our lives – either our own or that of a loved one.  In the event that this occurs, we want to know that we will receive prompt medical attention in an emergency room, regardless of our ability to pay, insurance […]

Why is the term “joint employer” important?

Most people have likely never heard the term “joint employer” used in the context of their employment.  This term, however, is very important for employees and can have a significant impact on whether they have any protections under wage, labor and discrimination laws. Generally speaking the term “joint employer” is used to describe a situation […]

I made a complaint about wages and was fired. Now what?

With increased frequency we are receiving calls from individuals who for one reason or another believed that they were not being paid a fair wage.  This could be a lower wage because of gender, or in come cases not receiving proper wages for having worked overtime.  They went in and complained to HR or another […]

The effect of the new healthcare model on the patient

There have been many reports over recent months discussing changes in the administration of health care.  The Albany Times Union recently highlighted an effort by the insurer CDPHP to establish a new patient care model that will, essentially, reward physicians when patients are healthier. This effort should be applauded on some level for its attempt at […]

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We started by working for larger firms.

1 May 2005

Giovanna and Scott each spent the first several years of their careers working in larger law firm for big companies. These included Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, insurance companies, municipal governments and others. The upside to this is that we learned, from the inside, what decision making looks like inside large companies – something that we have used time and again in approaching cases against large corporate employers and wrongdoers.

We move away from the large firm model

1 May 2011

In thinking about the next 5, 10, 20 years, we asked ourselves how we could best serve clients. Would it be working in a large firm with little connection to our corporate and insurance clients?

Or would it be working in an intentionally small firm, where we get to stand up against those big companies with deep pockets, for individuals who don’t have the resources?

The decision was easy, and D’Orazio Peterson was born.

As the years go by, we continue to stand up for those without a voice

1 Jan 2015

We are fortunate. In a difficult profession we are able to work, day in and day out, to stand up for the rights of those who simply do not have the resources to take on large companies, municipalities, hospitals, etc. We do not take this responsibility lightly, and we will continue to do all that we can to stand up for our clients.

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