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Gigio K. Ninan

Employment and labor Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   56 reviews

also known as Gigio Koshy Ninan, Gio Ninan

Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 2 years
    New York - NY 11 years
    New Jersey - NJ 12 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2021
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Gigio

Learn Gigio’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    20%
    Preparation and review of contracts, agreements primarily for small to medium sized business entities. General Counseling.

  2. Employment and labor
    20%
    Employment counseling, contract preparation and review, including restrictive covenant/non-compete enforcement/defense

  3. Contracts and agreements
    10%

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    5%

  5. Estate planning
    5%

  6. Immigration
    5%
    Business and Family Immigration

  7. Internet
    5%

  8. Limited liability company (LLC)
    5%

  9. Mergers and acquisitions
    5%

  10. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%

  11. Uncontested divorce
    5%

  12. Wills and living wills
    5%

  13. Residential real estate
    3%

  14. Marriage and prenuptials
    2%

✔EMPLOYMENT & BUSINESS COUNSELING✔CONTRACT REVIEWS AND PREPARATION ✔LITIGATION

During the course of my career, which includes co-founding and serving as Managing Partner of Shankar Ninan & Co. as well as serving as an attorney with several major law firms, I've demonstrated a talent for structuring legal operations to align with corporate objectives, solving complex employment and labor law challenges, and introducing custom solutions which turn adversity into opportunity. I'm a trusted partner to senior leadership and key stakeholders, and bring a common sense approach that yields sustainable results.   

 

·       General Counsel and results-driven litigator providing personalized, strategic advocacy for clients. Able to provide reasoned guidance to consistently resolve disputes favorably.

 

·       Proven track record of success as outside General Counsel to early-stage and high-growth companies spanning Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, eCommerce, Social Media Marketing, Staffing and other sectors. 360° leader in managing workplace policies and practices, managing employment litigation, and advising on reductions in force.

 

·       Hands-on management experience in areas such as soft IP strategy and licensing, commercial transactions, corporate governance, employment and benefits matters, and compliance and ethics.

 

·       Well-rounded litigation background for 2 large law firms: class actions, trademark disputes, shareholder disputes, breach of contract, premises liability, and medical malpractice.

 

·       Selected as SuperLawyers® Rising Star for 4 consecutive years: 2016-2019. An honor bestowed upon less than 2.5% of attorneys under 40 each year.

 

 ·      Selected by New Jersey Law Journal as "New Leader of the Bar", formerly known as the "40 under 40."   One of 37 lawyers chosen from a pool of $20k+ practicing lawyers that were eligible for the award.

·        Selected by Binghamton University as the sole recepient of the Lois B. DeFleur Distinguished Alumnus award. 

Awards

Platinum Client Champion

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Location

Shankar Ninan Law Firm
505 8th Avenue
Suite 1801
New York, NY, 10018

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  56 customer reviews
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Posted by Ankur | October 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Delivered exactly what I needed!
Hired Gigio to help me with several business contracts and he was able to articulate and put to paper exactly what I needed to ensure that all parties would execute the agreement to allow for my commerce business to flourish!
Response from Gigio Ninan October 19, 2016
Thanks Ankur!
Posted by Nay | November 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impressively knowledgeable, always dependable, undoubtedly trustworthy and reliably responsive!
Gigio K. Ninan (Gio) is methodical, deliberate, thorough, efficient and always responsive. He delivers at nothing less than the highest standards. Every adjective that you can think of to describe positive and glorious commendation as a lawyer and as a person, it can be used to describe my impression of Gio after knowing him for over the past 10 months as my attorney. I can say without any reservation that if you are seeking someone who knows his work well in labor, employment and business law, you want this guy in your corner! My recent events of having to respond to a ridiculously annoying and time-wasting claim from a previous employer, brought me into the more-than-capable hands of one, Gigio K. Ninan, Esq., whom I found through a search on the internet. Rising above others with cleverly-worded ads and promising claims of being such-and-such law firm with so-and-so success-rates, Gio was the only one out of a long list of results whom I initiated contact with, who responded immediately. He was the only one who recognized that anyone searching for such type of assistance must be in emotional agony and confusion,and replied with a similar urgency; consideration which anyone in my situation could hope for. Within five minutes we were communicating via video and phone as a consultation; from where? Across the globe, India. It was 10:00 am here in New York City and he was out-of-country for work. Yet on that off-hour-time, he still returned my email sensing its importance to me, and thus began the never-failing dependable nature of his passion to help whenever he can. Now, almost a year since-, and 151 lengthy email-strings later, after hundreds of thousands of thoughtfully written answers and deposition material, and numerous hours of meticulously researched responses to the claim made against me, while along the way helping me with other smaller contractual interpretations not-related to the case-at-hand, he has yet to let up on consistently delivering this sort of high-caliber work. I have come to trust his advice and undoubtedly reliable work ethic. He exudes confidence that is needed and desired as your attorney protecting your interest. But he remains humble as a person. As I forge ahead in my own career as an Interventional Cardiologist with multiple Board Certifications, I can move with Legal confidence having Giogio K. Ninan Esq’s continued role as counsel on my team!
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Separation/Severance Agreement Consultation
Attorney provided a high-level review and consultation of my separation/severance agreement. Gigio was an excellent resource for discussing the clauses I was concerned about and also gave valuable advice on negotiation strategy.
Posted by Ahmed | December 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb Lawyer for Physician Contract Review and Negotiation
I am a anesthesiologist located in New Jersey. I was referred to Gigio by lawyer practicing in house. He reviewed my employment agreement including shareholder agreements and gave me practical legal advice. From the moment I met him, he was super responsive. After a few weeks of negotiations, I was in a better position than if I did not seek his counsel
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Posted by Linda | October 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One Stop Solution!!
Having hired Gigio to help us with a litigation case was the best decision we made to secure our business rights. He was able to clearly articulate and put on paper what we needed to ensure that we are able get the case solved. He handles each case with great expertise.
Posted by Shawn | July 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worth EVERY penny and more
I don’t know where to start, but I will say this: Gigio was with me every step of the way from start to finish. Gigio drew up a Physical Therapist Operating Agreement between me and my ex-partner, which my ex partner ultimately ended up breaching. Long story short, Gigio made sure I received what was due to me. Gigio placed some aggressive attorney fee provisions to protect against the very breach my ex partner was ultimately violative of. His foresight was appreciated. He goes above and beyond for his clients, even calling me passed his office hours to provide me with updates. I am a repeat customer, and I continue to recommend Gigio to friends and family in need of a persistent, compassionate attorney. Gigio: I owe you one.
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Posted by Anita | June 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
New Homeowners
We are first time homeowners and our real estate agent recommended Gigio. Buying a house can be quite a roller coaster so it’s important to have a good team on your side to guide you and represent you. Gigio was professional, knowledge and personable. We would recommend him and use him again for the next time we go to buy a house.
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Posted by Omar | May 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gigio is the best
He is always available, very responsive, and gets work done within a few days. He knows the law, and also knows when he is not well qualified and when to refer out. He is also very professional likeable!
Posted by Edwin | January 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Business Attorney and Advisor
Gigio is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and detail oriented. He assisted with the formation of my business and provided invaluable advice to a first time business owner. He helped tremendously in securing a commercial lease and advising on business contracts. I would highly recommend Gigio to anyone looking for a business attorney and advisor.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding service
Really helpful in going over my contract and gave me insight on what changes to make and helped me understand every little detail. I would definitely hire them again for legal or contractual help.
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Independent Pharmacy Transactions/Consultation
Gio demonstrated great attorney/client communication skills. He made every step of the deal transparent so that we understand every detail before execution. He conducted two pharmacy transactions at the same time and was organized each step of the way. I would highly recommend using Gio and his firm in any future transactions.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Un abogado dedicado
Contrate al abogado Ninan para un problema de labor que se desarrollo en mi restaurant. Cuando entregue la demanda al abogado, el fue muy honesto y especifico con lo que teniamos que hacer para defendernos en la posicion que nos encontrabamos. Su experiencia y conocimiento de leyes laborales nos ayudo mucho durante el caso, y finalmente nos dio el resultado esperado. El abogado fue muy atento con nosotros y contesto todas las preguntas que teniamos durante el proceso. Sabio pero tambien humilde. Gracias por su excelente servicio.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Very Helpful, Highly knowledgeable, give valuable suggestions and prompt responses.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable Attorney, Highly Recommend
I was recommended to speak to Gigio before I take any future cause of action with regards to prevailing employment situation with a staffing company(Desi Consultancy). Thank god! I adhered to that advise and I never looked back. Gigio, understood the problem I was facing, helped me understand available options and suggested the best course of action. In span of next 10 days, the issue with regards to my Non compete/Non Conversion agreement is taken care of with a separation agreement signed by both employer and self. His attention to detail was clearly visible when drawing up and suggesting appropriate changes while the separation agreement was being drafted. He answered all my queries patiently and responded back to my mails in a timely fashion. I would recommend Gigio for all your Employment related issues.
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Posted by Nandita | May 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Mr. Ninan
I hired Mr. Ninan for a labor dispute which he was able to resolve amicably. Mr. Ninan was extremely professional and well versed on the laws related to this case. He consulted with the plaintiff's attorney regularly and gave me sound advice. i highly recommend Mr. Ninan for legal issues particularly those related to labor disputes.
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Posted by Dr. John | March 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing experience from start to finish
Gigio was recommended by a colleague of mine, and I have since recommended Gigio to others because of his outstanding customer service. Gigio is detail oriented, and will not stop fighting for his clients. Office hours don’t mean a thing for Gigio, he is available for me day in and day out with whatever I needed. He even checks in once in a while to see that everything is going well with my business. There’s no problem big or small for Gigio, and when it comes to justice, he is nothing short of the best.
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Posted by Lisa | November 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Made an overwhelming task very easy. Mr. Ninan took our requests and quickly gave us the legal document we were needing for our business. He understood our need and our limited experience. He provided us with a multitude of options and advice. We could not be happier with the final product or the time frame. I highly recommend Gio for any legal project, big or small!
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent, knowledgeable, patient in helping me
I consulted employment related matters, and Gigio has been very knowledgeable and explained the pros/cons step by step clearly, and help me evaluate all contracts thoroughly and pointed out a few important points to suggest as revisions. I'd be happy to recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"The Best..."
Superb representation in the divorce case with Final Judgement in first hearing, with integration of Marital property settlement agreement. He understood exactly what I communicated to him, listened patiently and ensured ease of communication. He was prompt, accessible and one thing which I greatly appreciated is his pro-activeness, never had to followup on anything. He called, texted or sent emails according to requirements of the time or your prefer-ability, so that everything was in place ( most importantly he respected your availability during these communications and gave enough time to respond back) . The way Gigio handled the case showed his proficiency, efficiency and experience. Not just with the counseling but even the documents prepared and presented were perfectly to the mark. He knew exactly how the hearing would proceed, explained every minute details, and questions I would face, and prepared me accordingly. Never expected it to be such a smooth journey. No second thoughts on recommending, fully trust him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Knowledgeable Lawyer Who Met and Exceeded My Expectations
I hired Gio to help me with my residential real estate purchase. I was a first time homebuyer and very new to the process. It seemed very daunting, but Gio was there to address my concerns. He was extremely responsive to my questions, even when it seems at times I asked excessive amounts of questions. He also explained every step of the process to me in a concise way that was very easy to understand. I would recommend Gio for all of your legal needs. He is a lawyer that will work hard for you and your interests. Thank you Gio and Cheryl for helping my wife and I, and closing the transaction on time. I sincerely appreciate all your efforts.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Shankar Ninan & Co.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Gordon & Rees
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate
  • McAloon & Freidman, PC
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon Stephen M. Holden, PhD, JSC
  • Superior Court Of New Jersey
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • Rutgers Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • State University of New York, Binghamton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wilson v. County of Westchester et al.
  • Unanimous Defense Verdict

Associations

  • South Asian Bar Association of New York
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Ebenezer Mar Thoma Church
  • Secretary
  • 2002 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Malayalam

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2023
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Distinguished Recent Graduate Award
  • Rutgers University School of Law Alumni Association
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Lois B. DeFleur Distinguished Young Alumnus Award
  • Binghamton University Alumni Association
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • New Leaders of the Bar
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Dean's List
  • Rutgers University
  • 2011
  • Cum Laude
  • Binghamton University
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Professional Responsibility Seminar
  • Principles of Professionalism Program—Creating a Professional Identity
  • 2018
  • Binghamton University Harpur College
  • The Importance of Relationship Building to Attorney Success
  • 2017
  • School of Management - Alumni Networking
  • What to Expect After Graduation
  • 2016
  • North American Indian - NRI Vasavi Association Tele-Conference
  • Gigio K. Ninan & Bradley S. Cohen, Seminar on Estate Planning and Tax
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (22)
Endorse Gigio
Litigation Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Gigio on several commercial litigation matters involving employment, restrictive covenant and intellectual property issues. I have been thoroughly impressed with is attention to detail, skill and, most importantly, his concern for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Gigio as a colleague at the same firm and as co-counsel at different firms. These experiences have allowed me to observe Gigio's excellent oral advocacy skills and high-level strategic planning in a variety of situations. Gigio is bright, capable, aggressive, professional, and has great litigation skills, all of which allow him to represent his clients in all aspects of commercial litigation. I recommend Gigio wholeheartedly and without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Friend
"I’ve known Gigio for over a decade. He is diligent, professional, and always willing to lend a helping hand - not only to his clients, but fellow attorneys. I strongly recommend him."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ninan is a top-notch immigration attorney. A zealous advocate for his clients and highly respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gigio for nearly 7 years and can attest that he has grown to be a premier attorney. Gigio completed a prestigious clerkship following law school, followed by a tenure at two AM 100 law firms. Gigio subsequently decided to start his own law practice and has developed a unique book of business which includes serving as general counsel to several 100+ employee companies. Gigio is a goal oriented pragmatic thinker who cares about quality and cost effective representation. Gigio and I have worked together on several matters. Through those matters I have experienced Gigio's ability to explain complex legal matters in an easily understandable manner. Gigio is a long-time mentor and I recommend him to future clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ninan is an excellent attorney. I recommend him without reserve."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Ninan is a highly skilled pre-eminent Employment & Labor lawyer who expletives the finest ability and character the profession has to offer. He is highly recommended for clients with employment, labor, immigration, personal injury, and almost any other general practice need or situation. He has a fine staff and he himself is most efficient and responsive to the needs of his clients and fellow counsellors. It is my pleasure to afford him the highest endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Gigio in a professional capacity for nearly 5 years. During this time, he has impressed me with his ability to simplify some of the most complex legal issues, all while pragmatically keeping a client’s best interest in mind. I endorse him without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Ninan in a professional capacity for a number of years. During that time I have observed Mr. Ninan's work product firsthand, and he is a very thorough and efficient attorney. In addition to his work ethic and knowledge of the law, Mr. Ninan is an "outside the box" thinker who provides pragmatic "real world" advice. I highly recommend him."
General practice Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I cannot endorse Mr. Ninan highly enough. He practices law the way it ought to be practiced: With diligence, focus on client needs, and always bearing in mind cost and effectiveness of any given legal course of action. He has a stellar reputation in the community and I am proud to have him as a colleague."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Gigio for all your legal needs. As a friend and colleague, I can say that he is one of the most hard working and diligent lawyers I know. No matter your legal quandary, Gigio will work tirelessly to make sure that your legal needs are met. He specializes in many areas of the law and if he cannot assist you himself, he has top notch lawyers at his firm to represent you. My endorsement does not come lightly, Gigio's legal prowess has been recognized by the community as one of the top young lawyers in the state, having been selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star for 2016. This acolade is given to less than 5% of lawyers in the state of New Jersey."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gigio both inside and outside of the courtroom. He is smart, hard-working and highly dedicated to his craft."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I worked with Gigio for several years and recommend him and his firm. He is a hard-working and dedicated lawyer who understands how to achieve successful results for his clients in an efficient manner."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gigio for quite some time. I have entrusted his office with the handling of several different matters that I could not handle internally. His dedication and handling of the clients needs was unmatched. Gigio opening up his own practice is long overdue. As someone who refers out a large volume of cases, I know Gigio is someone I can rely on without hesitation. I look forward to watching Gigio grow his firm and thank him for all the help he has given me! -Justin Cohen"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Gigio several years. During that time, and since, I've found Gigio to be self-motivated and always looking for the best possible result for his clients. In my experience, Gigio has always addressed legal matters in a practical and pragmatic manner."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. He is one of the most thorough and diligent attorneys I have ever come to know."
Business Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gigio for over five years. As a fellow attorney, I come to him whenever I have a complex legal issue or situation in my practice. His advice is always spot-on, as he combines an exceptional knowledge of the law with an assertive style not seen in many attorneys. I have seen firsthand Gigio's excellence in both transactional and litigation matters. I highly recommend him."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Gigio is a great attorney with excellent work ethic, negotiation and writing skills. He is great at both receiving and giving valuable input and is very affable."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ninan as colleagues on a number of employment and litigation matters. He consistently impressed me with his intellect, litigation skills, work ethic and practical approach to achieving clients' goals."
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New York Employment and labor Lawyer Gigio K. Ninan
Gigio K. Ninan
Employment and labor Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 12 years
Virtual consultation available