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Jose G. Santiago, head of the firm’s labor & employment group, represents management and employees in all matters related to labor and employment law.  He practices in Federal and State courts.  Mr. Santiago is fluent in English and Spanish.




Mr. Santiago received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his J.D. degree in 2004 from Fordham University School of Law, where he served as a member of the International Law Journal.




After law school, Mr. Santiago accepted an appointment as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County, New York, where he prosecuted hundreds of cases. He was tasked with conducting hearings and trials, and learned the perspective necessary to prosecute – and defend – litigation matters in and out of court.  Since serving as a prosecutor, Mr. Santiago has dedicated his practice to counseling and litigation.  He now has years of experience representing management and employees in labor and employment matters such as employment discrimination in the workplace based on age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation; sexual harassment; retaliation and retaliatory discharge; wrongful termination; wage and hour litigation, including failure to pay overtime wages and other violations of wage and hour laws; reviewing non-compete agreements; whistleblower actions; and representing individuals and businesses before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and New York State Division of Human Rights.



Mr. Santiago is an active member of several local and national associations, including the American Bar Association – Labor & Employment Division, Hispanic National Bar Association, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association – New York, New York State Bar Association – Labor and Employment Division, Suffolk County Bar Association – Labor and Employment Division, and the Young Latino Professionals of New York.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Ackerman Levine Cullen Brickman & Limmer, LLP & Predecessors

1010 Northern Boulevard
Suite 400
Great Neck, NY, 11021


NYCurrently registered 200503/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Top 100 Employment LawyersThe National Advocates2014
"Superb" Rated AttorneyAvvo2013
Avvo "Excellent" Rated AttorneyAvvo2012
Avvo Rated AttorneyAvvo2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselAckerman Levine Cullen Brickman & Limmer, LLP & Predecessors2016 - Present
PartnerSantiago Law Firm, P.C.2012 - 2016
Assistant District AttorneyQueens County District Attorney's Office2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Restaurant AssociationMember2014 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (New York chapter)Member2013 - Present
Long Island Hispanic Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - Present
Long Island Hispanic Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Suffolk County Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Nassau County Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Society for Hispanic ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rapp v. Luxury Cars of Smithtown, Inc. et al.Settled
Centeno v. Country Life, LLCSettled
Carmen Segovia v. Kedis Enterproses, LLCSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
Avvo Legal Guide3 Commom Employment Mistakes Made by Small Businesses2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Boston CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CNN - Realidades En ContextoSocial Media in the Workplace2014
Viva 1160 AM OrlandoImmigration Law Q&A2008
Radio Luz 1270 AM OrlandoImmigration Law Q&A2008