ABOUT THE FIRM

Baker, Leshko, Saline & Drapeau:

We pride ourselves on being a full-service law firm that is affordable, accessible and effective. We practice in many areas of law including real estate, real estate financing, commercial litigation, appeals, labor law, disability, social security, workers compensation and personal injury litigation with integrity and reliability.

Our firm is dedicated to providing quality legal services at reasonable rates. We take the time to sit down and listen to your needs so that we may formulate the most effective strategy for you. We understand this is a stressful time in your life and make ourselves accessible to address your concerns. With our knowledge and experience, we can help you navigate through the litigation process.

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell received his Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude, from Pace University School of Law in 1980. After receiving his masters of Law Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of law in 1981, he clerked for the Honorable Irving Ben Cooper, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York from 1981 to 1983.

Although Mitchell specializes in handling sophisticated business affairs of large privately held companies and high net worth individuals, he also has successfully represented numerous individuals in Family law and Real Estate matters and Personal Injury claims.

Gary Leshko

Gary received his Juris Doctor Degree, magna cum laude, from Temple University School of Law in 1985. He has more than twenty years experience in handling complex commercial cases for a wide variety of clients, including both privately-held and public companies, in a number of different industries, including securities, financial services, consumer products, real estate construction and entertainment companies.

Anthony Christopher Saline

Chris received his Juris Doctor Degree from Pace University School of Law in 2004. Chris concentrates on personal and work injuries actions including Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability and Retirement issues and all Appeals.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was employed in law enforcement and retired with the rank of Sergeant. He is very familiar with the legal issues surrounding all aspects of police, fire and other civil service positions especially from having gone through it himself.

Kathleen A. Drapeau

Kathleen received her Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She has been practicing for over 25 years in the areas of ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation advising both public and privately held companies on all aspects of tax-qualified plans, non-qualified plans and welfare plans, including plan design and administration, fiduciary matters, prohibited transactions, plan terminations, defined benefit plan “de-risking”, Affordable Care Act compliance, government audits and voluntary corrections. Her practice also involves benefits issues arising in business transactions.

Kathleen is currently Secretary of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.

Elizabeth Gilbride DeSoye

Elizabeth “Betsy” Gilbride DeSoye is a cum laude graduate of Brooklyn Law School. She brings broad-based experience across multiple disciplines to her work as a personal injury litigator at Baker, Leshko, where her practice includes working with firefighters and police officers, directing most of her attention to pursuing General Municipal Law § 205 claims.

After twelve years in private practice, Betsy worked for several years as an advocate on a grass roots level for a number of non-profit causes and organizations. She was then appointed to the staff of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, where over the course of more than seven years, as communications director and then as legislative counsel, she built a deep knowledge base of administrative, municipal, land use, environmental, statutory and regulatory law. She also co-developed and taught a pilot writing course at Fordham University Law School aimed at teaching law students the discipline of translating complex legal issues to plain English.

Katharine Wendle

Katie Wendle earned her Juris Doctor Degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 2014. Her practice encompasses personal injury, products liability, commercial litigation and ERISA/pension law.