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, ERISA/Employee Benefits compliance, 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 J. Baker received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Pace University School of Law in 1980. After receiving his Master 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.
Mr. Baker’s practice, which spans over thirty years, focuses on sophisticated business affairs involving large, privately held companies and high net worth individuals. His extensive litigation record is distinguished by a number of reported cases including Cavendish Traders, Ltd. v Nice Skate Shoes, Ltd., 117 F. Supp. 2d 394 (SDNY 2000); Goldstein v Kohl’s 16 A.D.3d 622, 792 N.Y.S. 2d 182 (2nd Dept. 2005); LePartner v. VJM Home Renovations, Inc., 295 A.D. 2d 322, 744 N.Y.S. 2d 337 (2nd Dept. 2002); Lower Manhattan Loft Tenants v New York City Loft Board, 104 A.D.2d 223, 482 N.Y.S.2d 727 (2nd Dept. 1984); Mauro v Choi, 11 Misc. 3d 1070A, 816 N.Y.S.2d 697 (NYC Civ. Ct. 2006). He has also successfully represented numerous individuals in Family Law and Real Estate matters and Personal Injury claims.
Mr. Baker is also a Director of the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Gary Leshko received his Juris Doctor Degree, magna cum laude, from Temple University School of Law in 1985. He has more than thirty 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. Mr. Leshko became Of Counsel to the firm on January 1, 2021.
Anthony Christopher Saline
Anthony Christopher “Chris” Saline is a 1999 graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, summa cum laude, and received his Juris Doctor degree in 2004 from Pace University School of Law. His practice concentrates on personal and work injuries actions including Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability and Retirement issues and all Appeals. He is admitted to practice in New York, as well as in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Saline has also represented many clients before Federal, State and local administrative hearings.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris was employed in law enforcement and retired with the rank of Sergeant. Through firsthand experience, he gained a thorough knowledge of the legal issues that surround all aspects of police, fire and other civil service positions.
Kathleen A. Drapeau
Kathleen A. Drapeau 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 “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.