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Influential Brooklyn law firm is representing woman suing Rudy Giuliani

Abrams Fensterman known as power player in NYC law

May 17, 2023 Mary Frost
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A former aide to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is suing Giuliani and three of his companies for a range of claims including unlawful abuses of power, sexual assaults and harassment, wage theft and other allegations, it was revealed in a legal document filed before state Supreme Court in New York on Monday.

Noelle Dunphy, who said that she worked for Giuliani as his Director of Business Development from roughly January 2019 to January 2021, is represented by attorneys from Abrams Fensterman, LLP, a politically-connected Brooklyn law firm with headquarters at MetroTech. Her attorneys are listed as Justin Kelton, Sharon Stiller and Amanda Small.

Mayor Eric Adams’ former chief of staff Frank Carone had been a partner at the firm before he took a position with the mayor, though he has since left the Mayor’s Office and started his own consulting company. Carone’s brother remains with the law firm.

Abrams Fensterman Managing Partner Howard Fensterman was ranked number 16 in the 2023 City & State Law Power 100 List. The annual list recognizes the most influential legal professionals in the world of New York politics and government.

Giuliani, who was former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, told CBS News that he “categorically denies all of the allegations of this frivolous complaint.” 

Among other claims, the lawsuit alleges that Giuliani made Dunphy work naked and perform oral sex; made racist, sexist and antisemitic remarks; and sold Trump presidential pardons for $2 million each. 

The complaint also alleges that Giuliani “drank morning, noon and night” and took Viagra constantly, telling Dunphy that he could not do any work until “you take care of this.”

The complaint claims that Dunphy felt she couldn’t refuse Giuliani’s sexual advances because he had control over her employment, had withheld her salary and was representing her in a legal case.

The complaint claims that there are audio recordings of numerous unsavory interactions and statements by Giuliani.

Giuliani’s law license was suspended in New York and Washington, D.C., due to his false statements regarding voter fraud in the 2020 election.

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