About Our Founder
EPT Legal, LLC was founded by Elena Paraskevas-Thadani, an experienced employment attorney with over 20 years experience in the legal profession. Elena and her colleagues serve clients (both individual and corporate) with employment law compliance, workplace questions and labor issues. Elena represents and advises employers in complex class action, wage and hour, whistleblower, and discrimination lawsuits. She also successfully resolves Department of Labor, Attorney General, EEOC and other government agency audits and investigations.
Elena is an experienced trainer having conducted and developed hundreds of Equal Employment Opportunity trainings on professional conduct, nonharassment, diversity, litigation avoidance and other employment compliance topics. Elena brings over two decades of litigation experience to her compliance trainings, and develops and delivers fun, educational, interactive and customized programs for her clients.
As a certified an experienced executive coach, Elena has assisted company leaders, C-Level executives, law firm partners and service professionals manage their teams more effectively, build their influence in their field, and increase their business development success. Elena is an adjunct coach with Skillful Means Marketing, LLC, voted the #1 coaching service for attorneys in a recent New York Law Journal survey, among other awards and accolades.
Elena is an experienced mediator certified by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and by the New York Peace Institute. She specializes in employment cases such as wage and hour disputes, discrimination, whistleblower, restrictive covenant and class action lawsuits.
In addition to her experience in private practice, Elena served as a law clerk to two neutrals who are members of the federal judiciary: The Honorable Andrew J. Peck, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2000-2002) and The Honorable Nicholas Tsoucalas of the US Court of International Trade (1997-1999).
Elena has worked with hundreds of companies to conduct sensitive workplace investigations involving allegations of wrongdoing against C-Level and other executives.
Elena previously practiced plaintiffs’ and defendants’ general commercial litigation and employment law at Katten Muchin Rosenman (2002-2005) and Seward and Kissel LLP (1999-2000). She worked for Kaplan Fox, a plaintiffs’ class action law firm as a summer associate in 1996.
Elena is a former equity partner of the law firm Littler Mendelson, the largest global employment and labor law practice in the world. She is a graduate of Fordham College (’95) and Fordham Law School (’97). While at Fordham Law, Elena founded the Fordham Law Chapter of the Unemployment Action Center, through which she provided pro bono advocacy to unemployment insurance claimants, and also worked as a student advocate at the Northern Manhattan Improvement Center, where she provided services and representation to public assistance applicants and recipients. Elena also served as an intern with EDNY Judge Frederic Block (1995), EDNY Magistrate Judge A. Simon Chrein (1996) and the EDNY US Attorney’s office (1996-1997).
Elena performed one-on-one executive coaching when necessary in highly sensitive situations. Elena is very thoughtful and poised, with the ability to diplomatically render advice firmly and clearly. She has been key to this effort. Elena is highly intelligent and intuitive and is a genuine delight to have as a colleague and partner in urgent and difficult employee relations situations. I recommend her highly and would seek to maintain a strong advisory relationship with Elena in the future.
Elena is an extremely effective coach… she understands the business goals as well as the legal risk and collaborates with clients to achieve the best result.
Smart, empathetic and skilled – Elena Paraskevas-Thadani is not only a talented attorney, she is an excellent business developer and professional development coach to other attorneys and professionals. The quality of caring that Elena brings to all aspects of her work combined with her native intelligence makes her a unique service provider.
Elena has worked with [international bank] for  years and worked mostly closely with me and my senior team to develop and conduct non-harassment, professional conduct and other employment compliance trainings for our New York Headquarters. I found Elena to be an outstanding attorney with an ability to leverage her expert knowledge of employment law with practical considerations arising from complex situations. The impact from her training has had an immeasurable effect on management behavior and has provided a very strong risk prevention and mitigation stance for the firm.