Cathryn Harris-Marchesi joined The Noble Law‘s New York City office in September 2020 with extensive experience in litigation practice and mediation in fair housing and civil rights matters. Having worked as Senior Associate with the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington for over a decade, she brings to our firm a strong commitment to leveling the field for women and marginalized groups on an international level.
Ms. Harris-Marchesi has been a member of the New York Bar since 2006, and she has argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the New York State Supreme Court. While attending Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Harris-Marchesi was a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; a Teaching Facilitator selected to teach the “Law, Culture, and Difference” course; a Research Assistant to Prof. Deborah Ramirez managing a team of fellow peers; a Teaching Assistant who conducted lectures on hate crimes to law students; and Student Project Manager for the university’s Justice Institute.
After earning her juris doctorate, Ms. Harris-Marchesi grew versed in litigation, mediation, and negotiation involving mostly Title VII class action lawsuits as Litigation Fellow with a Washington D.C. based law firm. She, then, moved to Long Island, where she joined ERASE Racism and was appointed a board member to the Nassau County Rent Guidelines Board by then-New York State Governor George Pataki. Alongside a small team, Ms. Harris-Marchesi drafted new fair housing laws with enforcement systems that were enacted in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in January 2007 and conducted legal analyses of proposed community development plans and zoning ordinances. She frequently entered into negotiations with federal, state, and local government agencies, testified at several county legislative hearings, and frequently spoke publicly on fair housing law. Ms. Harris-Marchesi now serves on the Board of Advisors for Long Island Housing Services.
Dedicated to providing education that furthers ethical law practice, Ms. Harris-Marchesi has acted as guest lecturer at Touro Law School and Stony Brook University regarding public policy issues and gender equity. Additionally, she was invited to be a guest speaker at NYCLA to discuss “Predatory Lending and the Ethical Responsibilities in Foreclosure Actions.” She frequently participates in the Nassau County Bar Association’s CLE program to spread awareness of employment discrimination issues.
Ms. Harris-Marchesi currently acts as Secretary on the Executive Board of the Women’s Intercultural Network, a group which focuses on including women in leadership roles both within the United States and internationally. She is also a member of the Commission on Status of Women in New York, and she continues to act as a delegate to the United Nations, focusing on issues related to women, children, and gender.
In her spare time, Ms. Harris-Marchesi enjoys the company of her two cats, gardening, opera, cooking, and playing pool.
- B.A., University of London, SOAS, 1994
- J.D., Northeastern University, 2003
- State of New York
- Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- United States Court of Appeal, Second Circuit
- Women’s Intercultural Network, Executive Board: Secretary; UN Delegate, (2018 to Present )
- Commission on Status of Women, New York: Member, (2018 to Present)
- Long Island Housing Services, Board of Advisors: Advisor, (2017 to Present)
- Nassau County Rent Guidelines Board, Board Member, (2005 to Present)
Pro Bono / Community Service:
- Long Island Housing Services, probono legal counsel (2009-Present)
- Role as Judge, Defense and Plaintiff’s Cousel for Touro Law School Students’ Trial Practice Finals (2009-2019)
- Long Beach Martin Luther King Food Bank volunteer (2019)
Presentations / Speaking Engagements:
- Nassau County Bar Association, Personal Injury Committee: CLE “Civil Rights Basics for the Personal Injury Attorney” (November 2020)
- Nassau County Bar Association: CLE “Nassau County’s New Fair Housing Laws” (2005 & 2006)
- Nassau County Bar Association: CLE “Racial Equity & Employment” (2017)
- Nassau County Bar Association: CLE “Disability Rights & Fair Housing”, (2018)
- New York County Lawyer’s Association, CLE “Predatory Lending and the Ethical Responsibilities in Foreclosure Actions”, (2008)
- American University Women, Lecture on Fair Housing Laws and the Effects of Racial Segregation, (2008)
- Long Island Board of Realtors, Lecture on Fair Housing Laws and the Effects of Racial Segregation, (2005, 2005, 2007, 2008)
- Touro College School of Law, Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity Symposium on Sexual Harassment Laws: “Sexual Harassment in Employment: Title VII, Tilte IX, §1983 and NYHRL”, (2018)
- Touro College School of Law, Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity Symposium, “Racial Segregation on Long Island”, (2008)
- Stony Brook University, Guest Speaker on “The Effects of Public Policy on Communities of Color” for Public Policy undergraduate class, (2007)
- Monograph published by ERASE Racism, “ERASE Racism: Long Island Fair Housing: A State of Inequity”, (2005)