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Paolo C. Meireles is a partner at Shavitz Law Group, and head of the firms’ Financial Services Claims Department. Paolo’s practice focuses on class and collective action cases seeking unpaid wages on behalf of current and former employees nationwide. As head of the firm’s Financial Services Claims Department, Paolo has litigated employee rights class action financial sector cases against some of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated financial intuitions and banks, resulting in millions of dollars in unpaid wages and damages on behalf of his clients. This includes recovering $2,850,000.00 on behalf Financial Representatives employed by Country Financial who allege they were not paid overtime wages while in training (Koszyk, et al. v. Country Financial a/k/a CC Services, Inc., No. 16 cv 3571 (N.D. Ill.)); $23,000,000.00 on behalf of Mortgage Loan Originators at a national financial institution (confidential settlement); and $2,620,000.00 on behalf of Bank of the West’s Customer Service Managers who allege they were “misclassified” as salaried employees and not paid overtime wages for hours worked over 40 per week (Meller, et al. v. Bank of the West, 18 cv 33 (S.D. Iowa); among countless others. Barred in Florida, New Jersey, and New York, as well as Federal Courts nationwide, Paolo represents clients throughout the country in their fight for fair treatment in the workplace.
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Prior to joining Shavitz Law Group, Paolo’s advocacy began with his work in the public sector assisting consumer debt clients with Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims, for which he was awarded the New York City Civil Court Pro Bono Award. Since joining the Shavitz Law Group team in 2012, Paolo has helped give a voice to employees who have been undervalued and underpaid.
Paolo received his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, where he was honored with the Thomas F. Reddy Intellectual Property Award and the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. Prior to law school, Paolo attended Lynn University where he graduated with Academic Honors, earning a B.A. in Behavioral Science.